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Old 04-10-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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Just finishing up our build sheet for our 19, I'm on the fence regarding the range hood and thinking about deleting it and putting in a light. How many of you actually use it or have deleted it? We plan to cook outside where possible
Also, the 1500w inverter is a costly option, we plan to dry camp more than hooking up and will have the solar package. Trying to justify adding as a convenience without really knowing how often we would use it - any comments?
Phones and laptops can be charged easily in the TV.
Total cost is coming in at $36k - I think we need to call this trailer the Faberge Egg!
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:47 PM   #2
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While I cook mainly outside or in the zapper, I do use the hood for the occasional venting of inside cooking, as well as the light and of course for magnets and my magnetic towel rack!
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:52 PM   #3
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We removed the range hood, went with the two burner stove. We cook inside, but the windows and the fan move lots of air.

We also skipped the inverter and have the solar option. So far, charging from the 12v works fine for us for electronics and we don't have any 110 appliances like a microwave or toaster oven or coffee maker that would need an inline inverter.

The more we use the trailer, the more we are happy with our choices.



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Old 04-10-2014, 09:02 PM   #4
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We have and love the 1500W inverter:
daily to run a small coffee grinder
2x to defrost something in the microwave
multiple times to power a dremel rotary tool

We do not have the vent hood:
breakfast = percolator coffee and eggs or oatmeal cooked inside daily
lunch = sandwiches/fruit/salad
dinner = cooked outside if at all possible
It would be nice for breakfast, but I really like the open-ness without it. We prefer without the hood.

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:04 PM   #5
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Range hood is a great place for fridge magnets ( if you don't get stainless ).
Makes quite a racket. Besides, I keep forgetting to open the vent to outside.
We don't cook inside much at all, and when boiling water sets off the smoke detector, I just turn on the Max fan.
If you're gonna fry bacon because it's pouring rain and you've nothing better to do than make breakfast, you'll appreciate it.
Glad I have it, all considered.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:20 PM   #6
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I use the stove hood in my sticks 'n bricks home a lot. Especially to remove moisture when boiling something. I don't want that moisture washing over the cabinets. Besides, have you ever cleaned a hood? They get really gunked up over time. That gunk is going to go somewhere if you don't have a hood. Cabinets? Wall covering? Upholstery? Shades?

I'm buying my Escape because I want to increase the amount of camping I do to more shoulder seasons and mild winters. I don't expect it will be dry enough to cook outside all the time. Consequently... the hood. YMMV
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I had at one time thought I would not put one in my next trailer, but now I am back in the camp of getting one. Though not used a lot, it is great for removing steam and odours from what is on the stove, instead of pulling this air across the trailer to the ceiling fan. I cleaned out our hood fan last year, and am glad that that grunge was not on the workings of the ceiling fan.

I do not have an inverter as I have nothing to use it for. We have fashioned our RVing style to be independent of 120V, as it is rarely an option anyway. All cooking, coffee, etc is done on a stove, BBQ or fire. I grind my coffee manually, as I have not yet found a good portable burr grinder, though would look at one if it was 12V DC.
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Like many others, I don't cook very often in the trailer, but when I do I always run the hood. I've also run it when making toast to keep the smoke detector quiet! I did change the amp to an LED.
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The lamp can be changed to a led and it can be brighter, almost as bright as the other stock lights, depends on the size of the led replacement. Here is mine
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Also, the 1500w inverter is a costly option, we plan to dry camp more than hooking up and will have the solar package. Trying to justify adding as a convenience without really knowing how often we would use it - any comments?
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I just bought a 1500 watt, 3000 surge, inverter today on sale for $89. At that price it's worth it to me to have it even if it only gets used occasionally. Never say never

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