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Old 11-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #11
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Too many switches. If you can't see inside when returning at night why not just leave one light on when you leave the trailer? They are all LED's right?
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:47 AM   #12
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I'm just not in the habit of leaving on a light when it's daylight outside. I suppose I could learn new ways of doing things...

The Casita had a light just inside the door, which was great for coming in after dark. We never left it on because it wasn't all that useful, otherwise. I like that the Escape switch turns on the overhead light... but of course you must be sure the rocker switch on the fixture is in the "on" position for the wall switch to work.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:58 AM   #13
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but of course you must be sure the rocker switch on the fixture is in the "on" position for the wall switch to work.
I would be tempted to just short out the switch on the fixture, allowing it to only be switched at the door, unless you had an extra wire installed, and turned it into a 3-way switch. I plan to do that with one of the loft lights, so we can switch in on at the steps, and off when in bed.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:01 AM   #14
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We would leave a light on in the 17b if we were coming back after dark. LED can burn all night and won't even dent the batteries. Like Mary says it's a new habit. Adding a switch at build would probably be the way to go.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:07 AM   #15
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Another option is that there several interesting looking 12v/battery motion detecting LED solutions out there.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:17 AM   #16
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Another option is that there several interesting looking 12v/battery motion detecting LED solutions out there.
You would still have to switch these, as you sure wouldn't want them coming on during the night with every movement.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:33 AM   #17
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Hi: Jim Bennett... Here's a switch. We have a digi voltage readout plugged into the receptacle at the door. Same blue light as the radio dial and acts as a great night light. Alf
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:18 PM   #18
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It seems you can get a switch for one interior light from what has been said, only one, not all. It would be a good thing to have. We have little night lights we can use.

I don't think there was incorrect information given in this case. The question seemed to be whether a light can be added to the porch light switch. It cannot, at least, they do not do that. They put in a separate switch for another light, for whatever reason.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:32 PM   #19
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Lots of potential options for both Escape to do, and for the owner to do afterwards.

One of the biggest problems with the unlisted factory options, is the time required to do them. While Escape can charge what it is worth to do these additional options, which the owner is usually glad to pay, it becomes a matter of them having the time to do them. They have a certain window of time to put the trailer through production before they need to start another one, or they would get behind in the schedule.

Certain options make the most sense for Escape to do, especially if it is something like wiring behind finished walls, but I intend to make many of the modifications myself once I get my 5.0, though I realize not everyone wants to do them themselves.

I like to remind folks, that even with the most basic of options, you will still get a trailer that will provide you with great comfort, while building lots of great memories. This other stuff is fluff, but sure can be lots of fun planning.
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I am amazed that ETI even entertains as many customizations as they do. With limited production space and increased demand they are trying very hard to find ways to speed up production. Accommodating customer requests is part of the attraction but also can inhibit throughput. I think they also get new features standardized based on customer requests so like most other things it is a "Question of Balance" (old Moody Blues fan).

My build sheet is not due til July 2016. I can do some things myself after I get my 21, but I am mostly concerned with things that I cannot do or ETI can do in production that would be more economical. I am coming from tent camping so anything will be an improvement. I appreciate people like yourself on this forum with experience willing to comment and help out. It has helped me.

Those of us here planning the perfect (optimal) trailer have to remember that "Rational Men Satisfice" and you will never get the perfect trailer because that will be built the year after next
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satisficing
But according to the Rolling Stones "You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometime you might find. You get what you need."


In the meantime I will ignore my own advice and pursue perfection
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:32 PM   #20
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Of the two switches that we have by the door, one controls the entrance light and the other is for the exterior light mounted low on the left side of the trailer. I have not seen anyone else mention this light. Loren
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