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Old 11-12-2016, 07:49 AM   #1
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We had our trailer delivered to our friends in the Chicago area and made a nice trip of it going back to Naples Fl. We went from Toledo-Cleveland-Akron-Ky-Atlanta-N Fl.-Home We stayed at friends houses and trailer.Towing with a 2 whl .drive Toyota Sequoia we got 13.2 mpg I thought we might get 14 but no Cigar What are the rest of you guys getting towing a 21 ?.
We tried almost every thing out to see everything was working .
the only problem was the TV antenna (Jack) the one that shows the signal strength went out and then would come back on ? (blue lights 1-4 to show strength) I hope its not a problem Does this blue light have a timer that stays on for a small amount of time or is it something else . I wanted to wait a few weeks or so and get a punch list if needed and then call ETI . Since we live in Fl. we can use our trailer all year long plenty of State parks and if your a Resident you pay 1/2 usually $10-12 a night with full hookups . This trailer is so much bigger then our last trailer lots of storage we only used a few of the cabinets . Hope to see more Escapees next Summer Jim
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Old 11-12-2016, 09:46 AM   #2
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Over 30K Mikes towing our 21 with a 2WD Yukon and 13.2 is also our consistent average. Doubt I would have gotten any better with our Highlander we traded as it would have worked much harder.
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:04 AM   #3
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We had our trailer delivered to our friends in the Chicago area and made a nice trip of it going back to Naples Fl. We went from Toledo-Cleveland-Akron-Ky-Atlanta-N Fl.-Home We stayed at friends houses and trailer.Towing with a 2 whl .drive Toyota Sequoia we got 13.2 mpg I thought we might get 14 but no Cigar What are the rest of you guys getting towing a 21 ?.
We tried almost every thing out to see everything was working .
the only problem was the TV antenna (Jack) the one that shows the signal strength went out and then would come back on ? (blue lights 1-4 to show strength) I hope its not a problem Does this blue light have a timer that stays on for a small amount of time or is it something else . I wanted to wait a few weeks or so and get a punch list if needed and then call ETI . Since we live in Fl. we can use our trailer all year long plenty of State parks and if your a Resident you pay 1/2 usually $10-12 a night with full hookups . This trailer is so much bigger then our last trailer lots of storage we only used a few of the cabinets . Hope to see more Escapees next Summer Jim
Hi: jennykatz... Congrats on getting your 21 home. We too have had the similar antenna issues... but it always comes back. I have checked all connections but found nothing amiss. The signal lights stay lit while in use, but are very sensitive to signal fluctuations, and our black slide switch on the antenna base stays on all the time. I just use the push on/ push off button on the wall plate.
As for mpg's you'll do a lot better on the basically flat land of Fla. The 21'er has more frontal area to break wind with so to speak.
Last year on the way home from Alabama I discovered the rolling hills of I65 easier than the mountains of I75. Nashville Tenn. was the only congestion and I71 to I75 at Cinci. was easy.
Enjoy your new found space and love to see you in Florida this winter. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:32 AM   #4
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Pay half...? Being able to camp almost all year around...? What am I doing HERE
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:45 AM   #5
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If I recall, the blue lights are only on if there is a signal being received, otherwise they remain off.
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:52 AM   #6
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As for gas mileage with a full size 4 wheel drive pickup, 13.5 to 14 is about it towing the 21. Loren
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Old 11-12-2016, 11:27 AM   #7
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What are the rest of you guys getting towing a 21 ?.
Hi, on our 1,300 mile trip home from Chilliwack with an EMPTY trailer, our 2016 Ram 3.6L 2 wheel drive averaged 15.8 mpg per console on regular gasoline. The grades and passes dropped mileage for sure but always got it back on the downside. Had our destination been at the top of the pass, average would have been a lot lower. Will have better idea on subsequent trips with loaded trailer. Please see link below describing our maiden voyage trip home.

I will say this, as pointed out the rather vertical flat frontal trailer area does not help. We purposely averaged 60 mph to keep mileage in check.

2016 RAM 1500 3.6L towing 21ft - my experience
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Old 11-12-2016, 01:07 PM   #8
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On our recent round trip from Ca. to New Hampshire, we took I-80 Eastbound for most of the way, and I-70 Westbound for most of the way. We held it at 60 mph almost all the time. We averaged 15.3 mpg going east and 14.7 mpg going west. A bit more headwind when westbound. 6700 miles total. City and Highway combined when not towing is 21.5 mpg.
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Old 11-12-2016, 01:36 PM   #9
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Santiago,
Do you have your trailer's weight? Seems without the awning, foam, and refrigerator and front box? it should weight considerably less than a fully optioned 21' ?
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Old 11-12-2016, 01:44 PM   #10
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Seems without the awning, foam, and refrigerator and front box
Have thermal windows, full insulation, front storage box now.

Soon 6.8 cf electric fridge (95 lbs) and (2) 6vdc 400 AH total AGM LifeLine batteries mounted over axle - 119 lbs each (238 lbs total) - minus standard 12vdc wet cell factory battery and box that will be removed and currently mounted under far rear dinette bench.
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