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Old 11-12-2012, 11:23 PM   #21
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We tow our 17B with a Highlander, and also try to keep our weight down as much as possible. If you are trying to save money, my advice would be to give Up the hot water heater, as it is so easy to heat water for dishes and washing. I would also suggest not getting the extra hatch. We got one, but it is now covered up by the storage box which we love. We have the dual 6V batteries, LEDs and solar, and as others have mentioned, never worry about electricity. Again, if you are watching your pennies, wire for solar, and add the panel later. I would also go for the extra insulation and thermal windows. We have never used our hitch wheel either. Good luck!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:31 PM   #22
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Without the hot water heater, it's cold showers...
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:35 PM   #23
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Good point Baglo, I guess if you have the shower, you need the heater...unless you go with the solar bag that you hang in a tree...but that's getting carried away!
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:42 AM   #24
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Hi Jane,
We love our 15A and are fine with using bathroom facilities provided at campgrounds (mostly dry camping). We've moved up from a tent, and our Cozy Rosie seems like luxury! When we need hot water we heat it on the stove, avoiding the cost and weight of a grey water tank. A short hose and 5 gal. container suffices. Our porta potty sits in it's little cabinet under the dinette, unused--just in case.
The extra insulation pkg. is well worth the $$. --warmer in the cool weather, cooler on the warm days---and less moisture on the walls. Plus a bit less extraneous noise if you end up in a noisy campground.
The LEDs and the solar panel work great. We went with the 2 6 V batteries which are mounted in the exterior storage box. Our exterior hatch never gets used and we wouldn't get this option again. We have a permanent bed (raised up a bit) with 2 doors underneath---giving us lots of storage for extras---bedding, food, chairs, etc.
We pull with a RAV4 and did end up getting an equilizer hitch after a few trips and now enjoy greater stability and a more level tow.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:04 PM   #25
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Thanks Everyone, for your very helpful advice and offers. I think I have my order ready. Between the forum folks and the Escape team, I have gathered all of the information for my design. I can't wait until March 2013 to pick it up! This will give me plenty of time to learn to back up a trailer..... (I'll try not to ask for too much advice on that),

Almost final design:
Bike rack hitch (want the option to carry light loads on the back, would love the front fiberglass storage but can't afford)

Brake Controller
Dual 6V Batteries
Dual Propane
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Ext propane quick connect
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Hot H20 tank (hot shower is kind of a 'must have' with 10 day dry camping)
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More than I wanted to spend but there are so many nice options and I think this will suit me for years to come.


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Old 11-14-2012, 06:08 PM   #26
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:09 PM   #27
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Oops almost forgot - due to the great suggestions from the forum I am getting the trailer wired for solar and will buy a panel at some time.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:21 PM   #28
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My buddy Keath has the propane quick connect on his 19'.
He's never used it, but he does worry about breaking it off on a rutted road or trail. ( I note you plan to travel off-road ).
I don't have it for the following reasons. You are restricted by the hose where you put the BBQ and it's something to trip over. And you have to coil up and store a potentially wet and muddy hose.
I have a 10 lb. propane tank for the BBQ and you can get a 5 lb if you want to go even more compact.
You'll now hear lots of contrary opinions...
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:35 PM   #29
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You'll now hear lots of contrary opinions...
Not from me. I, too, am getting a 15A and decided to forego the exterior quick connect for the same reasons. It's expensive plus one has to buy a regulator for a camp stove anyway so it's just as easy to hook up to a 5-pounder and put the stove where you want it.
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My buddy Keath has the propane quick connect on his 19'.
He's never used it, but he does worry about breaking it off on a rutted road or trail. ( I note you plan to travel off-road ).
I don't have it for the following reasons. You are restricted by the hose where you put the BBQ and it's something to trip over. And you have to coil up and store a potentially wet and muddy hose.
I have a 10 lb. propane tank for the BBQ and you can get a 5 lb if you want to go even more compact.
You'll now hear lots of contrary opinions...
Yep, here comes the contrary.

I finally got around to getting a BBQ, and hooking it up to the quick connect early this spring. LINK of the review.

I have now used it this whole camping season, and I can't believe I never did it sooner. It is the epitome of convenience for using a BBQ while RVing. We just love this setup.

There is no issue at all with the hose, it coils up small and stows nicely, and no issue tripping on it at all. Whereas a bottle would always be in the way when stowed, and when in use.

Being hooked up the the twin tanks, there is little chance of running out either.

On a 17 day trip with friends this summer, they seldom pulled out their BBQ and bottle, instead opting to use ours. They are getting a new motorhome made for them right now, and were so impressed with our setup, they are getting a quick coupling installed.

The only negative to it at all is how the connection is installed. I would like to see it a bit better protected, and have plans to do so.
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