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Old 09-02-2010, 09:26 PM   #11
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Re: Unfortunate Accident

Jerry - carry more beer in the fridge!

We are leaving on a weekend trip and lightly packing "Blue" for the trip. I dug out my old analog bathroom scale (now relegated to use only for tongue weight). Our 17B had a tongue weight of about 360# with a full fresh water tank and 2 mostly full LP tanks. (Glenn , the scale is only supposed to go to 300, but it hasn't crushed yet! I distribute the weight with a 1 x 6 across it.)

I think that the way Reace and Tammy have designed the Escapes (at least the 17B - the only Escape I have any experience with) has made it so that it is difficult to underweight the tongue. The axle on the 17B is wisely set far enough back to accomplish that, (as opposed to our Scamp 16 with the axle almost at half way). I am not saying that we still do not need to be aware and careful, but I think that the intelligent designs of Escapes lend itself to a safe tongue weight.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:14 PM   #12
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Understood, but I added two feet to the rear of my 17b with the cargo carrier. I filled it up with a gas can, axes and a sledge, jack and tools, hoses and power cable, propane and butane tanks and fire-logs. Then I decided to move some of that stuff forward and replace it with marshmallows for the camp-fire.
As pointed out earlier, you need to keep heavier items over the axle to avoid weight transfer.

Last trip, I thought I noted some sway ( or maybe not - it was that slight ). So, I plan to pay more attention to tongue weight.

And, I plan to take more trips. Company offered a buyout this morning and I can't refuse $150,000 to leave just before my 62nd birthday...

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Old 09-02-2010, 10:20 PM   #13
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Sounds like Glenn is buying.....
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:31 PM   #14
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Glenn - welcome to the world of retirement! "The Best Job I Ever Had" as my buddy calls it!. Come on down to Wisconsin and sample some of my homebrews!


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Understood, but I added two feet to the rear of my 17b with the cargo carrier. I filled it up with a gas can, axes and a sledge, jack and tools, hoses and power cable, propane and butane tanks and fire-logs. Then I decided to move some of that stuff forward and replace it with marshmallows for the camp-fire.
As pointed out earlier, you need to keep heavier items over the axle to avoid weight transfer.

Last trip, I thought I noted some sway ( or maybe not - it was that slight ). So, I plan to pay more attention to tongue weight.

And, I plan to take more trips. Company offered a buyout this morning and I can't refuse $150,000 to leave just before my 62nd birthday...

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Old 09-02-2010, 11:15 PM   #15
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Glenn:

Great news about your upcoming retirement and plans to travel more! Welcome to the wonderful world of retirement living!

When will you officially be retiring?

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Old 09-02-2010, 11:54 PM   #16
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Company wants those they accept for the buyout to be gone by Oct. 31. And I have almost all of Sept. and a week in Oct. as vacation. I may be retired now for all I know.

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Old 09-03-2010, 11:24 AM   #17
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Wow.. they have to pay you to leave
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:43 PM   #18
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Yup.

Company is doing buyouts across the country except the non-union papers in Calgary and Edmonton. There they're cutting about 30 jobs at those two papers. "Been nice employing you - see ya".


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Old 09-04-2010, 04:50 PM   #19
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Sounds like a nice severance package however. Hit the road.....toad!
Just be sure of the LOAD..so we don't have to write an Ode....
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:08 PM   #20
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I'm not sure, but I may be retired already. I have the next three weeks off. I have another week vacation in Oct. and they want rid of us by Oct. 31.

I will do my best not to inconvenience them.

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