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Old 08-17-2010, 05:38 AM   #31
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Re: First indicators of our 5.0, "in the offing"

For sure Dave. I'd do the extra insulation and tinted dual paned windows before I'd put any type of AC on the roof. If you can only do one or the other, go for the insulation and windows. Single pane windows will sweat a lot in humid weather and create moisture problems inside, which is eliminated with the dual panes. And like Brad said, it'll keep it cooler inside as well.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:17 AM   #32
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Hi: All...You guys are really makin' me feel OLD!!!Double insulation and thermal windows were just a "Twinkle in Reaces eye" when our 5.0 was built. A lot of options have made their way into the standard build, and new ones have come along. Isn't it interesting to watch "The Evolution of Escape".
I must admit I was influenced by Donna D back in 2006 and watched the early years with great interest. Maybe someone should compile a History before it's Ancient...like ME!!! Alf
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:51 PM   #33
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Re: First indicators of our 5.0, "in the offing"

What do you think Alf, if you could double insulate and have double paned tinted glass, would you? Do you get much condensation inside the windows when it's humid? We got alot with the Casita.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:00 PM   #34
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What do you think Alf, if you could double insulate and have double paned tinted glass, would you? Do you get much condensation inside the windows when it's humid? We got alot with the Casita.
Yeah, would you?...I have one more day to decide before its too late (but I am leaning away from the extra weight and expense)

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Old 08-17-2010, 01:47 PM   #35
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I definitely would go WITH extra insulation. Beneficial for hot and cold weather!
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:49 PM   #36
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Re: First indicators of our 5.0, "in the offing"

I don't think the extra insulation adds much weight but there's no question that it does add more $. Another consideration is that extra insulation is by far the easiest to install now as the trailer is being built - before the cabinets, walls, etc are added. So if you choose not to do it now but later decided that you really did want extra insulation, it'd be much harder & even more $ to install. For that matter, it might not even be possible to get the same comprehensive insulation coverage throughout the trailer.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:13 PM   #37
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Re: First indicators of our 5.0, "in the offing"

You can always add the AC later, anywhere. I had Camping World do ours here. Only Escape can do the extra insulation and windows economically at this point.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:29 PM   #38
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Re: First indicators of our 5.0, "in the offing"

If you think you might add AC later, you need to inform Escape so they can build in reinforcements and wire it for AC.

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Old 08-17-2010, 09:35 PM   #39
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Re: First indicators of our 5.0, "in the offing"

Hi: All...What do I think I try not to as it usually gets me in trouble.
In our 3rd. season of ownership we have yet to step in the trailer here in the full sun and not feel its cool 8) inside.
Yes the windows sweat...but then so do I!!! We have the "Black Glass" which helps a lot, and we carry a synthetic chamois in a zip lock bag to wipe them and the shower walls. Cheap solution.
We always use the MaxxFan with the furnace or elec. cube heater which is usually all we need. We did have a cold damp night for our first try at lotdocking and used the furnace for the 1st. time in Virginia of all places. Trouble is some options are best added during the build. We used the A/C more this year than previous yrs. and with retirement and Fla. camping in mind...glad we got it!!! Alf
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:07 PM   #40
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Re: First indicators of our 5.0, "in the offing"

Well, part of the decision solved itself. It seems I misunderstood the timing for the full insulation package. Escape needs about a 3 month lead-time to order the double-pane windows, so we opted for the insulation package with single-pane windows. Our Casita (in addition to having rivets) had the carpeted interior and single-pane windows and was all we ever needed...so I suspect the insulated Escape will either perform better or at least as good.

Thanks again for engaging in this great discussion...I learned a lot.

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