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Old 10-19-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Here I am looking for experiences of people already owning an Escape trailer:

What options and mods are you happy about that you got them (must-haves)?
Which ones would you have added now?
Which ones did you get, but are really not necessary/needed? (Even some regrets?)

I am curious about this one, because I am totally new to RVing. Although I think I know what I need and want. Learning from experienced people doesn't hurt though...

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Old 10-19-2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

I've added two DC outlets inside and I'd like a DC and an AC outlet outside.
I wish I had the stainless steel sink instead of plastic. Probably should have had it wired for air conditioning. The 3-burner stove wasn't necessary, but was only $75. We do most cooking outside and I don't think I've had two burners on at the same time. I probably would scrap the stove cover. Not much point having extra counter space if it covers the burners. Glad I got the 5.0 cu.ft. fridge instead of the 3.5 and a microwave. We don't microwave. I would go with the electric tongue jack, but it sure is noisy. There's quite a bit of cranking up and down to install the equalizer bars which is where the electric jack would be handy. I could use an exterior hatch for the compartment under the bed at the rear. It's awkward to make the bed, which you have to do after accessing the compartment from the top. I have one at the front and it's really useful. And, I'm looking for a better solution than the vinyl rock guards at the front.

And, I would have got the 19', except they weren't making it at the time. The extra 4" width means two people can pass one another in the kitchen area and having a table for four is really handy ( we never set the bed at the back up as a table ).

Nothing to with Escape, but I would have bought the nickel-plated, metal 3M self adhesive hooks first instead of replacing all the white plastic I bought.

What I do not regret is not drilling holes and attaching stuff that I later find would be better someplace else. I figure it's best to live with it for a year before filling it full of holes.

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Old 10-19-2009, 10:12 PM   #3
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Love:
  • inside DC socket and outside AC socket
    microwave (although the one installed is small and weak, I'll replace it this winter)
    outside lights on 3 or 4 sides
    double insulation, insulated glass and tinting
    • Wish:
      • On the 5.0, another set of lights at the front of the bed, not just the back
        LED lights
        dual water heater (elect and gas)
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:38 PM   #4
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

See this thread.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Thanks for all the input! I think my choices are sound so far, figuring in this experiences of many owners given in this and the other thread. The only thing I haven't thought of yet is whether to get an outside hatch access. How much does it cost per hatch door?

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Old 10-20-2009, 03:54 PM   #6
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

Gerda

Tammy quoted me $100. They come in only one size. I am planning for one on the drivers side front dinette. A 19' has a lot of storage space but not the easiest access. I will put an extra inside door on the passenger side dinette.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:14 PM   #7
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I definitely will add a hatch on the rear. Will be helpful for storage of tools, wheel chocks and such. The only other thing remaining that I am contemplating is whether I should do a similar window configuration than what was done on Sandra's Suite Escape. I love the idea of a very bright interior.
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:23 PM   #8
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

The front outside hatches are useful as well. I use those for the chocks and handles for the hitch and electric jack. Since I now use the front dinette for my granddaughter's sleeping, I sometimes think I should have had a door on the passenger's side (inside front). However, I think I could arrange for one to be placed if that becomes critical. I know it is a challenge to try and think of every possibility, but unless one lives close to the factory, my suggestion would be to get as many of the harder to configure options. One can always re-cover cushions or have those done easily. The H20 heater (I got a 2-way) is not (obviously) as easily undone. Enjoy!
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:26 PM   #9
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

We did not get the stove cover but after a 3 day try-out of our new trailer, we had the stove cover added for extra space to put things on. Washed dishes get put on a tee towel on the stove cover to drip dry.

We ordered two sheves in the wardrobe instead of a bar to hang clothes. Very happy with that decision.

We opted out of the awning which is standard and after 160+ nights in the trailer, we have thought an awning might be nice only once. We don't miss it and it's one less thing to fuss about.
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:47 PM   #10
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Re: Options and Modifications: Regrets...

shows how it's all in the eye of the beholder. I agree with the stove cover. Great for food preparation (we almost ALWAYS cook outside - matter of fact, I don't think we've ever cooked anything but coffee on the stove so far), and for us, to hold the dirty dishes, as we use the extension and a dish drainer for drying.
but, we always put out the canopy, one because it's so easy to do, and second (unlike the Casita's which WASN"T easy, and allowed massive leaking off the roof) it's great to divert rain as we get in and out the door, and third, great for shading that side of the camper from the sun.
One thing I wouldn't get again, is the remote gas line (quick disconnect). You have to have a stove that is low pressure and that runs off the same pressure as the reducer on the trailer. Though it may come in handy when I eventually get my propane powered generator.
One other thing, like in your house, you can't have enough outlets, for when you are on shore power.
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