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Old 11-03-2009, 12:53 AM   #31
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...


Not sure which model Escape you have, but I was told not to store anything under the rear driver side bench. On the 17B it is pretty much full of wires and plumbing and you don't want anything to get messed up.

As for cords and hoses, they all seem to get dirty and you still have to store them. Only suggestion I have is to run them through a paper towel as you coil them or in the case of the power cord, as you stow it.

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Old 11-03-2009, 08:59 AM   #32
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Quote:
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- 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
We did all that, except for A/C (but it is ready for when we want) and and Equalizer Hitch.

We also added a custom sink/stove combo, outside shower (not great for rinsing pets unless you can elevate them though), and a couple custom ideas particular you our wants.

TV ready means that there is an outlet ready to plug into, no bracket. We added an outlet at the dinette too, so I could easily hookup to my laptop there (our only planned TV for a few years).
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:59 AM   #33
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

I'm with Glenn on the cord wiping bit. I usually use a damp rag to wipe it clean, as my large dinette underbed area on that side is really inaccessible because the bed is always made up. However a detachable plug is a good idea. I think Tillium is/was doing that. This forum is a great place for sorting out your personal needs and wants as you build. BTW Thanks again Jeff!
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:53 AM   #34
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Dirk wired in a plug for his AC hookup, and now uses a detachable cable to hook up to power. Not a bad idea, as the cable now seems to get tangled up and does not stow neatly. I had thought of some kind of spool inside that winds the cable on, Oliver offers that I know.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:24 PM   #35
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A spool would be a great idea. Not sure I'd want to keep up with another loose cable. I'd be concerned I'd leave it behind sometime, and get where I was going and realize I was now "boon docking:.
The TV ready question. If you think you were going to use a TV (we did a TV/DVD combo for DVD's - don't watch TV at home, much less out), then I'd have Rease mount the arm for you. Then you know it's done right. If you think you would, but right now, have him install it, and remove the arm until you get the TV. There's only a long aluminum plate on the wall. Really not obtrusive at all.
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:33 PM   #36
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

We have a 15" MacBook Pro that we use in the VERY rare times we watch TV. I am hoping that TV ready means that there is a coax cable connected to the outside and to somewhere inside. I like the marine power idea as we living in the country and have lots of mouse problems.

Keep those ideas and recommendations coming -- and thanks so much!!

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Old 11-04-2009, 07:50 PM   #37
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Hey Escapees,

Tammy says the dual fuel water heater is $200 extra over the regular one. With is spending most of our time at non-electric sites, I am wondering if we would ever save that much in LP?

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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Eric, it is not just the dollar savings, because if you every do get a good chance to use hook-ups, it saves on the propane consumption and you don't have to change it out that often. If you will hardly ever be, or plan to be in the future, at a site with hook-ups, then it is maybe not needed. Until this year I have never used hook-ups, then on my 17 journey to Oregon, I used them quite a bit, mostly staying in state campgrounds.
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:55 PM   #39
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Hi: All... Our local A.S. dealer told me that they charge $500. to retro fit wall reinforcing for a TV arm. As for the dual fuel water heater we love ours...but then we're addicted to current bushes. Just remember to have water in the heater before turning on the current. OOOPS!!!
I have been thinking of changing our power cord to an exterior plug to keep out the dirt and at the same time hard wire in an inline surge protector. Alf
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:37 AM   #40
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

It helps to remember to just turn on the hot water spigot before you flip the switch to the H2O heater. I have made a check list for guests to use when hooking up and closing up an older travel trailer that I co-own. I find it helpful for myself as well!
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