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Old 07-20-2016, 05:48 PM   #131
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And I was feeling sorry for myself... : orientation and pick up was scheduled for today, but son got in car accident, broken ribs, bruised lung, etc., made us cancel and re-schedule for September. Being with you all, US escape-to-bees!! Feeling for you, for ETI, and all others affected! Hang in there!!!!
Sorry to learn about your son..that must have been so distressing...glad it wasn't worse.
Hope he mends fast.
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:19 PM   #132
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I understand the need to have a standardized data base but my insurance company (Progressive) just looked up the VIN on this system and found all the information they needed.
We were schedule to pick up our trailer next month, gave notice to our jobs and our short term apartment we rented while our Escape was being built so we could go full time traveling. I hope this can be resolved quickly but the NO notice by the DOT and Customs is just another example of a government that really does care for small business. Giving Escape a reasonable amount of time to transition make a lot more sense.
How fun! I'm sure you'll be on the road very soon. What Escape did you buy for full time traveling?
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Old 07-21-2016, 02:35 AM   #133
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Prayers for your son for a speedy and full recovery.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:16 AM   #134
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We have an Escape 21 under construction, all set up for boondocking. I LOVE Felton, what a beautiful place to live!
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:33 AM   #135
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I understand the need to have a standardized data base but my insurance company (Progressive) just looked up the VIN on this system and found all the information they needed.
We were schedule to pick up our trailer next month, gave notice to our jobs and our short term apartment we rented while our Escape was being built so we could go full time traveling. I hope this can be resolved quickly but the NO notice by the DOT and Customs is just another example of a government that really does care for small business. Giving Escape a reasonable amount of time to transition make a lot more sense.
I hope that they can get this fixed for you very soon and you will be on the road full-timing and giving us reports of your adventures!
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:36 AM   #136
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What options did you set up for boon docking and what is your tow vehicle?
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:53 AM   #137
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We have an Escape 21 under construction, all set up for boondocking. I LOVE Felton, what a beautiful place to live!
Well then, let us know when you're in the area! (Most people don't know where Felton is ... ).

And congratulations on your 21'. (We've been going back and forth as to whether to "upgrade" or not.) You made a great choice and I know you're going to love it.
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:02 AM   #138
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I understand the need to have a standardized data base but my insurance company (Progressive) just looked up the VIN on this system and found all the information they needed.
We were schedule to pick up our trailer next month, gave notice to our jobs and our short term apartment we rented while our Escape was being built so we could go full time traveling. I hope this can be resolved quickly but the NO notice by the DOT and Customs is just another example of a government that really does care for small business. Giving Escape a reasonable amount of time to transition make a lot more sense.
If Progressive found the Escape VIN in that system then maybe they are making progress. The VIN on our 2008 5.0 did NOT decode so perhaps they are prioritizing the newly built trailers. Maybe others who have the VIN's for trailers that are about to be done could try that and see what turns up....
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:30 PM   #139
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Damn! We just squeezed thru as the gate was closing! Picked up 7-11, not a hint of trouble.

Those waiting, please be patient, we ADORE our 21, and you'll love your new one when the gate reopens. Sorry for Tammy and Reace and those on the road or getting ready to head up to pick up.

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We got our 21 the same day. Tammy was gracious to squeeze us into an afternoon orientation (normally reserved for Canadians due to border transport issues late in the afternoon). It is sometimes tough for the driver to get back before ETI closes. They shut the Sumas POE down twice that afternoon b/c someone tried to run through. We got across with about a 30 minute wait. The driver delivering our 21 caught up to us as the commercial lane wait was only about 5 minutes. We had another couple traveling with us with a slide in camper and a cargo trailer named the "Dog Palace" as they had 3 Griffons with them. The US CBP agent took their ignition keys before going back to inspect the trailer. (They had another set if they really wanted to take off )

I always feel welcomed by Canadian Customs when entering Canada. When we got off the ferry from Anacortes to Sidney, BC the Customs agent kindly directed us to a nearby dog park. I almost always feel unwelcome by US CBP when reentering my own country.
We went thru US Customs in Victoria, BC before getting on the Blackball ferry to Port Angeles. When we arrived in Port Angeles the CBP was having a fruit & vegatable field day inspection. We were clean, the agent scored 3 limes (purchased in CA) from our friends with the "Dog Palace". Boy, I feel safe. No one is going to get Limes Disease.

We had our 21 inspected yesterday by a MHP officer so we could get our permanent MT tags. He said he is inspecting a tremendous number of motor vehicles being brought in from Canada. I guess the increase is probably because of the exchange rate.

We got checkers everywhere.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:41 PM   #140
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Jim,
We added the high lift option, two 150w solar panels, dual 6V batteries, additional 12V outlets on the outside, access port near the batteries to add ground mounted solar panels during the winter months if needed. We have added an air pressure, solar heated shower to extend our water as well as additional water storage (collapsible water tanks in the back of the pick-up) since fresh water and grey water are the limiting factors to extended boondocking.
Our tow vehicle is a 2015 F-150, 2.7 Ecoboost (which gets incredible gas mileage so far, 23.7 mpg after 11,000)
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