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Old 02-05-2015, 12:46 PM   #81
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We have used ice but figured the ice could all collect at the valve and crack it. Maybe it cannot collect there.
Not likely. Ice only does its damage during the freezing process. Conversion from liquid to solid causes the the ice to expand, thereby cracking pipes, valves etc. The ice you put in your tank will be melting and therefore shrinking.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:22 PM   #82
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Just spotted in a discussion on FiberglassRV:
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On another note, it's kind of funny that one of the first pics you see on Escape's website is a bright yellow Jeep Wrangler.... which can now officially tow none of the vehicles in Escape's lineup since the 15 has been discontinued.

Unfortunately true: the short-wheelbase Wrangler shown (which appears to be a TJ) has a maximum trailer towing rating of 2000 pounds - not enough for Escape model which can currently be ordered (although it looks like the one in the photo is towing a 17-foot). It looks like ETI's home page image strip needs an update... maybe replacing this one with a 5.0TA.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:35 PM   #83
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Then the pic of Ladybug would have to go, too, as well as the fifth one (which I think is gabeck's?)! And it always makes me smile when I see that it has been rotated 180 degrees.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:50 PM   #84
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Not likely. Ice only does its damage during the freezing process. Conversion from liquid to solid causes the the ice to expand, thereby cracking pipes, valves etc. The ice you put in your tank will be melting and therefore shrinking.
Yes, it is likeliest that it is melting in most cases. I have seen clumps of ice sit for hours, however. If it gets colder and windier, ice may be re-freezing. I was wondering about the exact location of the valve as I have not really looked at that to see if ice would be likely to collect there, including when the trailer is moving.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:58 PM   #85
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Just spotted in a discussion on FiberglassRV:


Unfortunately true: the short-wheelbase Wrangler shown (which appears to be a TJ) has a maximum trailer towing rating of 2000 pounds - not enough for Escape model which can currently be ordered (although it looks like the one in the photo is towing a 17-foot). It looks like ETI's home page image strip needs an update... maybe replacing this one with a 5.0TA.
I don't see any harm in Escape showing pictures of their 13' and 15' models somewhere on their site, even if they are no longer in production (they were manufactured by Escape). However, on the home page, I agree that it would best serve their interests to show only the models that are currently in production (the 17, 19, 21, and 5.0TA). Again if I was Escape, I would not even attempt to try to confirm that all of the tow vehicles matched with the trailers on their site pics were compatible in terms of tow ratings. It is hard enough to confirm that the match is compatible if you are the owner and have access to the info on the door frame and the manual.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:28 PM   #86
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Then the pic of Ladybug would have to go, too, as well as the fifth one (which I think is gabeck's?)! And it always makes me smile when I see that it has been rotated 180 degrees.
Not us that one ......we have red graphics and tow with an 02 Jeep Liberty ( also red ) . Only place we've been is last years calendar on the beach by a float plane base taken on our big trip to the east coast .
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I don't see any harm in Escape showing pictures of their 13' and 15' models somewhere on their site, even if they are no longer in production (they were manufactured by Escape). However, on the home page, I agree that it would best serve their interests to show only the models that are currently in production (the 17, 19, 21, and 5.0TA).
I agree completely.

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Again if I was Escape, I would not even attempt to try to confirm that all of the tow vehicles matched with the trailers on their site pics were compatible in terms of tow ratings. It is hard enough to confirm that the match is compatible if you are the owner and have access to the info on the door frame and the manual.
I have a different view of this. I think that particular image shows the tug (TJ/Wrangler 2-door) and only part of the trailer (perhaps a 17-foot) - it's not even obvious what model the trailer might be. It certainly appears to be there to say "you can tow with this", and since the towing capacity of this particular vehicle - if it is the short one - is very clearly and unambiguously provided by the manufacturer (as up to 2000 pounds), I think it would be entirely reasonable to check that is it appropriate. Remember, even the short version of this vehicle was appropriate for the 13-foot or 15-foot, but the trailer is not visible to give context so the photo could now be (unintentionally) misleading.

I could be completely off-base because the longer version of the same vehicle (the TJ/Wrangler Unlimited) has a 3500 pound towing limit (as I recall) and could tow a current 17-foot Escape within the tow vehicle manufacturer's limits. Maybe that's an Unlimited? I'm now so accustomed to seeing the JK Wrangler (with four doors on the long version) that I might have fallen for the trap of being misled by an incorrect model ID in the FiberglassRV discussion.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:43 PM   #89
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Looking through the ETI site with the discontinuance of the 15-foot in mind, I also noticed this in Points to Ponder:
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The frame is constructed with 3/16 thick 1 x 3 T1 steel tubing creating a solid foundation, eliminating any chance of fatigue.
While the entire length of the frame was originally 1 x 3 tubing and the rear section is still that size, the main part is now 2" x 4" tubing on all models, except perhaps the 17-foot.

It is a lot of work to keep a product website current and accurate!
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:40 PM   #90
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Does anyone know how many of each model have been manufactured?

I was curious about this too, so I called Tammy* and asked. Currently there have been 53 15As and 43 15Bs released to the wild. By the end of the run (including rigs that were already ordered but have not yet been built), we're looking at 57 15As and 47 15Bs.

Sounds like all the flack Karen gets for not having a bathroom may be somewhat unwarranted, as her floorplan is the more popular one (at least for the 15').

* Yes, she approved these numbers being made public.
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