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Old 10-04-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,
We are just ordering the last details on our Escape B17, we'd be interested in your experiences on some items:

We live in northern BC. We will put the under floor spray insulation in, are the heat pads on the tanks worth it.

Is the optional box at the front useful - we see lots of pictures with and without

Is there any advantage in going for the removable power cable as opposed to the standard fixed one?
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Old 10-04-2014, 01:50 PM   #2
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I can't speak to heating pads but we chose all the insulation

Front box is great for all towing / ect "outside" items. Well worth it unless overall build sheet cost is getting too high

We went with removable cord and I'm happy. No feeding in a long cord into who knows what inside the trailer. The cord goes into the front box . Of course u need to ensure the cord always stays with the trailer.
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Old 10-04-2014, 01:58 PM   #3
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Had the fixed power cord in my pop-up and chose the removable for the Escape; hands down, well worth it and a good decision for me just to avoid the fight of pulling it out and putting it away.

Also, I'm glad I ordered the storage box for the outside items like door mat, cord, etc., but it depends on your storage needs. It is great for me but not a must-have for many.
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:04 PM   #4
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Hi Folks,
We are just ordering the last details on our Escape B17, we'd be interested in your experiences on some items:

We live in northern BC. We will put the under floor spray insulation in, are the heat pads on the tanks worth it.

Is the optional box at the front useful - we see lots of pictures with and without

Is there any advantage in going for the removable power cable as opposed to the standard fixed one?
My two cents:

1- You live in NORTHERN BC. Insulation and heat pads are worth it.
2- The box was the easiest decision we made.
3- The removable power cord is easier to handle, and doesn't get tangled up.
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:16 PM   #5
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.... Heat pads take a bit of juice to run, so you need to consider electrical supply issues. They are also best done at build time and not modded in afterwards. Especially with full insulation. Winter camping and not using the tanks would reduce need.

.... Someone (Alf?) mentioned ants etc love the ease of getting inside via regular cord. I would get removeable for that alone.




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Old 10-04-2014, 02:35 PM   #6
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FWIW, I would have liked the front box had it been an option. Instead, I had two front hatches placed on either side for storage for "outside stuff". I also would have availed myself of the detachable cord. However, I always wipe the cord as It goes inside, so it remains clean. So far so good and no ants or critters (that I know of.)
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:37 PM   #7
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I didn't get the detachable cord either, it was something I may forget when leaving a campsite!

Besides, I like only needing to pull out the length of cord that's needed to hookup. The cord doesn't lay in the dirt or mud. And, I've never had it get tangled up inside. YMMV
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The 12v pads are really not needed when you have the foam package and besides you have to be hooked up to use them as they eat a lot of battery power. The front box is indispensable, the removable power cord is practical, particularly in cold weather where it becomes really hard to coil up or reinsert inside the tiny hole, just throw the whole cord inside until it warms up and becomes pliable again.
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.... Someone (Alf?) mentioned ants etc love the ease of getting inside via regular cord. I would get removeable for that alone.
Ants aren't NEARLY the problem inside compared to the mice once they get in. DEFINITELY go for the separate cord!
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Old 10-04-2014, 03:25 PM   #10
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The 12v pads are really not needed when you have the foam package and besides you have to be hooked up to use them as they eat a lot of battery power.
I assume that 12V power is used for tank heating pads so that they can be run while driving, not to run them from battery power.
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