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Old 07-12-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone!

Well, it's officially begun -- I submitted my first Build Sheet to ETI!!! Very exciting!!! After reviewing all my choices with Crystal this past week, she suggested that I get some feedback on the Forum for answers to some of the questions. Would greatly appreciate your thoughts!

1) After much research and, as many of you know, almost buying a RAV4, my son finally convinced me to purchase his 2009 Chevy Hybrid Tahoe (at a few thou below Book!). Which hitch do you think would be better: Equalizer or Andersen?

2) I intend to spend 95% of my time boon docking -- do you think it's necessary to get the surge protector for such a very limited time that I may plug into electricity?

3) I'm getting the spray foam insulation but not the 12V heat pads. I will be trying to follow the weather and hope to not spend much time below 40 degrees F or above 85 degrees F. Do you think the "Thermal Windows and Extra Insulation" would be a worthwhile investment at $800?

I placed my order last October. A blink of the eye and there are only 2-1/2 months to go!!! How did it pass so quickly?!? Am I ready? No. A "zillion" things yet to do. But I will be and am SO excited!

As always, thanks for your help!!!
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:06 PM   #2
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2) doesn't hurt to have it. Better safe than sorry.

3) I'd reverse that. I went with extra insulation & windows, skipped on spray foam, but then I also ordered AC.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:23 PM   #3
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Yo Ellen! Congrats!!! One of the big things for me was ordering the dual pane windows and extra insulation in Ten Forward. For many years camping in my Scamp, I dealt with condensation on the windows and tons of moisture, especially during shoulder seasons. One year later, I have no regrets that I ordered both. I'm happy with my decisions! I didn't get either the foam insulation or the heat pads. I already know how I may need to deal with conditions where I may have wished I had both.

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Old 07-12-2015, 06:42 PM   #4
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I would wait on getting a special hitch. I tow with a Honda Ridgeline and it tows like a dream with just the standard ball hitch. Nothing fancy needed.
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1) Yeah, I guess it's worth the investment. Would be quite an expense in case I did happen to get zapped.
2) So when they say "Thermal Windows & Extra Insulation," where does that extra insulation go?
Thanks so much!

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2) doesn't hurt to have it. Better safe than sorry.

3) I'd reverse that. I went with extra insulation & windows, skipped on spray foam, but then I also ordered AC.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:53 PM   #6
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Hey Donna D!!! Thanks!!!

I just asked above where that extra insulation goes if I get the dual pane/extra insulation.

Having the dual pane/extra insulation, where do you think you will be needing to deal with the foam or the heat pads?

Still a bit confused as to what my best choices will be and with the weather conditions I will encounter (mild, hopefully)

Yes! Fun times ahead!!! Look forward to seeing you again.

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Yo Ellen! Congrats!!! One of the big things for me was ordering the dual pane windows and extra insulation in Ten Forward. For many years camping in my Scamp, I dealt with condensation on the windows and tons of moisture, especially during shoulder seasons. One year later, I have no regrets that I ordered both. I'm happy with my decisions! I didn't get either the foam insulation or the heat pads. I already know how I may need to deal with conditions where I may have wished I had both.

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Old 07-12-2015, 06:55 PM   #7
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Wow, good information, thanks! That would be a big money-saver! Why do people get the Equalizer or the Andersen?

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I would wait on getting a special hitch. I tow with a Honda Ridgeline and it tows like a dream with just the standard ball hitch. Nothing fancy needed.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:59 PM   #8
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Our EMS cut out 5-6 times this past week to protect the trailer from low voltage due to the extreme heat. Voltage was dropping below 104 which is the cut off point for the EMS. In a few minutes it would come back on. Everyone in Georgia must have had their A/C on. I was glad we had it.
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2. I'd get the surge protector just for peace of mind when u r not boondocking. Also, what if/when your camping style changes some day.

3. We got the thermal windows and insulation. Of course since this is our first fiberglass we don't know if this made a difference. I've read that one of the benefits of the package is soundproofing if you have noisy campers next door.

From what I've read the heating pads are more necessary for very cold weather. And further if your Boondocking again when I write is that the heating pads are huge drain on batteries.

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You will see some of the Reflectix in the benches and a few other places but most of it is covered by the paneling or wall. The insulation and thermal windows will benefit you for heat and cold and are definitely a feature that many would not buy without. I do not believe the Reflectix is on the floor so foam is a benefit for sure, which we are also getting.

If almost never hooked up, you have to decide if you want to take your chances on a bad electric set-up somewhere. That is rare but people have been known to lose all of their appliances. May not be worth it to you to get an EMS especially since one of the biggest features is protecting the A/C from low voltage. You can add an EMS at any time.

Good luck with the build sheet! You may just come up with a "few" more questions!
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