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Old 07-06-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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6 days til departure-15 days til Escape!

We will soon depart to pick up our Escape 21 and wanted to ask for some last minute advice. We will be completely new to towing and travel trailering though not new to camping. We have been taking notes from the forum since last summer. As tent campers we have amassed a lot of camping gear, and since ordering our Escape we have been gathering items that we need for the trailer and towing. But, we may be missing something, so we would love to hear from you--any advice on "must haves" that we don't want to leave home without? There will definitely be some hands-on learning but as planner people, we would like to be as prepared as possible! As planners, we should have asked for this advice more than 6 days out, but planning got in the way! And we have been taking notes from the collective experience on the forum...thanks so much!
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:22 PM   #2
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Needed Accessories for Trailer Pick-Up

Just found this thread again...duh..
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:29 PM   #3
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Bottle opener and cork screw.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:29 PM   #4
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Bottle opener and cork screw.
Great minds! Already packed! Gotta have our priorities, right?
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:31 PM   #5
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Sharp knife for that steak dinner!

Actually a zero balance charge card for anything you forgot and absolutely need. And, I'd always suggest a journal.

Most of all, drive safely... both directions and make a ton of great memories!
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:33 PM   #6
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You have to set your brake controller to where the trailer brakes will slow you down, but not lock up. Practice applying your brakes on a parking lot, adjusting up or down until the brakes slow your down without skidding. Mine is around 2.0 setting. Also remember if you feel sway to tap the brake controller manually without applying your brakes, it will bring the trailer in behind you, good luck.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:37 PM   #7
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Maybe search the site for border issues and experiences. Passport.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:37 PM   #8
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Sharp knife for that steak dinner!

Actually a zero balance charge card for anything you forgot and absolutely need. And, I'd always suggest a journal.

Most of all, drive safely... both directions and make a ton of great memories!
Making memories will be the best part..for sure! First time to Canada and first travel trailer--it's gonna be a wonderful time!

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You have to set your brake controller to where the trailer brakes will slow you down, but not lock up. Practice applying your brakes on a parking lot, adjusting up or down until the brakes slow your down without skidding. Mine is around 2.0 setting. Also remember if you feel sway to tap the brake controller manually without applying your brakes, it will bring the trailer in behind you, good luck.
Thanks for that advice and the wish of good luck! I figure by the time we get back to Illinois, we should be pretty good at towing...right?!?!
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:38 PM   #9
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Maybe search the site for border issues and experiences. Passport.
Thanks...passports--check! Hoping for a good border crossing experience!
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:48 PM   #10
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For setting the brake controller, I prefer the approach of choosing a setting such that it takes only slightly more force on the brake pedal to brake the tug with trailer as it does without the trailer - this means the trailer is doing its share of the braking (but you don't want it doing more than its share and pulling on the tug.

With four 10" diameter brakes on the 21' (and 19'), and not a huge amount of trailer mass, I'm not surprised that Jim finds it doesn't take a very high setting on the controller to get enough trailer braking (although 2.0 on a scale of 0 to 12 is very low).
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