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Old 07-28-2014, 11:20 PM   #1
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Just purchased an older Escape 17B

I have just purchased a 10 year old Escape 17B. Can any of the experienced Escape owners tell me what issues I might face or what problems I may encounter with an older Escape. Or are they perfect for all time?
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:29 PM   #2
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If I were spending your money, I'd have all the appliance checked by a service centre.
If I were spending my money, I'd get the wheel bearings, brakes and tires checked / serviced. I'd check caulking or get somebody who knows what to look for to do it. And, then I'd go camping.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:51 PM   #3
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Glenn gave you some good advice. The same advice we'd give folks for ANY brand of all molded towable.

If you run into a "condition" let us know, we're here with information and help.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:08 AM   #4
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Congratulations and welcome. I echo the advice given.. May you find nothing amiss.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:24 AM   #5
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Congratulations! I have a 9 year old Escape and all original parts are working, knock on wood. She still cleans up shiny and pretty, though because she's been under carports the "Escape" on the rock shield is but a ghost of it's former self. We bought used last spring and haven't regretted it for a minute!
They were well made even then, barring owner neglect I don't think you have much to worry about.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:17 AM   #6
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Besides what Glen mentioned, on my old non Escape, at 9 years I replaced the seat cushions as I sank through to the plywood, no snide remarks please. You're almost due for a new propane tank. Check the battery.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:24 PM   #7
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You're almost due for a new propane tank.
Good point... although it may have already been replaced. I suggest checking the date stamp on the tank(s).
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:34 PM   #8
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I bought a 2006 used 17 b escape and took it in for the wheel bearing pack, had an electric brake added to the rav and a new equalizer hitch. (all worth while investments)

i have had some issues with the bifold screen door, had to change out the propane regulator and got a new battery.

We are so happy with the trailer It pulls great, sets up easy and apart from the few things above it has been perfect

You will love your new rig for many years to come (if you can fight the urge to upgrade)
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:02 PM   #9
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Good point... although it may have already been replaced. I suggest checking the date stamp on the tank(s).
Brian, in BC there is a 20# propane tank exchange that doesn't worry about tank dates. It does cost a touch more but you end up with a refurbished and full tank.
I like the idea.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:04 PM   #10
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Brian, in BC there is a 20# propane tank exchange that doesn't worry about tank dates.
That might be a good way to upgrade to a newer tank. The exchanges I've seen here are not supposed to accept outdated tanks, since they are of little value, so here you need to do the swap early enough.

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It does cost a touch more but you end up with a refurbished and full tank.
I like the idea.
It has appeal, but I like having a real gauge so I bought Manchester SureFlame tanks. An exchange tank will not work with the gauge... and at Costco fill prices and typical exchange prices (which typically get you a tank which is a few years old and only 3/4 full), a straight purchase of a new tank is not much more expensive.
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