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Old 05-05-2012, 03:30 AM   #31
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Re: Soon-to-be Escapee

Laura & Rick, it is reassuring to read that you deemed the fiberglass box superior to a standard utility box. Aesthetically, it is a no-brainer. But I was mainly wondering about its sturdiness. Tammy had sent me some pictures of the inside, but it is hard to assess from pictures. I would feel much better if I were able to check out its flex and mounting myself. I just read in wcf's options post that it is LINE-X covered, so durability is now less of a concern. Funny that info was not on the Escape site.

Your brake lights on either side of the rear window look sharp. After taking a closer look at the down-low position of the standard brake lights, I'm sold!

BTW, anyone using a light bar above the rear window similar to Thane's mod? I like the "all-in-one" functionality, plus the dual usage as a rear exterior light at the flip of a switch. Cool mod!
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:43 AM   #32
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David, it looks like you are getting a good plan together. Everyone has their own needs for Escaping. I would recommend that after heavy pondering of the options, and what you believe you may want, take some time away from it to let it all really set in. Then come back an readdress things, as you may come to new realizations. There are a couple options that I thought I would really like, ordered, and have yet to put to use.


If I had portable solar, I would just use a cable with lock to secure it. While we clean up stuff in a campsite, I rarely put anything away under lock and key, like the BBQ, boots, stove, chairs, tables, etc. I just could not be bothered. Nothing has ever been taken either. Our trailer only gets locked when we are leaving it for a long period. Who knows, maybe it might be different camped in a sketchy area, but I really doubt that would appeal to me anyway.

I go by the mindset that you are already a victim of crime if you are perpetually worried about it. I prefer the ease of mind, and to not sweat things too much.

BTW, mine is the Escape 19 with the red lettering and an mean red headed attack wife, if anyone wants to go shopping.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:16 AM   #33
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David, since you live in Portland, you should drop a PM to "hippo" and make arrangements to see his Escape. He lives just north of Vancouver, Washington. His 19' Escape has with both the rear lights and the front storage box (and it's box #2, the second box ever made).

The box is very sturdy.

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Old 05-05-2012, 12:40 PM   #34
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I just read in wcf's options post that it is LINE-X covered, so durability is now less of a concern. Funny that info was not on the Escape site.
http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=1496.0

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One thing to note about the box is because it's Line-X coated it acts as a rock guard for the lower front of the trailer. If you wanted to get the front of the trailer Line-X coated it would probably cost around $500; factoring that in the box then becomes a fairly cheap option.

I think you'll find that most of the options Escape offers are very reasonably priced and when one explores after market options you can't do it any cheaper yourself. The thing is deciding up front without experiencing the trailer can be a daunting proposition. As Jim said, some things you feel you can't live without in the ordering process are rarely used and then again others are lifesavers.

If you talk with Reace he can let you know which options he can install after the build and which can't. ie. Extra insulation has to be installed during the build but you can get an exterior shower or extra storage hatch put on at a later date if you wish. It would mean a trip up to the factory but you'll be more informed after camping in the trailer for a while and there is some great camping up here in BC.

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Old 05-05-2012, 08:40 PM   #35
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Laura & Rick, the lights are nice but I really like that tire cover. Where did you find that gem?
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:43 PM   #36
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Laura & Rick, the lights are nice but I really like that tire cover. Where did you find that gem?
I knew I should have blocked that part of the picture . Actually, it's the Washington State University logo. My younger son is a WSU grad and takes the Escape to WSU football games. WSU is located in Pullman, Washington, where it gets COLD. With the extra insulation and thermal windows the propane heater keeps the inside nice and warm.

The trailer's name, "The Far Side Express," comes from the comic strip, The Far Side. The author also is a WSU grad. We were going to change the name to "The Far Side Escape," and Tammy even had a new decal made for us during the trailer pickup, but somehow it got lost.

My son would say, "Go Cougs!"
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:25 PM   #37
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David Welcome. You should consider the following solar system, high tail lights, front box, out door shower.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:40 AM   #38
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Thanks Chuck.

Solar remains on the bubble for us. Definitely see the benefits, and would like the flexibility. Just wondering how much not having it would limit our camping options and enjoyment of the trailer. We have a few more weeks before we need to decide, and I expect that more time digging into the forum and looking into camp sites here in the Pacific NW will make such choices clearer to us.

How beneficial have you found solar in Washington and Oregon when planning your getaways? Do many of the destinations without power stand head and shoulders above those that do, for whatever reason?

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Old 05-06-2012, 01:44 AM   #39
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As you know, Oregon has great state campgrounds, with power in most cases. If you venture north to BC, you'll find that the Provincial and Forestry campsites are roomy, but lack power, septic and water ( at the individual site ).

I've found after three or four days, I need to run my generator for a couple hours to top up the battery ( sometime during the day, so as not to disturb others - it is very quiet though ).

So, a great deal depends on your concept of camping. As a rule, the more services you have, the smaller the campsites. At Osoyoos, we watched a couple 80-foot motor homes compete for space to open their slides.

I figure I'll just stay home if it comes to that.

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