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Old 05-06-2016, 03:30 PM   #51
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Sorry -- I jumped in with my two cents too quickly -- I agree with Laura on this one -- probably best to get the kind of bedding you're already used to so that you're comfortable from the beginning.
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:00 PM   #52
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We got an extra grab bar on the other side of the door, as you are planning. After having both hips replaced, Kathy finds it helpful for entering the trailer.

You didn't mention grab bars in the bathroom. We decided to get an 18" (45 cm) one that screws firmly to the wall, which we had reinforced for that purpose. We thought of the suction cup type that would be easier to install anywhere on fiberglass, but found the idea of a suction cup breaking free of the wall when we had our full weight on it a terrifying thought!

We found the costs of shipping to Canada considerably higher, than within the US, plus the duty that was charged to ETI and eventually to us. The grab bar was the one owner-supplied item for which we succeeded in locating a Canadian vendor (Grab Bars Canada) who shipped directly to ETI at a low cost.

Incidentally, we found the standard toilet to be near ADA height and easy for us to use.
Very easy to install grab bars on wall in bath , hopefully you got walls reenforced . Would NOT use door to hold onto . In the 19 which is what I have and Artlady is getting you can also add a backer board in closet to screw in from inside bath . Also can use wall behind toilet same idea ,I have a cabinet there I made , on other side add a nice piece of wood that you screw in from bath. Use that nice piece say oak add hangers that screw in so it just is not a piece of wood if you like . Pat
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:07 PM   #53
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Possibly could reinforce wall opposite toilet and install bar beside sink, but that might be too long a reach.
Beside the sink shouldn't be too far... that's where the toilet paper holder is located. From the base of the toilet to that wall is only 27".
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:34 AM   #54
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Grab bars, solar, Umbra, oh my!

Hi guys,
I plan on contacting ETI about many of these modifications. The grab bars in the bathroom are a definite must! Thanx Pat and Art for the timely and much appreciated advice!

So, is this something one can do aftermarket ourselves, then? Especially on the cabinet wall that abuts the bathroom wall?

Solar- Another question about solar panels. Although we don't intend on Boondocking as of now, there may arise time in the future that we may do so. DH was considering a portable rollup solar panel kit, or something similar, if need be. Would this necessitate us having ETI build the trailer "solar ready", or is it relatively straight forward to install it ourselves ? We don't want the panels to be permanently attached to the roof, however. Has anyone done this after market, and connected the wiring directly?

Back-up cameras... Would you say this is a necessity? Again, do you know of any good-quality aftermarket systems we could use? Or is the price difference negligible regarding ETI's versus our own system?

Umbra hooks- Can you all recommend two or three spots where the Umbra hooks have been extremely helpful or necessary? I'll be sure to have ETI reinforce the walls there as well.

NWCat, True about the mattresses. I've become very pampered with my select comfort and now my hybrid air and memory foam mattress. I'm still researching various possibilities and combinations. We do plan on driving up to tour the factory and pick up our trailer, so we can bring something with us.

We are planning to spend some time in Northwest Washington, and then taking about a week or slightly more to travel back home. Is there a particular sub-forum that discusses best, scenic, and/or safe routes to drive on various trips? I just worry about some of the mountain passes through Montana! Yikes!

You all have been so kind and helpful, thank you so much!
I am so excited about this trailer, as I believe it will give me some more freedom to travel around. However, I do have a lot to learn! So, any more advice from your experiences will help immensely. And of course, I'm still researching on this extensive forum.
Have a good day y'all !
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:46 AM   #55
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The "solar ready" option offered by ETI would only work if you plan on mounting the panels to your roof eventually. Which is why we did not select that option. We are also thinking of portable solar panels eventually if we find we need one. So I'm interested in any answers that you get here about what is required to add one.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:17 AM   #56
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Back-up cameras... Would you say this is a necessity? Again, do you know of any good-quality aftermarket systems we could use? Or is the price difference negligible regarding ETI's versus our own system?

We are planning to spend some time in Northwest Washington, and then taking about a week or slightly more to travel back home. Is there a particular sub-forum that discusses best, scenic, and/or safe routes to drive on various trips? I just worry about some of the mountain passes through Montana! Yikes!
We added the back-up camera (which is also a review camera when you're driving; least the one installed by ETI is) as there will be many times I'm using the trailer on my own. Plus, I have one on my Toyota FJ and I *detest* driving without one now. You get so used to it giving you extra visibility and all that.

Anyway, if you're always traveling as a couple, which many do, you may feel you don't need that back-up camera. One of you can stand outside and yell directions at the driver. Or gesture wildly. Or use a walky-talky for directions. You know how you'll be using the trailer, so only you can really answer that question.

We're getting the ETI supplied camera as it was one less thing for us to install later on. I think I researched the price, but I've looked at so many things I can't remember all of 'em. Even if there was, since they install it, it was worth it to us.

There's probably lots of threads in the "Trips and Travel Planning" section of this forum that will help with your route. And, of course, all that will depend upon what time of year you're picking up. And it's just not MT you have to worry about - the passes in WA can be tricky at times during the winter. And then the one between WA and ID can be fun as well.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:54 AM   #57
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Hi guys,
I plan on contacting ETI about many of these modifications. The grab bars in the bathroom are a definite must! Thanx Pat and Art for the timely and much appreciated advice!

So, is this something one can do aftermarket ourselves, then? Especially on the cabinet wall that abuts the bathroom wall?

Solar- Another question about solar panels. Although we don't intend on Boondocking as of now, there may arise time in the future that we may do so. DH was considering a portable rollup solar panel kit, or something similar, if need be. Would this necessitate us having ETI build the trailer "solar ready", or is it relatively straight forward to install it ourselves ? We don't want the panels to be permanently attached to the roof, however. Has anyone done this after market, and connected the wiring directly?

Back-up cameras... Would you say this is a necessity? Again, do you know of any good-quality aftermarket systems we could use? Or is the price difference negligible regarding ETI's versus our own system?

Umbra hooks- Can you all recommend two or three spots where the Umbra hooks have been extremely helpful or necessary? I'll be sure to have ETI reinforce the walls there as well.

NWCat, True about the mattresses. I've become very pampered with my select comfort and now my hybrid air and memory foam mattress. I'm still researching various possibilities and combinations. We do plan on driving up to tour the factory and pick up our trailer, so we can bring something with us.

We are planning to spend some time in Northwest Washington, and then taking about a week or slightly more to travel back home. Is there a particular sub-forum that discusses best, scenic, and/or safe routes to drive on various trips? I just worry about some of the mountain passes through Montana! Yikes!

You all have been so kind and helpful, thank you so much!
I am so excited about this trailer, as I believe it will give me some more freedom to travel around. However, I do have a lot to learn! So, any more advice from your experiences will help immensely. And of course, I'm still researching on this extensive forum.
Have a good day y'all !
Hi Artlady , yes many items can be done later , lots of information and pictures on this forum to help . For hanging up your grab bars , which are very important to you , yourself or the person doing the installing ,has a understanding of the basics of installing items to walls for example ,length of screws to be used , what is needed for support for grabs etc. Solar , since you are getting the 19 and if you get the front box , your batteries will be in the front box , very easy to hook up folding solar panels to your batteries . We have the GoPower folding solar it comes with all the connections you would ever need . Amazon carries Go Power so you can take a look . Back up camera we also have but I don't know if Escape will install anything else . We have the Voyager wireless backup camera which Escape at the time installed for us . No problems so far . Umbra hooks we also have . I guess it is personal preference . Some of the places are outside bath walls , dinette wall , bed walls , but I think you will really like the fold up table option in bed area for things like books , clock etc. don't forget to check the idea's and pictures on the forum . Hope some of this helps . Pat
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:00 PM   #58
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The easiest solar add since you have the 19 with batteries on the tongue is to get a portable panel later when you want it and alligator clip onto the battery and deploy. Most all the portables come with everything you need and are simple.

We took a five umbra hook and ETI cut it down to four and we mounted on the cabin side bathroom wall towards the u dinette. Great location for coats etc.
A two hook would be nice if it fit on the front side of the door for keys, etc. On the kitchen side of the bed wall would be nice for hats.
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:29 PM   #59
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The easiest solar add since you have the 19 with batteries on the tongue is to get a portable panel later when you want it and alligator clip onto the battery and deploy. Most all the portables come with everything you need and are simple.

We took a five umbra hook and ETI cut it down to four and we mounted on the cabin side bathroom wall towards the u dinette. Great location for coats etc.
A two hook would be nice if it fit on the front side of the door for keys, etc. On the kitchen side of the bed wall would be nice for hats.
Nicely said Gregg ! Pat
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...Anyway, if you're always traveling as a couple, which many do, you may feel you don't need that back-up camera. One of you can stand outside and yell directions at the driver. Or gesture wildly...
When in a campground, I often watch inexperienced and/or bad trailers drive up and attempt to back into their campsites, often under the direction of their significant others. You would not believe some of yelling and gesturing that occurs in these situations. It sure makes me proud of my "nearly adequate" backing up abilities.
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