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Old 06-09-2016, 02:24 PM   #31
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Thanks everyone for all the great ideas

Much appreciated.

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Old 06-09-2016, 02:28 PM   #32
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and... if need be, i could buy an inexpensive 'creeper' (is that the proper name?) to lie on it, on my back, and easily scoot under the Escape and hook up.

and... I like to store my travel trailer on some particle board or similar, just to keep the rubber off the concrete. It is my understanding that this can help reduce the slightly bad interaction between concrete and rubber, over time. (but that is a whole different debate)

As Brian mentioned there can be rolling issues with creepers depending on several variables and it does reduce the vertical space. I have a love-hate relationship, normally stemming from it not rolling smoothly and my fingers getting pinched trying to grab and move it I normally just throw down a piece of carpet or cardboard. Quick, simple and easy to slide on.

Don't know about the tires on concrete thing. I just put in a new driveway and put the wheels on plywood but with rain and debris build-up around them I've decided that I'll just keep the tires on the concrete. It's not as if they'll be in one place forever.

New house being built next door. The sewer clean-out is about 6' from the fence.

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Old 06-09-2016, 02:57 PM   #33
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I'd hookup the sewer hose at the last point backing in where I could still access it and run it out underneath the rear bumper if that's where the path it needs to go. Finish back-in and cheat tongue a bit. That eliminates the need to hook up the hose and all you need to do is be able to reach the handles which you might be able to fashion a stick of some type to pull and shut the handles.
Thanks Greg

and...

on our Casita the outlet of the sewage swivels down (because.... gravity) and also swivels up (to get a bit more clearance from the road, there)

I can't remember... on an Escape 21' - is there a similar swivel outlet, or is the outlet fixed, and straight out?

If it is straight out - it is one less thing to need access for. I could do as you suggest - simply attach a hose at the last possible moment, and tuck it in the general direction that it'll need to go (forward) before Trailer Valet XL-ing it into place.

and.... a long stick with a hook is a very good idea... to use to slowly open up the black valve, and close it, then open up the grey valve, and then later close it....

....that actually might work well... and it has the advantage of keeping my face FAR AWAY from the sewage.

and if I cheat the tongue towards the house, as needed, then i'd get more space to jam my body in, up against the wall... to use the stick - valve technique.



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Old 06-09-2016, 03:16 PM   #34
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Sorry if i wasnt clear

I am merely connecting the travel trailer to my house plumbing system.

the main *house* line that runs under the house.

(I have a "clean out" that was installed by my plumber)

so pretend I'm simply flushing a BIG toilet and then having a LONG shower.
I looked into this with our city, on the thought I'd use the trailer during a remodel, and the answer was a resounding "NO". Can't connect RVs to house systems. Makes sense, since then they could become auxiliary dwellings. I still use the clean out for periodic dumping when needed, but don't leave it attached. In our town, we have a problem with illegal use of RVs, and the city goes around and makes visual checks of such parked vehicles.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:21 PM   #35
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I looked into this with our city, on the thought I'd use the trailer during a remodel, and the answer was a resounding "NO". Can't connect RVs to house systems. Makes sense, since then they could become auxiliary dwellings. I still use the clean out for periodic dumping when needed, but don't leave it attached. In our town, we have a problem with illegal use of RVs, and the city goes around and makes visual checks of such parked vehicles.
Good pickup SantaCruzer. This is becoming more prevalent with cities due to the tiny house movement and more and more people living in RVs coming to live with friends etc in a driveway. I would agree with you, good advice to not leave the sewer hooked up, but only hook in for the dump. You could just curl the hose under the front of the trailer until needed.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:26 PM   #36
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yeah we'd never leave it connected, for a variety of reasons.
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Old 06-09-2016, 05:29 PM   #37
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I normally just throw down a piece of carpet or cardboard. Quick, simple and easy to slide on.
Yep - I use cardboard.

I think some people use creepers because they often have a tool tray on the side, so the needed tools can move around under the vehicle with you; that could be handy, but you can also just put them in a tray and slide the tray along the ground... and there are not a lot of tools in this particular sewage-dumping exercise.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:53 PM   #38
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I pack a foam yoga mat - handy when you need to kneel or change a tire when on the road, among other things.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:40 PM   #39
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Question for 21' Escape owners - on a 21' do both the grey and black handles pull OUT .... So away the curb, so to speak.

I only as I saw a photo of an escape and the black pulled out, but the smaller Grey handle pulled at 90 degrees to the black.
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Question for 21' Escape owners - on a 21' do both the grey and black handles pull OUT .... So away the curb, so to speak.

I only as I saw a photo of an escape and the black pulled out, but the smaller Grey handle pulled at 90 degrees to the black.
On the 2014 the handles are at 90 degrees
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