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Old 07-20-2019, 06:38 PM   #1
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Hi , New to this forum. We just bought a 19’ Escape trailer and are in the process of deciding what options to get. We have looked at a couple Escapes and talked to owners.
We would love your opinion on a couple options we are considering:
We will be pulling our trailer with a 2019 Toyota Highlander
- manual awning?
-solar panels?
- back up camera?
We are getting insulation, windows in bathrooms and kitchen,
Air conditioning
We appreciate your input! K&S
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:46 PM   #2
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The electric is nicer looking, easier to operate and comes in on it's own with bad wind. The manual is cheaper and is easier to set up in pouring rain. I wish the electrical did it all but I would still order it again.

Now that I have solar I would not be without it, it is so nice to have your batteries charged fully pretty much every day and not worry about it.

Personally, I do not care for a backup camera on a trailer as I have no need for one, but many do like it.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:55 PM   #3
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Thank that’s helpful
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:01 PM   #4
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Both of our Escapes have had manual awnings. We have sun screens that attach to the roller and the roller to a bracket on the trailer and I don’t think we could do this with an automatic but not sure.
We very much like the 170 solar and dual six volt batteries
We have no interest in a back up camera, Rita gets out and looks and spots the trailer where she likes it. I have to tip her though.
Although you did not ask, I feel very good about having a surge protector too.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:07 PM   #5
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I agree with Jim and Dave. I have the backup camera but don’t use. Put the money into another option or a few more days on the road.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:21 PM   #6
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Another manual awning fan here. We did go back and forth a bit for our second Escape but we like the legs down and pegged and the ability to make a sunroom type enclosure and leave it up in pouring rain. The cantilevered awning scares the crap out of me.

Solar, at the much lower cost that it is now, would seem to be a no brainer.

Back-up camera. I went from having two on my last Escape to not thinking that I'll bother with one on the new 21. Wife with a radio is much more effective. I don't tip her but sometimes have to ask her "which right".

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Old 07-20-2019, 07:41 PM   #7
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Backup camera on your trailer will only raise your anxiety level if you are being tailgated. Better to keep your eye on the road ahead and when setting up camp, better to have a spotter and to get out and look.

I still like my manual awning for the way it can shed rain. It's not like it's an ordeal to deploy and to close up.

Wish I had the solar install instead of my portable panels.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:16 PM   #8
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I learned to back up a trailer before there were cameras so I have no need. I also usually travel with my wife so I have a spotter if needed. I've also noticed a fair number of husband wife arguments start during backing in a trailer.


Awning... I've always had manuals and have not had any issues with them. I have no experience with the power ones.


Solar, if you want to camp places that don't have power for more then a few nights, get it.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:37 PM   #9
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Hi , New to this forum. We just bought a 19’ Escape trailer and are in the process of deciding what options to get. We have looked at a couple Escapes and talked to owners.
We would love your opinion on a couple options we are considering:
We will be pulling our trailer with a 2019 Toyota Highlander
- manual awning?
-solar panels?
- back up camera?
We are getting insulation, windows in bathrooms and kitchen,
Air conditioning
We appreciate your input! K&S
We love the electric awning it is easy peasy and the extra room we have under it by not having poles in the way.

I debated on the solar, sure glad we ordered it. We also got the dual batteries and 1500 watt Inverter with all outlets (it even runs the instant pot which we can can and have plugged in outside).

I like the camera, not so much for using at the campsite, but I do like to know what is behind me. It covers the nearby area not seen in the mirrors.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:13 PM   #10
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Congratulations on your new 19! Now the fun part, choosing options. We’re pleased with all of our choices, but since it was our first camper we had nothing to compare it to. The only choice we regret is I over did it on interior outlets. Didn’t need so many. We have the electric awning, solar, and backup camera. We like them for the same reasons Ronn stated. We also have the inverter. As for the awning, we didn’t have the choice of getting the manual. The simplicity of it appeals to me, as well as its use when it’s raining. Hope this helps. -Tom
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