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Old 11-11-2017, 09:34 PM   #1
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What options would you not want to live without?

Hi,

In doing research on an Escape 19, I am wondering what you feel are then most essential options to have.

The plan is to take week to month long trips throughout the West.

Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:20 PM   #2
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Hi,

In doing research on an Escape 19, I am wondering what you feel are then most essential options to have.

The plan is to take week to month long trips throughout the West.

Thanks!
Mary,
Do a search on options, there are many threads on this subject. We all have opinions on this and have stated them before. Your question is a common one. Just recently your question was discussed in detail. I personally think extra insulation thermal windows, solar, dual six volt batteries, storage box, AC are some of the important options to get. We put $10,000 worth of options on our trailer. It really is fun to research and pick your options.
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:28 PM   #3
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It comes standard with everything that's essential.

Favorite options are solar, larger battery capacity, thermal windows/insulation, A/C with digital thermostat, exterior gas quick connect, counter extension, and the surge protector. Most used option would be the foot flush toilet. Everyone's favorites differ.
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Old 11-11-2017, 11:19 PM   #4
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gosh we put $10,000 of options on our 21'

did tons of research here on the forum

you just have to read lots of threads, and maybe post a few specific questions...

keep a spread sheet....

just read thru the list of options, and figure out what might suit you now, and later.

you didnt mention camping with hookups , or without?

we like the quiet sites with no hookups, and running the fridge on 12v while towing, plus shady campsites, so to us dual 6v + TWO solar panels on the roof of our 21; was important.

we like cold weather camping, and extra quiet, so thermal windows, wall + belly insulation.

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Old 11-19-2017, 11:31 PM   #5
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Based on experience with other rv's one option I did go wo is the antenna. My thinking rightly or wrongly is that if I'm out boondocking I won't be able to get a signal and if I'm not boondocking I am probably in a rv park and many of them have cable, which I did get. Now to be clear, I also don't watch a lot of tv, especially when on the road.
When choosing options or not, the key is to think about what kind of camping u will be doing.
Granted this can be tough to do if this is ur first camper or u later decide to change camping styles. I ended up adding a significant number of options as well.
One I did go back and forth on was the stereo CD player and I ended up getting it and am glad I did.
Lastly, I'd think a little bit about resale. There r some options that r very popular which will broaden the appeal of ur Escape when u delude to sell it.
Good luck, and remember deciding on options is one of the most important decisions u will make in ur life time...right up there w choosing a spouse!
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Old 11-20-2017, 01:31 PM   #6
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I really like the solar, dual 6v batteries, and inverter, but like others have said it is really a personal preference thing. We did a month trip after picking up the trailer doing a lot of boondocking and never had an issue with the power.

The one comment I will make as your deciding what options is to consider how difficult it will be or how much it would cost to add any given option later.
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Old 11-20-2017, 01:43 PM   #7
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I would tend to go with the options that are difficult or impossible to add at a later date and with the options that allow you the greatest flexibility in where and when you camp . Escape thankfully offers a vast array of options but trying to choose can seem overwhelming at times . I am cheap and a form following function type of guy so I would go for things like solar with dual batteries or the added insulation with thermopane windows over custom counter tops but that's just my personnal preference and my wife says I have no sense of decorating so I would probably make the wrong choice anyway
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:10 PM   #8
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The way the dollar is, we have all of that. I can now see if there are spills on the counters which I could not with the standard. But then everyone does not have my eyesight!

After eight months' worth in our 19', we needed a big change in the 21' so we have as much new and different as we could get. I would have changed the woodwork if I could!
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The way the dollar is, we have all of that. I can now see if there are spills on the counters which I could not with the standard. But then everyone does not have my eyesight!

After eight months' worth in our 19', we needed a big change in the 21' so we have as much new and different as we could get. I would have changed the woodwork if I could!
Cathy what do your counters look like ? Pat
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Cathy what do your counters look like ? Pat
Pat, we have light gray counters. Hard to see how light in this photo but you get the idea. You can enlarge it to see better. The floor is also the same shade of gray and did not even plan that! Fine with me.
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