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Old 06-26-2017, 10:39 PM   #15
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I just spent time on the escape website and will be calling them tomorrow....i thought i had seen that in October a rally is in Cherokee NC and i also the outer banks. I definitely want to get to a rally, any recommendations for 2017?
There's one in southern Colorado in September - other forum members may know of more that are relatively close to Arizona. Of course the big one, not really a rally as much as a weeks long event, is the gathering at Quartzite AZ, but that's in the winter.

Even without a rally, it's relatively easy to see different brands in person. Escape as well as some other brands use a referral program. Give them a call and they'll be happy to refer you to an owner in your area who will show you their trailer. I've shown mine in the San Antonio area to prospective buyers maybe 11 or 12 times.
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:32 PM   #16
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Mark, I noticed that your profile states that you live in Arizona, and if so you could come look at our Lil Snoozy, and how I installed propane.
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:38 PM   #17
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EggCamper had a nice all electric unit before they went on hiatus.

I haven't plugged in at a campground since the early 70's, and in well over 50 years of camping I haven't used enough propane to empty a 20.

And that was all used while showing potential buyers that things worked.

I use firewood and ice and sleeping bags at my destinations, and I always put a gen mount where the tanks would normally go.

I use the gen traveling to my destination and to charge my batteries when needed.
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Old 06-27-2017, 12:02 AM   #18
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I just spent time on the escape website and will be calling them tomorrow....i thought i had seen that in October a rally is in Cherokee NC and i also the outer banks. I definitely want to get to a rally, any recommendations for 2017?
Ninety percent of Escape buyers are American and importing is no problem. They take the trailer for you to the Washington border where you then take it. (Unless you pay a big bundle to have it delivered to you.) There should be owners in your area to visit.
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Old 06-27-2017, 12:17 AM   #19
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Old 06-27-2017, 05:55 AM   #20
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I've had both! I loved the Casita 17 I had and its propane, but I never used the propane heat or cook top. If I camp where its that cold out, i'd most likely have electric at my campsite (we are not retired yet so camping is limited). We always cook outside (even in the rain under a canopy) on a small grill with little green propane bottles. So that left the propane for fridge, and hot water. LOVE the hot water while boondocking.

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We were forced to go to an EggCamper (all electric) due to my height. Getting used to no propane was not near as hard as I thought it would be. The 12v compressor fridge ran 1 day before the battery died. I installed (2) 6v trojans and now can go about 2.5-3 days with the fridge running before a charge is needed. This solved my "weekend trips" issue. A solar panel may keep the fridge going indefinitely - I don't know.

So, do I get solar? Not yet. I've decided since we dont use propane for much, we can live without it inside the egg. But hot water would be nice, as would A/C or an occasional Microwave. Neither solar nor propane will solve this.

So our future plans is to buy a Honda EU2000 gen. Its very quiet. I can run it (2 hours a day?) to take a hot shower, and top off batteries enough for the next 24 hours. Or run it on the extremes when heat or a/c is needed if we are far enough away where others wont hear it (we camp remotely a lot, local canoe rental, campouts at friends farms, etc).

I don't want to carry gas around. Result? I'm putting 2 propane tanks on the tongue, then converting the Honda gen to run off propane. All propane and lines and connections are outside. No propane inside and EVERYTHING works. Inside is still all electric.

Will this be the end result? I don't know. Will I eventually change the water heater out for a 2-way, or add propane heat? or solar? I don't know yet - not against the idea at all. One step at a time. But for now, we are fine (95% of the time) without propane. I think we will be the additional 5% of the time with the Honda (only taken on trips as needed).

Just my experience so far.....
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Old 06-27-2017, 06:49 AM   #21
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Your post confirms what I and others have said. There's nothing wrong with all electric, provided you have a means of generating electricity via a generator or solar. That is, unless you want to be limited to short trips, or be tethered to a power cord. Not me.
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:30 AM   #22
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Earlier this year during a lengthy power outage I used the Casita's fridge, powered by propane, to keep medicines requiring refrigeration cool. I didn't even have to break out the Honda 1000 to keep the fridge running. Keeping my trailer back behind the house rather than in a RV storage lot was certainly helpful. Some neighborhoods have restrictions about trailer parking but it's all good in my area.

As mentioned earlier, a stock all-electric trailer can serve the same backup assuming you have a generator adequate to run it's fridge or a cooler with enough ice to last the length of the blackout.

Having a gas fridge was just a convenience. Not something I couldn't cover otherwise with a little more fussbudgeting.
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:36 AM   #23
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I took the propane OFF of my Scamp. We're certainly not full-timers or boondockers. We take a few weeks a year to go to an Alabama campground where there's FULL hook ups, beautiful Tennessee river with lots of action, plenty of restaurants close by but that's us.

We use a $9 electric hotplate for our stove, I have small Rival toaster oven, I added a "HottRod" to our 6 gal waterheater.

NOW, I DID leave the hookups for the stove in case I get ready to sell but I took it out and made storage in its pan. I added a nice wooden cutter board hinged and it looks very professional- thus more storage and extra counter space.

There IS one model airplane event I go to occasionally where I will install the propane to run my fridge and water heater during the day. Since we're out in an open field (not a campground), alot of us run Gens and I run that at night- again- back to all electric so I can have my A/C or heater. (September event). I still will NOT use a gas stove. The wife hates it and it REALLY heats/steams up the 13' Scamp FAST!

We recently bought one of the "CLAM" screen rooms and it's now our kitchen and a bug-free place to eat :-). We can leave our bed down. So, being all-electric REALLY works for us now.

But remember, this is ONE man's (wife's) opinion.
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:47 AM   #24
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Most state parks have hookups so they are really nice, at least in pa anyway. We mostly use hookups with our newer Scamp. We like the air, if we need it, but not much.We have a yamaha gen if we would ever need it, so far we did not use it. We have yet to run the fridge on gas or h/w heater. Also never used the gas heater yet , only used a electric space heater. Do you need propane, it all depends upon you and the way you camp. It is your choice, none are the the wrong choice. Good luck. Carl
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:59 AM   #25
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I am soaking all this info in big time.....i'm not sure what happen, my profile has me from Arizona, I am from North Carolina...I have been trying to edit my profile but can't seem to figure out how to do that, if anyone can assist me with that it would be great.
I really appreciate all the experienced info from everyone.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:09 AM   #26
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I am soaking all this info in big time.....i'm not sure what happen, my profile has me from Arizona, I am from North Carolina...I have been trying to edit my profile but can't seem to figure out how to do that, if anyone can assist me with that it would be great.
I really appreciate all the experienced info from everyone.
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At the top of the page, there is a bluish bar that has "Quick Links" and "Log Out" in it. Just above it is "Wecome" and your name. Click on your name and you will get your profile page. Where it says "Arizona" you should see the editing pencil on the right. Click the pencil and you should be able to correct your location.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:24 AM   #27
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I have been using my phone and could not get to the sections, I went to my computer and bingo!!
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:01 AM   #28
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Since you're in Greensboro, go down 421 to Liberty and drop in on the Parkliner factory. We bought ours new last fall. Love it. Welome.

We're in Roanoke btw
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