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Old 10-05-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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Hello from Wyoming!

We just put a deposit on a 5.0! This forum will be a big help as we zero in on options.
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Old 10-05-2020, 04:52 PM   #2
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You're gonna love it!

Especially where you live. The Winds with an Escape. Wow! So many choices.

Maybe we should meet at the Atlantic City Mercantile for a beer with our 5.0s.

Congrats!
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:15 PM   #3
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Welcome Julie, to our little Escape world.......a lot of us traverse Wyoming on our way to Chilliwack and/or Osoyoos.
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:45 PM   #4
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You're gonna love it!

Especially where you live. The Winds with an Escape. Wow! So many choices.

Maybe we should meet at the Atlantic City Mercantile for a beer with our 5.0s.

Congrats!
Thanks, Tim! It's a deal!
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:46 PM   #5
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Welcome Julie, to our little Escape world.......a lot of us traverse Wyoming on our way to Chilliwack and/or Osoyoos.
Thanks! What an exclusive and inclusive group!
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:47 PM   #6
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You're gonna love it!

Especially where you live. The Winds with an Escape. Wow! So many choices.

Maybe we should meet at the Atlantic City Mercantile for a beer with our 5.0s.

Congrats!
Any advice on options, Tim?
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Old 10-05-2020, 07:44 PM   #7
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Any advice on options, Tim?

Yeah! Which ones are you wondering about. There are a number of 5.0 owners around that will be more than happy to chime in.

These guys (non gender specific term) helped me a lot and I could not be happier (buying almost every option). For sure get the solar!

We love ours! Ask away!
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:42 PM   #8
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That looks more like glamping! Nice! Boulder Colorado, or Boulder, Wyoming? (the Wyoming town has no traffic light; blink and you miss it.
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Old 10-06-2020, 07:18 AM   #9
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Boulder Co. I love Boulder WY and Pinedale. I am trying to get one more trip into Green River Lakes before the snow flies. Not sure it is going to work.

Had a strange animal story at Warren Bridge Nat. Rec. Area on my way to pick up the 5.0. I was making coffee on the tailgate at 4 am in complete darkness when something started growling and panting at me from 30 yards away. I left! It sounded big!

Jackson is 6 hours and 45 minutes from my driveway. Yes, that same driveway that I glamp in!

Now what about those options?
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:12 AM   #10
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To AC or not to AC?

We took a one-on-one tour yesterday and Harrison told us about an option to put a second Maxx fan instead of an AC unit in the second vent space. Since 95% of our camping is boondocking, we like that idea. ( It runs on the battery.) Thoughts?
Also, free-standing solar vs roof-mounted?
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:36 AM   #11
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This was just discussed in detail in another thread. There is a big group that agrees with this approach. My point was; just last week we were in Zion N.P. in 106 temperatures and fortunately we had a hook up. We had never tried the air conditioning until that day. It worked great and we were grateful to have it. I cannot imagine getting caught in that without AC. There would be no way to escape it except to go for a car ride.

Same for the heating strips. Probably overkill but when a storm blew thru a few weeks ago and the temps dropped, we flipped them on. I like them!

We boondock too (mostly) but have developed a strategy for purchasing a hook up now and then, if for no other reason than to dump black water and go out again. We stayed at the Ouray KOA so we could just drive to Orvis Hot Springs. We got lucky and could fit into a nice little slot and had nice neighbors. Some of the other sections were frightening (big high political signs on huge Class A buses)!

So we do both (a little). Solar is a must for boondocking. We got two panels. If you can get away from lead acid batteries, I would look very hard at that. We did not have the option. Hands down Lithium is the best. I would get at least two.

So the MaxxFan is great at blowing down and a little into the kitchen area. Ours is always on since we have solar power. No big deal.

Someone recommended this fan and I bought it and plug it into the USB connection. This blows horizontally. With the combination of the MaxxFan blowing up and down and this blowing across the trailer, you can control the air flow nicely. You can flip it around at night when you sleep or move it.

We clip it to the curtain rod for the bedroom. It is almost always on. Battery powered too so you never worry about this one!

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Keep in mind I represent the far end of the scale. After considering much more expensive campers and then finding Escape (with the currency exchange), we bought every options they offered, except the stereo. Cause mine is better! Ha! We also passed on the additional full length closet at the door. One is enough. I like the counter anyway. Others put more consideration into what they need versus what they want. I just went to what I want. And now Love! I hope that's confusing!
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Old 10-06-2020, 10:36 AM   #12
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We took a one-on-one tour yesterday and Harrison told us about an option to put a second Maxx fan instead of an AC unit in the second vent space. Since 95% of our camping is boondocking, we like that idea. ( It runs on the battery.) Thoughts?
Also, free-standing solar vs roof-mounted?
Free standing could mean free walkaway, stick with roof mount, safe and out of the way storage and works sunny day.
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Old 10-06-2020, 11:54 AM   #13
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Also, free-standing solar vs roof-mounted?
Do both. You can get roof mounted, along with a port for a free-standing array.
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:40 PM   #14
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The thing I like about two root top mounts is you set it and forget it.

Once in a while, get up there and clean them. You always have power unless the Sun does not come up.
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:45 PM   #15
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Free standing could mean free walkaway, stick with roof mount, safe and out of the way storage and works sunny day.
That's a good point. We are nervous about leaving our small free-standing solar panel when we are away from our current 5th wheel for very long.
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:46 PM   #16
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Do both. You can get roof mounted, along with a port for a free-standing array.
So crazy it just might work! Thanks!
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:55 PM   #17
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As Jim and I have talked about before. You can do without the heating pads.
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