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Old 03-25-2013, 11:15 PM   #11
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to those that have this awesome looking box:

Has using it significantly increased your tongue weight?
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:21 AM   #12
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After two summers we returned to the factory to have the box added, and what a great addition! We travel very light, but it's great to have a place to carry your matt, axe, chocks, hoses, tackle box etc. We have solar with two 6V batteries, and never have to even think about power, camping in the winter with the furnace running, or for two weeks at a time in the shade. We only used our AC once in Sacramento, but our 11 yr. old German Shepherd Dog may have died without it! We now want to add the raised lights since we carry bikes, and convert our cupboard to drawers.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:48 AM   #13
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The storage box on the front is a great option. We put all our set up gear in it, hose, levellers, power cord, etc. When we leave on a trip we know that gear is already on board the trailer. The two 6V batteries work well as we don't have the solar option. If I was to do it allover again, I'd go with solar, and one 12V battery unless I had an inverter, then I would go with two 6V batteries
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:41 AM   #14
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to those that have this awesome looking box:

Has using it significantly increased your tongue weight?
Mine's pretty heavy at around 500 lbs but I have 4 six volt batteries in there, about 13% tongue weight (which is fine), + one solar panel...soon 2... and a 2500 watt inverter, 3900 loaded total.

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:30 AM   #15
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Hotfishtacos, that's a lot of stuff!

I'm pretty well convinced on the box by now, and still planning to start off with a 12V battery. When I read about all the high wattage appliances and inverters that folks run, I think we'll be fine with our LED lights, fan, and furnace operation off the single battery.

This thread is opening up more questions! Raised lights? We'll be carrying bikes as well, and I didn't know about an option to raise the tail lights. Are these additional lights, or are the originals re-positioned? Luckily we heard about the option to get a slightly smaller AC unit, the Polar Cub, which seems to be more compatible with a 2000 watt generator. Is there a compilation of all these things somewhere? I'm really glad I got into the forum this far in advance of our delivery date.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #16
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Escape will install a second set of tail lights vertically up higher so that the original tail lights are not obstructed by bikes or anything you may carry. I'd recommend the exterior LED package for all your lights and the second set. Also the led interior package.
If you wish to post what options you are thing about then I'm sure you will get opinions on them. Also there are pictures under several owner's posts of these options, it takes some time to go thru them, but it is a nice learning process as to what Escape will do for you. Also there are some "hidden" changes that may help also.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:35 AM   #17
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I wish I had known about the table option that hooks to the front wall instead of the pedestal, it would have worked better for us. Just a example of some of the hidden options
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #18
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I wish I had known about the table option that hooks to the front wall instead of the pedestal, it would have worked better for us. Just a example of some of the hidden options
What would have been the advantage for you? Do you make the table into a bed on occasion? Otherwise, I think the pedestal with the sliding table top will work for us.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #19
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Escape will install a second set of tail lights vertically up higher so that the original tail lights are not obstructed by bikes or anything you may carry. I'd recommend the exterior LED package for all your lights and the second set. Also the led interior package.
If you wish to post what options you are thing about then I'm sure you will get opinions on them. Also there are pictures under several owner's posts of these options, it takes some time to go thru them, but it is a nice learning process as to what Escape will do for you. Also there are some "hidden" changes that may help also.
I've converted our Casita to LEDs inside, plus the porch light, and assumed I'd move those over to the Escape since the next owner of the Casita may not be that interested in them. I also have LED taillights on the Casita and will definitely go with those on the Escape.

I'll put together a list of what we're settling in on and see what folks think. Great idea.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:21 AM   #20
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I would opine that it would be just as easy to let Escape put in the LEDs, rather than you doing a swap. You won't have to worry about the the bulbs matching the fixtures, or having the correct number of bulbs for the number of light fixtures. And, wouldn't having the LEDs already installed in the Casita be a selling point you could use with a potential buyer? If you like the color temperature of your present LEDs, Escape would probably match that at no extra charge.
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