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Old 01-01-2016, 07:58 PM   #1
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What do we need for our orientation and pick up trip?

My husband and his brother will be picking up our new 21 then bringing it back (900 miles) in just 1 or possibly 2 days. We think it's crazy but his brother is a truck driver so apparently 900 miles of winter driving pulling a trailer isn't a concern. Anyway, even if they split the trip into 2 days, they will stay at a motel and not camp that night. So since they will not be staying in the trailer, is there anything they will need to bring for that trip? Is it as simple as hook it up and pull it home? Although if they stay overnight we probably need some kind of lock right? He will be driving a Ford F250 if that makes any difference.

And is there anything they should bring for the orientation? We know we need to watch the orientation video. Anything else?

Thank you in advance for any input.
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:16 PM   #2
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Yep, just hook up and go. If they are not going to camp in it, there will be nothing needed. No need for a lock if it is connected to the truck, though you could use a coupler lock if you were worried, though we never did.

I am sure if they go through the orientation Escape gives, and you guys combine that with the video, that will pretty much cover most of what you need to know. Everything will be learned in short order, and I am certain at some point you will miss something, but it will all be good.

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Jill, orientation and what you need to remember depends on whether you've ever owned a trailer before. My orientation went fast, I had also owned a 16' Scamp for years (still have it). Other than the awning (different because the Scamp had a Case awning), my orientation was quick. YMMV


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Old 01-01-2016, 09:04 PM   #4
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I took notes at our orientation. I'm not sure I referred back to them very much, but writing stuff down helps me remember. (I'm a visual person.) You can buy a hitch lock from Escape. That and a few other goodies, such as chocks and blocks and a cool, telescoping broom... And of course, t-shirts and/or a tote bag.
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:14 PM   #5
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Bring a torque wrench and a jack in case you get a flat
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:25 PM   #6
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:43 PM   #7
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A 2" ball on a mount which puts it at the right height for the trailer is required. If you don't know the right amount of drop of the ball mount needs to hit this height, you can use an adjustable mount or just work it out at the Escape factory and pick one up locally in Chilliwack (mounts and balls are cheap and readily available).

The F-250 is presumably equipped with a working 7-pin RV-style trailer electrical (lights and brakes) socket - it's hard to find a truck that size without this basic towing equipment, but it's worth confirming. It also needs a trailer brake controller (built-in or added) to properly and safely tow this size of trailer.

Since no one will be staying in the trailer that means there is no need for anything related to plumbing or electrical systems... given that the trailer comes with a battery, which is needed for the breakaway brake feature to work.

The other thing that people prepare for to tow their new trailer is a weight-distributing hitch (WDH) system, but you don't need that with an F-250, especially when the trailer won't even be loaded up yet.
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:16 PM   #8
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The orientation is pretty quick and covers a lot but the biggest problem I see on a tight schedule is the time it takes to get past the Seattle metro area. It took us four hours on a Friday afternoon and a couple we visited with in our second night campground said that was the norm. Maybe some of the locals on this forum know a quicker way. Loren
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My recommendation is NOT to video, DON'T take pix and DON'T make notes. Just pay attention. Concentrate. If you worry about getting it all down for future reference, you will actually remember little.
There are at least two orientation videos, and all sorts of posts and pix on this site to refer to later if you have a problem.
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:34 PM   #10
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I second Loren. When we picked up over Thanksgiving the I-5 through Seattle was quite a bear-cat. Might want to figure out how best to time it so you are nowhere near high traffic hour. We were off-hour, but it was still pretty bad traffic.
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My husband and his brother will be picking up our new 21 then bringing it back (900 miles) in just 1 or possibly 2 days. We think it's crazy but his brother is a truck driver so apparently 900 miles of winter driving pulling a trailer isn't a concern. Anyway, even if they split the trip into 2 days, they will stay at a motel and not camp that night. So since they will not be staying in the trailer, is there anything they will need to bring for that trip? Is it as simple as hook it up and pull it home? Although if they stay overnight we probably need some kind of lock right? He will be driving a Ford F250 if that makes any difference.

And is there anything they should bring for the orientation? We know we need to watch the orientation video. Anything else?

Thank you in advance for any input.
I definitely would have a hitch lock with a new trailer no one is staying in but that is just me . Pat
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If the trailer overnights hitched to the truck, then a hitch lock probably doesn't add much theft protection, but I always use the hitch lock to ensure that the hitch is closed and won't come open.
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Old 01-02-2016, 12:12 AM   #13
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If the trailer overnights hitched to the truck, then a hitch lock probably doesn't add much theft protection, but I always use the hitch lock to ensure that the hitch is closed and won't come open.
True Glenn to make sure that hitch stays closed ,good idea .but doing nothing might as put a sign on it take me . Doing something better then nothing .Pat
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Old 01-02-2016, 09:18 AM   #15
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In addition to items already listed, I'd have a good tire pressure tester if you don't usually have one along and a wheel wrench or half inch drive breaker bar, 6 inch extension and 13/16 socket ( 1/2 inch drive). I always have some black electrical tape along, a roll of duct tape and an assortment of screwdrivers with a #2 Robertson thrown in along with a crescent wrench and some standard flat wrenches. 10 lbs of tools in a heavy paper sack doesn't take up much room and can make your life a lot easier at times.
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Old 01-02-2016, 09:54 AM   #16
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I second Loren. When we picked up over Thanksgiving the I-5 through Seattle was quite a bear-cat. Might want to figure out how best to time it so you are nowhere near high traffic hour. We were off-hour, but it was still pretty bad traffic.
There really isn't any good time to go through Seattle. You could go around on 405, which runs to the east of I5, but it can get bogged down with traffic, even in the car pool lane (which now requires 3 people during peak hours for part of it). Traffic usually starts building up miles ahead of downtown Seattle (more so from the north, but also from the south) because you lose lanes when you go under the convention center (the big lid you drive under) and you've got lots of vehicles merging and getting off in that area. Basically, if you're heading south, pick the next to the farthest left lane (not counting the car pool lane, which they could probably use, even towing a trailer, but be prepared for sudden stops) and stay in it. All of the other lanes to the right of you will merge off at some point.

I remember one time keeping the speed at 60 mph the entire time I headed north through Seattle and was utterly shocked. This was during the day. Even 3 or so years later I still remember it vividly - that tells you how unusual that is!

I seriously doubt they can make it all the way from Chilliwack/Sumas to Sacramento in one day, whether you're a truck driver or not. Is there any reason to? Probably not. Much safer to get a good night's sleep along the way. Heck, it can take a while to just get across the border into the US (usually longer than it takes to cross into Canada), even at the Sumas crossing, which is less crowded than Blaine. And like Donna said, the Siskiyous. Um yeah.
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This is exactly what I didn't have and was going to say. It can be done at Cap-it near by Escape but I HIGHLY recommend you have it done prior to your scheduled pick up!!!
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My husband and his brother will be picking up our new 21 then bringing it back (900 miles) in just 1 or possibly 2 days. We think it's crazy but his brother is a truck driver so apparently 900 miles of winter driving pulling a trailer isn't a concern. Anyway, even if they split the trip into 2 days, they will stay at a motel and not camp that night. So since they will not be staying in the trailer, is there anything they will need to bring for that trip? Is it as simple as hook it up and pull it home? Although if they stay overnight we probably need some kind of lock right? He will be driving a Ford F250 if that makes any difference.

And is there anything they should bring for the orientation? We know we need to watch the orientation video. Anything else?

Thank you in advance for any input.
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:24 AM   #19
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Thank you for all the great input. The F250 is normally used to tow a horse trailer so should have everything needed but I will check. I know they have the right hitch, but not sure about the 7 pin connector. With a brand new trailer and all the excitement/anticipation that comes with it, I'll be sure to get the hitch lock even if it's just to make us feel better. And now I remember a thread on the need for the torque wrench. I'll look that up so they know what to do.

I think he wants to drive straight home because he normally drives 24 hrs straight to his job in North Dakota so a 14 hour trip or driving in wintry weather is nothing to him. Having said that, I'll pass on the advice about getting through Seattle and the webcam. We'll definitely be watching the weather and try to time the trip around that. Also I'm hoping Escape will allow them to do the orientation 1 day and take possession first thing the next day so they can get as early a start as possible. We are brand new to trailering so I expect the orientation will be a bit longer for them.

Thanks again for all your input!
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You mean my husband and his brother right? No late night partying the night before!
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