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Old 09-21-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

My Escape won't hatch until May. Looooong wait -but worth it. In the mean time, here is another question.

Did any of you folks use a shipping/trucking company to get your Escape into the US. If so, how does that work?
Or do you recommend making the trek to Chilliwack?


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Old 09-21-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack


Since it looks like you live in SF Bay Area (as do we) I would highly recommend picking it up yourself IMHO.. The big advantage is that you can test your new trailer out near the factory and if there's any issue or if you like to add a quick modification (we added another 12v outlet) you can just take right in. We did it and were glad that we did.. the ride up wasn't a big deal and we enjoyed meeting Tammy & Reace. They or their team would thoroughly go over the trailer with you and answer any questions. I would also imagine (if you have the time to pick it up) that the pick-up is more cost effective than the shipping, plus it's an adventure!

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Old 09-21-2011, 02:34 PM   #3
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

I too live in NorCal and heartily second Jeff -- make the trip. You'll need to get a passport if you don't already have one, no big deal -- main Post Offices do them. Just don't wait. Also,Chilliwack has very different scenery. - pretty place. As Jeff mentioned, there is no substitute for the familiarization they'll provide for your new trailer.

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Old 09-21-2011, 05:51 PM   #4
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

We're in western TN and had our Escape delivered. If time had permitted, I would have preferred to pick the trailer up, go over details with Reace and Tammy, and enjoy a leisurely ramble home. Considering the cost of the trip, fuel, meals and hotels on the way there, the cost of the return trip, and the use of vacation days and I feel the cost was justified. Delivery itself was easy and well-coordinated.

Again, I would rather have had the time to go to the factory.

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Old 09-21-2011, 06:50 PM   #5
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

Our new 19 will be ready in January. I am really not too excited about driving to BC from TX at that time of the year. My plans now are to do a "partial" delievry, i.e. maybe somewhere in the middle to a less snowy clime. I will monitor the weather and if things look decent I may make the drive to BC. Going to the factory would be the best but I just may not be able to make it.

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Old 09-21-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

I was part of a three trailer delivery to Sault ste Marie, ON. By far much less expensive than driving to BC. It was a very positive experience. For those in the midwest US consider delivery in the area of Elkhart Indiana. This is an large trailer production area and many loads leave from here. Our delivery truck from BC was heading to Elkhart for a back haul.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:25 PM   #7
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

My only observation is that given a choice between January in Indiana and January in B.C. I choose B.C. every time.

We took a vacation in Mexico one January and weren't basking on the beach. I picked up the local paper with a weather map and it was warmer in Vancouver than where we were on the Mayan Riviera.

I also recall, as a kid in the family car, driving through the snow drifts and blizzards in Nebraska / Oklahoma heading for San Antonio.

Maybe they have a delivery further south and west than Indiana?

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Old 09-22-2011, 09:53 AM   #8
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

I made the trip to Chilliwack from New York in April; even hit some snow on the way. Of course that gave me an excuse to hang around the west for a couple of months!

Meeting Reace & Tammy was well worth the trip & I wouldn't want to miss the trailer walk through provided by the staff at Escape Trailer Industries.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:17 PM   #9
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Re: Shipping vs personal pick up in Chilliwack

Due to job commitments Escape delivered ours to Waynesville, NC this past July.

Escape provided excellent service, a fair price for delivery all things considered, a good delivery driver. Well done.

Escape stored our trailer from Nov. 2010 until July 2011 at their facility with no problem due to my out of country work assignment.

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Many thanks to Tammy and Reece.

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I have not seen anyone mention the cost of del to the SE. Can I get a estimate!

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