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Old 06-24-2018, 10:31 AM   #11
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I think the best advise has already been given, the trailer come quite well equipped any options you add should be tailored towards yours personal preference and camping style.
As for trucks, I would test drive different brands, choose your favourite then see what motor/tow package would best serve your needs.
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:36 AM   #12
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Detachable power cord (rather than pull-out) provides one less way for critters to get into your trailer, whether it's voles or mice or small rats or ants.

I drive a 2012 Dodge Ram full crew cab with a 5.6 bed with a Leer canopy (curves perfectly with the tailgate for water tight) with complete tow package, larger brakes, mid-range differential for happy medium for towing power vs fuel economy, running boards, heated/cooled seats, built-in inverter, larger fuel tank, and lots more. Yes, much of what's on the truck is not absolutely needed but, as someone here said, when you spend several hours in the truck, it's really nice to have it really comfortable and one less thing to worry about. A truck backup camera helps with hitching up when alone, even if you have a partner most of the time, and it helps when driving/parking without the trailer in tow. With the full crew cab and a shorter bed, I like having more secure and cleaner space to stow some stuff in the back seat of the truck, rather than putting everything in an 8' bed where it's more difficult to access, and it gives me the option of having passengers when I'm not camping, but still is a standard pickup length.

Trailer options ... sounds like you have a good idea of what you want already. As most folks say, it's all about what sort of camping you'll be doing. If you're in the US, then it would pay to have ETI install things rather than pay in the US to install them later because of the exchange rate. These are items I added and wouldn't want to be without:
More 120v outlets
More 12v USB/ciglighter outlets
Captains lights in all 4 dinette corners (much nicer light than the regular overhead lights and they are directional)
Toilet shutoff valve
Winterizing T valve
Dual 6V batteries (225 amps isn't too much for boondocking)
160W solar ... they'll install a second one too if you want. I'm adding a 100W suitcase solar so I can move it and angle it.
EMS
Trailer backup camera (great for driving and also for parking if you're alone)
Extra insulation and thermal windows (for heat/cold and also for noise reduction)
Aluminum rims (less rust than steel rims)
Left and right rear access doors
Front storage box (for the chocks and leveling blocks and a utility water hose and a secure box with dump tools/gloves and the crank for the stabilizer jacks and wood blocks to go under the jacks, etc, a box of clean rags, a box of rope/line, all the "dirty" stuff)
Reinforced walls, if there is ANY thought you might want to hang anything on those walls then they need to be reinforced.
Larger sink and taller faucet, then buy your own screw-on spray thingy for the end of the faucet.
Exterior light on the back of the trailer for backing at night and for security.
Add a bubble level on the front of the trailer.
The sand pads, absolutely a must.
Single Springfield table pedestal, but make sure it's the right height one, and if you do NOT have the U-dinette then make sure they install the pedestal so it centers the weight of the table ... my table cants about 10 degrees backwards because they didn't center it under the weight fore/aft, so I'll be moving it.

As mentioned, every owner's list will be different. And it's all changeable later! Buy something and go and have a good time!
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:55 AM   #13
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I use the thermal bathroom window a lot for ventilation including while in storage. The dust settles in the bathroom and I can wash it down the drain. Much better than having other windows open in dusty conditions. Camped in Dinosaur Nat. Monument last week and there were a lot of gnats. They came right thru the screens but most stayed in the bathroom 'cause I turned off all the other lights. Now I want to look into some no see-um-type screen mesh.
I also swapped the sink and stove locations. On the 5.0TA that meant I had to get a smaller kitchen window. I love it.
I got the outside shower and haven't used it yet, not sure I ever will but who knows.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:37 AM   #14
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Go for it

We got most options-but the one I appreciate most-though we don’t boondock often, is the solar panel with 6 volt batteries. They stay charged even through some very frigid days living in New England.
No regrets on any options.
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:54 AM   #15
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Detachable power cord (rather than pull-out) provides one less way for critters to get into your trailer, whether it's voles or mice or small rats or ants.

I drive a 2012 Dodge Ram full crew cab with a 5.6 bed with a Leer canopy (curves perfectly with the tailgate for water tight) with complete tow package, larger brakes, mid-range differential for happy medium for towing power vs fuel economy, running boards, heated/cooled seats, built-in inverter, larger fuel tank, and lots more. Yes, much of what's on the truck is not absolutely needed but, as someone here said, when you spend several hours in the truck, it's really nice to have it really comfortable and one less thing to worry about. A truck backup camera helps with hitching up when alone, even if you have a partner most of the time, and it helps when driving/parking without the trailer in tow. With the full crew cab and a shorter bed, I like having more secure and cleaner space to stow some stuff in the back seat of the truck, rather than putting everything in an 8' bed where it's more difficult to access, and it gives me the option of having passengers when I'm not camping, but still is a standard pickup length.

Trailer options ... sounds like you have a good idea of what you want already. As most folks say, it's all about what sort of camping you'll be doing. If you're in the US, then it would pay to have ETI install things rather than pay in the US to install them later because of the exchange rate. These are items I added and wouldn't want to be without:
More 120v outlets
More 12v USB/ciglighter outlets
Captains lights in all 4 dinette corners (much nicer light than the regular overhead lights and they are directional)
Toilet shutoff valve
Winterizing T valve
Dual 6V batteries (225 amps isn't too much for boondocking)
160W solar ... they'll install a second one too if you want. I'm adding a 100W suitcase solar so I can move it and angle it.
EMS
Trailer backup camera (great for driving and also for parking if you're alone)
Extra insulation and thermal windows (for heat/cold and also for noise reduction)
Aluminum rims (less rust than steel rims)
Left and right rear access doors
Front storage box (for the chocks and leveling blocks and a utility water hose and a secure box with dump tools/gloves and the crank for the stabilizer jacks and wood blocks to go under the jacks, etc, a box of clean rags, a box of rope/line, all the "dirty" stuff)
Reinforced walls, if there is ANY thought you might want to hang anything on those walls then they need to be reinforced.
Larger sink and taller faucet, then buy your own screw-on spray thingy for the end of the faucet.
Exterior light on the back of the trailer for backing at night and for security.
Add a bubble level on the front of the trailer.
The sand pads, absolutely a must.
Single Springfield table pedestal, but make sure it's the right height one, and if you do NOT have the U-dinette then make sure they install the pedestal so it centers the weight of the table ... my table cants about 10 degrees backwards because they didn't center it under the weight fore/aft, so I'll be moving it.

As mentioned, every owner's list will be different. And it's all changeable later! Buy something and go and have a good time!
Hi TacomaAnn!
Thanks for the detailed advice about the tow truck and trailer options! I'm getting smarter by the minute! We are going over the build list and deciding what things to toss or add more of. Great ideas on your list, like captains lights and extra USB/power outlets.
Many thanks!
Jerry and Ann
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:57 AM   #16
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We added so many extras and we tend to love all of them. We really like the back up camera and if you turn on your turn on the right headlights it will run the entire time you are driving which is a great feature especially in high traffic! If you have an option of the classic awning and the new auto version you might strongly consider the classic. It is stronger and much more durable. We have had both and we speak from experience. We have the u shaped dinnete and like it but only a kid could sit on the back seating area because the seat itself if rather narrow. We ordered the slider windows and get a good breeze. My husband like the connected elec. cord just fine. The front tool box is great. Outside shower we havent used yet. We bought the microwave and use it, It is a cheap one, but we liked the fact that they screwed it in securely and we didn't have to mess with securing our own. We choose our own fabric, counter tops, and flooring because I am not into brown. I went with lighter more colorful options that make me happy to be in small quarters. I do regret getting such an extrememly light almost white floor. It looks wonderful when spoltlessly clean, but how do you do that when out camping. We got the oven and have used it a couple of times to make muffins and pizza. We did get the solar panel and an option outdoor port for an extra panel for boondocking, probably over kill.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:37 AM   #17
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Hi Quilting Lady!
We appreciate your advice! This helps us as we debate what to put in and what to leave out. We've been thinking the same as you about the microwave, letting ETI bolt it down. Many good ideas!
Thanks!
Jerry and Ann
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:22 AM   #18
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Hi Quilting Lady!
We appreciate your advice! This helps us as we debate what to put in and what to leave out. We've been thinking the same as you about the microwave, letting ETI bolt it down. Many good ideas!
Thanks!
Jerry and Ann
Hi: Iamcumberbatch... Although the micro is inexpensive... the glass turntable isn't!!! Ours travels in with the folded linens. Alf
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Hi: Iamcumberbatch... Although the micro is inexpensive... the glass turntable isn't!!! Ours travels in with the folded linens. Alf
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Mine travels under the mattress.
Hi: Donna D... If I did that there'd be no room for my "Money" Alf
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