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Old 10-23-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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Panicked About Build Sheet

I'm slightly panicked about my final build sheet due date of 10 Nov for my 17B.

Please suggest additions or deletions to my current list of options:

Dual 6V batteries
Solar Panel
Surge Protector
Window in bathroom (I may delete this)
Thermal windows and extra insulation
LED brake lights
Air Conditioning
Microwave
Shelves in closet
Starter Kit

I've never owned or used an RV. Thank you!
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:26 PM   #2
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Keep the window in the bathroom, dump the micro wave.. Microwave uses a lot of power, with solar panel and batts, you want to use less power, not more, Just my humble opinion.....John, 17A owner
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:35 PM   #3
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I question the window in the bath. There is a vent and it's not like you'll be taking long, hot showers. It's supposed to be handy for running a hose in to flush the black tank, but I just carry a fifty-foot garden hose for that purpose. I've only flushed at a full service site, where I have plenty of time to run my garden hose in through the door. Never done it at a sani-dump where it would inconvenience others waiting to dump.

At home, I call the microwave a "broccoli maker" since it's only used for that purpose. A pot with a steamer basket is more versatile. Might reconsider if somebody comes up with a propane-powered microwave.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:43 PM   #4
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My two cents:

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Please suggest additions or deletions to my current list of options:

Dual 6V batteries We like having them with the solar.
Solar Panel
Surge Protector Yes. We had a couple of campsites so far where the surge protector clamped a surge and saved our wiring.
Window in bathroom (I may delete this)Love the bathroom window, not just for light and ventilation, but it also gives you a handy way to get a hose inside for cleaning the black tank.
Thermal windows and extra insulation Money well spent. Slightly quieter, the AC and heater don't work as hard, and condensation is reduced.
LED brake lightsExtra visibility.
Air Conditioning Depends on where you live and camp. We need it.
Microwave Rarely use one at home, so we nixed it.
Shelves in closetYep, we converted our closet to a pantry with shelves, and we find it very handy. We don't take any camping clothes with us that need hanging, so it made sense.
Starter KitMeh. You can get what you need at Camping World or Wally World or wherever.
I'd add the storage box. It's pricey but handy.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:43 PM   #5
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dump microwave and stater kit. you can pick up everything that is in the starter for cheaper at walmart or camping world. and i agree on the storage box especially on the 17.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:54 PM   #6
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I question the window in the bath. There is a vent and it's not like you'll be taking long, hot showers. It's supposed to be handy for running a hose in to flush the black tank, but I just carry a fifty-foot garden hose for that purpose. I've only flushed at a full service site, where I have plenty of time to run my garden hose in through the door. Never done it at a sani-dump where it would inconvenience others waiting.
I agree. Don't bother with the bathroom window. I've never understood how poking a garden hose in through the bathroom window is so much more convenient than walking it in through the door. The ceiling vent will get rid of any stale air.
Ask Escape whats in their $160.00 starter kit and see if you need all items.
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:00 PM   #7
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Personally, I think your list is pretty good, especially putting $$ into the solar, 6v, and thermal.

Our previous 17B the bath was pretty tight and the window probably would have made it seem a bit larger, but if budget becomes an issue I'd lose the bath window.

My wife would not buy into dumping the microwave.

Since you don't have the items from a previous RV the starter kit would be a convenience, but you might save a little bit of $ just buying most of that stuff ahead at wally or amazon.

I don't see any custom fabric, formica, etc. This is a really good time to consider some custom items if the budget allows. Later on down the road changing upholstery, countertops, etc. becomes tougher to do.

What are you going to tow with, Steve?
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:00 PM   #8
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I've quit buying "RV toilet paper" at outrageous prices, especially that crap sold at Canadian Tire.
I got 12 double rolls of Cascades for about $6 at an Osoyoos grocery.
According to the label, it is safe for septic, sewer and RVs, boats.

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Old 10-23-2015, 03:02 PM   #9
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We have both opening bathroom and kitchen windows, and love having them. The bathroom window provides ventilation rather than having to pull cool or warm air out of the trailer, depending on how hot it is outside. And my standard use of the stove is to turn on the vent fan and crack the kitchen window when we turn on the stove.

We also got the exterior shower and use it to provide the black tank flush, and I found it much handier than I thought it would be.

I would keep the dual 6v batteries, solar, surge protector, thermal windows and extra insulation, LED brake lights, air conditioner, and not the microwave, shelves in closet, or starter kit. We use the microwave space for our pantry, and we do like hanging our coats and pants in the closet when we are not wearing them.

EDIT: Also consider the digital thermostat. It works well with the AC and heater
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Agree with Glenn on the TP. We have a cabin with a septic and the TP approved for septic use works fine in the trailer as well. Quite a bit of difference in cost from the RV Toilet Paper.
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