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Old 01-19-2016, 02:19 PM   #1
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What I learned at the factory on 1/19/16

Okay, some (or most, heck if I know!) of you may know these things already, but I didn't. I thought I'd pass these on so others will know.

In no particular order (and of course any listed prices could change):

1. Flip up counters only come in two sizes now - 11x13 at the end of the kitchen counter and 11x18 elsewhere; both sizes priced at $85 each. You can't put the kitchen counter elsewhere instead of an 11x18.

2. $50.00 to get the white belly band instead of the standard black

3. Customer supplied kitchen sinks can not be installed as an undermount (rats!)

4. Custom countertops - the customer tells ETI what they want and they order it from Pioneer Building Supplies. They'll pick it up from there. I knew that part, but I wasn't aware that ETI orders (and pays for it). I thought the customer ordered and paid for it, so that was a "savings" for us right there. (However, the customer does have to order and pay for custom flooring from Pioneer and they will pick it up.)

5. They don't have black screw covers for the countertops. We'll need to remove and paint or replace them ourselves. I was hoping they had added these to their inventory since others are getting black colored countertops.

6. Sarah doesn't think they'll install customer supplied black hinges and drawer/cabinet handles (saw that on a photo of a trailer and loved it), but she's checking with Reese on that.

7. The sink we're getting is 15x15x6 and will fit in the area just fine, even though it's larger than their standard sink.

8. Faucets can be mounted on either the countertop or the sink itself.

9. The stovetop includes a metal cover for safety reasons, but we can remove it if we want. I probably will and will replace it with a custom sized cutting board that I saw someone else post about.

10. $10.00 credit for each window valence that you don't want

11. $125.00 credit if you delete the shades (we're installing Bali blinds)

12. $100.00 credit if you get it bare naked (without graphics) - I've already rec'd the graphics I'll be putting on myself

13. $150.00 credit for deleting their mattress (we're going with a Select Comfort mattress)

14. $50.00 to install customer supplied Horst probes

15. $50.00 to rotate stove 90 degrees

16. Back-up camera is the model #90117 from Tadi Brothers. And, I apologize to the person that posted about his wife wanting to see what was behind them while driving. I was not aware that the camera is wired so that it's on while your towing vehicle's headlights are on! So, it's really more than just a back-up camera. The things you learn!

17. Hub odometer - we install that (it's been mentioned on the forum, but I didn't know if we do that or if they do)

18. They don't install any sort of LED indicator light for when the hot water heater is on (again, the forum has mentioned that feature)

19. A battery monitor cable has been mentioned here, but we're all clueless as to what that is and where it goes

20. The curtain across the front door is standard (some folks were wondering about that)

Whew! Yep, I took lots of notes with me and made lots of 'em there. And of course the price of our trailer went up, even after removing a few items. Which I fully expected.
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:42 PM   #2
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How will you make the Select Comfort mattress work with cutoff corner?
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:52 PM   #3
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How will you make the Select Comfort mattress work with cutoff corner?
Yeah, I know. It's just gonna hang over the edge a bit at the corner. We've been using their beds for over 20 years, so I'll put up with a bit of overhang to continue using one in the trailer.
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:01 PM   #4
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Yeah, I know. It's just gonna hang over the edge a bit at the corner. We've been using their beds for over 20 years, so I'll put up with a bit of overhang to continue using one in the trailer.
I was wondering as didn't know if you had some way for them to custom make one. We're looking at Casper foam ones as they ship free to Canada and get great ratings. They are 54” X 75” and the standard is 54" X 80” so maybe being 5" shorter will make them not stick out over that cutout too much.
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:12 PM   #5
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I was wondering as didn't know if you had some way for them to custom make one. We're looking at Casper foam ones as they ship free to Canada and get great ratings. They are 54” X 75” and the standard is 54" X 80” so maybe being 5" shorter will make them not stick out over that cutout too much.
Thanks for reminding me of the size. The full size bed from Select Comfort is 54 x 75 and the bed frame area in the trailer is actually longer than that, so I'm thinking there won't be much of an overhang. I measured the frame length at 82", which might be off by a smidge as their mattress was on there and it was too cold to spend time trying to move it around to get to the wood platform.

There's also a bit of a curve in the top left corner (as you're looking at the bed) so the bed will have to be a tad bit down from the top edge to fit in that area.

I forgot to measure at what point that cut out area starts.

However, now that I think about it, the Select Comforts have a foam padding around the air bladder, so maybe a bit of that could be trimmed down to fit that cut off edge on the platform. Would have to nip in the edge of the mattress cover.

Will report back to this forum when we actually get the trailer and the mattress is flung on the platform. Photos will be included, of course.
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The battery monitor cable is IF you want to install something like the TM-2030
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Overkill for most, but a cool gadget for some. More precise then what ETI's controller reports. You'd have it run from the area of the battery/s to where ever you want the monitor mounted. Other then the cable you have to buy and hookup everything yourself.

I believe Jim B had posted a how to for the HW tank LED as well as moving the switch to inside the trailer. We use it, it's a good mod to do. Obviously ETI will not do it for you.
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Here is a "smart phone" blue tooth battery monitor, no wiring needed.....Batterycheck - Wireless RV & Marine Battery Management.
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I left out two of the corner pieces when I put the SC mattress in my Casita and the mattress just compressed into the corner.

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Never mind. I just looked at the floor plan and now see that the 21 has an unsupported corner. Different problem.
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On #18, they install a light to show that the propane is on on the water heater and they install a switch inside to turn the propane on for it. They will not install a light to show that electric is on and will not install a switch inside to turn electric on for the water heater. I wonder why not but they won't. So we have the propane switch and light inside put in by them.

So you have to go outside to run the water heater on electric. Unless you do a mod.

At least, this is the way it all was when we bought a few months ago.
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