Thank you Harley Jim, Escape Artist and everybody else that replied to this thread. Between your posts here and elsewhere on this forum and all that I've read on a number of other forums....many emails and a couple phone calls back and forth with Tammy, I believe we've got the build sheet for our 5.0 fairly well nailed down.
I just need to say that Tammy gives incredable customer service......I believe unlike any I've ever received for such a major purchase. It's truely been one on one personal service and she does it with a great attitude.
Again, we've had boats, even cruisers so we're used of small spaces and facilities in that regard however, the RV lifestyle and fiberglass trailers are totally new to us. So the help that we've gotten from Tammy and all of you (many of you have helped us in educating us or given us ideas by posts that you did long before we ever came to this forum.....you've still helped us, just the same!) has been incredable and we really, really appreciate it. Thank you again, everybody.
Now, on to our 5.0 build list:
Stainless steel stove, rangehood, sink, stove cover (and hopefully the new 6.7, 3 way refer!)
6.3 refer upgrade
11,000 BTU A/C
Additional opening window over the sink.
3 aluminum rims
bike rack ready
dual 6V batteries
exterior dog wash.....I mean shower
exterior access hatch
95w solar panel (I'm seriously considering having Reace put two up there for when we're boondocking, watching TV, laptop for hours, etc.......would you consider two if you had it to do again?)
LED interior light package
LED exterior light package
opening window in bathroom
removeable power cord
Thermal windows and double insulation upgrade as well as water tank heaters and foam insulation.
2 coaxel & TV antenna w/power amplifier (one above the bed on swivel and one over the dinette......for when we want to watch different programs or when the grandchildren are with us, one or two at a time for a week and using headphones).
2 wall mount extendable arms for the TVs.
4 full extension drawers just to the right of the entry door, built in to the cabinet (as somebody here did for theirselves......thanks for the idea!).
3 12v recepticles (one at the wall end of the dinette, one at the cabinet to the right of the entry door where the other TV will be mounted and the original 12v recepticle in the kitchen cabinet.
Captains lights (flexable, adjustable, focus beam, led, individual reading lights) at the head of the bed.
Digital t-stat for the heater and A/C
Also considering a taller bar faucet for the sink (in order to get larger bowls, pots, etc. under the faucet easier. Going to see if one is available with a pull out nozzle. If anybody knows of one, I'd sure appreciate it if you'd let me know. Prefer a quality brand American made faucet.
I'd also like to hear all your thoughts on doubling up the solar panel for extended boondocking and not having to skimp so much on the use of electronics, etc?
One other question.....for those of you with experience (any experience is more than we have). I know that the dual pane windows and heavier insulation will help a lot when it's hot out. I've also read that the A/C will not run off the 12v or the Honda 2000 generator. For those times when we do get caught in the triple digits is it possible to run the A/C with a Honda 3000 generator. What, exactly, would it take to run the A/C if we weren't anywhere near a power tree and it's 110F out?
I have to say.....I'm 61 yrs. old and while we're anxious about this new adventure in life and are anxious to get on with it, there's also a part of me that's just a bit nervous about it. I think it's that I'm nervous that there's someting I'm not thinking about right now......that once we're in to it I'll be thinking "oh man, why didn't we think of that before hand and have Reace do it?" So if there's anything, anything at all that you would consider or have done that I'm not thinking of......please, please post it here? It will be greatly appreciated!