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Old 10-28-2017, 12:12 PM   #1
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We've just ordered a 19' Escape for delivery in June 2018 and will be considering options before finalization date. Would appreciate thoughts from current owners who are so inclined re the following:
1) When you bought, are there options you would not order again for reasons of cost-effectiveness or practicality?
2) Are there options you regret not selecting and would purchase if you bought again?
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:34 PM   #2
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Howdy Bernard. My two cents:

Things we added we would go without:
The Jack Antenna. Don't watch alot of TV anyway, and we've other options for streaming, etc. It also means a cleaner look on the roof, and room for an additional solar panel in the future if we're so inclined.

Options we didn't get and wish we had:
Wasn't really an option when we built, but would have liked to have sheet vinyl flooring with a wood plank look.
2 way hot water heater. Would be nice to just keep the electric on when we camp with hookups, which means a ready supply of hot water.

That's about it. We were pretty thorough (some would say obsessed) during our build sheet process, and for the most part we got it right.
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:46 PM   #3
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Let me also add, there's a third category I would call "things we added after the fact that were not available at the time". Some of these are actually common now, due to their popularity. The first is the Springfield 3 stage pneumatic table pedestal. Love it. The second is the SAM-1 Range Hood fan upgrade. Makes a huge difference in terms of airflow and noise.

Oh, and we "pioneered" the colored belly band, but that's a different story...lol
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:57 PM   #4
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I second Robert on the tv antenna. Would not get that if ordered again, everything is moving to streaming on devices. If I could have had lots of time and $$ I would have preferred to stop at AMSolar after pickup and have them install solar system, but didnít have either and ETI solar works fine for now. I would also have had ETI install the suburban recessed cooktop rather than stock cooktop.
Everything else no regrets either way. Very happy we chose custom Formica, flooring, and upholstery at the build stage. Also very pleased with the twin 6v battery option and larger fridge.
Oh, and wife loves the foot flush option on the toilet.
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:30 PM   #5
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Many thanks for your valuable input. We are well acquainted with obsession aka due diligence.
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:54 PM   #6
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Solar & front storage box are favs for me. Maybe I should have had permanent bed in 17b (always have dinette made into bed). Like detachable power cord, winterizing t valve & foot flush on toilet. Maybe didnít need outside shower, havenít used yet. Love 2 6v batteries & new awning.
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:18 AM   #7
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I don't understand why the detachable power cord is a good thing. It seem like the self stowing feature of the installed cord would be nice.
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Old 10-29-2017, 03:39 AM   #8
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I don't understand why the detachable power cord is a good thing. It seem like the self stowing feature of the installed cord would be nice.

One cold rainy morning as you wipe down the stiff muddy cord and feed it into the hole you will mutter. "There has got to be a better way." I debated the price but I am so glad we went for it. Cold wet muddy stiff cable? Coil it up and toss it in the back of the truck.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:31 AM   #9
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Like everything here, it's just personal preference, they both work fine.

I've had both and like the detachable one better, never liked the room the attached one took up inside the trailer, and had it get tangled a couple times. On the plus side of the attached one, it is very convenient and you can pull out only what you need. I thought it easy to clean, just wrap a paper towel around it while you put it away. The detachable I toss in the back of the truck and clean it off later, or maybe not at all. I had thought about bugs climbing up and in the attached cord, but never had it happen.
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:39 AM   #10
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If I was to do my 21 again I would delete the Back-up camera,as I never use it and the jack antenna, in a little over a year and 8000 miles, we have never watched TV. In fact in our last 3 campers we never had a TV! I don't know what i was thinking.
The things I would add are: extra solar panel in place of the Jack Antenna, the detachable power cord, the power jack, and an extra flip up table on the bed side of the stack of drawers facing the door.
Never thought I would like the Power Jack, but in the KOA in Lynden a couple of kids on they're frist night out, in they're brand spanking new leaking Jayco, ( poor couple had to sleep with a sheet of plastic over them cause they had two leaks over the bed) asked me for help hooking up the next morning, had a power jack, and a couple of ups and down with that had me saying, Mmmmm.
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