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Old 12-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Drive to Alaska after picking up?

I wonder if it would be OK to just drive out of the factory and go on up to Alaska, instead of receiving the trailer in Washington. Are there any rules?

Thanks for any help - I've pretty much decided on the 15' for just me... and the cats, uhh and the bird...

Other than animals, I'm planning on traveling light. They are the reason I'm planning to buy the Escape. It's just not fair to have someone feed them for months, and I'd miss 'em anyway.

I've been camping in my Prius tent (Habitents.com), which is fine for just me, but the Escape will be a BIG upgrade. Obviously, I'll have to have a new tow vehicle - any suggestions? I'm partial to green/high mileage vehicles, but will consider a truck, if that's what it takes
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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I've pretty much decided on the 15' ...
Obviously, I'll have to have a new tow vehicle - any suggestions? I'm partial to green/high mileage vehicles, but will consider a truck, if that's what it takes
There's certainly no need for a pickup truck to tow a 15', although there's no reason not to use one if that's what suits you.

Low fuel consumption usually does't mean a pickup (at least given current offerings in North America). There are wagons - usually labeled as "SUV" or "crossover" - with which are moderately sized for lower consumption; some have hybrid drivetrains and others have small tubocharged engines which can potentially be decently efficient. For a Prius owner the Highlander Hybrid is an obvious choice, but this is not a small vehicle so don't expect fuel economy miracles.

There are other hybrids, but the ones in sedan style are typically not set up to handle sustained high loads so they are unsuitable for towing. The manufacturers seem to assume (not always correctly) that if you are towing you'll want an SUV, so those are the models which they configure with the features - such as high cooling capacity - needed for towing.
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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Thanks Brian - I was looking at a VW Jetta Wagen TDI (Diesel). But I can't find any towing info - probably would nullify the warranty or something, but I believe it would work with all the torque it generates.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:05 PM   #4
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Our 19' was delivered just 3 days before we were to leave for a 6 week'er from California to Texas. We opted to take our Casita just because we didn't have time to repack our stuff, get up to speed on the Escape, and thought a couple day 'shake down' trip was smart. We met Timberdoodle on the road who had just picked up their 19' in Indiana and went off on a couple month trip right away.

For whatever it's worth, looking back, it probably would have worked out fine to load up the Escape and leave the Casita behind. We had enough padding in our itinerary that we could have taken it slow and easy for a couple days to get to know our new rig.

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Old 12-27-2013, 09:12 PM   #5
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Thanks, Greg. If I can pick it up in a non-skid month, and if the two governments (or is it several governments, since I'll be driving through various provinces?) will allow me to drive to Alaska, then back to Virginia, that's what I'll do.
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have you camped with the cats before? that's probably the wild card in your plans. we've been able to venture farther from home with ours and so far so good. June and July is the big one. I arranged our itinerary so we can either board her at a vet or head home if she gets sick or dehydrated.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #7
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The cats are the wild card. Bird (Amazon parrot) is a good traveler, naturally, but the cats (2 pound-kitties) aren't thrilled in a car. I'm going to start them out in the car and try to get them used to a harness. The regs for getting them across the border don't seem too stiff - just recent shots and a vet's statement, essentially. I think I'll also chip them, just in case they become Real Escapees.
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I wonder if it would be OK to just drive out of the factory and go on up to Alaska, instead of receiving the trailer in Washington. Are there any rules?
If you are a U.S. citizen, It's my understanding that Escape will tow the trailer through the border crossing at Sumas (IOW, Escape has to actually import the trailer). Then they will unhook it from their tow vehicle and hook it up to yours. Just put on the license plate that you should already have with you, head back across the border, and drive to Alaska.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
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Thanks, Richard. Seems a little silly to go back and forth, but if that's the way to do it, then so be it. I haven't even started the process, except for this forum, but I'm getting excited about it, already!
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I'd check with Tammy at Escape on whether or not the trailer has to be delivered in the US. I believe there have been changes in the rules that prevent a US owner picking up the trailer at the factory & I'm not sure Escape would be willing to meet you in Alaska!

Since Chilliwack is so close to the border, it wouldn't be a problem to accept the trailer in Sumas, then head back across the border.

As to taking a long trip with the new trailer, a number of us have done it. I turned picking up the trailer in Chilliwack into a 111 day adventure around the US & Canada.
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