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Old 11-12-2012, 05:00 PM   #11
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Where are you located and where do you plan to camp most?
It makes a difference. You say you will be 75 per cent off-grid. For that reason, I would skip the dual-fuel hot water heater, but I'd go for dual propane tanks ( hate to have to drive 45 minutes up a lousy road to fill an empty tank ).
Get the trailer wired for solar so you can add that later if it fits your situation.
The bike rack hitch receiver can't be used to tow another vehicle in B.C. or in most states ( to my knowledge ). It's not permitted to tow a vehicle with a trailer ( a three-unit train ). I recall a guy on my fly fishing list that had to drop his boat, tow his trailer across state, drive back to pick up the boat trailer. Again, don't know what your circumstance might be.
Also, Toyota Canada and Toyota US could have different specs for the "tow package". When I got my RAV, the transmission cooler was standard in Canada, but optional in the US. And the Toyota hitch receiver was only class II. Weight Distribution Hitch requires class III. Was cheaper to get the class III done by after market provider.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:08 PM   #12
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I would recomend if you are not going to get the solar package that you have it pre-wired for it. makes the install later a breeze. I already had a solar set up so I had the factory prewire my trailer and install mine when I got there to pick it up. It was a very reasonable price. I believe it was somewhere in the range of 60-80 dollars to pre-wire. The other thought I had was that to dry camp for 10 days without solar you would have to be extremely frugal with power use. I don't even know that it would be posible without solar.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:11 PM   #13
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Your 15' will basically be a hard tent on wheels. Off the hard ground, safe & secure, and dry sleeping. I like the concept of light and simple. It wouldn't be for two old crows such as us but I think it's going to be great for camping in the northwest and Rockies.

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Old 11-12-2012, 06:26 PM   #14
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David - we currently camp in a 4 wheel brand pop up camper (on the back of a Tundra). It has about 5 cubic feet of living space and it can't be disconnected and left as a base camp. One of us loves it and one of us can barely stand it. So, for me, the little Escape is a huge step upward in quality of camping life...... Sounds strange, but we will end up having two camping rigs and stay married....
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:11 PM   #15
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So you tow the trailer behind the truck camper and each person can be happy!
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:54 PM   #16
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Hi Jane. To answer your queries from yet another point of view.

Bike rack ready gives you a 2" receiver welded on to the rear of the trailer. It can be used for anything that goes in a receiver, you just have to watch you do not put too much weight on it, thus taking it off the hitch.

You do need a brake controller, and as well as applying brakes along with the tow, it can be operated on its own, but this is usually only done to set them up, and should you need it in an emergency, like if the trailer was fishtailing.

Hitch wheel goes on the hitch and allows the hitch to be pushed around on paved surfaces. I have one, do you want it? I have only used it once in four years.

LED light package is a good thing to have. I just redid mine with good quality lights, and they were $15 each, which is down from where they were a few years ago.

I have the raised axle, and if I was doing it again, I doubt I would do it, and I do travel a lot off paved roads. At least with the 19, I would have lots of clearance anyway. But if you were going to be on really badly rutted roads, or trails off road, a lot, I would consider it.

Lots of differing opinions on the 12V DC power system. If you are trying to keep costs down, I would definitely forego the solar, and just use two 6V batteries. This is what I did, and the majority of my camping is off grid, and I have never had an issue with drained batteries. Sure, the solar keeps it topped off, but there is so much reserve with the two 6V that you can afford to drain them for a few days. The biggest culprit, by far, on battery drain is the furnace fan. If you are willing to keep warm under cozy blankets, then you can go for 4 nights with nights dipping to freezing with no problem. We usually bump the heat a bit first thing in the morning while getting geared up for the day, then it is off until evening again.

If you want solar can always be added later too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:39 PM   #17
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Still don't know where you are located. Huge difference between camping requirements for Corpus Christi or Yellowknife.
And, the Old Bag loves the idea of separate bedrooms...
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:01 PM   #18
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She is camping in the NW and Rocky Mountain states.
If the info is not with the avatar or in the signature, we miss it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:29 PM   #19
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Yup. I note your location isn't with the Avatar, but mine is. Your location is in the sig, but I'd like my sig the way it is and I'd like to have location, trailer and tow with the avatar, but can't figure out how. I don't know how the location ended up with the avatar on mine.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:22 PM   #20
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Glenn, it is under User CP, Your Profile, Edit the Details.

I take that back. Apparently, that doesn't work.
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