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Old 09-14-2013, 03:27 PM   #11
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:35 AM   #12
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I need some help from those in the know!

My build sheet for the 5 TA is set for the end of June! I am so excited I can't think straight - oh well!

I have only seen 1 5er and not yet seen the 21. I am a very visual person, so I am thinking that when Escape hatches out the first new 5, it would be best for me to see it and also be able to sit and talk with Tammy and Reace about what will be happening.

I was thinking of flying to Vancouver, then renting a car to go to Chilliwack. What kind of weather is the norm the end of March- first part of April? Living in South Texas for 30+ years! I have no interest in driving in snow! Also, are there places to stay nearby?

Let me hear your thoughts. I may have to do this blind, but would rather not.

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Old 10-03-2013, 12:17 PM   #13
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I went to university in Vancouver. It was typical for the cherry trees to be in bloom in March. I remember one year studying for exams (end of March, start of April) lying in the sun down on the beach. Rain is common this time of year (and every other time of year in Vancouver) but it's definitely warming up and snow is unlikely.

The weather up the valley towards Chilliwack is a little more unpredictable, but I would guess the chance of snow is pretty remote.

On the other hand, be warned that if there is snow, Vancouver drivers don't know how to handle it. The city pretty much shuts down on a sprinkling of snow. It's probably better now that all-season radial tires are the norm, but back then everybody drove with summer tires.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:29 PM   #14
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Although it won't be as scenic, you can fly to Seattle and rent a car for quite a bit fewer $$$. That's what I did for my 'viewing'. Tammy had also suggested an airlines that flies into Bellingham - much closer- but it doesn't fly into Sacramento. She could tell you the name, and if I recall it does have flights into East Texas, not sure where.
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I was thinking of flying to Vancouver, then renting a car to go to Chilliwack. What kind of weather is the norm the end of March- first part of April? Living in South Texas for 30+ years! I have no interest in driving in snow! Also, are there places to stay nearby?
Rain. It rains all winter and spring in the lower mainland, and Chillwack isn't far enough inland to be much different from Vancouver. While mountains in the area get snow (you can ski just outside of Vancouver), down at river level snow is a short-lived novelty. Locals (that's not me, I live in Alberta) can correct my description as appropriate.

Check out something like Google Maps; there is a hotel very close to the Escape factory, and more around the Chilliwack area.
Escape factory: 43851 Industrial Way, Bldg B. Chilliwack, BC, V2R 4L2

There is an airport at Abbotsford, halfway between Vancouver and Chilliwack, if you want to avoid driving in Vancouver; however, it probably only has service by WestJet (a fine airline, but maybe not flying from/to where you need), and the trip sounds like a good excuse to play tourist in Vancouver while you're there.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:58 PM   #16
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On the other hand, be warned that if there is snow, Vancouver drivers don't know how to handle it. The city pretty much shuts down on a sprinkling of snow.
Had to laugh last winter when there was a news report from Calgary of a snow storm and the 400 accidents there that day.

Snow in Vancouver is different from the prairies. It's usually pretty much at the melting point, and when compacted, turns to ice with a sheen of water on top.
Most in Vancouver count on all-season tires to make it through the three or four days of snow that we might get in a season. I have snow tires, but try not to drive at all if there is a heavy snowfall.
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Although it won't be as scenic, you can fly to Seattle and rent a car for quite a bit fewer $$$. That's what I did for my 'viewing'. Tammy had also suggested an airlines that flies into Bellingham - much closer- but it doesn't fly into Sacramento. She could tell you the name, and if I recall it does have flights into East Texas, not sure where.
Vicki A.

Seattle or Bellingham would both be cheaper to fly to from the US. Rental cars likely cheaper as well but I have no experience with US rentals. Seattle being the longer drive but a very nice city to visit as well if time allows. Bellingham a short drive to Chilliwack.

The Best Western referred to in another post is within walking distance of the Escape Factory and has had decent reviews from those on this form who have used it.

Don't forget it would be best to have a passport. Not sure what the current requirement is but you may just need picture ID to drive into Canada. Passport certainly required if you fly into Canada from the US.

The weather in late March early April is often rainy but the likelihood of snow is very small. Then again you could get a beautiful sunshine day and the mountains along the Fraser River Valley/ Chilliwack area are a beautiful sight to observe in the spring.

The trip to the factory is a great experience. Reace and Tammy are great to deal with and the factory tour would certainly satisfy your visual craving to see what goes into the trailer production and final product.
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Although it won't be as scenic, you can fly to Seattle and rent a car for quite a bit fewer $$$. That's what I did for my 'viewing'. Tammy had also suggested an airlines that flies into Bellingham - much closer- but it doesn't fly into Sacramento. She could tell you the name, and if I recall it does have flights into East Texas, not sure where.
Seattle or Bellingham would both be cheaper to fly to from the US. Rental cars likely cheaper as well but I have no experience with US rentals. Seattle being the longer drive but a very nice city to visit as well if time allows. Bellingham a short drive to Chilliwack.

The Best Western refereed to in another post is within walking distance of the Escape Factory and has had decent reviews from those on this form who have used it.

Don't forget it would be best to have a passport. Not sure what the current requirement is but you may just need picture ID to drive into Canada. Passport certainly required if you fly into Canada from the US.

The weather in late March early April, as previously noted, is often rainy but the likelihood of snow is very small. Chilliwack is 10 metres (30 ft.) above sea level and the average daytime temperature in March and April is certainly well above freezing. Evening lows can get down near the freezing level. Then again you could get a beautiful sunshine day and the mountains along the Fraser River Valley/ Chilliwack area are a beautiful sight to observe in the spring with their show caped peaks.

The trip to the factory is a great experience. Reace and Tammy are great to deal with and the factory tour would certainly satisfy your visual craving to see what goes into the trailer production and final product.
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You need a passport or an "enhanced driver license" ( for everybody ) to cross by land. In the air, you have to have a passport. Not sure what's involved in the U.S. to get enhanced license.
Probably best to just go with a passport.
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