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Old 10-17-2013, 03:03 PM   #15
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[*] Which water heater - Sometimes I will have electricity and sometimes not.[*]Is there a good option for small freezer?[*]Is A/C powerful enough for summer in the South? [*]Should I get the deadbolt installed by PL? [*]Do you find a need for additional 12VDC and 120VAC receptacles? [*]Reason for floor upgrade?
Water Heater - Carol is exactly right. If you're plugged in, do all your heating and cooling with electricity, period.

The A/C does pretty well. There aren't any other options that will fit into the space provided.

We don't have the deadbolt, but I think the door hardware has changed since our unit was built.

The standard 3 dual outlet receptacles are more than adequate for us. I couldn't imagine having more than six devices plugged in at the same time. If we did, we would just use a surge protector strip with a half dozen outlets. We don't have any 12v outlets. This hasn't been an issue for us as most of our camping is with hookups.

We opted for a different floor for aesthetics. The pebble design as standard was not our favorite. I drop shipped some vinyl sheet flooring (natural maple hardwood pattern) from a local flooring outlet and PL put that in for us. I did not consider this an upgrade, just an option that wasn't advertised when we ordered.

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:11 PM   #16
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Huck-just another FYI about galley work space...

My husband mentioned to Chandler that he was considering building a cutting board that could nest flatly into the kitchen sink, as another way to add work space to the galley. Good news is that, according to Chandler, there's one already commercially available at places like Campworld that fit the exact dimensions of the Parkliner sink. Sounds like a pretty standard item available for rv's. We look forward to looking into that!
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Deadbolt and larger fridge! If your at all handy you can add 12 volt socket. The big dinette I keep down for the queen sized bed. For $5 at goodwill I got a serving tray I use to go over the stove for more counter space. Sink in the bathroom is a waste...the kitchen us 2 steps away.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:33 PM   #18
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My Escape has a Suburban water heater ( propane only ). I don't have to go outside to light it. I flip a switch inside.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:37 PM   #19
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My Escape has a Suburban water heater ( propane only ). I don't have to go outside to light it. I flip a switch inside.
Glenn, I saw that on another Escape recently and wondered is that an option that can be added or only newer Suburban water heater option - I have an Atwood but its only a few years old .... couldnt find anything on line about it... perhaps not .
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My trailer is 2008. It was in the trailer, as is.
Escape does offer the gas/electric version as an option.

I still wouldn't pay extra for the dual fuel myself. Mostly, I camp without hookups and in any case, I only turn it on for half an hour prior to needing hot water and usually don't turn it on again after that. The water in the tank stays hot for a long time.
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My Escape has a Suburban water heater ( propane only ). I don't have to go outside to light it. I flip a switch inside.
Spark ignition for the water heater...that sounds nice.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:12 PM   #22
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Huck-just another FYI about galley work space...

My husband mentioned to Chandler that he was considering building a cutting board that could nest flatly into the kitchen sink, as another way to add work space to the galley. Good news is that, according to Chandler, there's one already commercially available at places like Campworld that fit the exact dimensions of the Parkliner sink. Sounds like a pretty standard item available for rv's. We look forward to looking into that!
Escape trims up the counter top cutout for the kitchen sink into a cutting board that fits perfectly inside the sink. This is provided standard with all of their trailers. Maybe you could request that PL do something similar?

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I would suggest a couple of 12 volt outlets. It allows us to plug a small inverter 150 watt cigarette lighter sty;e inverter into them and run our television or other light draw AC devices. 12 volt outlets should be inexpensive additions.

I like AC outlets because it's not the number you have but where they are. We now have AC outlets that have USB ports built in beside the AC outlet that allow us to charge our electronic devices without all those little chargers.

The cost of a propane/electric water heater sounds wrong. It only costs $65 to make a propane only water hwater electric also.

I believe a freezer's a waste, particularly if you're driving any distance unless you're running the fridge while you drive. We have a small fridge and find it adequate. We would take more refigerator space over a freezer.

AC adequacy turns out to be personal. For us we just want to drop the humidity and find our home AC adequate to 90 degrees.

Dead bolt is again a personal choice. For us it's not necessary. We had one on our motorhome but it used two different keys...

Floor material.. again a personal choice, we've had both and like them both. It's such a small space cleaning of either is easy. Since we don't wear footware in the trailer we like the carpet.
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Last trip with my buddy for fishing, we headed into the Skagit River Valley. We were there for six days.
I stocked up the freezer with a previously frozen chicken ( cut in half ), steaks, hamburger, pineapple skewers, frozen peas and corn. I don't run with the fridge turned on. It was a four hour trip in to camp. To head back out for groceries would be a two hour return trip on rough road.
Meat had to be removed from the freezer to the fridge to thaw ( helping to keep the fridge cold ). Often, it had to be left on a counter or in water to thaw further.
The fridge/freezer is 5.0 cu. ft. leaving plenty of room for beer.
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My husband mentioned to Chandler that he was considering building a cutting board that could nest flatly into the kitchen sink, as another way to add work space to the galley. Good news is that, according to Chandler, there's one already commercially available at places like Campworld that fit the exact dimensions of the Parkliner sink.
Each bowl of my Fiber Stream's kitchen sink is 14" x 10" and I found covers at a local RV store years ago.

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Camping World now has the Camco Sink Mate which is slightly different.
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Greetings and hope you enjoy fine tuning your PL build.

As many have stated...
Absolutely get the dead bolt. Our PL#35 came with that option and it was a high quality matching schlange door set (locking handle + dead bolt).

Glad to see you picked the MaxxFan. Like many on the forum, it's hard to say enough great things about that fan!!

12 volt receptacles... additional sockets will be singles. We had one extra installed on the street side dinette front facing side of rear seat (hope that makes sense!) Anyway, it comes in handy if you happen to want to do some 12v item at the side dinette.

ALSO a 12 volt note...(this is if you are not plugged in to AC power) If you do some reading on running a laptop from an inverter>standard wall unit you would probably find that if you went to a place like Best Buy and picked up a 12volt equivalent to the charger for your laptop that it would be more efficient use of battery power. They are affordable and then you are using the 12 volts directly to run the laptop (that will then convert to whatever appropriate amp/voltage your unit is looking for). We also have several 12volt to USB sockets i've installed so we can keep our Tablets/Phones/portable-devices charged.

OH, another easy change that has been GREAT!! Having Chandler swap out the sliding galley window with the same hing-at-top window (all weather design) that is used in the Shower area. We can open the galley window in pouring rain while cooking....the stock slider? Not so much!

Here is a pic of the side window swap:

The stock window in galley area would be the door's window turned on its side. And if you want privacy???...but the window in shower is already glazed for privacy!

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We had a double 12v receptacle installed in the cabinet over the stove and use it for the battery monitor. QUOTE]

Brian, What battery monitor do you have? Happy with it? Any particular features that need to be considered? Dale
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Huck, we don't have a Parkliner, but have done extensive changes to our Scamp. The water heater I installed can be turned on/off by a switch inside. We turn it on prior to using and turn it off after the water temp comes up to desired temp. We only have one (very small) 10 pound propane tank, and it usually lasts about 5-6 weeks on the road (usually always off the grid). We have a 2 burner stove and never use the furnace, as a small Coleman Sport Cat heater is more than enough for our 13' Scamp. We have a danfoss style compressor refrigerator/freezer (12 volt only) and a single group 27 battery that is charged by a 100 watt solar panel. We turn the refrigerator on when we leave, and turn it off after we get back home two months later. I installed a 750 Watt Black & Decker inverter to power & charge our lap top & phones. XM radio runs off 12 volt outlet. In 20 years of camping here in the southwest, the Fantastic Fan is all we've needed to stay cool, but we do avoid hot humid areas. I would encourage you to get the 2 battery option, but don't think you would ever need 2 propane tanks. Good luck on your decisions.
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