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Old 08-22-2015, 11:16 PM   #1
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Where to stock up after pick up

Does anyone have advice regarding a good place to stop the first night after pick up. We want to have time to get things settled in the trailer and get groceries and any items we didn't think to bring along.

Our orientation time is 8 am. Not sure what time that gets us into Sumas. We want to head toward Olympic national forest after that first night then down 101.

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Old 08-22-2015, 11:24 PM   #2
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That will put in you in Sumas noonish. Head west on 544 and then south on 539 into the Bellingham area. You'll find everything you need along 539: Costco, Walmart (even though I don't shop there), grocery stores in the area, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Home Depot, etc.

Edited: There is the Bellingham RV Park by the airport which is convenient to all consumer outlets. http://www.bellinghamrvpark.com/
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Old 08-22-2015, 11:54 PM   #3
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Karen. Thank you for some very timely information and thanks to Larry and Caren for posing the question. We have our orientation Sept. 10 and then spend our first night in Bayview state park. I wonder how many new Escapes have had their first night in that park? Loren
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:20 AM   #4
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If you're staying at Bayview, Burlington has everything as well...don't forget BB&B.
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Watch the orientation video a couple of times. If you are plan to use towing mirrors, put them on the night before. I just went through orientation, and it was a lot in a short amout of time. ETI was insanely busy, I was just there, but like a well oiled machine they pull off a great product. Build is tight. Very happy I drove 3,000+ miles to join an elite owners club Still have 3,000 to return home, plus a grand or two off the beaten path.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:33 AM   #6
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In Bellingham just off W. Bakerview is a Fred Myers.
I feel that that is the best store, lots of variety.

As you go south on 539 you turn right onto W. Bakerview and go a couple of blocks and it is on the left side of the street and it's open till 11pm.

I think W. Bakerview is two streets after Costco.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for this info. I'm counting on Fred Meyer... and Costco will be good, too. We're going to try not to haul stuff with us if we can purchase it after picking up the trailer. Sheets I'll take with us, but pillows? Might be a good time to get new ones...
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Here's map of the area. There is also a Bed Bath & Beyond in the Cordata Center.
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Everyone has different tastes when it comes to groceries. Price, quality and selection play into our choices. We spent three weeks in the PNW and shopped at a variety of chain stores. Our favorite turned out to be Safeway. After our pick up we headed to Lynden Washington, about 12 miles from Sumas. There is a very nice Safeway in the south side of that community.

I did not get to see much of the store. With a trailer that we owned for six hours I conducted two parking lot tours to interested parties, one who owned an Escape 17.
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Thanks for all the advice. I have 6 weeks to go. Planning helps ease my uncontrollable excitement.
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