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Old 06-25-2015, 09:21 PM   #31
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Pant, pant, pant. I thoroughly understand the need (want) to stay close to ETI for a night or two. Although I'm not new to towing an all molded towable (did it for years), a 5th wheel and all the STUFF inside Ten Forward... was.

Besides after orientation, I was exhausted. All that information coming to my brain quickly and hyper-overload with adrenalin (Ten Forward was MINE). I was actually grateful to camp close by for a day (two nights for me). YMMV
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:50 PM   #32
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I agree with the "stay close" to begin understanding the new trailer with all the systems. For my wife & I, this was the first time ever in a trailer. (After 50+ years in a tent) As to a lack of confidence in ETI - no way. If you've been in manufacturing, then you know that they have their processes together. They are successful because they have built a production system with checks and balances that doesn't leave anything to chance.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:57 PM   #33
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They're good but no one bats 1000. We had some small issues- and I know others who have had larger ones out of the gate. The most current question about design and/or production consistency is now a concern with solar panels.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:42 PM   #34
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Also, coincidentally, my son just told me last night about seeing a trailer in a gas station about the same size as mine. My son was talking to the driver who had a horrible time pulling out after getting his gas. I said I would just go through the lines at the truck stops -- not sure if it's allowed or not but . . . kind of thinking nobody would actually say anything.
There are two problems with going through the big wide truck lanes at a truck stop:
  1. Some of them are cardlocks, which only work if you have an account with them.
  2. Most have only diesel fuel (since the big rigs are essentially all diesel) - excellent if your tug is diesel, but most of us have gas engines.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:53 PM   #35
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Aha!!!!! Good t'know -- thanks!!!

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There are two problems with going through the big wide truck lanes at a truck stop:
  1. Some of them are cardlocks, which only work if you have an account with them.
  2. Most have only diesel fuel (since the big rigs are essentially all diesel) - excellent if your tug is diesel, but most of us have gas engines.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:24 AM   #36
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I have stayed at the Lynden KOA. Not too far and very nice people. Mostly Canadian.
There are two campgrounds right there at Chilliwack.

On another topic: When we bought the classic in 2011, we spent 4 weeks exploring Canada before exiting just west of Glacier NP into Montana. Took about 30 minutes because they had not done very many. Then we mailed the export docs back to Tammy. I suspect the Sumas deliveries are happening because people were not sending the export docs back fast enough and Tammy was getting flack from Canadian tax people.

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Old 06-27-2015, 04:21 AM   #37
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Definitely stay near ETI the night before orientation. After so many hours of driving, you will want to be well rested.

Many options in and around Chilliwack to test your RV systems. We stayed at Royalwood just 10 days ago when we picked up our trailer. Just a few miles from ETI. Full hookups and cheap!
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We're starting off our trip to Vancouver Island with a visit to ETI for a refrigerator swap. We're going to stay at "Camperland" Bridal Falls RV "Resort," about 15 minutes from ETI, on June 29 and 30. Will post a quick review here on the forum in case it's a help.
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Definitely stay near ETI the night before orientation. After so many hours of driving, you will want to be well rested.

Many options in and around Chilliwack to test your RV systems. We stayed at Royalwood just 10 days ago when we picked up our trailer. Just a few miles from ETI. Full hookups and cheap!
Hi Sean, I guess I missed it. How do you guys like the trailer?
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Hi Sean, I guess I missed it. How do you guys like the trailer?

Hi Robert,
We're having a great time! Getting settled in and finally having some downtime. I plan to do a write-up when I get back, if not sooner.
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