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Old 03-06-2018, 02:55 PM   #1
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Have been doing quite a bit of research since I bought my truck to see what's towable and will withstand the weather of the Pacific Northwet. It looks like I may have found what I'm looking for and I'm looking forward to learning more about the Escape from all of you folks.
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Old 03-06-2018, 03:15 PM   #2
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Have been doing quite a bit of research since I bought my truck to see what's towable and will withstand the weather of the Pacific Northwet. It looks like I may have found what I'm looking for and I'm looking forward to learning more about the Escape from all of you folks.
While I don't full time, I'm on day 214 of a trip in a new 21, including wintering in Quartzsite, AZ. I'll be taking a 3 month break from traveling to visit home in Oswego, NY this May. Then it is off to the Boler 50th & the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.
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Old 03-06-2018, 04:00 PM   #3
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We are not full-timers either, but do 3 to 4 months at a time as campground hosts in Big Bend National Park. B.B. has the advantage of being very dry, average humidity less than 20%, which makes for a dry interior. In cold wet climates we would have to take steps to minimize condensation.

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Old 03-06-2018, 08:53 PM   #4
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We're spending the winter in Brenda AZ (outside Quartzsite), four months. We plan to head home to Oregon early May to sell our house and go full time for a few years. We have a 19 towed with an XTerra. May end up with a 3/4 ton diesel pickup for a little more towing power and storage.

We plan to winter in Arizona and summer in the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, etc.) with some in between time in New Mexico, etc. I'd not want to winter in the Pacific NW. I think this would be hard on the trailer due to condensation. I'd also hesitate to winter over the mountains (Cascades or Sierras) due to it being too cold, again condensation. Cabin fever could also be a problem with wet or cold weather. These points for all trailers, not just an Escape. An Escape, being fiberglass, may even be better than most though the interior cabinets are wood.

An Oliver or maybe a BigFoot may have less woodwork and I think have inside tanks. Inside tanks would help in sub-zero weather. Is your though of Pacific Northwest in the mountains, freezing? But both are heavier than an equivalent Escape.

Hope this is of some help.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:21 AM   #5
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I've been living in my 19' since last April and have been very happy with the trailer (and my life!). I was in Tennessee in Nov and Dec and did find condensation to be a bit of a problem, especially behind the dinette back cushions where they lean up against the outside wall, same at the ends of the mattress, when it the temps dipped into the 30s and 20s. I would not want to stay in places where it gets into the 10s, even in a dry climate. The insulation in is not adequate for those conditions (I do have the extra insulation and the spray foam on the bottom and glad for that).
I am single and find the space in the 19 perfect for just me, would probably want a 21 if I had a partner. I did have the bed and dinette reversed, and am so glad I payed the extra bucks for that.
I've had only a few minor issues with the trailer, which were promptly taken care of by ETI.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:22 AM   #6
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Are you planning on full timing in the PNW?
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Old 03-10-2018, 05:02 PM   #7
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Wow, thanks for all of the great input! I currently live on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula, which is as wet as it gets in the lower 48 for at least 7 months out of the year. I'm hoping to head to the Southwest from roughly November through late February - early March and roam around the country as the weather improves before heading back 'home' for a few months at the end of summer.

The ways I've thought of to control condensation are a small dehumidifier and something like Damp Rid. I don't know if that will be sufficient, but I hope so! I'll undoubtedly wind up staying in campgrounds with electrical service while I'm in my 'home' area, at least until I can figure out how to rig a portable wind generator and hook that up to the batteries (we seldom lack for wind out here, that's for sure). Heaven knows solar is catch as catch can at best here, we usually have wonderful sun breaks even on the wettest days, but they're fleeting.

As for other trailers, I've looked at Oliver and Bigfoot, but I hate the layouts of the Olivers and the Bigfoot model that is closest to what I want is heavier than I want to go. I looked at Livin' Lite trailers, but they've gone to using too much laminated wood in their build ('all aluminum' my great aunt Annie's fanny) and their quality control is miserable, at least from the reviews I've read.
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We use a 15 pt dehumidifier when things start feeling damp in the trailer, takes about 24 hrs to dry out. Can't imagine damp rid doing much in an occupied trailer.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:28 PM   #9
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I was in/on the Olympic Peninsula last year after I got my trailer, from late April to the middle of May, and didn't have much trouble with condensation there. I've found that it gets bad when it's cold out ( 40s, 30s and below) with moderate to high humidity. Tried Damp Rid, didn't work at all. I've seen write ups for a device that pulls the interior air across a small heating element to basically bake the moisture out of the air. Seemed like a good idea. Haven't found one yet, and can't remember the make/model,etc.
As for electric, I did alright with just the solar panel and frugal use of battery power. Only once did I have to hook up to the truck and run the engine for a while to recharge a bit.
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I've seen write ups for a device that pulls the interior air across a small heating element to basically bake the moisture out of the air.
Sounds familiar. Had one. Trashed it. Where does the moisture go after being baked out of the air?
It's not baking moisture out of the air. It is warming the air and warm air can hold more moisture.
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