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Old 02-12-2012, 08:32 PM   #11
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Re: Picking up a trailer, tools and supplies

Cathy, in my opinion, I think you can safely skip the torque wrench. Your tow vehicle may use the same size lug nuts as the trailer - many do. If it does, then you can use the lug wrench you already have for your tow vehicle for the Escape. If it is different, you can just pick up a 4 way lug wrench (Craftsmans are about $12), or a long breaker bar (Craftsman 1/2' drive ones are about $25) with the correct socket for much less than a torque wrench. And as Doug said, many tire shops will check torque for you when needed.

The hitch ball finder apparatus' are only necessary if you are going to hook up by yourself and you might try without it first. We have never felt a need for one since Mary always guides me. After some practice she has gotten very precise at it.

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Old 02-12-2012, 09:22 PM   #12
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Baglo, I thought I would get one of those ovens. What does it weigh? I have a nothing "oven" so I will be forced to try that first and see if it is worth anything.
According to REI it weighs 7 lbs.

I've only used mine once, for warming pulled pork at the Escape Rally. I found I couldn't keep the temp down to 225 F on my butane Thunder Range, but I could on the Weber baby Q.

I'd only bring it if I'm sure I'm going to use it.

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Old 03-09-2012, 01:22 AM   #13
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So Cathy, I take it you are back home safe and sound? Did you find you needed anything that was not on your list or mentioned by others (isn't this great site full of helpful people?)? We are picking up our 17B next week and then a six hour drive home...unless it snows.
BTW, thanks for the controller suggestion. I think the Primus will be okay. If, not, I'll sell it to a good friend of mine!
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:18 AM   #14
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Eric, we are not picking up now. Just getting ready. So you will have to tell us what's missing! We have a whole load of "necessities." Getting tire sensors next. We are nothing if not prepared. Camping World has a pile of our money. Still trying towing mirrors. I would like a camera but hate to put any holes in the fiberglass!

I also found a bunch of helpful lists for pre-trip, camp set-up and more on the Good Sam Club. Yes, many of our 'must-haves" came from this very helpful group. I think we have them all and then some!

We have had such warm weather that you can hopefully make it. This is certainly the best year ever to go in winter. Have a great trip and give us a good report.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:03 AM   #15
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One suggestion: while at the factory look over the inside very well, i.e. in all the cabinets, under the bed, etc. Ours was not cleaned very well and if you find the same have them vacuum the trailer. On the 19 some of the areas are hard to reach and was a pain to try to get to those areas.

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Old 03-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #16
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I checked my trailers lug nuts after a 300 miles trip home. It was good I did because several lug nuts were loose. I do not inflate the tires over 42 pounds. Reace said it is better for the trailer to run less than 50 pounds.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:52 PM   #17
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You need to check your lug nuts after a hundred miles or so, especially if you have aluminum wheels. That's not specific to Escape, or trailers. Any time you have wheels removed and replaced ( snow tire changeover for instance ) you need to have the wheels re-torqued after a couple days on the road.

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Old 03-10-2012, 10:47 PM   #18
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Cathy,
First trailer is a ton of fun! Enjoy.

A couple of incredibly useful items:
Aluminum duct tape for emergency sealing of cracks, window leaks, breaks. Waterproof, easy to use, easy to remove (if you don't wait a year).
http://www.homedepot.com/Building-Ma...&storeId=10051

Leave the dirt outside! You won't be sorry. Better than the ones that wrap to your doorstep, Imho. And a daisy!
http://stores.nextag.com/store/47980...15218/Door-Mat

A couple of carpet samples for inside the door. A local floor covering store around here sells them for a buck and has lots of colours to match your decor.

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:04 PM   #19
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DaveK, thank you for the tip on the aluminum foil tape. They have a waterproof version which has "Waterproof" written across it in big letters. We passed on that one for the one you showed us.
Also looking at the mats which I had not thought of.

Bruce, we finally found those #1 and #2 square drivers, also at Home Depot (after they said they did not have them.) We opted for the separate tools, not interchanging parts, as we have a collection of screwdrivers already. Husky has the lifetime warranty so we can use them on the trailer forever!

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Old 03-13-2012, 10:53 PM   #20
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Cathy,
We picked up our 17B trailer ("Honulele"...loosely translated Hawaiian for Flying Turtle) and brought her home safely and in good condition! It was not a nice drive down from B.C. yesterday since it rained and blew for 200 miles...like driving through a freeway carwash all the way. But Honulele followed our Tacoma like a well trained sea turtle should. There was no swaying, fishtailing, uneven braking or the like. Since we didn't plan on camping I just carried my tool kit for an emergency and was thankful we didn't need it.
Dave went through a very thorough orientation with us and since the Tacoma dropped only an inch when we connected the trailer he didn't think a WD hitch was necessary. He was right but I will measure it again when it's fully loaded for camping.
Good luck in April and I'm sure it will be just as rewarding and fun.
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