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Old 01-02-2017, 12:46 PM   #1
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Wishes and Regrets

My wife and I are working on our build sheet for a 21' we are wondering if anyone has regretted getting an option or wishing they had gotten mote options?
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:00 PM   #2
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We pretty much ordered most of the options available at the time and even though we haven't used some of them, they are there if we want them. The only mistake I feel we made is getting only one shelf in the wardrobe, 10 inches from the bottom. I would go with 2 or even 3 if doing it today, I know I can always add them later but I am a big stickler about having accessories factory installed rather than doing them later. But the biggest thing in getting everything so perfect for us was all of the advice found on this forum. Without it, I think it would have really been botched. Loren
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:16 PM   #3
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The only mistake I feel we made is getting only one shelf in the wardrobe, 10 inches from the bottom. I would go with 2 or even 3 if doing it today
We got 2 shelves and I really like it. I think they have nice spacing and it's been perfect for the things I'm wadding in there.

One thing I would have liked that I never thought of, so I don't know if they do it. Add a second undercounter light in the kitchen. I really like LOTS of light when I'm cooking. I was never able to see the trailers with power when we were at ETI, so I didn't realize another light would have been nice. We got two magnetic ones to put under the hood, which should help a bit.
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:20 PM   #4
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Thank you for your input, this form has been invaluable in helping to choose options and gain information. We are looking for ideas, we will be doing some camping in paid camp grounds some free camping and visiting rec sites through out BC and other provinces. We plan to head South next winter for 3 or more months.
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:21 PM   #5
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If you were to read through previous threads on options, and even ones discussing just this topic, you will see a broad spectrum of options that some like, and others don't care to have. That said, only you can decide what is best for you. And don't forget, that most options are doable after the fact if one decides later that they are needed. A thermal package is one that is not doable, dual fuel water heater upgrade would just be a waste of money, and a few other things, but not much.

I would bet if folks were honest, there are likely WAY more options added and not used than ones they really wish they had of got. For me, options I am getting this time for the most part were not even available in 2009.

Ones I got in our first trailer, and would not do again are;
- Built in stereo, as it does no good for outside where we usually are wanting to listen, and technology rapidly changes. I love listening to music, but our bluetooth speaker does well for that, as well as boosting sound for our TV.
- Exterior shower on drivers side (not convenient for our use, but I am going to install one - one the passenger side in our 5.0.

Things I am adding to the 5.0 that we did not have in the 19 are;
- Air Conditioning - would have used it maybe 6-10 times in 6 years with the 19, but getting it in anticipation of travelling to hot places.
- Solar Ready so I can do whatever I wish for solar. Solar was not even available when I bought in 2009.
- Removable power cord. Was not available when we bought either, but I added it later and much prefer it.
- Surge protector. Again, was not available, but you know, just in case.....
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:36 PM   #6
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We got 2 shelves and I really like it. I think they have nice spacing and it's been perfect for the things I'm wadding in there.

One thing I would have liked that I never thought of, so I don't know if they do it. Add a second undercounter light in the kitchen......
You mean under upper cabinet lights? We have two: one over the sink and one about 8" left of the range hood. You only have one light illuminating the counter?
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Only regret - not ordering sooner!
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Only regret - not ordering sooner!
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Many factory options can be adied at a later date by the owner.
If one has the time , skill , tools , knowledge than doing it yourself may make sense if not having Escape perform the installation may be a better route. We have done several owner mods that were available factory options to our trailer and after adding up the cost of the parts and placing some value for my labor ,there was little or no real cost savings . Everyone has different ideas about what is useful , we like our dual fuel water heater and have added a built in stereo .
We do not have any factory options that we wish we did not buy , but there are several factory options we wish we would have purchased. We do not have the electric tongue jack and now that my arthritis has gotten worse , I wish we did . As I get older there are many options that when I was younger were not necessary and now they would be very useful.
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Old 01-02-2017, 02:14 PM   #10
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The only option we didn't buy was the solar. I figured that the trailer would probably be in the shade most of the time when parked and the TV charges it when traveling. Of course, the wife was adamant that she had to have at least electric/water when camping - after the build sheet was final, she says Quartzite would be fun. Go figure

Well, I can always go portable!
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