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Old 02-10-2016, 11:00 AM   #1
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Did anyone just get the "Base Priced" model?

I would like to talk about this base model with just minimal options / upgrades from the build sheet. It is wonderful to have
the upgrades however, it seems great to get into a unit at the
base price....and then if you did, would you constantly wish you
had included other stuff?

thanks in advance for your insight
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:11 AM   #2
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This forum didn't exist when I ordered my trailer. The list of options was shorter and I was unaware of the custom work that ETI would do. I just wanted to get my deposit in so I would get my trailer in time for summer camping.
The only thing I can think of that I might do different is buy surge protection, and I would have gone with a two-burner stove..and a 19' trailer.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:14 AM   #3
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You bring up a good point that the base model offers a lot, more than enough to head out and enjoy yourself while making great memories.

I really doubt though that anybody does not include at least a few options. Many of them are decided for regional conditions like weather, and others for end use like boondocking.

It would be a rare customer, that despite thinking out their options before ordering, never said that they now wished for one more thing, OR that they realize they ordered something they may never take full advantage of.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:15 AM   #4
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This forum didn't exist when I ordered my trailer. The list of options was shorter and I was unaware of the custom work that ETI would do. I just wanted to get my deposit in so I would get my trailer in time for summer camping.
The only thing I can think of that I might do different is buy surge protection, and I would have gone with a two-burner stove..and a 19' trailer.
You had to wait over six weeks from the time you ordered, until you got it. For shame.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:19 AM   #5
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Thank you. That is exactly the type of discussion I was wanting to read. The order window for 2017 rapidly approacheth and decisions need to be made.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:36 AM   #6
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At the campground I'm currently staying at, the plan was to use full hookups the entire time (and for everywhere we stay). However, someone ran over one of the power boxes near our site, so the maintenance people had to shut of the power to all sites for about 4 hours. I simply turned on the inverter, and it was so sunny outside that the batteries lost nearly nothing during that time frame, and the trailer still had 110 AC.

That's definitely one of those scenarios that you might not think of when planning your trips (and filling out your build sheet), but for my wife and me, since we both work remotely, having power is a necessity, and it was awesome to be able to turn on the inverter when campground power disappeared. Just a small example of a rare occurrence that might make you wish you had an extra option, but might not be a big deal to some.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:39 AM   #7
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Options, options everywhere. Well not on my factory demo trailer. My first plan was to purchase new, so I made three lists -- what options needed to be factory done at build, what I needed, and what I wanted. By the time the demo became available, I was pretty clear on those three lists. As it turned out, this trailer has a light options list, but also hit most of my needed at build list. Yay!! I got the AC (needed) and none of my wants (solar, custom fabric inverter etc etc). And you know what? 30 days in and this lightly loaded trailer is doing A-OK for me and my camping/RVing camping style. Its a big YMMV, but if you have read this far, all I mean is don't be afraid to prune your too large option list down.
Still stand by this. It very much depends on how much/where you use the trailer though. Its a decision on getting the stuff that is best done at build (windows/insulation) and realizing that most options can be added later. Or the next trailer....
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:40 AM   #8
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I have never regretted ordering an option that I never used but sure have over an option that I didn't order. And most of the time it is to expensive or difficult to add it later. Loren
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Old 02-10-2016, 01:16 PM   #9
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Our 19 is pretty base. The only option of any consequence was the dual pane windows and that's one option I wouldn't go without.

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years ago, when buying my first computer - one thing I learned (or tried to learn) - was my techy friend who asked me to think about what I wanted to use the computer for - then base what I was buying upon my future use rather then 'bells and whistles'


applying this to buying a trailer can be difficult since you don't know if your trailering horizons will expand as you become more experienced and brave. For example: now that I have started to read about forestry road sites (there are a great many in BC) I wonder if I should have had the trailer clearance raised.


In terms of options and being upset about missing out on the latest and greatest - I remember this story from 'the wealthy barber' book (a Cnd financial advisers book). The author wrote about one of his wealthy friends being all upset that his very expensive and fine new car didn't have a heated steering wheel (this was when the 'heated steering wheel' option was quite new). The moral - get a grip and some perspective on what is important.


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