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Old 04-28-2011, 05:17 PM   #11
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Re: My New Escape 17

Hi Verm:

Love your Escape and TV. Our 17B, due in 2 months, will look remarkably similar to yours. We are also looking at the RAV4 as a fuel efficient TV for planned X-continent trips.

Question: With the box, dual propane, and jack can you open the tail gate of the RAV?

Nice blog as well!

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Old 04-28-2011, 07:38 PM   #12
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Re: My New Escape 17

With the WD Hitch and the trailer hooked up, I can open the rear door on the RAV about 6-8 inches. Just enough to reach in and grab something, but not enough to get it out the door. When the trailer is not attached, the door clears the WD Hitch by about 1/4 of an inch and opens fully.

I just use the rear passenger doors to access the back since the seats are usually folded to increase cargo area.

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Old 04-28-2011, 07:40 PM   #13
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Re: My New Escape 17

Note that I don't have the front cargo box. It's the hitch on the trailer that gets in the way. Box and propane tanks aren't the issue.

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Old 04-28-2011, 08:10 PM   #14
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Re: My New Escape 17

Hi Jon,
Thanks for your pictures and blog! We just bought our Rav4 and plan to order the 17B for next June. I retire in January. We're not too far from you: Peterborough, Ontario. Looking at your pics may inspire me to get a "real" camera. All the best wishes for your travels,
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:05 AM   #15
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Re: My New Escape 17

You might as well plan on diving over the back seat to get to anything in the rear of the RAV4 since you really can't open the door enough to get at anything. You really don't want to have to get anything out of the under deck storage - don't ask how I know!

As to mileage, I averaged 24.5 coming across the country (Without the trailer). So far, towing on secondary roads for about 285 miles, the average is at 13.5. I'd probably do better with a truck, but I love the RAV4.
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Re: My New Escape 17

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You might as well plan on diving over the back seat to get to anything in the rear of the RAV4 since you really can't open the door enough to get at anything. You really don't want to have to get anything out of the under deck storage - don't ask how I know!

As to mileage, I averaged 24.5 coming across the country (Without the trailer). So far, towing on secondary roads for about 285 miles, the average is at 13.5. I'd probably do better with a truck, but I love the RAV4.
Hi Vermilye

Really like your posts and pictures.
We have a 19 and with our Toyota Tacoma got about 16 imperial mpg (13.5 us).
Have a good trip and enjoy your Escape.

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Old 05-02-2011, 08:16 PM   #17
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Thanks for the camera info. I thought I observed just one on your new Escape. Is the second one for backing up?
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:30 AM   #18
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Re: My New Escape 17

The one on the RAV 4 is useful for hitching as well as serving as a standard back up camera. Although you can order one from the factory for the RAV, I wouldn't have been able to also tie the trailer camera to the stock monitor. With the Rear View Safety system I can switch between the two cameras as well as an additional video input. I really like the camera on the trailer for backing & as a replacement for a rear view mirror...
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:59 AM   #19
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Re: My New Escape 17

Hi
Great pictures and I am enjoying your travel reports..
I believe the "bright yellow" flower you posted is plain old Skunk cabbage--pretty but stinky!!!!

Safe journey...
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:07 PM   #20
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Re: My New Escape 17

Thanks again for the information. Great pictures on our blog too. You picked a good time to come to the west.
California State Highway 1, while not the best, is a scenic way to see the coast. There is info and cams re: traffic at this site: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ Personally, I like Oregon's better: http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/CamerasEntry.asp
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