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Old 03-21-2015, 07:17 PM   #57
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Yep Dry weight = 3400 lbs Dry weight and with no options or stuff isn't going to be under 3500 lbs any more than a 13' Scamp is going to weigh 975 lbs. , going down the road.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:47 AM   #58
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Hi Raj,

I definitely feel safer in a campground than I do in a motel. I have been tent camping alone with my 3 kids for 2 years and we have not ever had any problems. The only annoyance has been loud campers in campgrounds occasionally but I think once we get in a camper it may help the noise factor a tiny bit with (thin) walls. Good luck and happy retirement to you.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:07 PM   #59
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I reserved a Escape 17B for February 2016, after seeing a 19B & liking the various features & the quality.

Thanks for the many posts & lot of info on this & escape forums, we got informed & educated about different fiberglass trailers & decided to go for a new Escape 17B.

We will have the challenge to drive up from central Florida to Chilliwack, Canada & that too in the cold month of February & then to drive back with the Trailer. Well, we will cross the bridge & deal with it next year.

Anyway, to choose the various options now. Thanks to several posters in helping me along the way

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Old 06-12-2015, 10:58 PM   #60
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Congrats!!!

If it makes you feel any better here in Escape land in February this year it wasn't actually all that cold. With most days in the 50's up to high 50's and not a drop of snow to be seen from here to the Rockies. Perhaps next winter will be the same for you.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:07 PM   #61
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Raj, congratulations on your Escape!

I do not want to say nobody picks up an Escape from most parts of the U.S. in February ---one person went south and then west to California and then up, and then back a similar route --- but just about nobody. What they do is have Escape store the trailer for months until decent weather. There would likely be far too much snow and ice between you and Chilliwack.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:41 PM   #62
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Congratulations on your decision to go with an Escape trailer. They're top quality rigs. A trip in February across the country doesn't sound very pleasant to me. Although it will be hard to wait, it might be wiser to have Escape store the trailer until April or so. It will make for a much more pleasant trip, not to mention a safer one.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:19 AM   #63
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Thanks for the suggestions, I am as excited as a kid with the expectation of a new toy coming in the mail (delaaaaaaaayyeed).
The excitement of new phase of RV in our lives is no less than a teen looking forward to driving a car for the first time.

Let us hope the snow/cold next year is not too bad, and be as good as Carol H found this year.
We will be driving against the traffic though(Seems the whole world is in Florida in the winter)

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Old 06-13-2015, 07:53 AM   #64
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Raj,

Congratulations on your purchase. Your February trip may be a problem. Certainly you may have to take the coast road through Oregon, CA and back through the southwest however that's a marvelous trip. One alternative is to wait until March, generally a better month than Feb.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:47 AM   #65
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Thanks Norm & Ginny,

Our fun visit to you had a lot to do to rest some of our apprehensions about RV, thanks a lot to you two for that.
Your understanding & time is much appreciated.

When we get done with Atlanta visits, we will get in touch with you to request another visit.... options & equipment for our rig, our upcoming maiden towing attempt, fun places to visit & such......

Best wishes
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Thanks for the suggestions, I am as excited as a kid with the expectation of a new toy coming in the mail (delaaaaaaaayyeed).
The excitement of new phase of RV in our lives is no less than a teen looking forward to driving a car for the first time.

Let us hope the snow/cold next year is not too bad, and be as good as Carol H found this year.
We will be driving against the traffic though(Seems the whole world is in Florida in the winter)

Thanks & best regards
As Cathy suggests the best route from Florida to Escape land in the winter would be staying south and heading west and then start heading north from Arizona then move over to northern California once you pass Vegas.

I suspect a lot about why some fear coming to Canada in winter to pick up is they are not familiar with the actual weather in Escape land. I know its hard to believe but many winters we don't get any snow and when we do it normally washes away in less than a day. The City of Vancouver for example does not actually own any snow plows. As with all things though one needs to watch the weather forecast though. Every 6/7 years or so we can have a white Valentines Day - sometimes only an inch or it could be a foot or more.

On the other hand *lots* of folks who live in Escape Land do head south from December to February. Hang out on the I5 on the week after Christmas and you will see a stead stream of trailers heading south.

The one section of highway between Escape and California you really need to watch the weather on and those of us who have done the winter trips south fear the most is Grants Pass, Oregon. The weather on the pass is very unpredictable, so you may have to bunker down for a day or two waiting for good weather to get over it. But even that Pass was greatly lacking in snow this past winter. Clear and dry for a better part of the winter. If heading south and needing to bunker down and wait out the weather in Grants Pass the Seven Feathers Casino and campground in Canyonville is a popular spot to do that. They have nice camping facilities with heated showers. Champoeg State park just south of Portland is another poplar stopping spot coming and going in winter. They also have heated washrooms although not as well heated as the ones in Canyonville .
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I reserved a Escape 17B for February 2016, after seeing a 19B & liking the various features & the quality.



Thanks for the many posts & lot of info on this & escape forums, we got informed & educated about different fiberglass trailers & decided to go for a new Escape 17B.



We will have the challenge to drive up from central Florida to Chilliwack, Canada & that too in the cold month of February & then to drive back with the Trailer. Well, we will cross the bridge & deal with it next year.



Anyway, to choose the various options now. Thanks to several posters in helping me along the way



Best regards

Our build date was in February too. We were coming from South Texas. We decided to have Escape hold the trailer for another 6 weeks and pick up on March 20th or so. That was a great decision. As others have pointed out, the problem is not the weather in Chilliwack. The problem is the weather in the mountains between you and there. By waiting until late March, we had no issues with weather except a few snow flurries in the higher elevations. Camping along the way was much more pleasant too, and many campgrounds don't open until mid March or early April.

It was very hard to wait, knowing the trailer was finished and waiting for us, but if I had to do it again I'd do the same thing.


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Thanks Norm & Ginny,

Our fun visit to you had a lot to do to rest some of our apprehensions about RV, thanks a lot to you two for that.
Your understanding & time is much appreciated.

When we get done with Atlanta visits, we will get in touch with you to request another visit.... options & equipment for our rig, our upcoming maiden towing attempt, fun places to visit & such......

Best wishes
Raj,

We should be in FL sometime in Oct. until Dec. We'd love to have you visit.
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Old 06-13-2015, 06:02 PM   #69
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If you don't put yourself under any time pressure, just take it slow and easy, and take the southern route across to CA, you'll be fine. Treat it like an adventure. Relax, poke along, see sights along the way. If you hit some weather you don't like, wait to move on. It can be a memorable, fun trip.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:23 PM   #70
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Thank you every one

Thanks Cathi, Carol H, Robert, Norm & Ginny and Mike for your input.

I am sure that cross country trip will need more than some planning to do, as the completion date approaches.
Like Robert said postponing till late March may not be a bad idea.

We will see how that goes......

Thanks again
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