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Old 08-15-2015, 10:01 AM   #1
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Well I've been lurking here long enough and it's time to say hi! And thank you! for all of the helpful information I have found on this forum. My wife and I put our deposit down last year and we have been quietly waiting for our delivery date to arrive. It has been a long summer but we are finally on our way to pick up our new 17B. I think the hardest part of the wait was the option deadline. We knew what we wanted but as the deadline drew near we started to second guess ouselfs. That where this forum came in really handy. It's nice to see other peoples opinions on how useful certain options are. In the end we added LED lighting and a second set of brake lights before the deadline.
Now it's just a matter of adapting to pulling a larger trailer. I've had a small utility trailer before but nothing this big.
Thank you again for all of your advice and insite on these trailers.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:42 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new 17B! Hope you'll post photos -- always love to see "cousins!!!"
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:42 AM   #3
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Congratulations, Weezy, you're gonna love your new 17B and towing it will be easier than a utility trailer.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:38 PM   #4
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Congratulations Rick!

As far as size goes, you'll adapt to the 17b very quickly. By any RV standard, these trailers are tiny, and very easy to tow.
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:48 PM   #5
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Thanks! It will be nice to have it hooked up and be able to travel at our own pace. Been on the road the last two days but will be in the lower mainland tomorrow.
Rbryan4 where do I know you from? I've been trying to figure it out but can't put the peaces together.
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:59 PM   #6
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Rbryan4 where do I know you from? I've been trying to figure it out but can't put the peaces together.
As far as I know, we've never met. I guess it's because I used your name? No, I don't have ESP. Its in your profile.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:14 PM   #7
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Fair enough. I was pretty sure that no one I know had an escape but I couldn't figure out how you knew my name.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:12 AM   #8
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Well we have had our 17B for a week now and we are very happy. We have been camping in it since we picked it up and have only had a couple problems. Most of them operator error. Once I got used to it towing was very easy. The gas mileage takes a bit to get used to but was not unexpected.
After a week we agree that the 17 is perfect for us. We keep
The main dinett made for our bed and use the two seater up front for eating ( only if it's cold or wet. We spend most
Of the time outside ). I think the only thing I would change is maybe adding an exterior hatch to the space under the passenger side main dinett seat. But that's more of a wish than a deal breaker.
We love our new escape
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:36 AM   #9
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I think the only thing I would change is maybe adding an exterior hatch to the space under the passenger side main dinette seat.
Yes, when the main dinette is setup as a bed all of the time it is a real pain to get into that space. I would worry that an exterior hatch would leak so I'm trying to find an inside solution. The flip up extension beside the sink becomes the next pinch-point as I can't tilt up the whole 'mattress' mass of 4 cushions because it won't clear the extension.

I've picked up some parts to see if there is another way of attaching the extension leaf. I feel that if I can remove that obstacle it might be as simple as a sheet of quarter inch plywood and some piano hinges to be able to tilt up the whole 'mattress' as if it was one.

it'll take a while to figure out...
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:54 AM   #10
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Well we have had our 17B for a week now and we are very happy. We have been camping in it since we picked it up and have only had a couple problems. Most of them operator error. Once I got used to it towing was very easy. The gas mileage takes a bit to get used to but was not unexpected.
After a week we agree that the 17 is perfect for us. We keep
The main dinett made for our bed and use the two seater up front for eating ( only if it's cold or wet. We spend most
Of the time outside ). I think the only thing I would change is maybe adding an exterior hatch to the space under the passenger side main dinette seat. But that's more of a wish than a deal breaker.
We love our new escape
Welcome.
Happy to hear you're enjoying your 17B. I had two hatches placed in the front on either side for that very purpose. It comes in very handy for the hitching and unhitching items (chocks, equalizer lever bar etc.) However, the box was not available at the time. (The covers are also hidden under the front snap-on rock guards.) If I did not have that done, I would have considered doors on the front dinette fronts. Perhaps you could find a place/person who might do that for you.
I know someone enlarged their hatch opening a while back and gave the description of how they did it on this forum. I want to say it was Jim Bennett, I cannot be sure.
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