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Old 04-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #11
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Have a nice trip. I don't know if that list is long enough.. You still have time....
Not really looking forward to the drive as it is really long and you never know what kind of weather you will get through the mountains in April. I think it is about 1100 km each way. Will take one day to drive out and two on the way home. Will get a chance to camp out for one night near Kamloops and one night in Jasper on the way home.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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Just got back from picking up our new 19' on the weekend. Was a very long trip, about 2400 km total. The trailer was everything we expected. People at Escape were great. Special thanks to Dave for the super orientation and to Dennis for his help installing the wireless break controller and setting up the WD hitch.

The FJ performed quite well and appears to be well suited for towing the 19'. Of course the gas mileage was awful, about 24 IMPG on way to Chilliwack and about 15 IMPG on return trip, but that was expected and there was a lot of high mountain passes to go through both ways. On way home we stayed at Paul Lake Prov Park near Kamloops on first night (we were the only people in the park), and we stayed the second night at Wapiti campground in Jasper. Rained most of the way home, and got some unexpectedly cold weather (-10° C) in Jasper. In hindsight we should have asked the Escape crew to not fill the freshwater tank prior to us leaving, as we ended up having the black tank valve freeze up in Jasper, so we could not dump prior to leaving town. It was thawed out when we got back home so we were able to dump it then. We ended up draining and winterizing the trailer on Sunday since it was supposed to get cold again that night.

Also had a few problems with the Tekonsha Prodigy wireless brake controller, but will save that discussion for a bit later.

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:07 PM   #13
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Dave,
I have the same Jensen radio in my 19', I really like it, it is my second one I've installed in past 3 years. What is the switch for? Turn off the power to radio?
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #14
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I have the same Jensen radio in my 19', I really like it, it is my second one I've installed in past 3 years. What is the switch for? Turn off the power to radio?
I actually became aware of this radio through your posts, Jim, so thank-you for that. This is the bluetooth version of the JHD910 (i.e. the JHD910BT) which allows you to broadcast from the radio via bluetooth to either a set of wireless headphones or to a bluetooth speaker. The switch is to turn off the 12V power to the radio.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:29 PM   #15
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Thanks, what's that idiom "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." I had trouble finding the bluetooth version, so I opted for the older version. Glad to have helped. I just unplug mine from it's 12v source. What happened to my Andersen Hitch thread? You went with the conventional w/d set up.
I take it you did not get the underneath foam spray for your tanks?
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Beautiful interior. I stuck with the stock upholstery because I really did like it. But now I like yours better...woe is me.

A very nice rig!
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You went with the conventional w/d set up.
I take it you did not get the underneath foam spray for your tanks?
The conventional WD supplied by Escape looked fine to me and the price was good, and it is a proven design. It seemed to perform well on the trip home and I have no issues with it.

Our night at Jasper got a bit chilly. My guess was -10°C but it could have been a bit lower, maybe -12°C. We did get the spray foam on the underside of the 19. However, the foam does not cover the drain valves for the black and grey tank. We had some ice form in the black tank valve itself, such that the valve could not be opened. After a few degrees of temperature increase and about 400 km more driving, the valve had thawed on its own and I was able to drain the tank.
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Beautiful interior. I stuck with the stock upholstery because I really did like it. But now I like yours better...woe is me.

A very nice rig!
Thank you Karen.

We did have several couples get toured through our 19 as we were going through our own orientation. One couple from New Hampshire liked our fabric and wanted to know where we had purchased it. We were a bit apologetic and told them that we do not know where it is from or even if it is still available. My wife had purchased a roll of that fabric about 10 yrs ago to redo a couch. We ended up getting rid of the couch and the roll of fabric sat in our basement for years until we decided to use it on our Escape.
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Don't know if you had hook-ups but people have been known to use a hair dryer on the valves. Then again maybe you didn't have a hair dryer.

I was thinking before about you having that fabric around. I spent hours looking at fabric only to find that the ones we liked best were "earth-friendly" which means they were $150 per yard. I do have very old fabric in the attic though...

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Wow super nice thanks for the photos, wife and I love the oven. Never heard of a wireless brake controller before, Happy camping!
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