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Old 09-24-2008, 07:13 PM   #15
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Lloyd, so you are going with the 13' after all. Good choice.
You will save a ton of gas.

Why are you getting a Canadian Trillium? Has Tom sold all the American ones?
Roger, It's very confusing.....we are buying from Tom Young in the U.S. but he is now having them made by Escape Trailers in Canada. They are then shipped to Tom and we will pick it up stateside. We gave up on the Outback when we found out that Tom was up and running with someone to crank them out (Escape). Besides, The Outback people weren't that helpful over the phone and Tom was eager to have my business. Hope that explains it.

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Old 09-24-2008, 07:49 PM   #16
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Lloyd,
The decision about a hot water heater/outside shower, etc. should be made early because the plumbing would be very difficult (if not virtually impossible) to add as an after thought. The same thing, but to a lesser degree, holds true for options like extra 12V or 110V outlets and lighting.
As Alistair mentioned, a Fantastic Fan should be on your "must have" list.
The majority opinion, over many years, has been to include as many options as your budget can possibly afford because it increases the desirability of your unit when it comes time to sell.

We hope you are enjoying the process...
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:08 PM   #17
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Hi: Lloyd... One thing I liked about our Escape Hatch is the Maxxfan 12V. powered vent fan... it's better than A/C and has a built in rain hood(can be left open in a down pour). Our water heater is dual fuel 110V.& Propane and we use it all the time. It's only 6 Gal. so it doesen't take up too much space. The propane furnace we used once in early May...the 110V. cube heater we already had and use the most. The black glass windows are great to have as they keep out the suns heat. The outside shower we have never used...but might if camping at the lake!!! The bike rack ready hitch receiver on the rear bumper will be used when we get a bike rack and bikes!!!
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:13 PM   #18
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include as many options as your budget can possibly afford because it increases the desirability of your unit when it comes time to sell.
Absolutely!

My 17 foot Burro came with every option available at the time of it's build. Many items I probably would NOT have ordered with it if I were the original owner are now in the "How did I live without that?" category.

I had a heater in my 13 and knew I wanted that. I bought the rig for the bathroom, and the hot water heater is a pleasure to use even if it isn't bathroom related. Theres nothing like easy clean up. Clean up is going to happen.. the shorter the time spent prepping for it means more time outdoors.

I never had an awning before, but it sure is nice to deploy it in seconds and not have to mess with easy ups etc.

I still rarely use the air conditioner, but am grateful it's there when it suits my needs.

With all the bells and whistles, my camping style was enhanced. I still boondock as a preference, but it is nice to be able to go somewhere as a stop over or whatever and use all the comforts of home if I want.

Remember, there is no law that says if you have the stuff, that you actually have to accommodate them and limit your style so that you can. You can still boondock and rough it as you choose.. and when you don't, you don't have to!



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Old 09-24-2008, 08:33 PM   #19
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I guess it's a battle between philosophy and economy. We decided to buy the trailer and RAV and either pay for it for as long as I continue to work, or take it out of the equity we have in the house when we sell and move to our retirement home ( which will be twice the size and half the price ).

Even though we adopted the philosophy, I held back on some options and wish I hadn't. I've since ordered the stove cover and the screen room and new propane tanks ( I saved all of $40 by providing my own tanks that can't be filled in the U.S. ).

So, I say, scrap the idea of the 13' and get a 17' with the bath and shower and exterior shower ( we've used ours for a quick rinse and you want hot water for that ). Get the tinted windows, Max fan, three burner stove for when it pours rain for four days and dual propane.

Keep in mind that as you get older, your tolerance for discomfort becomes limited. Otherwise, you'd just buy a tent from Canadian Tire or WalMart.

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Old 09-24-2008, 09:24 PM   #20
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Tough question to answer really, with so many different camping styles individuals like. But, you asked for opinions here's mine.

Get any option that requires something to be affixed through the fiberglass shell. The manufacturer has the tools and skills to do the job correctly. For instance, my Scamp didn't have an awning and I wanted one. Purchase for the awning and getting the brackets made (that I wanted) came to around $850+. AND, I had to do the work. Stressful.

I was going to take all the propane stuff out of my trailer, because I'm always hooked up to electricity. But nature happens. I prefer to have the propane stove/furnace/3-way refrig AVAILABLE in case my home loses power during a long winter storm and I have to live in it for a while. That maybe a consideration for you as well.

Options are what will set your trailer above others if/when you decide to sell. I agree with Gina, it give YOU options on YOUR camping style too.

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Old 09-24-2008, 10:19 PM   #21
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The decision about a hot water heater/outside shower, etc. should be made early because the plumbing would be very difficult (if not virtually impossible) to add as an after thought. The same thing, but to a lesser degree, holds true for options like extra 12V or 110V outlets and lighting.
As Alistair mentioned, a Fantastic Fan should be on your "must have" list.
The majority opinion, over many years, has been to include as many options as your budget can possibly afford because it increases the desirability of your unit when it comes time to sell.

We hope you are enjoying the process...
Kurt & Ann K.
Kurt, Ann,

Great advice...I think you may have hit the bottom line for me....look at our finances and get as much as we can afford and think of it as an investment....when we sell, it will be more attractive to buyers. I think you have answered all my questions..thank you..

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Great advice...I think you may have hit the bottom line for me....look at our finances and get as much as we can afford and think of it as an investment....
Well, I'm not sure I'd go that far, unless you're talking about it being an investment in bringing pleasure to your life, for years to come.

I'm spending a lot of time on this issue at present, working out just how soon I can afford to retire in comfort. My standards for comfort are probably quite a bit lower than many others, but that 5,500 sq. ft. house on a quarter acre with the hot tub and pool won't make them feel better, if they're dead.

I hope you make this purchase and end up with nothing but a feeling of satisfaction.

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