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Old 07-29-2012, 09:30 PM   #11
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Re: Factory Modifications?

As far as protecting your rig from UV, I highly recommend you do some research on "303 Aerospace Protectant". It's a silicone based protectant that I've used on plastics for years. Think Armorall, only it's good. That's all I use on everything on my 19's exterior, including the tires.

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Old 07-29-2012, 11:36 PM   #12
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Thanks Bruce, never heard of it before. Amazon has 193 reviews on it if anyone wants to read about it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:19 AM   #13
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Just read the label before you apply it.

I have something that I think is similar called NuFinish and I've never actually used it because the label said not to apply it over previously waxed surfaces. So, I gathered that you had to remove any wax first and then apply it. Too much like work to me.

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Old 08-04-2012, 12:26 AM   #14
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Thank you Harley Jim, Escape Artist and everybody else that replied to this thread. Between your posts here and elsewhere on this forum and all that I've read on a number of other forums....many emails and a couple phone calls back and forth with Tammy, I believe we've got the build sheet for our 5.0 fairly well nailed down.

I just need to say that Tammy gives incredable customer service......I believe unlike any I've ever received for such a major purchase. It's truely been one on one personal service and she does it with a great attitude.

Again, we've had boats, even cruisers so we're used of small spaces and facilities in that regard however, the RV lifestyle and fiberglass trailers are totally new to us. So the help that we've gotten from Tammy and all of you (many of you have helped us in educating us or given us ideas by posts that you did long before we ever came to this forum.....you've still helped us, just the same!) has been incredable and we really, really appreciate it. Thank you again, everybody.

Now, on to our 5.0 build list:

Stainless steel stove, rangehood, sink, stove cover (and hopefully the new 6.7, 3 way refer!)
6.3 refer upgrade
11,000 BTU A/C
Additional opening window over the sink.
3 aluminum rims
bike rack ready
dual 6V batteries
exterior dog wash.....I mean shower
exterior access hatch

95w solar panel (I'm seriously considering having Reace put two up there for when we're boondocking, watching TV, laptop for hours, etc.......would you consider two if you had it to do again?)

LED interior light package
LED exterior light package
countertop microwave
opening window in bathroom
removeable power cord
screen room
stereo
surge protector

Thermal windows and double insulation upgrade as well as water tank heaters and foam insulation.

2 coaxel & TV antenna w/power amplifier (one above the bed on swivel and one over the dinette......for when we want to watch different programs or when the grandchildren are with us, one or two at a time for a week and using headphones).

2 wall mount extendable arms for the TVs.

4 full extension drawers just to the right of the entry door, built in to the cabinet (as somebody here did for theirselves......thanks for the idea!).

3 12v recepticles (one at the wall end of the dinette, one at the cabinet to the right of the entry door where the other TV will be mounted and the original 12v recepticle in the kitchen cabinet.

Captains lights (flexable, adjustable, focus beam, led, individual reading lights) at the head of the bed.

Digital t-stat for the heater and A/C
...

Also considering a taller bar faucet for the sink (in order to get larger bowls, pots, etc. under the faucet easier. Going to see if one is available with a pull out nozzle. If anybody knows of one, I'd sure appreciate it if you'd let me know. Prefer a quality brand American made faucet.

I'd also like to hear all your thoughts on doubling up the solar panel for extended boondocking and not having to skimp so much on the use of electronics, etc?

One other question.....for those of you with experience (any experience is more than we have). I know that the dual pane windows and heavier insulation will help a lot when it's hot out. I've also read that the A/C will not run off the 12v or the Honda 2000 generator. For those times when we do get caught in the triple digits is it possible to run the A/C with a Honda 3000 generator. What, exactly, would it take to run the A/C if we weren't anywhere near a power tree and it's 110F out?

I have to say.....I'm 61 yrs. old and while we're anxious about this new adventure in life and are anxious to get on with it, there's also a part of me that's just a bit nervous about it. I think it's that I'm nervous that there's someting I'm not thinking about right now......that once we're in to it I'll be thinking "oh man, why didn't we think of that before hand and have Reace do it?" So if there's anything, anything at all that you would consider or have done that I'm not thinking of......please, please post it here? It will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:48 PM   #15
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Re: Factory Modifications?

Your build sheet looks good but I think that you should consider adding the "Two-way Hot Water Tank". The stock unit is propane only but the 2-way is propane or 120v electric (or both at the same time if you're really in a hurry).

I ran the AC on my Escape 19 at the EAA Airventure Fly-in last week when the outside temperature was 104F using my Honda EU2000 generator. It worked great but only if I did not use Eco mode. I have modified my AC by adding a SmartStart http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=1282.0 so I can't say if a stock unit would work with the same generator.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:55 PM   #16
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Cathy post 8 and Reace post 10. Honda 2000 Genny will run factory a/c
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:02 PM   #17
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I skimmed over your list, so my vote for the exterior shower may be something you've already considered. The 2-way water heater is a real bonus. I had Reace wire all the outside lights to s single interior switch...which prevents unintentionally leaving one burning.

I also had an additional window put in over the counter to the left of the door (as you enter). It opens, but the extra window over the sink does not. I wish I had asked for an opening window over the sink as well.

I had the storage area under the bottom step opened up so I could store a long gun in there...but haven't used the area for that; Deb snatched that spot up before I could claim "dibs"

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Old 08-04-2012, 10:20 PM   #18
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Hoakie, Alf, anybody else with a 5.0......do I need a Maxx Fan over the bed or is the stock "vent" enough?

If you open the vent over the bed and then turn the stock Maxx Fan on set to draw air out of the trailer it pulls air in through the loft vent and then out the Maxx Fan. This creates a great breeze in the loft area. I leave it on overnight when it's hot; even when boondocking as the fan draws very little current.

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Thanks for the tip Barry.....sure makes sense, after thinking about it.

On another note.....does your 5.0 have an oven? Was that standard or an option?
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:59 PM   #19
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As far as protecting your rig from UV, I highly recommend you do some research on "303 Aerospace Protectant". It's a silicone based protectant that I've used on plastics for years. Think Armorall, only it's good. That's all I use on everything on my 19's exterior, including the tires.

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Bruce, I took your advice and researched this product, 303 Aerospace Protectant. Recommended by a number of RV pubications, Tapp Plastics and others where it comes to protecting fiberglass from UV damage.

With an SPF rating of 40, it looks like this is the answer to my question. Besides being able to do the job of protecting the gelcoat finish and maintainin a "new" appearance, it also looks like it's relatively easy to use. I suspect the hardest part (the same as when you're waxing any large vehicle) is the middle area of the top. Some people will cut corners on the top however, it's the area that takes the biggest beating and suseptable to sun (UV) damage because it's pretty much a direct hit all day long.

Here's a link regarding this product being used with fiberglass specifically.... http://303products.com/index.php/pro...ver-buff-again
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:00 PM   #20
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Don't forget the light on the street side for this nighttime hookups.
Thanks Jim. Tammy said the 5.0 comes standard with a light on the driver's side, a light on the passenger side and a light up under the front, by the propane tanks......three exterior lights are standard.
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