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Old 07-29-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Escape 19 home to Northeast Ohio- #1of2

On July 16 we picked up our new Escape 19 in Chilliwack after driving from Ohio on I-90. The morning of the 16th, after breakfast at Tim’s we couldn’t wait and arrived at Escape early. (I hate it when customers show up for meetings early. The folks at Escape put up with our eagerness.)

We wandered around, looked at the other models...including the 21, and poked around in our trailer until Dave was free for our orientation. Tammy and Reace were scrambling to take care of us and get ready to go the rally and then on a well earned vacation. A very busy day, but they all found plenty of time for us.

It’s all true. Escape is great company to deal with. We were welcomed in to the family (cult?) of Escape owners. Dennis towed our trailer back over the border for us where we hitched up in the shade ( it was hot) of the closed down gas station across from Bob’s Burgers and Brew. No sweat. No paper work at the border for us. It’s a snap. Put the Ohio plate on and drove away.

We dropped the trailer at the KOA in Burlington and hit the local grocery store. Came back to camp and began to move out of the F-150, which held all of our camping stuff. We cleverly requested a back in site away from the always-to-tight-for-us pull thrus. But then…in the evening…KOA assigned someone else in the site right next to ours. The other six along the fence were empty. Go figure. Had we pulled up in that situation, we would have gone back to the office and requested one of the empty sites. Much closer than it appears in the picture.

Over the ferry and through the woods to Olympic National Park. ($50 on the Port Townsend ferry.)

The first night we camped at Hurricane Ridge and then moved down to Mora campground near Forks Washington where according to the Twilight sagas all the vampires live. We did not see any vampires, or much other wild life other than a deer or two.

The plan was to get a site at Mora, and stay until Sunday so we did not have to worry about finding a site on the weekend while we played with our new toy. The 19 fit nicely in a big pull thru. But other sites were the shortest I have ever seen in a National Park. There would have been no room for the truck and trailer in most back-ins.

A welcome from fellow Escapers found on our door step. Nice people!

Latter we also spoke briefly to the owners of a green 19 with a matching F-250 at the Badlands NP campground on the way home, and saw 3 other Escapes the entire trip. Maybe a dozen other fiberglass trailers total. And hundreds of big 5ers, and motorhomes pulling cars.

The sun sets on the lower 48 at Rialto Beach, two miles from our camp at Mora.

The weather turned damp, and cold, but it was cozy in the trailer. Feeling we had the feel of Olympic, we decided to check out the much dryer and colorful Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday for two nights.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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Looks like you are settling in to your new camping digs wonderfully. Very nice.....

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Old 07-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #3
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Onward to Mount Rainier...

Cougar Rock Campground at Mount Rainier. (We could see The Mountain from our campsite.)

Hiking near Sunrise on the Freemont lookout trail

Time to head east. We decided to back track on I-90.

East of Wallace Idaho, on the Lolo National Forest in Montana, we stayed at Cabin City NF campground. National Forest campgrounds are our favorites, and with the Escape’s water, shower, galley…it’s easy. We waited for dark and the star show, but were greeted by a 100 million lumen moon instead. $7.00 per night. The best.

We stopped early to play at Badlands NP after lunch at Wall Drug. We have come back to the Badlands several times over the years because it is just so …different. Roll the Springsteen soundtrack…

A great trip, but responsibilities, including work, demanded that we come home. We are very pleased with our decision. The 19 is the perfect trailer for us.

Great floor plan, plenty of storage, headroom and a real queen bed.

Without the trailer, the F-150 Ecoboost got 19.5 MPG on the way to Chilliwack. Only 12.5 on the way home. But the last day was 14.5 MPG after I inflated the trailer tires to 47 PSI instead of the recommended 42. I’ll stick with the higher pressure unless I notice a problem.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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What a great travelogue...thanks for posting!
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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Hi: SeldomSeen... Glad you had time to snap some pic's. of your trip. Thanks for sharing!!!
How about bringing your new 19'er up to Niagara Wine Escape Sept 13-15th? Great camping at the Riverside...lots to do or just relax. Alf
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