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Old 01-11-2016, 06:15 PM   #1
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Hello from Petaluma, CA

We're awaiting pictures soon for our 19' , due in Feb. . We paid our deposit in May, and people said that the time would fly by, and it sure seemed to !
The Escape forum, and all the generous opinions, advice, and experience shared was a wonderful resource for us in finalizing our build list . We're especially grateful for all the kind people who took the time to show us their trailers and answer our many questions .
We're very excited by the prospect of going up and getting our new Escape when it's completed . But never having towed anything before, we also are feeling a healthy amount of nervousness about the whole towing experience . We'll try to be as prepared as we can, and adapt and learn as we go . We'd like to find some sort of a weather "window", at least for our return trip south, when we plan to camp some with our new rig . ( We'll see how that goes )
We hope to meet many of you in our camping travels this next year and beyond . We look forward to becoming a part of such a welcoming community !
Yes, we will try to share our build pictures as we get them ( if we're able to figure out how to do it ) . Dennis and Jessica
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:20 PM   #2
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:58 PM   #3
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Lots of spots along the way south on I-5 to hole up if you run into bad weather on the way back to the Bay area.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:10 PM   #4
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Very nice, time to start getting real excited.

I would take a lot of time to practice towing the trailer in a large parking lot after the businesses close. Practice will help with the confidence. A few people went to a driving school near Escape and got some instruction on towing, maybe that might be an option.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:32 PM   #5
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Good advice Jim. One thing to think about too, is to look ahead when you need to stop or get gas, and try not to go anywhere that you need to back up.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:39 PM   #6
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I pay a lot of attention to how I will exit a gas station after getting parked in at one once. It was nerve wracking to have to back up repeatedly with vehicles arriving and with people, drinking their slurpies, walking behind the trailer.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:45 PM   #7
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Welcome! I would look for a few clear days before leaving so that you do not have to worry about towing in bad weather, just as it seems you plan to do. You can pick up the trailer anytime. You will get used to towing soon enough. You will have more backing practice then than you will probably want! Have a good trip home.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:56 AM   #8
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I pay a lot of attention to how I will exit a gas station after getting parked in at one once. It was nerve wracking to have to back up repeatedly with vehicles arriving and with people, drinking their slurpies, walking behind the trailer.
One of worst ones is the Superstore one in Chilliwack. Talk about congested and difficult to maneuver.

To those picking their trailer up, do it with a full tank, don't make that gas station your first stop.

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Old 01-12-2016, 02:09 AM   #9
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I went to the local construction rental center and rented a trailer and spent the day driving in circles and backing up in a parking lot.

it helped to build experience when backing up the trailer

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Old 01-12-2016, 08:43 AM   #10
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My wife and I also had never towed before. We planned our 10 week pick up trip that would cover 10,000 miles. We were cautious as we began towing and always tried to plan ahead. We made a few mistakes and figured out how to turn around. We started right in with backing into campsites. My wife's first trial of towing was 20 minutes on I5 above Seattle. With time, we both got better and more comfortable. Our advice is to take it slow, drive defensively and enjoy your trailer!!!
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