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Old 02-23-2019, 11:24 AM   #1
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Advice for New Escape 19

I am picking up my new Escape 19 in April and am looking for some advice:

I plan to park the trailer beside my house when I get home. It is a really tight spot, about 6 inches clearance on each side of the trailer. The approach is straight in but I think I will need a trailer dolly to get it safely in place. The driveway is concrete an has a very slight slope, 6 to 8Ē over 25 ft. Looking online there seem to be a few options that vary in price. I live in Calgary and havenít been any to see one in person or get any account from a user. The Trailer Valet XL appears to be the least expensive option but accounts Iíve read have me questioning whether it is adequate. Does anyone have any experience with one of these? Iíd like to keep the expense to a minimum, as my application seems straight forward however I want to be sure whatever I purchase will do the job. Any advice will be appreciated.

Iíd like to install a small travel safe in the trailer that would hold a laptop and valuables like passports, etc. Has anyone install o safe in their Escape 19. If so where did you install it and what type/size were you able to fit in the trailer.

Lastly I need to get a brake controller. I want to get a proportional controller and have been looking at the Tekonsha P3. There appear to be lots of options but online accounts lead me to believe that I wouldnít go wrong with a P3. Once again Iíd be happy for any advice.

We are getting pretty excited about the new trailer. We are planning a cross-country trip later in the summer.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:18 PM   #2
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Welcome Martin,
I have seen safes under the bed and inside the closet in E19 models. You can keep the passports locked in the vehicle glovebox or inside the camper. I have not heard of any theft of items in an Escape while in use, but it can happen. Insurance is always good to have.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:26 PM   #3
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you could talk to Tammy about the safe. She'll have ideas.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:34 PM   #4
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As for parking your trailer in a tight spot...this is my real world observation.

Parking with my truck is no problem as I can use the mirrors looking down each side of trailer.

The only time I had difficulty parking the trailer is when I had the bright idea of using the tractor. It is much smaller...of course no mirrors and the trailer came very close to hitting a tree even though I must have got off and on the tractor a dozen times.

That was a very close call and I will never back up the trailer again with any thing that I canít see down both sides while doing so.

So you have to ask the question...will the push dolly allow you see down both sides while you are backing up or are you backing up blind.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:44 PM   #5
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Questions of safes do come up and the answer from some is that there are a few places in trailers that stuff can be stuffed. You might need to use your imagination or make a panel removable. Post # 187 in the link below is an example.
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I back my 21 from across the street. I have to pull into a side alley street, turn at a slight angle, cross the street and then down a steep driveway. Fortunately I don't have quite the tight area to put it in that you do, but it can be done.


I would suggest that, if possible, have someone help you when you back it up. Dirk comes out with his cell phone and tells me when to stop and go regarding traffic as I can't see it from the truck. Too many trees and fences in the way. The call comes in over the entertainment system in the truck, but I could also put my phone on speaker if need be.


Good mirrors will also help. As well as getting out to keep checking. and go slow so you can make adjustments.


The comment about seeing both sides is a very good one, so if you do go the dolly route, make sure you have someone checking the sides. And would you be able to stop it as quickly as you could using your tow vehicle?


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Old 02-23-2019, 01:25 PM   #7
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So you have to ask the question...will the push dolly allow you see down both sides while you are backing up or are you backing up blind.

There has been discussion in the past about using a front bumper hitch. So, for demonstration purposes, I photographed the view from the driver seat as it would be with a front hitch.
Behind the trailer, left and right are steel posts embedded in concrete. Can't see either of them.
I have, however, backed my trailer through that gate, using my mirrors, which allow me to see the posts either side.
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Old 02-23-2019, 01:32 PM   #8
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Hi Martin,

Regarding your parking situation, you may want to try with your tow before buying a dolly.

I park our trailer in a similarly tight spot. As mentioned by others above, mirrors that let you see the whole length of your trailer are key. I also put a garbage can in line with the house a few feet in front to help judge distance on the house side and also get my wife to spot (using cell phones to communicate). Then I just back up very slowly mostly using the fence as a guide. At first I would have to pull forward 2 or 3 times when I got out of line but now I can usually do it in a single try.
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So Michael K, when are you cutting a door into the garage wall to access your Escape? That is one tight spot.
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So Michael K, when are you cutting a door into the garage wall to access your Escape? That is one tight spot.
Funny you mention that - was joking with my wife about doing exactly that, but first I’d have to put in a concrete pad there since it’s a dirt slope right now. Realistically though, I'll just keep parking it like I am right now or maybe eventually turn that side of the house into a driveway access to our back yard and park the trailer in the back.
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