Escape See Trials
We took possession of our trailer 19 September 2013, in Sumas, Washington.
Towing with 1996 Chevy Tahoe, 5.7L 4-wheel drive SUV.
13 campsites in 13 days. Total towing miles 2722.
Highlights: Took the Anacortes ferry over to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, then back into the US, begin tour along Washington State and Oregon State Pacific Coasts, down into California. Visit Olympic National Park, Hoh Rain Forest, Redwoods National Forest. Then turn southeast toward Sequoia National Park and continue south east into Arizona and on to home east of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Wisest move: staying in a Chilliwack motel the night before the 8 am orientation at the factory and, finding the factory location the night before.
Biggest surprise: on drive up to Chilliwack: encountered no available motel rooms in Utah and Washington 3 times, forcing us to drive later into the night to find one. Next biggest surprise was not getting a swivel wheel with the Escape tongue jack.
Most expensive mistake: taking ferry to Vancouver Island and back. Rain and unfamiliarity made it a not cost-effective move. Two ferry rides, total cost $293.95. Victoria was wonderful.
Most needed accessory: a long, flexible funnel for manually filling the water holding tank from a jug.
Worst road incident: after crossing into Arizona on I-40. In California highways are very clearly posted with signs warning that all trailer towing must be at no more than 55 miles per hour. I was 5 miles into Arizona doing 55 in the granny lane when a pick-up towing off-road trikes on a flat bed pulled up fast and extra close beside me. He then proceeded to pass, but simultaneously cutting into my lane. All his passenger side wheels were at least 2 feet over the line, forcing me to brake. The Arizona speed limit there is 75 mph. It was a clear message from a jackass.
No mechanical issues, trailer towed beautifully, never stressed through wide variety of road conditions.