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Old 05-22-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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First trip w new Escape 19

Orientation on Thursday May 19, then off to Cultus Lake Provincial Campground in the rain. Great to get senior's rate at $17.50 a night. While getting awning set up, handle disintegrated in husband's hand. Struck camp in the morning, took about 40 minutes to get hitch in place. Back down to Escape. They were great, replaced the faulty handle, and answered a few more newbie questions.

Up to Manning Park Lightening Lakes Campground, still cold and rainy. Campground just open for the season, but still 2/3 full. Every thing worked perfectly, spent the next day hiking, and going to an Interpretative event on birds held by a Park Naturalist; highly recommended.

We did not attempt to use the toilet or shower, and cooked outside rather than on the Escape stove. We loved the furnace, as at 6 degrees, it got chilly. Loved the full size fridge, and most of all, loved the automated jack. The first hitch up was pretty fraught, and would have hated jacking everything up and down manually. We have a 2016 Kia Sorento, and found that by leaving the back hatch open during the hitching process, it was much easier to communicate, and to maneuver.

One last kudo to the solar panels; what a boon! We are planning to camp in mostly unserviced sites, and this takes a load of concern off the whole charging issue. Even in the rainy overcast conditions, we didn't need to worry.

Home safe and sound, looking forward to Osoyoos next week.
Laura and Phil
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:54 PM   #2
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Congrats and welcome to the 19ers!
Always good to stay near ETI for a night or two as you discovered.
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Congrats! Good times ahead.


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Good Job Laura and Phil,

Glad for your safe arrival home and for your great experience along the way!
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:49 AM   #5
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Another happy Escape camper. Wishing you many good trips for many years to come!
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:28 AM   #6
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How does the Sorento do towing the 19? If I recall correctly, it has a 3500 lb tow capacity? I get my 17B next April but will need a new tow vehicle in the next couple of years. I've primarily been looking at those with a 5000 lb capacity (I travel alone and like a very large safety margin!) but maybe not...?
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I guess I'm answering my own question! Just did a little digging on the Kia Sorento, and the V6 does have a 5000 lb tow limit. And the ratings and reviews are very positive! This one slipped under my radar - I was looking at the 4Runner and the Pilot - I think I need to add the Sorento to the list! Would love to hear how you're liking it.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:02 AM   #8
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We were very happy with its performance over the Allison and Blueberry Polson Summits. We took it slow and steady and had not a moment's anxiety.

Minor issue is while backing up. A high pitched nonstop beep warns you when you get too close to something, and it thinks the trailer hitch is way too close. A trip to the dealer should fix that.
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How does the Sorento do towing the 19? If I recall correctly, it has a 3500 lb tow capacity? I get my 17B next April but will need a new tow vehicle in the next couple of years. I've primarily been looking at those with a 5000 lb capacity (I travel alone and like a very large safety margin!) but maybe not...?
Both Sorrento and Santa Fe have been upgraded to 5,000 pounds the last three model years.
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Neamster,
Thanks for steering me towards a Kia Sorento. I stopped in for a brochure last weekend, and I go to the dealer tomorrow to try and finalize a deal! Just trying to figure out the whole "towing package" thing on this vehicle. I've scoured Kia forums and a ton of other websites and I still don't understand IF there is a tow package. My understanding is that the V6 AWD has a tow capacity of 5000 lbs , and I've read the forum discussion on tongue weight. I've seen reference to this nebulous "tow package", but can't for the life of me find anywhere that says it includes a larger tranny cooler?? or anything else? Is it just the addition of the hitch and wiring harness as accessories? Asked the dealership - no help there. I'll try again tomorrow. Are you still enjoying the Sorento? I was very impressed on the test drive! Looking at a red EX+! Thanks for any help!!
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