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Old 07-29-2012, 12:48 PM   #21
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We had a previous trailer (Casita) without the thermal package...and it's a world of difference!



I would second that. The thermal package makes a huge difference. When our previous trailer, a 2005 17B, was built the thermal package wasn't offered. We find our new 5.0 a lot cozier and the windows don't sweat, even in pouring rain. A couple of times in the 17B we woke up to ice on the inside of the windows. We camped in Bend, Oregon this spring in the 5.0 and we had temps of -3 at night with snow and by noon we were in shorts and t-shirts and I never wiped condensation from the windows once! It's an expensive option but well worth the money.

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Old 07-29-2012, 05:44 PM   #22
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I think I figured out my first change I would make with my new Escape 19' , shorten the upright front dinette cushions maybe 4". That way the back will fit flush against the back vs having the round corner in the front push them out. Anyone have a fix, velcro or shorten the cushion?
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:20 PM   #23
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Only thing I'd change!
I added full extension drawers for storage....if I was to get another one, I'd have them build them in.
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Hoakie, where did you add the full extension drawers in your 5.0? And you feel like additional drawers were really needed?
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I built them myself....if I was ordering from the factory, I'd see if they could do it from the get go!
The only drawers on mine, were by the stove/sink. And yes, we can pack the drawers full, and get to stuff. Before, they were shelves that: 1- couldn't hold much 2- you couldn't get to it.
Of course, it does add some weight...both in the weight of the drawers, and the extra clothes, etc. that you can put in them.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:13 AM   #24
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We went heavy on the options: extra insulation, thermal tinted windows, TV arm, digital antenna, AC, solar, outside shower, stereo/DVD, dual propane, dual 6V batteries, bike rack ready etc. The only thing I would not add in hind-sight is the digital antenna. We never use it. The one thing we did not get, because it was not available yet, was the front storage box. We went back to the factory this summer to have one added, and we just love it. I highly recommend this. We are glad we went with the options we did, especially solar. The TV arm is already outdated, unless I find a way for it to hold my I-pad to watch downloaded movies when it rains! We only needed to use AC once in Sacramento last summer, but we sure were glad to have it!
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:35 AM   #25
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We went heavy on the options: extra insulation, thermal tinted windows, TV arm, digital antenna, AC, solar, outside shower, stereo/DVD, dual propane, dual 6V batteries, bike rack ready etc. The only thing I would not add in hind-sight is the digital antenna. We never use it. The one thing we did not get, because it was not available yet, was the front storage box. We went back to the factory this summer to have one added, and we just love it. I highly recommend this. We are glad we went with the options we did, especially solar. The TV arm is already outdated, unless I find a way for it to hold my I-pad to watch downloaded movies when it rains! We only needed to use AC once in Sacramento last summer, but we sure were glad to have it!
Can you elaborate? I didn't know they would ever be outdated. What does the new models have vs. what you have?

The bank of drawers is something that I'm having Reace build. Thanks a bunch Hoakie for that little tip and suggestion!
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:52 PM   #26
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Hi JCZ,
This is HOKIE (without the "a")....you will enjoy the drawer space as opposed to the shelves.
I think what he means when he says "outdated" is, like us, we don't use the TV anymore, but will either watch DVD's on our laptop, or as he said, movies or shows we have downloaded to our iPad. The TV arm itself will attach to the back of any flatscreen TV, but we just don't use it anymore. I would still get the wiring for cable, just for future possible use with a portable satelite...but we don't watch TV when we are out. Maybe we will if/when we retire and get out a little more...but if so, it'll be satelite, and we can add a TV to the arm again.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:23 PM   #27
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Exactly, the arm holds the TV that we mainly bought to play DVDs for the kids when the weather is bad. Instead of DVDs we now Download movies onto I-pads or laptops. The arm is not outdated, we just rarely play DVDs anymore.

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:03 PM   #28
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Exactly, the arm holds the TV that we mainly bought to play DVDs for the kids when the weather is bad. Instead of DVDs we now Download movies onto I-pads or laptops. The arm is not outdated, we just rarely play DVDs anymore.

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I can relate.....I've been accused of being out dated, too.

No kids to worry about here....except the grandkids will fly out one at a time (where ever we might be) for a week or so in the summer. I'm sure we'll keep them occupied with outdoor things, museums, sight seeing, 4 wheeling, etc.

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #29
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One other thing I'd order if it had been available....the outside signal lights over the back window. We often travel with bikes, and they tend to block the signal lights.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #30
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One other thing I'd order if it had been available....the outside signal lights over the back window. We often travel with bikes, and they tend to block the signal lights.
Hokie am I correct in assuming that means the brake lights as well as the turn signal lights?

Another member of this forum, Sondra, showed us her Escape last night. She had the lights mounted up high as well. I just assumed they were run/brake/turn.
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