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Old 01-09-2018, 09:46 AM   #1
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I will be picking up my new Escape 19' Travel Trailer on March 19/18. I have never owned or used a trailer in the past so I have a lot to learn. My towing vehicle is a 2006 Honda Ridgeline with the Class 3 towing package (5,000 lb. towing capacity & 500 lb. tongue weight). This is what I have done so far:
1) Build Sheet finalized which includes the dual 6 Volt Batteries, Winterizing T-Valve, Back Up Camera and Starter Kit. The Starter Kit includes tandem chocks, toilet chemical, 25' water hose, Water pressure regulator and Hitch Lock.
2) Ownership of the Trailer has been registered and the license plate obtained.
3) Insurance has been obtained & is effective for Feb 1/18 (Trailer completion date is Jan. 31/18).
4) Purchased Table Pedestal - to be installed at orientation.
5) Purchased Brake Controller and harness - will be installed by the Honda Dealership at my next oil change. Will also change the existing doughnut spare tire to a full size spare tire.
6) Bought a Yamaha EF 2000is Generator for backup power.
7) I plan to purchase the RV Mat, the RV Step Rug, the Spare Tire Cover and the Deluxe Sewer Kit from ESI when I pick up the Trailer.

I understand that in general, you want the ball mount to be slightly higher than the trailer coupler to account for the trailer's tongue weight. The top of my ball is presently 16 inches from the ground. I have asked ESI what the trailer coupler height is so that I can adjust the height of the ball if needed.

I am sure that I have forgotten a lot of things. For example, what sort of electrical adapters do I need? What is a Water Tank Filter Valve & is it useful? Is a Hitch Lock the same as a Coupler Lock. Are wheel locks required? What about Levellers - anybody have experience using the Anderson Levellers. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:14 AM   #2
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3) Insurance has been obtained & is effective for Feb 1/18 (Trailer completion date is Jan. 31/18).
A minor point...but why do you have insurance coverage an additional month and a half when you don't take possession until mid-March? (Despite #2, the trailer is not yours until ETI transfers ownership, I believe.)
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:24 AM   #3
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A minor point...but why do you have insurance coverage an additional month and a half when you don't take possession until mid-March? (Despite #2, the trailer is not yours until ETI transfers ownership.)
When we purchased our trailer, ETI told us that ownership would be transferred on the day of completion and that we were responsible for insurance coverage from that day forward, even though the trailer remained on their property until we picked it up six weeks later.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:27 AM   #4
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Wow, that's news to me.

Edited: Okay, maybe for a sale to Canadians but I don't understand if the trailer is going to the United States (not in the OP's case, I know) as the title wouldn't be transferred until the trailer is exported across the border. Maybe some clarification is needed here.
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I suggest an adjustable ball mount so it can be raised or lowered to the exact needed height. I also think a set of those plastic blocks and have Escape install the sand pads on the stabilizers, put the plastic block under them when setting up. Trailer Aid is a plastic ramp which allows you to change the flat tire on your tandem set up. A lug wrench to tighten the wheel lugs after delivery is needed and finally some plastic ramps to level your unit side to side. All of these should fit inside your front storage box.
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Oh, and have Escape fill the water and propane tanks.....
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:46 AM   #7
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Buy the sand pads. They are easy to install. To me that should be part of the package as otherwise you have a very small contact area between the C jack and ground.
Bring a torque wrench and socket to check torque at the recommend miles. Ours used a 13/16 socket. The initial setting I found a few took from 1/4 to 1/2 turn before the wrench clicked. After that they seemed to stay in adjustment.
We have the Anderson levelers but often do not need any leveling or find the pieces of 1/2 inch ply I cut are perfect. 1 to 3 pieces as needed. I've gotten pretty good at looking at the trailer level and knowing how much I need. Past that I do use the Anderson's.
You can get away without the water filter, we do use one but for us it is to keep sediment and such out of the plumbing. I do not drink the trailer water. A water pressure reducer is a must! Install it right at the spigot so the RV drinking water safe hose you run to the trailer is not exposed to high pressure.
As far as adaptors a 50 amp to 30 amp RV electrical adapter is handy. The 30 amp recepticals are used a lot more and often have more wear. We have had cases where they were so loose the plug fell right back out. And any burn marks around them or inside the plug and I'm not going to use it.
In which case the adapter means we stay at the site we are at instead of requesting a move.
Did you get the Progressive EMS power protector? If not get a volt meter so you can check voltage and the condition of the power pole. I check even though we have the EMS .
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A minor point...but why do you have insurance coverage an additional month and a half when you don't take possession until mid-March? (Despite #2, the trailer is not yours until ETI transfers ownership, I believe.)
I was advised by ESI on Jan. 3/18 that it is my responsibility to have storage insurance as the title to the Trailer will now belong to me. I made it effective for the day after the completion date.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:21 AM   #9
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While you can get away with one Anderson Leveler for a small amount of leveling, to raise the trailer more than a 1" or so, you should use one under each wheel. You will have to cut the length down on at least one of them to get them to fit both wheels.

I prefer the Anderson's to most of the other choices, although I do carry a set of "Lego" blocks to use under the stabilizers, tongue jack, and, for the few times the Anderson's don't do the trick, the tires.
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Don't know where you plan on camping, but you don't want to go with the thermal windows and insulation? Nights can get chilly on the prairies.
Insulation package will help a lot to prevent condensation build up.
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