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Old 04-11-2016, 10:27 AM   #1
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Places to Go on the Shake Down Cruise

We pick up our new trailer the end of August. Yay! We want to spend a few days not too far from Sumas/Chilliwack to get familiar with our Escape and in case we need to go back to ETI for any reason. Where do you suggest we camp with shore power? Should we stay at one spot for a few days? Are there places in that area that we just shouldn't miss even if it means staying longer? After that, we head for Colorado and then back East.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:26 AM   #2
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Trav - when we picked up our 17, Tammy directed us to a local RV place where they gave us an ETI discount. We stayed there a night or 2 and tested everything out with shore power, then went to Cultus Lake Provincial Park nearby and camped and hiked and tested everything on battery power.

Mary still tells the story of how I insisted we wax the front of Blue in the RV place before we headed out. But the ease with which the bug accumulation came off when we got home was worth it - well to me anyway.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:55 AM   #3
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We pick up our new trailer the end of August. Yay! We want to spend a few days not too far from Sumas/Chilliwack to get familiar with our Escape and in case we need to go back to ETI for any reason.
I hope that you get that opportunity. There's lot's to see but because of our geography and that time of year places tend to be all booked up. I'd suggest that you keep asking for suggestions and also ask ETI for their RV connection and book a spot sooner than later.

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There are many posts of locations that people have used for the shakedown. Some considerations are:
  • US vs Canada - licensing and food at crossings can be an issue
  • Scenic versus convenient - do you want vistas of Puget Sound or the convenience of a quick drive?
  • Remember, depending on your prior experience you maybe very busy learning your trailer systems and not have time to sight see.
  • Are you going to need to shop?
  • How much time do you have?

We choose a destination further afield of Chilliwack for the first night. It was Porteau Cove and as prior Escape owners we only needed food to start camping. We knew the trailer systems but still spent at least part of the day becoming acquainted with what was new. Out thinking was, as mid-westerners we wanted to be near the ocean. Inland lakes, rivers and private campgrounds can be had anywhere, the salt water and state or provincial campgrounds is what attracted us. Experiencing something new was an important consideration. Porteau Cove, Whitby Island and any of a number of public campgrounds were considered, in our thinking all would have been great.

Your desires may be different as may be your camping style. I guess I did not need to be in the nearest private campground to test out systems.

We did not need to return to Chilliwack and I agree there are some who have, however I believe that number is quite small compared to the total. In other words, the risk is low. Don't let distance from Chilliwack be a factor, go where you can see and do what meets your desires.
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Don't let distance from Chilliwack be a factor, go where you can see and do what meets your desires.
Remember since you're from Tennessee, you may never pass this way again. Take advantage of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer...
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If you want a space in one of the near by Provincial parks you had better get on line and book now. I don't know the actual link but look up B.C. parks and you will soon find it. Manning Park has a one camp ground that doesn't require reservations.
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We found that staying in the KOA in Lynden, WA right by Sumas worked really well. Still 25 min from ETI if needed. Day trips from that location are easy and close to see the sights.
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I second the Lynden KOA (and I'm not usually one to stay at a KOA). This one is quiet and family run, close to whatever shopping/provisioning needs you might have, especially if you don't mind driving as far as Bellingham (which was what we did). After a night or two there, head over to Whidbey Island...
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