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Old 10-27-2009, 01:49 PM   #21
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

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Sure wish I would've known about the lack of a dual source water heater b/c I would've definitely opted for it to minimize propane depletion when staying at a place with shore power.
When we have shore power, we use an electric kettle to boil water for dishes, shaving and cooking (then the propane burner just has to keep the water hot). The hot water heater only gets turned on for showers in the trailer. We often use the campground showers if there's no line up and not over priced.
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:18 PM   #22
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

I too use a small electric kettle for coffee and other hot drinks. It is much more handy then heating water on a stove. I did opt for the dual fuel water heater, a great option.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:52 PM   #23
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I did opt for the dual fuel water heater, a great option.
That would be the one thing I'd urge Rease to consider doing on ALL Escapes. The increased cost couldn't be that much, and the money saved on propane would make up the difference pretty quickly. If I was doing a LOT of camping (like if I was retired) I'd probably replace it with a dual fuel heater anyway.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:03 PM   #24
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

There's been a number of people on FiberglassRV that have put a Lightning Rod into the hot water heater. It allows either electric OR propane use. Here's a link to the item at Camping World:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...r-heaters/5159

And for those that are members at FiberglassRV, here's a link to one of the member's topic that discusses the modification: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...opic=21398&hl=. Lots of good pictures and an easy to follow write-up!

Maybe if someone does the mod here on the EscapeForum, the person will do a detailed writeup with pictures too... that would be great!
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:19 AM   #25
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Hi: All... We are lucky to have the Duel Fuel W.H. In my normal age old brain fog I turned it on electric without water in it OOOP's Cost of new element was $16.50 installed. The propane still worked!!! It takes about 15 min. after pluging in and finding the switch to get hot hot water. Alf
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:16 PM   #26
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Ok, Escapers we are putting in our order for a 17B so I need to pick your brains on options. Here are what we are thinking so far:
- Additional Window over sink
- Air Conditioner
- Bike Rack Ready
- Dual 6V Batteries
- Dual Propane Package
- Equalizer Hitch
- Exterior 110V Outlet
- Exterior Access Hatch
- Thermal Windows & Extra Insulation
- TV Ready (what does this mean??)
- 12 Volt Outlet
- Stainless Steel Sink with faucet
- Dual Fuel Water Heater

Please give me your suggestions about adding or subtracting anything!

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Old 11-02-2009, 10:22 PM   #27
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Looks good! TV ready means ? Better ask Tammy to be sure.
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:47 PM   #28
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

I believe that it includes the wall mounting bracket/arm for a flat panel tv as well as the wiring to connect to cable tv via a coaxial input on the exterior as well as an outlet on the interior near the tv bracket. There are separate options for a TV antennae/amplifier and stereo/dvd player (with video wiring near the tv too).

However, I agree with Dan that you should ask Reace/Tammy to know for sure.
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:47 PM   #29
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Exterior shower. Not a lot more but great for a quick rinse of kids, dogs and self.

Not sure exactly what TV ready includes, but I expect they run wire for a roof mount antennae, a power outlet and that they re-enforce the wall where the wall mount goes, at the very least. As suggested, I'd ask Tammy exactly what's included.

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:43 PM   #30
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Next time, we will have a marine plug put in for power, instead of the power cord that gets pushed into the storage bench under the dining table. The power cord gets grubby and that grub gets into the storage bench and means not much can be stored in that bench storage area.
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