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Old 04-10-2014, 03:27 PM   #29
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Anne & Rob,
Like you, we live in Florida and I am 6'4" tall. We bought a new EggCamper in 2009 for about the same reasons you are interested in one. We just sold it last Fall, when we put down a deposit on a new 21' Escape. We were happy with the EggCamper for trips that lasted less than a week or so, but beyond that we started to become a bit claustrophobic, largely from the lack of drawers and other handy storage space, plus the side table-for-two in the EggCamper really wasn't comfortable for very long. The lack of propane never bothered us one bit because we mainly stay at state parks and here in Florida they all seem to have electric hook-ups. All-in-all the EggCamper was a very nice unit, much roomier than any of the other 16 or 17 footers, and I would still pick it over any other camper of the same length that I've seen - and that's most of them.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:21 PM   #30
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...Interior had 3 x120v duplex and 5 x12v lights....
Actually, if you count the receptacle where the AC plugs in (under the front dinette seat) and the one where the electric water heater plugs in (under the bed), there are 5 duplex AC outlets available - kind of (just remember there is a safety cutoff switch above the entry closet door for the electric water heater receptacle). And if you're desperate, I recall another receptacle tucked under the false floor of the entry closet that the converter/battery charger is plugged in to (2010 model). But back to the original post question, there's not a single AC outlet on the outside. However, an extension cord from a second shore power AC socket will serve most outside needs without cluttering things up too much.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:13 AM   #31
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Very interesting as I am doing my research, too, and I keep coming back to the Egg Camper as my #1 choice - my reasons are interior height of 6'7" (correct?) and I am 6'4". And I, too, found the online ad site confusing - it seems so many basic things were add. options and raises the cost of a new one significantly.

Now you have me a little concerned about winter camping. In your opinion, the factory heater just doesn't do the job in cold weather?? You said you added propane - that wasn't enough for heat? I would think a decent space heater would warm the entire interior.

I don't plan on camping much in extreme cold but would like the option.

I've had several people tell me to consider the Escape, but isn't it much heavier than the Egg Camper. I know I definitely do not want a big heavy duty gas guzzling truck to pull whatever I end up buying.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:59 AM   #32
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Mark,
The factory heater would be sufficient, if not for a huge hole in the side of the Egg Camper that isn't immediately obvious. It's the vent for the A/C. The vent allows cold air to infiltrate the cabin and when the outside temperature is down below approximately 40 F, the heater has a hard time keeping up.

Jim (cpaharley) solved the problem by removing the vent cover and replacing it with an insulated hatch. (see his post: The Egg has pockets....) When I saw his mod, I did the same thing, except I went a step further by adding a mesh panel to protect the fins at the back of the A/C and fabricating a drain tray/drain to catch condensation from the A/C fins. The result is a handy storage area and nights up north got instantly warmer.

BTW: After noticing ants crawling up my power cord on a camping trip, I did the mod for the shore power cord as well and got another small storage area.

The Egg Camper is very adaptable.

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Old 04-18-2014, 03:20 PM   #33
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Mark,
The built-in heater is small, but adequate for cool temperatures. I don't know about protecting the exposed tanks from freezing, but if you have an electric hook-up, a second electric heater would certainly make winter camping comfortable.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:56 PM   #34
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We spent a week north of Nashville laster thanksgiving when tempers got in the teens. The electric heater keeps the chill off but it's still cold inside (60-65f?). The lil' buddy was a big help for those occasional dips in temperature. I think it would have faired better if we had done the mod for the ac vents.

Also the sheets froze to the walls at one point so rat fur and/or better insulation would be in order. Only one time did the water slow because of freezing, and then it only took <5 minutes with a hair drier to get everything flowing again.

He only includes a hot plate, not an electric stove. We have been debating adding gas for heat and stove. But at this point we microwave or eat at the grill outside. And most places we stay we plug in so just use the electric heater and portable heater.

We have a 2011 - all LED trailer lights, no porch light, single roof vent, and simple style awning. Jim told us he had issues with the old awnings and went to this style. The fabric is just rolled up in a bag and has a bead that slides in a groove on the roof mount. Then the legs clip on and attach to brackets on the walls. It takes a bit more setup skill but is dirt simple.

We debated about the shower and went with a kick out curtain rod. With the shower up front in the curve of the shell I had to hunch over (6'0") and that wouldn't change with a door. But with a kick out rod I stand straight up. BTW the one sold by Camping World is too long and I ended up trimming the rods about an inch each.

There are a lot of things that were built simple/cheaply. It's quality workmanship but could have been done better. I think the cabinet doors are the perfect example. EggCamper is defiantly for people who like to customize it themselves.

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Old 04-20-2014, 03:22 PM   #35
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Very interesting as I am doing my research, too, and I keep coming back to the Egg Camper as my #1 choice - my reasons are interior height of 6'7" (correct?) and I am 6'4". And I, too, found the online ad site confusing - it seems so many basic things were add. options and raises the cost of a new one significantly.

Now you have me a little concerned about winter camping. In your opinion, the factory heater just doesn't do the job in cold weather?? You said you added propane - that wasn't enough for heat? I would think a decent space heater would warm the entire interior.

I don't plan on camping much in extreme cold but would like the option.

I've had several people tell me to consider the Escape, but isn't it much heavier than the Egg Camper. I know I definitely do not want a big heavy duty gas guzzling truck to pull whatever I end up buying.
The 17' Escape may be a couple hundred pounds heavier than the 17' Eggcamper (based on listed dry weights), but the greater factor in towing ease is the width and height. I think the Eggcamper will need to punch a larger hole in the air as you tow; it is 7'4" wide, the Escape 17 is 6'8" wide. Not positive about the exterior heights but I think the Escape is a little lower. I would expect the Escape to give you maybe 1/2 to 1 mpg better than the Eggcamper.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:29 AM   #36
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I was thinking one could take a page from truckers and put an air deflector on the roof rack of your tow vehicle. It should be simple to add and easy to remove when not needed.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:51 AM   #37
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I have had both the EggCamper and Escapes, both towing and camping in. I installed a propane heater in my EgCamper and was going to install thermal windows when the window person said I was wasting my money since there is no insulation in the EggCamper. That is when I bought the Escape which has both thermal windows and extra insulation. The Escape is good down to -0-, the EggCamper maybe in the 20's with propane heat. If temperature is not the issue and you can get propane installed heat, it maybe fine.
But for colder and also hot temperatures, the Escape will be more comfortable due to better insulation. As far as wind, both will be the same, although the EggCamper maybe a little more aerodynamic without the a/c on top but it is wider than the 17' Escape. My 19' Escape is as wide as the EggCamper but much bigger. A lot of decisions to be made, both $$ and comfort issues.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:44 AM   #38
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John,
On a couple of trips with the EggCamper, I had a canoe on the roof of the tug (2011 Toyota Sienna) and thought that I got a slight increase in gas mileage. I think the canoe worked to deflect air around the body of the camper. I didn't pursue it to the point of measuring the mileage accurately.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:21 PM   #39
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Found a deflector that should work not only on trucks but SUVs mounted on the roof rails.

Truck & RV wind deflector for towing trailers
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I'd tow first and keep records before spending $350 to increase my mileage 10-20%. Placing a cap on your truck bed may accomplish the same result and you get the storage space.
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A cap will help but you need to kick the air stream up to get the best effect.

Our vehicle has a built in MPG calculator so what I'd do first is rig up something temporary and do a test run in some out of the way place with it both on and off the vehicle. If it made a big enough difference then I'd get the nice one.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:46 AM   #42
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My point being, most eggs are rounded and have less wind resistance than SOB which is like towing 2 pieces of 4x8' plywood standing up down the highway. If your unit is low enough and you do have a cap, this may not be necessary.
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