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Old 09-11-2019, 09:56 AM   #1
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New Escape owner heading out this weekend

Hi everyone. I just purchased a 2012 Escape 17B locally and am about to embark on my first camping trip in the mountains with it! Spent last evening hooking up power and water, testing systems, and acquainting myself with the features and layout. Any suggestions for a first-time Escape camper are welcome.

I also rigged a simple canopy setup to go with our trailer cover and help keep the snow and hail off of our new camper. $200 on Amazon, plus about $30 in cinder blocks plus some twine and glue.

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Old 09-11-2019, 10:14 AM   #2
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Not bad, if it will hold the Colorado snow I may get one, do you have the links for the canopy?
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:17 AM   #3
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Pre cook your bacon. The splatter is hard to clean and a hassle. take a small BBQ for the same reason.
We put alot of stuff in short, wide mouth mason jars. sugar, tea bags, butter, etc.
Take some spices for your food, miss dash chipotle is the minimum.
We take canned mushrooms and potatoes, the mushrooms last longer and don't clutter the fridge till you open them and the potatoes don't need such long boiling times, heating up the interior and adding moisture to the inside.
Take liquid 'body wash' soap, doesn't take the time to lather up.
if you take paper plates try to get ones that are not White. Wasps find white plates in seconds. Take a small bit of sliced ham and put a small bit on a white paper plate about 8 to 10 feet from where you are sitting, the wasps will keep busy with the sacrificial meat and leave you alone.
I take a roll of painters tape, it doesn't leave residue and I use it to cover the fridge leds and any other leds at night and many other uses.
Take a pop-up mosquito net tent thing.
Take nice fold up chairs.
I have a long list but these are must haves/must do's for me.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:21 AM   #4
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My best tip is to pack a "Sense of Humor." Go forth, have a ton of fun and make memories!
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:23 AM   #5
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This was our first year with a E21. Our shake down trip was a 3 night boondocking camping trip - 50 km on a gravel logging road to a FS Rec site next to a lake. I think we tested everything...!! We were interested in how the battery, fresh water, and grey water indicators changed with our use. Very instructional for longer stays. Enjoy your camping!
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:28 AM   #6
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Not bad, if it will hold the Colorado snow I may get one, do you have the links for the canopy?
The canopy is available at https://amzn.to/2Q49FsJ. It's held up well in wind and rain, but winter will be the real test.
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