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Old 11-22-2018, 10:52 AM   #1
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Home with Our New 19

Well after 5400 miles in 12 days we made it home with our new 19. We wanted to get ahead of any winter weather and we needed to be back before Thanksgiving so we had to put in the miles. And on the return the trailer performed flawlessly!

So a little backstory first. We had a 2012 19 for 5 years then decided the crawl over bed was becoming an issue thus prompting the move to the 21. Well after 1 ˝ years the 21 was just not working for us for several reasons-mainly the bed layout and size and lack of windows in the front. When Escape announced their winter discount we decided to move back to the 19. In doing so we outfitted it quite differently than in the past and we are very satisfied with our decisions.

Some of the things we did differently this time:

1) 2 solar panels with inverter to all outlets-in the past we have always had 1 solar panel but never an inverter

2) Spray foam underneath-living in TX we never had this but on the return trip we hit some cold temps in the 30s and the floor stayed quite warm. We also feel that it will offer protection from road debris. Glad we got it.

3) High life axle-while the axle itself is not raised the extra height of the body is significant enough to be noticeable (but doesn’t look strange) and it comes in handy when the dump station drain is high.

4) Raised the dinette seats 3” to allow better viewing out the front windows-we are not that short (5’8”/5’5”) but this really helps.

5) Had the center cabinet door above the bed lengthened for easier access.

6) Went back to the “old” style slider windows for better ventilation.

7) Stayed with the electric awning so my wife could easily deploy/retract without me being around.

In the 5 day return trip the trailer was perfect! Everything worked and it tows behind the truck amazingly well (as expected). Although I checked as required I didn’t even need to retighten the lug nuts!

One word of caution. Before you hitch up in Sumas double check your hitch and hitch ball for tightness, especially if someone else has worked on your setup.

Here are a few photos and we are ready to roll again!

Steve

P.S.-one more thing-the night before pickup we stayed at the Hampton Inn only a minute or two away from Escape. This hotel appears to be quite new and was very nice. The advertised price as cheaper than the closer (by 1 block) hotel, but no Escape discount was offered.
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:55 AM   #2
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New Door

One item I forgot to mention was the new, non-friction hinge door. We were disappointed to see this change. The strut that holds the door open only allows a 90 degree opening. We immediately asked for the strut to be moved (which Dennis did). But if you do this beware as the doors swings VERY easily. I am looking into alternatives on how to deal with this.

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Old 11-22-2018, 11:31 AM   #3
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One word of caution. Before you hitch up in Sumas double check your hitch and hitch ball for tightness, especially if someone else has worked on your setup.
Yep, two days after leaving Sumas, my ball hitch came out of the receiver, and the safety chains were called into action.
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Old 11-22-2018, 11:31 AM   #4
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Very nice, Steve. I really like the second panel add, looks great.
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It may be hard to tell but the front panel is angled-lower in the front. Had no issues with wind noise on return trip.

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Old 11-22-2018, 08:16 PM   #6
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Color of stripes and uphlostery

Steve,
Really like the green, would you share the name of both materials?
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Sure, be glad too. The graphic color is the yellow-green option and the fabric is Sunbrella Dupione 8050-0000 Paradise 54" Upholstery Fabric. On the fabric ETI told us to buy 10 yds but we have close to half of that left. Make you a good deal on what's left

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Sure, be glad too. The graphic color is the yellow-green option and the fabric is Sunbrella Dupione 8050-0000 Paradise 54" Upholstery Fabric. On the fabric ETI told us to buy 10 yds but we have close to half of that left. Make you a good deal on what's left

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I finished out my build sheet last week. We went with Sunbrella Canvas Ginkgo, which is a muted solid green. I would have taken you up on the offer last week! I really wanted to do green stripping as I ride Kawasaki 2 stroke bikes and they are lime green! In the end since I could not be sure of the color I decided on Gray which they said matches my dark gray Toyota Tundra. Once we get home I will make graphics in green that will over lay the gray stripes, like shadowing. Yours looks great!
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Our fabric choices are similar ours just has some colored striping. Yours will look great too. Good luck with the build.

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Looks great Steve. Glad you made it home to Boerne without incident. Love your choices, especially the dual solar.

We are just getting settled in to our new place on the north side of Canyon Lake, so like you we're officially in the Hill Country. Would love you guys to come by some time and see it.
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