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Old 06-18-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Hi!

We have been eying an Escape trailer for about a year now. We are a family of 4 and we have somewhat decided a 17B is the best fit for us. We figure, when kids are young they won't mind sleeping on the gaucho. Then when kids get older they will be sleeping out in a tent. Perfect! Right now we are using a popup trailer. I think my joints will thank me if we do get an Escape.

Besides the $$$ that we are working on, we also have decided to store the unit in our tiny garage in a house that have (almost) no yard and a neighborhood that prohibit trailer on the street or driveway.

So, we measured and measured the garage door is only 7'10" tall, 3 inches shy according to spec! This is probably half of the reason we haven't pull the trigger on the purchase. I dread of seeing the trailer stuck outside of the garage when it arrive! Please tell me I worry too much....

Another thing is that we haven't really seen an Escape in person... We've been inside only 1 other egg camper but didn't like the layout of that. We would love to see one in person and now I learned about the fiberglass RV meet up at the Oregon coast which may be our chance!
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Welcome. If you have clearance issues when parking your trailer in your garage, you could try a solution similar to that which "Cozy Rosie" posted in the gallery. Who knows, maybe that would do it for you.

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks! I am a bit new to the forum and will be checking out how to search for the posts you described.

ETA: Found it! Wheels come off! It won't work for us. Not when we want to use it every weekend anyway. Amazing to see how it fit, though. Wow.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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If you add the AC the height increases by 5” above the standard height.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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Be careful with your options, too. I believe the stated height does not include, for example, the air conditioning unit.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #6
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That's right! I exchanged some emails with The Escape Trailer and the A/C would add to the height. Think I can get away with not installing A/C by staying above 45 degree north?
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #7
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Garage storage for the winter was a major issue for me. My 2008 17B, with 14" tires and standard ground clearance, easily backs into my 7'11" door with the Max Fan removed and slid to the side (off the high center section of the roof). The removal is easy, just 4 screws, and the fan can be moved to the side without disconnecting the wiring. For me, refastening was more challenging, but doable.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #8
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soultrek, that's good to know the trailer fit under a 7'11" garage door! Did you ever measure the height of the Maxx Fan unit? Or better yet, the height of the trailer at the axle? We think we may be able to get away with tilting the trailer. But that depends on the height of the unit at the point of the axle, the height of the Maxx Fan and the distance of the Maxx Fan to the axle. The grade of my driveway, etc. etc. Wish I can just borrow one and try to fit it through!
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:11 PM   #9
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Wish I can just borrow one and try to fit it through!
Good luck on finding someone willing to loan you theirs to do that!

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #10
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Don't think he/she will buy that story of we missing the "Low Clearance Bridge Ahead" sign, huh?
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