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Old 06-29-2014, 05:35 PM   #31
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I don't understand why you need the loop welded to the frame.
You can tie a loop in the rope and attach a carabiner. Run the rope around the frame two or three times ( carabiner end ) and hook the carabiner on the rope.

Option I use is to tie on to the mushroom anchor that I use in my canoe and pontoon boats. I have a 5 lb. and another heavier one. I can drop the anchor wherever I need it to be.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:45 PM   #32
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Hey,

I use Gbaglo's method though I use this Bungie Trailer Tie Valley Vet Supply (Supplies Tack - Halters Leads - Trailer Cross Ties)
To a stainless carabiner http://www.diversdirect.com/scuba-di...ner-with-lock/ to a cable rated for more weight then the dog by atleast 20 lbs. The bungie takes up the shock when hitting the end of the line so no injury to necks, backs etc especially on older dogs. It is rated for a horse so the chances of anything smaller then a mastiff breaking it are slim. If you have a mastiff use this Smittybilt Products Receiver Hitch w/ D Ring 2" Black on the TUG emergency brake set wheels chocked and front wheels turned ROFL :}}

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Old 06-29-2014, 05:59 PM   #33
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If you have a mastiff use this Smittybilt Products Receiver Hitch w/ D Ring 2" Black on the TUG emergency brake set wheels chocked and front wheels turned ROFL :}}
Although it would work well, those things are really heavy, consisting mostly of a 2"x2" solid steel bar. The safety chain loops should be plenty strong for even that mastiff.

Since the tug is usually heavier than the trailer (in the case of an Escape), and sits on two widely spaced axles, it seems to me like a better base than the trailer... as long as you're not driving anywhere!
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:08 PM   #34
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Although it would work well, those things are really heavy, consisting mostly of a 2"x2" solid steel bar. The safety chain loops should be plenty strong for even that mastiff.

Since the tug is usually heavier than the trailer (in the case of an Escape), and sits on two widely spaced axles, it seems to me like a better base than the trailer... as long as you're not driving anywhere!
I was joking a bit Brian :} you are correct though, a 5/16" Carabiner in the safety loop attached to a cable will hold any dog. A 1/4" would hold but I like the larger one for the days the hands and fingers are not functioning well or the weather is not playing nice. As for forgetting and driving off simple chock the rear wheels :}

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Old 06-29-2014, 06:11 PM   #35
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These mushroom anchors come from 8 to 20 lbs ( $20 to $35 ). You can place it wherever you and the dog happen to be ( unlike the trailer ).
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:37 PM   #36
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I don't understand why you need the loop welded to the frame.
You can tie a loop in the rope and attach a carabiner. Run the rope around the frame two or three times ( carabiner end ) and hook the carabiner on the rope.

Option I use is to tie on to the mushroom anchor that I use in my canoe and pontoon boats. I have a 5 lb. and another heavier one. I can drop the anchor wherever I need it to be.
We didn't really need one, but when we ordered our first trailer we didn't understand much about travel trailers in general, let alone Escape Trailers. So we asked Reace if he could weld a little loop on the frame, and he obliged us.

That said, it has proven to be useful. Murphy-the-Dog has two ropes, one about 8' long and the other about 15' long, each with a carabiner on them. When we are doing something outside, we just snap the carabiner over the loop, and then he can watch us do whatever we are doing. We probably could loop the rope through the steps, or through some other part of the frame, but this is quick and easy to fasten and unfasten. Especially nice when we are getting hitched up, since the last thing we do is un-snap Murphy's rope, stow it in the passenger side hatch, and put Murphy in the car.

I haven't asked for a loop on our new trailer. But given the number of times that we have used this one, I might.

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Old 07-04-2014, 10:15 AM   #37
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Happy 4th of July!
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:10 PM   #38
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Hi Sandra!

Thank you for asking. I'm in the finishing stages of bonding with my 19 and couldn't be much happier with my new toy. I decided to stay a 3 days instead of the 1 day originally planned for the last stop on my trip back home and spend the 4th with some new friends. There's a local Sheriff's Deputy with his wife camping here and several others and we decided to spend the 4th together. I even got a ride on a jet boat that is powered by a Corvette LS2 6.0 liter engine. Sounds incredible! Very fast and impressive.

I'm staying at Driftwood RV park in Los Molinos, CA, which is right on the Sacramento River. Although it's in the upper 90's, by the river it's at least 5 degrees cooler and more comfortable. Relaxed and beautiful, it's a nice park that is a Passport America park and is $20/night for water and electric.

It's quite calming camping by a river. My first night camping at Lake Cultus, BC there was a stream that ran through the park and the sound of running water is soothing. A river is even more soothing.

Livin large and having a great time.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:26 PM   #39
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Thanks for the update, and info. Looks like a great spot. Thanks for the pictures too. They even have full hook-ups for the greenhorns like me. Since Tehama County is not too far for valley guys and gals, it might be a good gathering spot.
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Yes. It's a nice park and the price is good too. Camping near water is always nice if you don't have to deal with mosquitoes and/or other excessive bugs. In Washington the mosquitoes were nasty and I ended up smelling like DEET for most of that stay. Even sprayed OFF on the screen door. Here there's no mosquitoes so far that have bothered me. Could be good timing, or the California climate. Is nice here though.

Several people so far love the Escape trailer and enjoyed the tour I gave them. Gotta love the interest that so many have in fiberglass RVs. Maybe it's my glowing happiness and pride, or the trailer itself. I know I'm happy and comfortable in my new home away from home.

Escape therapy is fully engaged and I'm reaping many benefits.
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