Originally Posted by Huck
So my main questions are:
- 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?
We wish the gas/electric water heater option was available when we ordered ours, for all the reasons Carol cited. Can be a pain to light
in the dark, rain or strong wind. Otherwise, it heats quickly and once the water is up to temperature it rarely comes on unless you're using a lot of hot water. The pilot light
is enough to maintain temperature and we have never had it blow out once it was lit. We do not travel with it lit. I wish we knew about the Maxx Air fan as well. The Fantastic is okay for up to a light sprinkle but not for serious rain. Outside faucet and counter extension were not available either when we ordered our PL. I plan on building a cutting board/cover to go over the stove for extra food prep space otherwise, we rely on the side dinette. We did not opt for the bathroom sink as we didn't want to lose the closet space. Besides, the kitchen sink is close enough that the shower-head will reach to it.
We have found that when running the refrigerator
on propane, even on the lowest setting, the unit acts like a freezer when the ambient temperature drops into the low 40s or below. It will turn a can of soda into slush and freeze the juice and coffee creamer solid. Not so finicky on electric. We run it on DC when traveling and AC if the campground has electric.
The A/C is not a real powerhouse, but then most people confuse air conditioning
with refrigeration. It got us through a couple of 87 degree, 99% humidity days in southern PA in early September. Having dry air was a lifesaver. After sunset, we switched over to the Fantastic and were comfortable.
The deadbolt is a must. With just the lever latch locked, we can wiggle the door enough to make it pop open. Not so when the deadbolt is engaged.
We had a double 12v receptacle installed in the cabinet over the stove and use it for the battery monitor. 12v receptacles are not standard equipment. The two duplex outlets in the interior have been adequate for our needs so far. We have not had occasion to use the exterior AC outlet.
We are pleased with the standard sheet vinyl flooring. Cleans easily and should be easy to replace someday if it becomes damaged or worn.
Best of luck whatever you decide.