Originally Posted by dave1
Congrats and enjoy your trip. We will be getting our 19 in August and have some questions. Did you have/need reservations at lake chilliwack? Is it a nice campground? How far from escape?
Any problems with the trailer? I think you got the Andersen hitch, how Did that go?
Sorry, we've been out enjoying the local treats and I've not been near the computer. We had reservations at Chilliwack Lake. They would not have been necessary during the week, but the place filled up over the weekend. It's a nice, clean, fairly remote campground, with very few services. The lake itself is beautiful. The nearest cell phone service is about 20 miles away, which some would consider a good thing. Distance from Escape was maybe 30-35 miles. You'll need to fill your propane tanks before heading there, which we did at a service station very near Escape.
The biggest problem we've had with the Escape, and this is saying something, is the smoke/CO detector. Ours seems to be very sensitive to increases in relative humidity, and more than once it's awakened us about 5:00 am as the temperature drops. We have lots of ventilation when sleeping, which seems to help only a little. Reace has offered to replace it by sending one to our home, which is about as much as we could ask. Apparently some of these detectors are overly sensitive. I want to check on some small mods when we get home, such as vents in the bathroom door, but all-in-all we're extremely happy with the Escape.
One thing to be aware of is that when you go to pick up your Escape, they're all about getting you checked out and on your way. Everyone is very friendly and accommodating, but it's not a tea and cookies event. They want to get you out there with your new camper and begin preparing for the next arrival. They have this whole process well thought out and it's a very efficient operation.
The Anderson hitch works great. It takes me a little more time to set up at camp and prepare for departure compared to our Casita, but that's getting better with practice. The hitch itself has performed really well, and I'd definitely go that way again. I've never used the conventional type with arms, which I think may be a little faster to hook/unhook, but probably not by much.
Hope this helps.