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Old 09-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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Planned Escape 19' modifications

Installed some "bug" screening on favorite bug hanging out places, water heater, furnace,refer vent.
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added some gutters over the side windows
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replaced the factory MaxxAir fan shroud which was opaque with a smoke, see thru cover, lets in more light night and day.
After owning nothing but Fantastic Fans, I'm sold on the MaxxAir fans, variable speed and operable in rain and with vent closed.
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Installed a 7 way pin protector on the propane cover. a battery motion step light, a battery wall sconce and a bathroom door heat vent.
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Added Progressive 30 amp EMS with remote
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Good to see you have been keeping busy. Is the screen over the furnace vent designed for that purpose or your own adaptation and how is it fastened? Raz
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Good to see you have been keeping busy. Is the screen over the furnace vent designed for that purpose or your own adaptation and how is it fastened? Raz
The furnace screen was from Amazon, I also purchased other bug screens premade for the water and refer but they did not fit. So I returned them and made my own from screen scrap pieces.
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What is the incidence of over or under voltage in campground power distribution?

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It has happened to me at least 4 times in past 3 years. It all depends on how many electrical components you may have. If no a/c, your risk is the converter and anything plugged in. With a/c your risk is doubled. I helped a neighbor fellow camper replace his a/c and converter a couple of months ago, as a result of camping without any "protection".
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You get one of those spring pushers with your furnace vent basket? I made my own (after of course seeing the commercial one). A little head scratcher!

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You get one of those spring pushers with your furnace vent basket? I made my own (after of course seeing the commercial one). A little head scratcher!

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Yes, basically a type of screw driver with a notch in it.
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Camping World has the basic surge protection device for $80 which is fine if you do not have a lot of 120v appliances like a/c. If you do have a/c then the more expensive $250 models that protect from over/under voltages as well as surges/spikes would be needed. A hard wired system can be purchased for about the same from Tweety's or Dyers.
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Hey Charlie,

Those look like great, well thought out mods to an already high quality trailer.

You've owned this new 19' for a couple of months. When you are ready to upgrade to the 21' Escape (hopefully, soon) please send me a message.
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What is the incidence of over or under voltage in campground power distribution?

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There are several folks on this site who have never had a problem and therefore decided to forego surge protection devices. A decent one will cost over $200.

But, I keep running into people who had to replace their appliances due to voltage problems. The electrical lines run underground and are pray to all sorts of rodents, dampness, etc. The problem is that even the best campgrounds have trouble detecting defective lines ... until disaster strikes someone's trailer.

Because I have an AC, I wanted a surge protector that can handle over and under voltage situations. After much research, I invested in a portable 30 AMP Surge Guard (Model # 34730) and a 25 foot RV extension cord. A great investment for your piece of mind. The extension cord allows me to keep the surge protector (which is expensive) in the battery cubby hole. I got both items at Adventure RV.

Before I unhook the trailer, I test the campground's electric hookup. It takes an extra 3-5 minutes to take out the extension cord and hook it up with the Surge Protector. Once my Surge Protector verifies the electric hookup is safe, I go ahead and set up camp.

I can take off for the day, and don't have to worry about voltage problems or theft.

Because it is portable, I can take it to my next trailer!

Once again, a great "piece of mind" investment. I put it up there with my break controller, safety chains and weight distribution bars, and wheel cocks.
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