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Old 01-09-2014, 02:35 PM   #11
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Portable Solar Connector

Here is what I am having Escape install next to the outside 110 volt outlet. On the Escape 21 this just happens to be right at the battery compartment.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:57 PM   #12
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Isn't that a marine fixture for providing 110v AC? I think I'd be worried that someone would inadvertently plug in a 110V AC extension cord and fry the solar circuit. They make double-prong-only weatherproof connection just for that purpose.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:23 PM   #13
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Hi Bob,
As you mull over all the options and changes, you have to take in consideration a few steering points. What are your needs for how you will most use the trailer? What regions might you be RVing in? How much will you be RVing? How will your choices affect resale? And how much are you willing to spend for your finished Escape?

Simplicity, cost vs. quality, and weight had some effected my decisions when I was sorting through the build sheet.

Unlike some "cookie cutter" RV manufactures, correct choices can be stressful. Good luck! The Escape 5.0TA is a great choice in my opinion.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:00 PM   #14
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While it is great to try to get it all right on the build list, the bottom line is that no matter what you put on it, you will end up with a fantastic unit that will give you many years of wonderful enjoyment.

It is pretty tough for you to really gauge all your choices from what others prefer, and so many have differing needs, but they are all good ideas that work for them and their way of RV camping.

Some like me at one end of the spectrum like to enjoy the comfort of a trailer, while keeping my camping style as simplistic as I can yet still enjoy myself. Yet there are many others who want all the bells and whistles, and may even use most of them. Heck, those monster Class A motorhomes take it all many levels higher yet.

As I have said many times before, no matter what style you prefer to go camping in, at least you are doing it and enjoying the rewards it brings.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:45 PM   #15
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Well said Jim B.
And some of the options can easily be added later if you decide you want them.
Example - we did not initially install the solar panel. Added it later and the cost was the same had we done it at the initial build.
Of course other additions are not always as easy to add as the solar would be.
Other options can be roughed in for a small cost and install completed later if desired.

The important thing as Jim noted is to get out there and enjoy camping.
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Paul,

I don't think my PM replies are going through. This is on page 417 of West Marine's e-catalog. Waterproof deck connection from Perko.

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:48 PM   #17
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Bob,
Thanks, that is a much better solution for connecting a portable solar panel. It is a polarized connection as well, so it insures the proper match of powered and grounded wires. The nomenclature of a "deck connector" was what I could not come up with to see all the options. West Marine comes through again.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:05 PM   #18
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I ordered the solar panel to be kept portable. Reace had the regulator mounted under the driver's side seat and had an electrical hatch installed for wires to go out to panel. He also had an extra set of 10g wire from regulator to overhead for future
roof mount option. I plan on placing the panel either remotely on the site or on
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:04 PM   #19
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A very good bud of mine offered some ideas that I've adopted.

My life now and the future isn't about my past. But what I want for my future. I'm still working (Sigh) and I know my life for the next 4 years, 11 months and 20 days isn't likely to change much. I'm going to camp very similar as what I've done in the past for that length of time. But, when I retire LOOK OUT.

So, I'm having my 5er built for my current camping style... but looking to the future.

I'm ordering without solar or an A/C. Think about how solar has evolved over the past 2-5 years. It's gotten cheaper and more efficient. The same with A/C. My stars. So, while I'm not getting either, I'm going to have both WIRED like I am ready. It's up to me to keep track (solar wiring is 6" behind the ?? vent), etc.

If/when the time comes and I want/need either, I'm ready. Because the hardstuff, wiring between the shell and insulation is already done. And... other stuff as well.

I'm having my trailer built for my future, not my past. YMMV
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Thanks all, a few replies.

Donna, I'm having mine built for the present, not the future or past. I retired 6 months ago.

Bob, thanks for the link to the connector. I'm going to go with the roof mounted solar but like the idea of adding a portable, especially living in the heavily forested north. I don't see any reason why this couldn't be a user mod, looks easy enough to do. As far as the plumbing, Escape offers an external water filter, didn't see anything about the accumulator. I added one to my current trailer and would do the same again, beat the pump running all the time. I put in a big one Watts 8.5 in. W x 11.5 in. D x 8.5 in. H Pre-Pressurized Steel Water Expansion Tank-DET-5 at The Home Depot which is nice as you can make it through the night without it running but it takes up a lot of room. I'll have to ask Kim if they have something they can install, would be nice to have on our return trip as it'll be 6 weeks. I'm taking it the pump/plumbing is as noisy on an Escape as it is on our stick built.

Jim, couldn't agree more, it is tough to determine what work for me based on others experiences, but weighing their opinions with my own is the best I can do at this point.

Fran & Dave, who did the emergency hatch add? I was wondering about such after seeing most truck campers have them in the bedroom. I am going with opening windows in the bed room so air flow should be okay, extra light can be a pro or a con. Mud flaps, on the TV or trailer? I've looked at them for the TV although I don't care for the look, especially the big ones that hang on the trailer hitch.

So solar is in, although given my druthers I might pick different components. Will ask about adding Bob's connector find. Screen room is out, we have a stand alone that I'll bring along as we do now. U dinette, we're going to see a 5.0 and 20 shortly, will decide then.
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