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Old 06-18-2013, 12:33 AM   #161
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Hi there, a my first post...

We have a 5.0 ~ 2010 and well, I love the additions we have. First I'll mention that I want my cake with all the trimmings when camping. With that said, we have:
* the solar panel ~ great for boondocking (2 weeks in yosemite, no power, fabulous)
* a 1500 inverter ~ couldn't believe we survived without it all this time (just had it installed). We don't need to carry a generator with us (expensive, heavy, and takes up room).
* microwave ~ we frequently reheat leftovers and it's easier to micro, than get out pots/pans and clean more. It's quick, clean, doesn't add heat (on hot days) and we have ours hooked up to the inverter outlet, so even if we are dry camping ~ we can still use the microwave and make our espresso latte's in the morning. :-)
* new vents in the bathroom door allowing heated air to circulate in the bathroom. Reace just added these for me ~ they work ~ I love them!
* we choose not to get shelves in our closet area. We hang our bulkier jackets, sweaters, jeans, etc in there.
* the propane line is extremely convenient using our modified weber 120 grill. (Reace can help you modify the barbecue).
* have yet to use the airconditioner or tv antenna, but will someday.
* we too have the thermo insulation and duo-pane windows.
* we usually bring our bicycles - the hitch was a must (especially using our 5.0). With the bike rack in the back, we repositioned our back lights so they could be seen clearly by rear traffic.
* we too have LED's inside and out. We used an amber light near the front door so bugs wouldn't be attracted to the light and make their way into the trailer.

Have fun... enjoy! Beth

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Old 06-18-2013, 01:25 AM   #162
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Welcome, Beth! Sounds as if you have everything in order. We use the closet as a regular closet also and don't know what we would do without it.

I have had the opposite experience with the shower. Used hot water so that the shower was very warm while outside of it was unheated and cold. We could have been running heat but were not. Depends on the season and the weather.

We also switched to the amber light after getting a ton of bugs in! Much better now.

I can tell you love your 5.0.

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Old 06-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #163
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Thank you Cathy...

Yes, love our 5.0 dearly. And yes, regarding the shower vents - depends on the weather outside. If it is hot outside, I may want the shower cooler - still, the vents should work fine for that (hot or cool). When using the fan in the shower, it draws the air from the main cabin. So if you've heated the main cabin, it will be warm. If you haven't heated it, and you have the insulation package I bet it is cool in the main cabin and therefore it will cool down the shower/toilet area. Not sure if it will work for all, I'm happy with it so far. :-)

Regarding other things I like. I think I've found a decent way to stock the "kitchen" cabinets above the sink and dinette area. When I can - I'll post pictures, and know that I'm open to better solutions.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:02 AM   #164
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I've gone back and studied this thread as we get ready for our 19. I think John and Jim made mention of LED strips they put over the storage bins. It sounds like this is a do it yourself thing? Is it fairly easy to do -- or would you recommend we ask Reace to do it at the factory? Thanks, Ruth
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:17 AM   #165
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I don't think Escape has done this, but you certainly could ask. I got the idea from Jon, and gained a whole bunch of brownie points with my wife. I just spliced into existing 12V wires. A couple I had to fish in, but it was not too tough. I added the switch for each cabinet to the side of the frame, out of the way, but easy to use.

Minimally, I bet Escape would leave you some wires you just have to connect to. The effect is fantastic, you can actually clearly see in every corner of the cabinets.

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Old 08-13-2013, 07:56 AM   #166
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I merely took a string of xmas led lights and stapled them to the bed underside and plugged in at the outlet by the bedside under the refer. That way I can plugin if I'm on electric and see underneath for items.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #167
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Jim is correct. When building our 15B, I had Escape place the appropriate wires in all of the upper cabinets so that I could add lights at a later date. It was not a problem for them at all. I can't remember the cost, but it was minimal.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:57 PM   #168
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I plan on using these Waterproof SMD Bar in the cabinets,bed, table seats in bright white with these Adjustable Door / Hood Pin Switch. I am debating under trailer lighting for night time backing and setting up / breaking down at night your crouched down doing connections and leveling and the lights on the sides and front are above you. I really don't like yelling at myself to get out of my light people stop and stare and such. :}

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Old 08-13-2013, 03:05 PM   #169
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My LED cabinet lights are still going strong. I did suggest to Tammy that they consider cabinet lighting as an option, but they were concerned about them being left on with the cabinet closed - possible fire problem. While the LEDs don't get very warm and I've left mine on with closed doors for hours with no problems, I can understand her concern if there was a failure of one of the strips in a cabinet stuffed with clothing or other flammable stuff.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:16 PM   #170
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Hey Jon.

I have used LEDs in the past for many things, they can get warm if not made right or closed in to much by a housing of some sort. All in all though the chances of them setting fire to anything is very slim. By using the pin switches there is no chance of leaving them on they only light when the doors, lids open and shut off immediately on closing. Other Items I am going to be using in conjuction with them are a prioritystart box ( prevents battery draw down below starting ability) see Priority Start - Galls marine grade breaker and 6 mini atc fuse panel. I will be using a timer circuit for the under body lights if I do them so even if I accidentally left them on they will shut off in 30 min on thier own. Not that I AHEM would be that forgetful or rush in a heavy rain or some such thing lol.


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