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Old 09-23-2015, 04:33 AM   #201
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My thing with the power cord is just me. YMMV. I just think it looks much cleaner, and removes a hole from the trailer that small things might get in.

Sorry, I did not realize this issue was fraught with emotion! It's just my thing. I've installed marine power inlets on two trailers, including out current one. Better to have it done at the factory!

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Old 09-23-2015, 07:15 AM   #202
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My thing with the power cord is just me. YMMV. I just think it looks much cleaner, and removes a hole from the trailer that small things might get in.

Sorry, I did not realize this issue was fraught with emotion! It's just my thing. I've installed marine power inlets on two trailers, including out current one. Better to have it done at the factory!

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It's all cool, Frank. Just like many other sites, folks make a decision based on what they feel is best for them, and it transcends into a decision they feel is the best overall. Nobody is wrong as for what the best choice is for themselves.

BTW, I even went to the trouble to convert mine to a removable cord. and for a few reasons am very glad I did. I have at least tried both ways now.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:19 AM   #203
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It looks like folks have responded to most of your choices. On our 21 we got nearly identical list. I was talked out of the 12v tank heaters, since you probably wouldn't try to use them when camping without external power, the tanks are interior or spray foamed, and the tanks haven't frozen when traveling in freezing temps. Consider a heated hose instead, which I haven't done yet.
We got the transfer switch which powers all outlets with the 1500w inverter, so can run the TV and microwave and anything else we choose. I know it's an extravagance, but ...
I got all five aluminum/alloy rims, because I like to rotate tires at my home shop.
Don't need the rear driver side hatch. Access is better from under the dinette.
We got the "normal" maxxfan without remote or smoke.
Save a few pennies and some weight towing home by getting one propane tank filled.
Prefer the external 30A cord, and take a spare/extension. Not sure what the connected people do if the attached one has a problem.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:32 AM   #204
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It looks like folks have responded to most of your choices. On our 21 we got nearly identical list. I was talked out of the 12v tank heaters, since you probably wouldn't try to use them when camping without external power, the tanks are interior or spray foamed, and the tanks haven't frozen when traveling in freezing temps. Consider a heated hose instead, which I haven't done yet.
We got the transfer switch which powers all outlets with the 1500w inverter, so can run the TV and microwave and anything else we choose. I know it's an extravagance, but ...
I got all five aluminum/alloy rims, because I like to rotate tires at my home shop.
Don't need the rear driver side hatch. Access is better from under the dinette.
We got the "normal" maxxfan without remote or smoke.
Save a few pennies and some weight towing home by getting one propane tank filled.
Prefer the external 30A cord, and take a spare/extension. Not sure what the connected people do if the attached one has a problem.
Keep those questions coming---everybody enjoys posting their thoughts.
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Good point, we probably don't need the 12V tank heaters either. Just me wishing I could get Gail to do winter camping. That will probably never happen!

If we got the transfer switch, does that make it easier to connect a small generator as well?

You got me on the aluminum wheel thing. I like to rotate my tires as well. Will plan on popping the extra $95.

Don't need that rear hatch eh? Hmmm.

Not sure yet whether we would tow it home, or have it shipped. We're 3,000 miles away, and at this point still working. There is a possibility that we will plan to pick this up when we retire, that is unless we buy a used one that has what we want. New is very attractive to us, as we have never bought a new trailer.

I would like to pick it up and go camping in BC for a week or two so if there are any issues, we are close to the factory. I am VERY impressed with the owners, they seem to be real quality folks!

Thanks,

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Old 09-23-2015, 07:45 AM   #205
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Good point, we probably don't need the 12V tank heaters either. Just me wishing I could get Gail to do winter camping. That will probably never happen!

If we got the transfer switch, does that make it easier to connect a small generator as well?

You got me on the aluminum wheel thing. I like to rotate my tires as well. Will plan on popping the extra $95.

Don't need that rear hatch eh? Hmmm.

Not sure yet whether we would tow it home, or have it shipped. We're 3,000 miles away, and at this point still working. There is a possibility that we will plan to pick this up when we retire, that is unless we buy a used one that has what we want. New is very attractive to us, as we have never bought a new trailer.

I would like to pick it up and go camping in BC for a week or two so if there are any issues, we are close to the factory. I am VERY impressed with the owners, they seem to be real quality folks!

Thanks,

Frank
I had similar thoughts with the heaters, use them for camping in the winter, but came to the realization that I likely won't use the trailer for that. I will either stay somewhere warm and cozy, or in a cozy sleeping bag in a tent when in the wilderness. Besides, it would be unlikely I would be near 120V anyway.

You don't need the transfer switch for a gen set, just plug 'n play.

A hatch can be added later without too much trouble, if you so desired.

If at all you could swing a trip to pick up your trailer, it would be highly recommended. Meet the Escape team, and see some beautiful country. Win-win.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:59 AM   #206
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Hi: frank_a... One item we love is the pass. side rear hatch. The first 2007 5.0 we bought used didn't have it or the removable power cord. Watching earwigs climb the power cord into the trailer and having to drape the water hose over the propane tanks... I changed both options on our 2014 5.0TA.
We enjoyed the trip out to the factory for orientation and Escape Rally. Sure want to join you on the Hudson some time. Alf
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Old 09-23-2015, 08:01 AM   #207
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I had similar thoughts with the heaters, use them for camping in the winter, but came to the realization that I likely won't use the trailer for that. I will either stay somewhere warm and cozy, or in a cozy sleeping bag in a tent when in the wilderness. Besides, it would be unlikely I would be near 120V anyway.

You don't need the transfer switch for a gen set, just plug 'n play.

A hatch can be added later without too much trouble, if you so desired.

If at all you could swing a trip to pick up your trailer, it would be highly recommended. Meet the Escape team, and see some beautiful country. Win-win.
I would love to pick up a new trailer. I went to grad school at Washington State University (graduated in 1980), and still have friends there. Also, we lived in Rawlins WY from '82-'87, and still have a number of friends there we could visit. Used to be when we would have company in WY, the "nickle tour" was always to Yellowstone and the Tetons. We honeymooned in '74 to the Rocky Mountain National Park. I love the Rockies and would be overjoyed to take an expanded vacation in the Canadian Rockies!

Still working in the mountains too, just now it's the Catskills.

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Old 09-23-2015, 08:14 AM   #208
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Hi: frank_a... One item we love is the pass. side rear hatch. The first 2007 5.0 we bought used didn't have it or the removable power cord. Watching earwigs climb the power cord into the trailer and having to drape the water hose over the propane tanks... I changed both options on our 2014 5.0TA.
We enjoyed the trip out to the factory for orientation and Escape Rally. Sure want to join you on the Hudson some time. Alf
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One of the things I liked about our last stickie was the outside hatches Alf. Places to put stuff I didn't want in the trailer. Then we buy this Parkliner that has no outside hatches! What a pain. So, yes, my orientation is towards more outside hatches, not less. Power cords, water hoses, chocks, leveling blocks, etc.

This whole Escape thing is my wife's fault. She is NOT a forum kind of girl. I really do love our Parkliner. It's easy to tow, and very well designed for the most part. Gail just doesn't like it's small size. We'll have to see how it goes!

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Old 09-23-2015, 08:30 AM   #209
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I would love to pick up a new trailer. I went to grad school at Washington State University (graduated in 1980), and still have friends there. Also, we lived in Rawlins WY from '82-'87, and still have a number of friends there we could visit. Used to be when we would have company in WY, the "nickle tour" was always to Yellowstone and the Tetons. We honeymooned in '74 to the Rocky Mountain National Park. I love the Rockies and would be overjoyed to take an expanded vacation in the Canadian Rockies!

Still working in the mountains too, just now it's the Catskills.

Frank
Hope to see you in 2017, Frank.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:27 AM   #210
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Sorry, I did not realize this issue was fraught with emotion! Frank
I've read all the posts on this subject. Where is the fraught?
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