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Old 07-13-2015, 10:58 AM   #31
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To answer the question, the extra insulation is installed in all the places you can not see, below the centerline where the white vinyl ends. As fas as w/d hitch, it is easily added afterwards, do we know you tug?
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:01 PM   #32
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Hi Ellen

Just got my trailer this week. I did get the anderson hitch and I really like it, it is easy to put on and take off, it is easily adjustable. I really felt it unified my ridgeline and my 19 escape. I felt very comfortable driving with it. That said it could be easily added later.

I got the insulation and form spray no heaters, I plan to use my trailer mostly in fall and spring, felt it would be better for those seasons. I have noticed it really does help with noise, very quiet inside.

Build sheet is almost done, good for you!
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:09 PM   #33
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Hi Ellen--Exciting times, are they not? In reference to your questions and as a newcomer to the world of Escapes, here are my humble observations

A big yes on the thermal windows and extra insulation. Our previous Casita presented condensation problems on the windows, even with venting, and there is a huge difference with this feature on the Escape. The extra insulation is handy for warmth and coolness retention. We opted not to have the exterior foam insulation sprayed underneath, but can add this later if we choose.

Even though we dry camp most of the time, we did add the EMS system. Didn't want to take any chances with the AC and other electrical features in the trailer.

I'm not sure if you have mentioned this, but since you boondock a lot, are you considering solar panels? We have two (150 watts each) and 2 deep cycle 6 volt batteries. Love the power they provide and despite the current mounting challenges, they have been worth the investment to us. My husband runs a CPAP at night and so far, the panels have exceeded our demands on them. It's nice to leave the propane generator at home!

We tow with a 2012 Ford F-150 Ecoboost and use the Anderson hitch. We did not have a WDH when we had the Casita, so don't have a base of reference when it come to other WDH's. Even though the dual axle helps, we like the feel and security of the trailer with the Anderson hitch. Bouncing (galloping, etc.) and sway are things of the past. We bent two sway-bars on the Casita, our error, so it's nice not to worry about having to removing them when maneuvering. We had to make some very sharp turnarounds with the 19 and the Anderson and it worked beautifully. The company has sent us another "cone" cylinder to replace one that was defective and squealed like crazy, but they have a good product and stand behind it. After one gets used to the nuances of hooking up with an Anderson hitch, they make sense...But, it is also good to know it doesn't have to be a part of your build sheet and can be added later, if you so choose.

We added some extra 12 volt plugs (1 w/ the USB plugs on the upper D/S shelf) and find them useful, even though we also added the 1500 watt inverter. Our build sheet is listed 4-11-15, if you're interested in taking a look. We had so much help from others on this forum when making decisions, it was great to rely on their experience. ETI is also a terrific company to work with

All the best with your Escape, Ellen--you'll have a blast! It won't be long now~Peace,
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:22 PM   #34
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Oh, WOW, so much good information!!! A lot to process.

Kountrykamper: I'm convinced -- will be worth it for peace of mind during the times I do plug in. Also, who knows what the future brings and where I may wind up for extended periods of time.

LarryandLiz: Same as above re EMS!!! Hummm, like the idea of the soundproofing. Thanks!

Floating Cloud: Thanks Cathy! Good information on the Reflectix--also for now letting me know what "Reflectix" actually IS. That would have been another question. Re your second post, yep, was asking what the WDH actually does and you answered it, thank you!!!
p.s. love your Emerson quote!

padlin: More good info! Thank you! I'm thinking I will go with the EMS now. I recall about 10 years ago lightning frying my VHS (anyone remember those? )

bdornbush: Yep, after all the replies, I'm sold on the dual panes and extra insulation; still not positive bout the spray foam underneath. Good point on the Jeep manual - I am going to look at the Tahoe manual. Right now, am putting my Honda Civic up for sale and will then get the Tahoe from my son. Thanks!

Brian B-P: That's what I am now trying to figure out. As a major newbie and starting at ground zero, reading about people getting the weight-distribution systems, just assumed everyone was supposed to have one. The savings from not getting that could pay for some more insulation. Great info, thank you!!!

Patandlinda: Yes, it helps a lot (as always!!!) Thanks Pat - I hear everything you're saying and it all makes sense. I very much appreciate your input!

Skiman: Hi there! It does, it does fly! At this point, I do believe I am going with all four of your suggestions. Thank you!!!

rbryan4: It DOES seem like yesterday -- a little bit scary actually. Love your "two cents" - thank you!!!

capharley: Exactly what I wanted to know, thank you! "Tug" is a tow vehicle, right? Mine is a Tahoe.

56reader: Congratulations!!! You must be SO excited! Are you passing through Cleveland on your way back? Nice for more confirmation of noise reduction! Thanks for posting!

old climber: Hi Gae!!! Yep, sure are exciting times. Chompin' at the bit. But I know the 2-1/2 months left will fly. Your info is so good and much appreciated. Yes, absolutely getting the solar power with the two 6V batteries--I just love the idea of being able to be out in the wilderness for a couple of weeks at a time and be self sufficient. Great to hear from another dry camper. I decided against the inverter but getting two additional 12V plugs and will get the USB connections. I'm just excited I can buy a 12V flat iron! Would love to look at your Build Sheet-you said it is listed 4-11-15 but not sure how to find it. Thanks so much, Gae.

If I missed anyone, I'm sorry. Thanks to much to everyone. I just don't know what I would have done without this Forum and all of you!!!
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Wow, Ellen--you are welcome and very kind to write everyone! Our build sheet location: Go to "Forums", then down to "Shopping Escape". On the bottom of page 2, our list is under "Building sheet for 19--finally!". Sorry, it takes some maneuvering to get there. Lots of other ideas listed, also. We put some items on the trailer that we don't use dry camping, like AC, because when we do camp in state parks, etc, in the south or when it's hot, that puppy's coming on. I do love the 12V outlets with the USB plugs and use them more then anything else. Not only standard re-charging of phones, etc, but running small fans with USB plugs. I save the battery operated things for when I want to extend the 2 big 6 volts. Air circulation, even when it's not hot, really helps to cut down on possible humidity problems. It's fun to research 12V and USB appliances...

LED's are a must--you know this, already. Ike and I put just one Captains light in the trailer, in the corner behind the bathroom wall of the 19. It acts as a reading "nook" light at night and shines good, direct light on projects, etc. We still use our headlamps...

Adventure awaits and we are all looking forward to watching the progress of your new treasure--all the best to you! Peace~
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:01 PM   #37
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The hitch question is interesting. We are towing our 19' with a 2014 tundra max cab. When we picked the trailer up a few weeks ago, somehow they forgot the Equilizer hitch that we had ordered.....which gave us the opportunity to raise the question again with Reace. He thought we would not need any fancy hitch, especially not an Anderson, and recommended that we try it out with nothing, then add one later if we thought we needed.....towed fine and we haven't really thought about it again.....Karen
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Wow, Ellen--you are welcome and very kind to write everyone! Our build sheet location: Go to "Forums", then down to "Shopping Escape". On the bottom of page 2, our list is under "Building sheet for 19--finally!". Sorry, it takes some maneuvering to get there.
Direct link: Build sheet for the 19--finally!
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Thanks Gae for sharing your Build Sheet, etc.
Wow, you're not kidding about lots of ideas! I have to work today but tomorrow plan on slowly going through your Build Sheet and extras (time's a wastin' )
. I may be messaging you with some questions.
Just when I think I have a handle on things . . .
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Wow, Ellen--you are welcome and very kind to write everyone! Our build sheet location: Go to "Forums", then down to "Shopping Escape". On the bottom of page 2, our list is under "Building sheet for 19--finally!". Sorry, it takes some maneuvering to get there. Lots of other ideas listed, also. We put some items on the trailer that we don't use dry camping, like AC, because when we do camp in state parks, etc, in the south or when it's hot, that puppy's coming on. I do love the 12V outlets with the USB plugs and use them more then anything else. Not only standard re-charging of phones, etc, but running small fans with USB plugs. I save the battery operated things for when I want to extend the 2 big 6 volts. Air circulation, even when it's not hot, really helps to cut down on possible humidity problems. It's fun to research 12V and USB appliances...

LED's are a must--you know this, already. Ike and I put just one Captains light in the trailer, in the corner behind the bathroom wall of the 19. It acts as a reading "nook" light at night and shines good, direct light on projects, etc. We still use our headlamps...

Adventure awaits and we are all looking forward to watching the progress of your new treasure--all the best to you! Peace~
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