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Old 05-04-2012, 02:11 AM   #1
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screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

HI,
I am new to this forum. My husband and I just decided to purchase a 19 foot escape. We are looking at all of the options unsure what is worth the price.
I would love to hear from someone who has the screen room and whether they thought it was a worthwhile purchase. My daughter is well loved by mosquitos and the extra carrier might be nice. Then there is the possibility of sleeping in the "screen room" some nights.
We are not getting the microwave, but I am thinking of taking our toaster oven on the road instead.
Do most people get the removable power cord because of bug issues??
Thanks for reading. We are excited!
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:34 AM   #2
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

Hi: Cindy L... WELCOME!!! We have the screen room and I think the dome snaps for it are better put on the trailer at the factory. I'm sure we'll use it more when we're set up in one spot for longer periods.We have the micro. and sometimes I wish we had a toaster oven too!!! I would opt for the removable cord as when the trailer is plugged in at home it's a super highway for creepy crawlys. We put an adhesive bug trap pad in that compartment that attracts them and they get stuck on it. Alf
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

Hi Cindy, welcome aboard. Congrats on your purchase.

We opted away from the screen room, and am glad we did. Unless it is raining, or the rare occasion to get away from the sun, we are rarely under the awning anyway. We do not tend to hang around the trailer that much. We do have a stand alone mesh dining tent that has seen use on a couple occasions during bug season.

We too opted away from the microwave, and enjoy using the space it would take as our pantry. A toaster oven is not that heavy, but it would take up a bunch of storage space. The biggest drawback with one is that unless you are hooked to electricity, it is just taking up space. If you search back, there are a few options for both toasting and baking discussed that do not use electricity.

Much of this will depend on how you intend to use your trailer.

I would likely go the route of a removable power cord, but it was not an option 3 years ago. In fact, I am strongly considering changing over. A couple of the prongs in the type I have broken, from stowing it away in freezing temps.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

Another Welcome!

I have the Marinco detachable power cord & love it. I also opted to go without a microwave & use a microwave sized toaster oven (a Crusinart TOB 155).

I rarely stay in one place long enough to make a screen room useful, but if you do, it probably makes sense.

As to other options, there are a couple of older & current threads discussing options, including
this One
from another individual looking to purchase a 19 foot Escape. I tried doing a search for "options" but that gets too many returns from people listing the options on trailers they are selling; you probably have to dig through the individual forum sections.
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:42 PM   #5
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

All good comments so far, here is an added consideration on the screen room. I do not have the screen room, of course I have the awning. My experience with the awning probably applies to the screen room. I do not leave the awning extended if I am going to be gone from the campsite or during the overnight. The issue is wind. One too many time I had to retract the awning when a storm blew in during the night.

Perhaps the screen room improves the stability of the awning, this I do not know. It still would be a concern.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:23 PM   #6
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

Hi from another Portland, Oregon resident. Screen room... I understand... my daughter gets histamine reactions from mosquitos. But remember in Oregon, our state bug... slugs... they don't fly. I found with my child, a fan to keep the air moving also kept the mosquitos out of the area. That's why at the beach, if there's a breeze... there's also NOT a mosquito problem. If you decide you want a screen room, absolutely get it from Escape so the "buttons" are professionally attached to your trailer. However, you MAY find a stand-alone screen "house" which you can put over the picnic table and a fan... is all you need or want.

Good luck on your decision.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:55 PM   #7
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

I have the screen room, but have yet to need it.

If I find myself in a cloud of mosquitoes and black flies, I'm gonna move.

On the Skagit River there are two campsites. One is up river with a few mosquitoes. The other is at the lake ( read swamp ) and seems popular with mosquitoes and other irritants ( read ATVs and powerboats ). Sometimes, it's easiest just to find another spot.

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Old 05-05-2012, 08:23 PM   #8
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power cord

Thank You for all of the replies.
Sounds like the removable power cord is a good way to go.
We have a toaster oven I thought I wanted to bring, but I'm taking your advice to check out small toaster type appliances made for RVs.
I want that screen room, but don't want to regret it

Thanks again!
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:40 PM   #9
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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

BTW, Cindy L is my better half.

Apparently I am logged into the forum on every computer in the house. Time to uncheck that "log in forever" button ...

I worry about the electricals, Cindy worries about the bugs. If only I could convince her that solar panels will keep the bees away!

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Re: screen room, toaster oven and removable power core

Alf, don't you have one of those skirts with slits just inside the cord door? The bugs are getting in past that?

Paul, that seems as if it is a lot of trouble to take that awning down and then up again but definitely smart with any possible wind. Never would have thought of doing that. Requires knowing the weather report all of the time. I was thinking of getting one of those weather radios.
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