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Old 08-13-2018, 05:13 AM   #1
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New Escape nearly here!

Our new Escape is not here quite yet. Excitement is in the air and Esmé can small it getting close!


Last heard it was in Wisconsin and heading to Chicago and then up US 131 to us here in Canadian Lakes.

The delivery rig is apparently 40' long and can not make it down our drive into the large parking ramp. So it will be unloaded in a large parking lot 1.5 miles away.

I will tow it home and then park it until we get the title, registration, plate and insurance.

Can hardly wait!

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Old 08-13-2018, 05:25 AM   #2
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Very cool and exciting bro, be sure to send us some pics .
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:04 AM   #3
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It made it!

So with local road restrictions on big trucks how were we going to get our new trailer?



The delivery service driver decided to drop the big trailer at a truck stop some 20 miles away, He unloaded our trailer and connected it directly to his truck to make the final leg of the journey as a smaller rig.




He remained in touch by texts many times per day en route from BC Canada and South Dakota where he dropped off the first trailer.



When he contacted us from Wisconsin Sunday afternoon he indicated he was heading south and would pass through Chicago. Then continue up through Michigan we assumed it would take at least another day.


He showed up at lunchtime Monday! Just backed it down the drive.


So now we will to sort out storage and get set up for our post-Labor Day trip through Mich. for our inaugural shakedown trip.









One of the first tasks was to unwrap our new trailer and remove the protective "bug catcher."





Let the new adventures begin. Now I need to fill the propane tanks and finish setting up the trailer back-up camera and a few other tasks.


Sooo much space! So now what are we gonna do with it?



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Old 08-14-2018, 06:52 AM   #4
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Congratulations Dude, it looks great. We love our 19. I only wish they had been using that bug wrap stuff back when they delivered ours, cause it sure was a mess when they got there.
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:12 AM   #5
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New Escape nearly here!

Congratulations! It looks beautiful. Enjoy your fall trip, and many more to come!
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:51 AM   #6
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Congratulations, Bat Dude! That empty space has the same properties as vacuum. It sucks thing in and soon it is filled, no need to worry. The front end will also catch some bugs on your first trip. The front end of my Scamp 5th wheel is always a study in bug science and after a few years I am resigned to live with it.
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Old 08-14-2018, 10:24 AM   #7
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Glade to see you got your trailer home and safe. One question, someone at a rally told me that it is better to have the trailer delivered here in the U.S. and not go to Canada and pick it up, saves all the problems at the border crossing, is this true.

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Trainman, while I did have my trailer delivered, from my understanding, if you go pick up your trailer, you will not actually have to do anything to bring it across the border. ETI takes care of that, and you actually take possession of it in Sumas.
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Glade to see you got your trailer home and safe. One question, someone at a rally told me that it is better to have the trailer delivered here in the U.S. and not go to Canada and pick it up, saves all the problems at the border crossing, is this true.

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My understanding is that Escape will actually drive the trailer across the border and deliver it to you in the US if you choose to pick it up yourself. The factory is only a few miles into Canada. That way, they handle all import hassles, and you "officially" buy the trailer in the US. Example of the fine service that Escape provides for their customers.
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:06 PM   #11
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Trainman, while I did have my trailer delivered, from my understanding, if you go pick up your trailer, you will not actually have to do anything to bring it across the border. ETI takes care of that, and you actually take possession of it in Sumas.
Yup, and there are grocery stores in Sumas to pick up provisions for your trip home. Don't hassle with trying to take too much with you into Canada as customs can sometimes decide to pull a random inspection, so the less stuff the better.
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Escapism! I am sure that storage space will fill up in no time.
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Sooo much space! So now what are we gonna do with it?
Heh, heh, I won't touch that one. I trust you will figure it out!

Congratulations on getting the new trailer. Yes, Escape "exports" their trailers so we don't have to do a thing but meet them at Bob's in Sumas, or get them delivered as you did. It sounds like you got white glove service from the delivery guy; I'm very impressed.

When I brought our trailer home, I took time to test all of the various electrical and mechanical systems and equipment before we headed out. The only thing I have found to be marginal so far was the overlap between the under-bed plywood hatch and one side of the supporting 1x2s, so I sistered the 1 x 2 with a scrap of wood.

Knock on wood, I've been favorably impressed to date as I have been making my investigations, pulling panels and making examinations over time. As an example, the wiring is nicely bundled and landed, with no rat's nests as I have been reading about on the silver-twinkie forum.

Still, that didn't stop me from doubling up on all of the cabinet latches. They run a handsome $0.89 each at Lowes.

I had a bit more trouble finding square-drive sheet-metal screws to match the ones Escape uses to install the latches. I ordered them from Bolt Depot, with the result that I now have 400 count #6 square drive, pan head, stainless steel sheet metal screws in four lengths from 3/8" to 3/4". I think I am now well-supplied in this department for the rest of this life, all for about $20...

I also read on the Escape forum that the little flip-up counter extensions bang themselves half to death when travelling, (apparently someone was inside the trailer while they crawled the last mile in a traffic jam to the eclipse). So, I have been packing such that this doesn't happen. Eventually I will add a latch of some sort.

Again, congratulations. I hope it turns out to be everything you guys hoped for.
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If you're talking about the flip-up counter extensions, the one in my trailer has been in the up position for ten years. Only problem I have had was when I leaned on it with my full weight to reach something and the support bent. I bent it back and haven't looked back.
And I don't think Escape uses sheet metal screws. They use Robertson wood screws, widely available in Canada since they are superior to Phillips.
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