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Old 01-09-2014, 06:56 AM   #1
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Woulda Coulda Shoulda

As I sit here contemplating our build sheet, for the hundredth time, I was wondering...

We're all inclined to think whatever we bought and payed top dollar for is completely wonderful, but if you're honest with yourself, is there anything you wish you had done differently on your build?

ex:
Did you get the U shaped dinette and now wish you had more table space, or maybe it's the other way around?

Does the solar work the way you envisioned, or are you now wishing you had gotten it?

How about the screen room? Is it worth the hassle or does it now have a permanent home in the garage.

And yes, the 3 examples are some that I'm on the fence about, but don't limit yourself.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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For us the solar works great. Wouldn't be without it!

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:00 AM   #3
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I dropped the screen room on my second Escape, never used it on the first Escape other than to set it up once, a PIA. You have to raise the awning to it's maximum height to install and then there are those snaps all over the side. Love the solar, it works so seamlessly with the battery. Love the "U" dinette. I also like the thermal package and the MaxxFan upgrade.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:09 AM   #4
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We added the cot option on our 19 but I'm not sure we will ever use it. (grandchildren someday maybe??) It might be a good option when we sell it though if people are looking for more sleeping space.
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My only regret is not having bought an Escape years sooner.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:20 AM   #6
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and for me, 6 trailers sooner……..
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:27 AM   #7
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My only regret is not having bought an Escape years sooner.
After spending 3 weeks lifting the shell off my stick built to replace half the floor last fall I have to agree with you.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:41 AM   #8
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We bought our Escape used but had a few things added:
Solar - we love it!
Opening Window in bath - nice for light and additional ventilation.
Emergency Hatch over loft bed - very nice for light and ventilation - hope it is never needed for emergency!
Mud Flaps - can't tell yet but it was not expensive and will probably help some on gravel and mud - we live on a gravel road (sometimes mud!)
Screen Room - ours came with the trailer - haven't used it yet but we've only had the trailer since this past summer. Fits under curb side bench....
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:02 PM   #9
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I waffled for a long time on the air conditioner, and finally went with it, and am glad now I did. I took the three burner stove because I wanted stainless steel to match the sink I also wanted in stainless, and didn't know there was a two burner stainless version available. Two burners are adequate for our needs, and the added counter space would have been good. I have the solar option, which I wouldn't be without, but I wish I had had the foresight to have an ADDITIONAL external plug connection wired in so I could use a portable panel as well from time to time. I took the overall opinion from those on this forum and decided against the screen room, and glad I did. The flexibility of using a pop-up version works much better for us. I went with the opening window over the kitchen sink, and am glad I did, but wish I'd added one in the bath as well. Even living in temperate Central California the extra insulation made sense, and I'm happy I did that.

I did a lot of "gulping" myself as the build sheet expanded, but in the final analysis I'm glad I bit the bullet and spent some extra money right from the start. It's much easier, and in the long run less expensive, to have work done at the factory than a retrofit.

I don't know what Escape is doing these days with the plumbing system, but mine came without a filter on the inbound side of the pump, which I'll be adding. I also think an accumulator tank is a good idea, but neither of those items came up during the build. If I was ordering a new trailer today I'd be certain to add those, if they weren't part of the package.
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ADDITIONAL external solar plug connection, nice idea.
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