My answer to Mark regarding a couple of simple questions has become so long that I'm just going to make it a post in the blog.
Good to hear from you Mark.
It would be easier to tell you what options I don't have. I bought my Arctic Fox off of the lot so what I saw was what I got, I didn't really mean for that to rhyme but it actually works pretty well.
I didn't get the built-in vacuum cleaner.---I have a regular push it yourself vacuum
I didn't get 2 air-conditioners.---- if it gets too hot for one air-conditioner I'll move.
I didn't get the generator.---- I had always planned on using solar.
I didn't get awning toppers for the slides.---- their noisy in the wind and hard to clean under.
I didn't get the TV for the bedroom.--- I spend too much time laying down as it is I don't need another excuse.
I didn't get heat pads for the holding tanks.----If it gets that cold I'll move.
I didn't get the 50 amp service.--- You will need it if you get two air-conditioners, it's better to just move.
I didn't get the leveling system.--- It's expensive, it's heavy, it's something else to break, and leveling just isn't that hard to begin with.
I didn't get a satellite dish.----I'm trying to watch less TV not more.
Things I'm Really Glad I Got.
Double pane windows, don't leave home without them. Not only are they better insulation for heat and cold, they also help keep the sound of your neighbors generator out of your living room.
The Reese Airborne Hitch is great, I believe Northwoods uses a different brand now, But the concept is the same. It not only makes the ride in the truck smoother, but things don't get bounced around in the trailer as bad either.
When it came to the solar and what I should do and how I should do it, I pretty much followed everything Handy Bob said. I listened to other solar experts on the Internet and in person and for the most part they only disagreed with minor details of what Handy Bob said.
Handy Bob said to make sure the wire coming from the roof down to the solar controller is big, so I put in a number four wire. He named a couple of solar controllers that he trusted and I got a 60 amp MorningStar solar controller. He also said that he felt like the MPPT controllers were tougher on your batteries and they may not last as long. So I gave up a few extra amps that it might produce and got a regular controller. He said keep the wires going from the controller to the batteries as big and as short as possible. I forget the size of mine but it's big and about 2 feet long. I forget what he said to set the voltage of the charge controller at, but if I remember correctly it was fairly controversial because people tended think it was too high, but whatever it was that's what mine is set at. The controversy was that his high-voltage would boil the water out of the batteries quickly, so far I haven't experienced that. I water my four batteries every two weeks and I'm still using the same gallon of distilled water that I bought a year ago. He recommended keeping the solar panels flat on the roof instead of tilting them, so all six of mine stay flat.
And you're right Handy Bob does not suffer fools lightly.
So what is the connection that you and I have to Colorado, and I hope it's got nothing to do with that embarrassing episode involving me and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders!