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Old 09-15-2020, 12:41 PM   #1
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Hi there,
Im new to this Escape thing.. I am just in the process of picking out my options. My new Escape will be ready spring of 2021.
Before I finalize the deal and sign off on the build, I am just wanting to check what options you might want to recommend...
what is a must?
Is there anything you spent money on that you regret, or find you dont use?
Thanks for any tips!
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:16 PM   #2
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Hi there,
Im new to this Escape thing.. I am just in the process of picking out my options. My new Escape will be ready spring of 2021.
Before I finalize the deal and sign off on the build, I am just wanting to check what options you might want to recommend...
what is a must?
Is there anything you spent money on that you regret, or find you dont use?
Thanks for any tips!
Hi: Kdsmith... I'd recommend a hitch aid. Usually comes with a wedding ring attached. Works wonderful until you realize she's swatting at flies!!! We use our dual fuel water heater all the time while plugged in. Alf
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:19 PM   #3
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I'm out of the loop, with my 12-year-old 17B, but I'd get 12V outlets anywhere you might conceivably want one. Each side at each end and outside under the awning.
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:28 PM   #4
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One month into our new 21 and here's what I'm glad we added:
- outdoor shower on both sides
- external zamp solar connector
- solar on roof
- air conditioner
- front storage box


I surely thought I'd use the propane quick connect but now I do not think I'll ever use it. Finding a grill to work on it is next to impossible.
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Old 09-15-2020, 03:56 PM   #5
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Mark down all the options, then decide which you know you'll never want and delete them.
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Old 09-15-2020, 04:09 PM   #6
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It would help if you stated where , when and how you plan on camping
IE; If you normally camp with hookups then an inverter may not be a good choice
If you mostly boon dock camp , then solar would be a good choice
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Old 09-15-2020, 05:11 PM   #7
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I surely thought I'd use the propane quick connect but now I do not think I'll ever use it. Finding a grill to work on it is next to impossible.
Most people who use the low-pressure propane quick-connect don't find a grill which is already set up to work with it - they use it for a stove, or a firepit, or a grill which they have easily converted to work with it.
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Old 09-15-2020, 06:21 PM   #8
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One month into our new 21 and here's what I'm glad we added:
- outdoor shower on both sides
- external zamp solar connector
- solar on roof
- air conditioner
- front storage box


I surely thought I'd use the propane quick connect but now I do not think I'll ever use it. Finding a grill to work on it is next to impossible.
Hi: AndNeitherDoI... The propane coming out of the trailer is regulated by the trailer regulator. If your appliance has another regulator as an on/off and flame control then your gas supply is doubly regulated and hardly no flame results!!!
Propane out of the bottle is around 125 psi. Propane from the quick connect is around 1/2 psi. Alf
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Old 09-15-2020, 07:30 PM   #9
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Extra insulation is a real plus, warmer floors and protection from freezing, but the heating pads are a water of money. We mainly boondock so cant use the heating pads but have found that even at -10C (14F) we have not had any problem with freezing water lines etc. So don't get the heating pads.
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Old 09-15-2020, 07:42 PM   #10
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I suggest looking at existing threads like these...you will notice some trends in the highly recommended options.

https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...ons-14902.html
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...9-a-10011.html
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...9-a-16065.html
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...ons-11198.html
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:47 PM   #11
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One month into our new 21 and here's what I'm glad we added:
- outdoor shower on both sides
- external zamp solar connector
- solar on roof
- air conditioner
- front storage box


I surely thought I'd use the propane quick connect but now I do not think I'll ever use it. Finding a grill to work on it is next to impossible.
The Weber Q is easy to convert by removing its regulator and adding a brass fitting(s) that are (available at Lowe’s or most hardware stores. And an inverter is nice even if you rarely camp off grid (and if have a microwave) because when towing to a new location, If you choose to stop at a rest area for lunch, you can easily heat food items.
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:12 PM   #12
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The Weber Q is easy to convert by removing its regulator and adding a brass fitting(s) that are (available at Lowes or most hardware stores.
There are also kits available
https://www.amazon.com/M-B-Sturgis-I...06XHJ6RKY?th=1
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:19 PM   #13
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Our E21 came very well equipped (we bought it almost new 2nd hand).

We *really* like the gas oven/range, we never use the microwave, we really like the 4 captains lights, one in each corner, SINCE I changed them out to less bright warmer white LEDs... as many extra windows as they'll put in there, in our case, the one over the kitchen is wonderful. I do NOT like the front window over the bed in the 21 beccause it means you don't get the shelf across the front for your phone, book, glasses, etc.

stripper pole is a very handy feature, especially for my short wife who has a bad knee. front storage box is extremely useful for all those trailer things (lego blocks, leveling ramps, hammer and spike and nail puller for pitching an extra awning, sewer gloves, crank for levelers, etc etc).

rooftop solar is very important to us. so is dual golf cart batts.
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:38 PM   #14
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Hi: AndNeitherDoI... The propane coming out of the trailer is regulated by the trailer regulator. If your appliance has another regulator as an on/off and flame control then your gas supply is doubly regulated and hardly no flame results!!!
Propane out of the bottle is around 125 psi. Propane from the quick connect is around 1/2 psi. Alf
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Thanks! Perhaps if I had done more before the build sheet, I wouldn't have added it.
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:32 PM   #15
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I started with a small trailer (13 foot) then an Escape 15A, and now have a 17b almost ready to be delivered. So I based options on what I'd been missing.

AC- similar climate to yours, but when you need it it is miserable not to have it, and not having it limits travel.
Outdoor shower: rinse off the dog, do the dishes, rinse off from the beach- lots of uses
USB/12V outlets. I added two more, not outdoors, though, as I didn't see the need
storage hatch- I like to leave the bed up so wanted easier access to under bench storage
NO storage box. Didn't have one, didn't miss it. I have other plans for the space it would take.
backup camera- I love the one on my truck so figured I'd love having one
grab bar inside the trailer- I always hang on to one getting out (when I'm not carrying my old dog) and it's awkward grabbing the outside one
solar and 2 batteries: I want to be able to boondock more than two days with the furnace running
bigger fridge and microwave (iffy on the latter but I think if I have it I'll use it)

It wasn't too hard to make decisions because the 17b is basically a 15A with a bathroom added. But my suggestion is to go through an imagined day and think about what you'd use and what you wouldn't miss.
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Old 09-16-2020, 01:37 AM   #16
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Storage box: we consider it a must have for 2 reasons.

1.) All the stuff that is dirt-laden or wet goes in there. E.G.: hoses, water pressure regulator, water filter, angle fittings., chocks, leveling pads, shovel,..
2.) The box protects the front of the trailer on the road. We hit an alligator (truck tire tread) and it cracked our storage box corner. If it had been the trailer, we would have had a significant hole.
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:32 AM   #17
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Ours was a slim build.

Happy with...
AC
Outdoor Shower, actually used for dishes and feet
Kitchen window and bathroom window
Awning light strip
The front storage box

Wish we had of added...
A few more 12V USB chargers
Solar prewire with a controller for a external port. If we don't have services, we camp under the trees, rooftop is useless to us.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:01 AM   #18
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You may not get it right the first time, it took us 4 times. Between model upgrades and new options, we were constantly upgrading. Selling your old relatively new Escape is easy as they hold their value and once the border opens the trip to Chilliwack is worth the time to get your new Escape.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:22 AM   #19
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We have numerous options on our Escape and I could live without every single one of them except AIRCONDITIONING
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:44 AM   #20
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We have numerous options on our Escape and I could live without every single one of them except AIRCONDITIONING
And we wish we had not chosen the AC and put in a skylight instead. TETO!

Enjoy,

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