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Old 11-04-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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Crunch time for my build sheet

Itís crunch time for getting my build sheet finalized, itís due 11/14, and Iíd like some opinions.

I ordered the stainless steel sink and stove top but am thinking of going back to the standard white just to make the inside appear lighter. Is there a reason I should stick with the stainless?

I've asked that the sink not be installed in the bathroom, gives an old man more room and being a single traveler I have no problem using the kitchen sink for hand washing. Has anyone else gone this route?

Solar panel, itís not on the build sheet right now but the wiring is. Dual 6V batteries are on the sheet so I question the need for solar panels too. Much of my camping would be dry camping and I donít see myself staying in one place for extended periods of time, (a week or more). Maybe going a year without panels would answer my need for them, they can always be installed later.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:26 PM   #2
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I would stick with the stainless. It looks cleaner. If you are going with the two 6 volts, you might as well add the solar panels for boo docking! It's only money!����
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:28 PM   #3
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I'd go for functionality and how you use the sink and stove top; the white may provide more light but the stainless provides more reflection especially at night. I chose the stainless because I knew I'd bang it up and have cracks and scratches in no time with the white finish.

I've never seen the point in having a tiny, tiny sink in the bathroom but then I don't even have a bathroom. I have no problem using the kitchen sink for hand washing and teeth brushing.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:37 PM   #4
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Hi: OneOleMan... Isn't the shower part of the sink function? No sink no shower!!! BTW Welcome to the Escape family. Alf
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You will get lots of people telling you why you need solar. The batteries alone are not sufficient for much. Depends on what you use and how much. You can do the math which I am sure someone will fill you in on or you can find on other threads.

Bath sinks come standard and I always tell people that it is a bad idea to remove anything that is standard. Those things are usually there for very good reasons. And on resale, people notice main items missing.

Almost everyone gets stainless. We have the white. I like the white but the stainless is really sharp-looking and I would get it next time. Many say they get the stainless for more durability.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:40 PM   #6
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I chose the stainless because I knew I'd bang it up and have cracks and scratches in no time with the white finish.
Good point of scratching the white finish, that was sort of in the back of my mind and you just confirmed it
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Our 2011 has no scratches that I have noticed in the sink. Will have to look next time. We also do not use heavy or metal cookware for the most part though. That could be the problem with others.
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... Solar panel, itís not on the build sheet right now but the wiring is. Dual 6V batteries are on the sheet so I question the need for solar panels too. Much of my camping would be dry camping and I donít see myself staying in one place for extended periods of time, (a week or more). Maybe going a year without panels would answer my need for them, they can always be installed later.
One cheap option: You can find used 120watt brand-name panels on eBay for about $120US. Hook one up to to your 6x2 battery bank without a controller and you should be just fine. Keep one eye on a volt meter and don't charge if the battery appears to be full. Use a blocking diode if the panel doesn't come with one ( a dollar or three).

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The bathroom sink makes a fine grab handle for getting up off the loo. It's also a handy place to store shampoo containers and wet wipes. I store extra TP by jamming the rolls between the down pipe and the shower wall.
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Hi: OneOleMan... Isn't the shower part of the sink function? No sink no shower!!! BTW Welcome to the Escape family. Alf
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Hi Alf and thanks for the welcome. After I got home I thought the same thing so I've e-mailed ETI to find out. (Good thing I've 10 days left.)
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