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Old 12-07-2017, 03:47 PM   #1
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If one were to plan on full timing and were looking at the build list....

What should one make sure they get built and way?



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Old 12-07-2017, 03:59 PM   #2
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There are several full timers who may chime in...Fred and Dora comes to mind.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim!

If you plan to do any dry camping, I would definitely get the solar panel on the roof and provide ETI with a Zamp Solar plug, so the can wire it to the controller that they install. That way you are ready to connect a portable solar panel too.

I would also go for the 1500W inverter that they offer. We use it all the time when we are without hookups. Here are some of the items we run on the inverter. (one at a time).

Samsung printer: 550W
Keurig coffee mkr: 1000W
Toaster: 750W
Stanley Vac: 600W
Hairdryer/low spd: ~600W

I can send you our build sheet if you “pm”me. We would also be available to answer any questions as best as we can.

Or, text me directly at 972-965-1629.

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Old 12-08-2017, 12:26 AM   #4
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We full timed for a year in a 17B, traveling around the US and Canadia, and used every feature on our trailer, from solar to high lift axle. Two things that our 17 lacked and that led us to get a 19 are the oven and the permanent queen bed. Other options that we would not do without, in no particular order: dual 6V batteries, solar!, front storage box, thermal package with windows and spray foam underneath, extra windows in bath and kitchen, extra 12V/USB/120V outlets, outside shower, 2way water heater, inverter, EMS, removable power cord, LED awning light, AC, power tongue jack, shelves in wardrobe, propane quick connect. For full timing you might also consider WiFi or cellular boosters as well, although I don’t think ETI will do these for you anymore. We also like the rear view camera.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:24 AM   #5
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When someone “full times” they greatly increase the odds that they will camp in a wider range of scenarios. Folks who only do weekends, or weeklong stays at one or two locations, with advance reservations, typically know in advance what they will encounter. When you full time, you will likely do it all: Walmart parking lot overnights, boondock for 10 days in the desert, get snowed on in the mountains, hot, cold, wet, dry, have more devices and appliances, fancy RV resorts and boondocking. As such, the more options you can afford that expand the capabilities, the better. This is assuming that you are looking to use the trailer as a comfortable home on the road. If you want to “rough it” as a full timer, then ignore the above, just get the basics. There are full time RVers out there with no shower, no toilet, only a portable style heater, etc. You can make any system (or non-existent system) work. The recommendations above about solar, insulation, high lift axle, power, storage, etc are all about expanding the capabilities. So, when you do end up in the National Forest, in Wyoming, in June, and it snows 6 inches so you can’t move, you get stuck for 5 extra unplanned days, you can live relatively comfortably.
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When someone “full times” they greatly increase the odds that they will camp in a wider range of scenarios. Folks who only do weekends, or weeklong stays at one or two locations, with advance reservations, typically know in advance what they will encounter. When you full time, you will likely do it all: Walmart parking lot overnights, boondock for 10 days in the desert, get snowed on in the mountains, hot, cold, wet, dry, have more devices and appliances, fancy RV resorts and boondocking. As such, the more options you can afford that expand the capabilities, the better. This is assuming that you are looking to use the trailer as a comfortable home on the road. If you want to “rough it” as a full timer, then ignore the above, just get the basics. There are full time RVers out there with no shower, no toilet, only a portable style heater, etc. You can make any system (or non-existent system) work. The recommendations above about solar, insulation, high lift axle, power, storage, etc are all about expanding the capabilities. So, when you do end up in the National Forest, in Wyoming, in June, and it snows 6 inches so you can’t move, you get stuck for 5 extra unplanned days, you can live relatively comfortably.
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I've been full timing since April in my 2nd gen 19'. Here are some of the options I chose:

thermal windows and extra insulation, including foam on bottom, (it was 18 F this am,
nice and toasty in here, have full hooked ups at the moment though)

that I got the pneumatic pedestal for the table, like to be able to adjust the height easily.

3 burner stove with oven, no microwave.

Since I'm single, I payed extra to have them switch the bed to the front and make the rear
into a large dinette, worth every dollar!

I didn't get the AC and had only a couple of days this summer when it would have been nice to have. No inverter, toast on stove, no need for a vacuum or hair dryer.

Life is GOOD!!!!
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