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Old 06-03-2018, 10:13 AM   #1
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I put this list of mods together for another forum member so figured I would share it here. The trailer is a 2010 19 that was bought used so we worked with what we got, but have made it even more enjoyable and capable than stock. The nice thing is that ETI listens to its customers and new Escapes either have most of these things stock now or available as an option.

-Added bath window (available as an option from ETI)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post184287

-Recessed medicine cabinet (the new 19 comes with a stock version over the toilet)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...ofit-9784.html

-Electrical Management System (can be ordered from ETI as optional "Surge Protector")
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f7...tml#post190082

-Recessed Dickinson Marine stove (depending on model this can now be installed if sent to ETI)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post178612

-Adhesive back splash (not an option, but an easy DIY for around $100)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...lash-9218.html

-Under bed storage drawer (not an option, but a worthy DIY if you are handy)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post207206

-Bath fan upgrade (this is now stock from ETI)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post183319

-Galley retractable receptacle
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...cle-10716.html

-SAM-1 range hood upgrade (not an ETI option but highly recommended)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post151365

-Exterior 12V outlet (available ETI option)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...let-12379.html

-WFCO converter upgrade with WildKat main board (this is a DIY but depending on your style of camping this might be worthwhile)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f3...tml#post237217

-Fujitsu mini-split heat pump
This provides quiet cooling, dehumidifying and heating.
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post153646
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Old 06-03-2018, 10:47 AM   #2
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Should be made a sticky.
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:31 PM   #3
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That is going to give a lot of people some good ideas.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:09 PM   #4
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A few more...

RM2510 refrigerator mods...insulation, exterior condenser fans, propane regulator, interior evaporator fan
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f9...est-11296.html
Insulating door
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f9...ed-3495-2.html
Rear Stowaway box
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...ox-4007-6.html
Maxxair Window/Maxx vents (discontinued product but some old stock may be found)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f9...-13833-13.html
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:26 AM   #5
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Should be made a sticky.
Done, thanx for suggestion
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:10 PM   #6
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-Basic 12V outlets swapped out for 12V with dual USB (same ones available as Escape option)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post274081
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:00 PM   #7
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-Fresh water tank drain valve (metal to replace stock plastic)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f9...tml#post274113
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:05 AM   #8
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-Vinyl flooring used as protection for under sink area
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...net-14504.html
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:18 PM   #9
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2 more mods

-Dump valve mod (3” valves both facing outward)
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post284492

-Added exterior shower / spray port
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...ort-14977.html
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:58 AM   #10
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Adding 3

-Frame reconditioning
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...ing-17660.html

-Fastway Flip Automatic Jack Foot
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post357298

-Main 12V circuit wiring upgrade (6AWG wiring, 60A fuse, new disconnect switch)
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...ded-19733.html
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Old 05-23-2021, 08:43 AM   #11
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-Electric heater (built-in) (embedded in lithium upgrade thread)
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post383367

-Lithium battery upgrade with Bestgo 400AH LiFePo lithium battery, Xantrex Freedom XC 2000 inverter/charger/transfer switch, Eaton sub panel, Victron Orion DC-DC charger and Victron BMV-712 Smart battery monitor
(Thread evolves through different designs with final design in post #105)
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...ons-19750.html
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Old 10-11-2021, 09:40 AM   #12
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Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution hitch with integrated sway control:
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post399274

Stainless steel door holder and replacement awning fabric:
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post394047

Full waxing:
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f7/what-did-you-do-for-your-escape-today-16324-68.html#post388007
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Old 10-11-2021, 09:06 PM   #13
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I met Rubicon during the summer and saw his mini-split mod. It's top notch. He should go into the business...
I've shown my 2020 5.0 as part of the ambassador program 7/8 times, and as part of my "what would I do different?" dialog, I tell people to get AC wiring, and get a heat pump AC unit installed later. It beats the B52 that Escape mounts on the roof.
Or get in touch with Rubicon and see if he will install a mini-split...
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Tegarding the stove replacement:
1- does the stove require an additional regulator and or hose at the stove connection?’i

2- there is an back “lip” that looks like it holds the pot holders that are essential on a boat, but not on an Rv. Can you take the “lip”off so that the stove is essentially flush with the counter.??

3-did you install the cutting board lid If you did, is it flush with the counter?

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Old 01-31-2022, 06:04 PM   #15
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Tegarding the stove replacement:
1- does the stove require an additional regulator and or hose at the stove connection?’i

2- there is an back “lip” that looks like it holds the pot holders that are essential on a boat, but not on an Rv. Can you take the “lip”off so that the stove is essentially flush with the counter.??

3-did you install the cutting board lid If you did, is it flush with the counter?

Thank you
Richard,
The Dickinson cooktop does not require an additional regulator. I was able to modify my existing gas line to work with the Dickinson but this is on a 19 with the removal of an Atwood DV20. You'll need to size up your situation. Worst case you will need to remove the line from underneath the trailer and run new.

Yes, there is a pot holder rail and pot holders that comes with the Dickinson that you simply do not use in the RV application. When you put the cutting board lid on it is almost perfectly flush with the counter with the exception of the very thin lip all the way around where the cooktop engages the counter for support.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-31-2022, 07:44 PM   #16
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That is a nice looking set up, I like it!
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Old 02-04-2022, 03:10 AM   #17
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Richard,
The Dickinson cooktop does not require an additional regulator. I was able to modify my existing gas line to work with the Dickinson but this is on a 19 with the removal of an Atwood DV20. You'll need to size up your situation. Worst case you will need to remove the line from underneath the trailer and run new.

Yes, there is a pot holder rail and pot holders that comes with the Dickinson that you simply do not use in the RV application. When you put the cutting board lid on it is almost perfectly flush with the counter with the exception of the very thin lip all the way around where the cooktop engages the counter for support.

Hope this helps.
How's cooking with your new stove?
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Old 04-01-2022, 08:48 PM   #18
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-Bulldog electric tongue jack
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post415983
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Old 09-27-2022, 11:56 AM   #19
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+1 mod

Spare water pump doubles as a water transfer pump. Have been using this for awhile now but figured I'd document it for others

Parts used:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I wired an SAE quick release adapter I had laying around onto the pump and then plugged this in as an extension to exterior 12V outlet I previously installed. Since there is no switch this is convenient if you want to stop the pump without having to go all the way over to the 12V receptacle.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Use the two 1/2" NPT to 3/4" GHT double female adapters to mate up garden hoses on inlet and outlet sides of Shurflo pump

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Bought two. Cut off the female end off one so it fits easily into the onboard tank fill inlet

Fittings are lead-free and Flexilla hose is drinking water safe. If onboard pump were to fail this can be easily stripped down and installed in trailer as a replacement.
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Old 09-30-2022, 08:56 PM   #20
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Spare water pump doubles as a water transfer pump. Have been using this for awhile now but figured I'd document it for others
I came across a picture of the transfer pump in use.
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