Some of my favorites came as options when I purchased the Escape
17. I have a 95 watt solar panel
& LED lighting
, as well as dual 6V batteries, and the electric option for the hot water heater.
I did do some additions & modifications - My old eyes that like to read small print paperback books convinced me to change out the LED fixtures over the bed & front dinette to dual LED Fixtures. Twice the light
at the push of a switch.
I completely agree with Donna on Coffee. I really like drip coffee, and although I know there are gas stove versions, I opted to add a 1000W sine wave inverter. I pretend it is for anything I might want to use it for but it is really there to make one pot of coffee in the mornings I don't have hookups.
I've also added some receptacles, both AC & 12V to the places I found made more sense than I planned them for when I had the trailer built.
I already had a battery
disconnect switch installed by Escape
, however I added a much larger one (200 amp) for the inverter.
I added some LED lighting
strips, one outside along the awning
& short lengths in each overhead cabinet. A page describing these and some other modifications is here
If you are not into cell phone & internet connections, you can skip this:
Because I maintain a travel & RV web page & daily updates to a blog & travel page on my site, I wanted dependable internet connections on the road. On top of that I am really addicted to my Oswego NPR station, WRVO. Since they have an app that lets me listen to it anywhere I have the internet, that's even more reason for good connections.
I have a Wilson Sleek in my RAV4 that boosts the signal to my AT&T iPhone, and a combination of a Wilson Trucker/RV antenna & their Vehicle Booster Kit in the trailer. The booster kit has an amp, exterior & interior antenna. If you are within 5'-7' of the internal antenna, you have a boosted signal on most cell phones & 3G data.
I use Millenicom USB modem - while no longer advertised, I have a 20GB per month 3G connection no contract through the Verizon network for $60.00 per month, including fees & taxes. The USB modem is plugged into a WiFi Ranger router which provides a local network around the trailer & tow vehicle that gets an internet connection from either the modem or a campground WiFi. You choose which ever is best. The signal is strong enough that if I don't have an AT&T signal while driving, I can use theWiFi signal from the router & cell modem (everything is 12V powered).