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Old 10-19-2013, 05:39 PM   #11
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The dual 6 batteries would take up your entire curb side dinette space as there is not enough room on the street side with the toilet tank and your converter located there. I'd suggest getting one large battery and putting it in the box. With solar, you will have it charged to 100% everyday.
Thanks all for the feedback. The more I think out loud, the more I learn! Right now 1 battery would satisfy my needs. Hopefully in a few years I'll be spending most of the year on the road. If I can set things up now the way I want, plus have extra capacity for unknowns in the future, I'd do it. Kinda like wearing clean underwear - you never know!

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Old 10-19-2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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You can always add another 12v later on, but ideally it is best to add one when you replace the original with 2 of the same type brand of battery.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:34 PM   #13
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Bottom line is you are losing storage somewhere with batteries. It's just a matter of preference what you give up. We like our batteries out of the camper and in the storage box. There is still plenty of room for all those other things. Also I would not want acid batteries inside the camper but that's just me.

Bath and kitchen window is a must for us. Love the light and you can open both without worrying about rain getting in.

Escape will install a different shower head if you supply it. We decided not to after reading some of the reviews that complained about the water temperature being cooler on some of the water saving ones because they inject air to make it feel like you have more pressure.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:03 PM   #14
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Great, thanks for the replies! I've never had a trailer, so I am greatly interested in anything and everything people have to say based on their own experiences. j
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #15
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I find that the batteries in the front storage box seem to make the rest of the box awkward to use, I asked Reace about moving the batteries inside and he didn't recommend it for weight distribution reasons. I have to admit I am still considering doing this with out his blessing and just being diligent about packing to keep the tongue weight in check. We keep next to no weight under the bed storage area so I suspect moving the batteries back a couple of feet shouldn't have a significant effect. It also can't help keeping them a bit warmer in the cool weather. I can't seem to find good quality sealed 6V battery boxes so they can be vented to the outside though.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:10 PM   #16
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Our 17B has the dual 6V on the rear bumper, must be a weight distribution consideration involved in that too.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:40 PM   #17
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A few years ago there was no storage box on the Escapes and my understanding is that all the batteries were placed under the dinette. I thought that they are sealed and vented to the outside -- we are planning to put them under the dinette and no one has indicated there would be a weight problem -- although I didn't discuss it with Reace.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:57 PM   #18
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Our 2013 Escape 19 has the two 6V batteries mounted in the front storage box. This keeps the weight of the batteries centered in the trailer and offsets the weight of water of the fresh water tank in the rear of the trailer (aft of the axles). In addition to the batteries, there is plenty of space in the front storage box for items that are used outside of the trailer.
We use the passenger side dinette storage box for easy access to items that are used inside of the trailer such as a crock pot, toaster, coffee pot and ceramic heater. We also store shoes as we come into the trailer using the optional end cabinet door. Installing the two 6V batteries under the bench moves 133.4 lbs to the side of the trailer and the weight is off center.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #19
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Some people boondock a lot which is what a trailer such as Escape lends itself to, and they tend to leave home with a full fresh water tank. That can do in the tongue weight number. That is one of the main reasons for having the front box and trying to get weight in there.

On the other hand depending on the season perhaps, boondockers also tend to have two full propane tanks up front, at least on the 19'. But when they have used a lot of the propane, that no longer balances out so they have to have other fixes, unless of course, they have emptied out most of the water. Yes, Ruth, the batteries are often inside. We all have a balancing act to do one way or another.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #20
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I find that the batteries in the front storage box seem to make the rest of the box awkward to use, I asked Reace about moving the batteries inside and he didn't recommend it for weight distribution reasons. I have to admit I am still considering doing this with out his blessing and just being diligent about packing to keep the tongue weight in check. We keep next to no weight under the bed storage area so I suspect moving the batteries back a couple of feet shouldn't have a significant effect. It also can't help keeping them a bit warmer in the cool weather. I can't seem to find good quality sealed 6V battery boxes so they can be vented to the outside though.
Check marine outfitters they carry several types of ventable battery boxes and the water proof through the hull fitting to vent them outside. Though it does mean drilling a hole in the exterior wall.

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