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Old 04-22-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
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Can you 4 season-fulltime in an Escape?

Anyone fulltime in their Escape?
If so, what would you guess your highest and lowest outside temperatures were?
Any modifications made to do so?
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:26 PM   #2
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I do not full time but camp in mine year round. Superbowl 2013 I was in W. Virginia camping where it got down to single digits, had no problem keeping warm with foam and thermal package. I recommend having electric available in case you run out of propane.
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Personally it's too small for us to fulltime in, but I know of folks that get pretty close to it.

"Most" fulltimers try and avoid too hot and to cold, which is what we do. Go further south or north as required.

Other then the trailer options like Jim mentioned, we carry an electric blanket, small electric heater, and a dehumidifier. We do look for electric if expecting cold or hot.

Roughly over 90 and below mid 30's we look for electric, but your comfort levels will certainly vary from mine.
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As Bob said, the advantage of a trailer is you can move to reasonable weather. I am at day 192 of a trip that had me spending the winter dry camping in Quartzsite, AZ. A few nights in the high 20's, many in the 30's, most 40°+. During December & January I was going through a 20 lb tank of propane every week & a half with the thermostat set at 58°F. No foam insulation on the bottom, but dual pane windows & the extra insulation package.

As to high temperatures, I tend to move to sites with electrical hookups so I can run the AC when the temperatures get over 95 - 100 degrees, but below that (at least in the dry southwest) the Maxxfan moves enough air to keep things comfortable. I suspect the more humid south would probably require the AC at even lower temperatures.
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:43 AM   #5
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Thank you all. I meet with Reace tomorrow to see the 19 and the 21. I will also discuss if the modifications I need for work can be done.
I was getting nervous when I read a post that discouraged buying an Escape for fulltiming. But I, like the majority of you, do not plan to remain in frigid or high temperatures. I will just move on.
I do not plan on the foam insulation on the underbelly as I want the ability to fix things as needed, without having to carve my way through foam.
I am feeling more and more confident with ETI's products. And now more confident I can do this.
Thank you all,
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:34 AM   #6
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So Jon, did you run into condensation issues this winter at all? If so, how did you handle them?
Daisy and I plan to full time once we pick up our 21 in August. I think that the space limitations are much over blown since we stay close together most all the time and with millions of acres outside there are plenty of places to go!
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We had a little condensation a few times this winter between the bed and the walls, but we were in FL as opposed to AZ like Jon.
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So Jon, did you run into condensation issues this winter at all? If so, how did you handle them?
Daisy and I plan to full time once we pick up our 21 in August. I think that the space limitations are much over blown since we stay close together most all the time and with millions of acres outside there are plenty of places to go!
The desert is dry enough that condensation was generally not a problem. I did add a layer of Dry Mesh under my mattress to provide help with body radiated moisture. I also usually left the Maxxfan vent at least cracked to provide a bit of air flow. I do have that advantage that there is just one of me (probably an advantage for the rest of the world as well) and no pets, so there is less moisture producing bodies in my 17 than most.

I have noticed moisture on the window frames during very cold nights when camping in more humid parts of the country.
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What other challenges have folks run into full timing in their Escape?
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What other challenges have folks run into full timing in their Escape?
The wine cellar is too small!

While we don't ever intend to full time, we do plan to do lots of multi-month trips in years to come. Having read experiences here and at FGRV it seems the challenges that some meet, are completely different from others. It is great to hear though what challenges others deal with, especially those with trailers smaller than our Escapes.

Some searching at FGRV will also reveal a bunch of these obstacles full timers deal with.
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