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Old 04-07-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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First night

I took delivery of my Escape 21 today and am camping in Deception Pass State Park in Washington. I am at a site with no hookups, and intend to stay here for several days to give the trailer a "shake-down" and get accustomed to the idea of dry camping. I have no recent RV experience. What should I be checking, looking for, testing, etc? Fire away.

It tows really well, btw. No problems there.

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Old 04-07-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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I can't help Mike. I don't dry camp. But wanted to step in and say TERRIFIC. Enjoy every moment. There's only ONE FIRST time.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:37 PM   #3
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Watch you solar read out and monitor your volt reading, keep it above 12.0 volts and the next morning when the sun comes up watch the solar recharge and watch the volts climb back up. Run your furnace and water heater after purging the propane lines going to the stove. Then turn the refer to propane or auto mode. See if everything works. Turn on your water pump and pressurize your system and enjoy.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:15 PM   #4
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Make sure you have ear plugs. The night we camped at Deception Pass there was a ton of air traffic in and out of a nearby air base. Based on my experience, check the fit of the main door in the morning and make sure there is no light coming in around the seals. Read the manual on the surge protector so you understand the code letters flashing on the LED panel...helps when it shuts the power off and you don't know where to start looking to fix the problem. Make a pre departure check list and use it. Otherwise..just sit back and love your new Escape!
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:18 PM   #5
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The water heater element can burn itself up in a hurry if there is no water in the water heater before you turn the water heater on.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:27 PM   #6
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Am I the only one that thinks those-in-the-know would really help newbies out by having some sort of "new ETI trailer owner" check list available in the doc center? I'm gonna be one of those folks the last part of June...
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:33 PM   #7
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There is the orientation that Escape does, there is the video that I did with Tammy going through trailer systems ( much of it still valid - shot in 2008 ) and there is the instruction manual.
That's not to say another checklist wouldn't be helpful.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:58 PM   #8
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Am I the only one that thinks those-in-the-know would really help newbies out by having some sort of "new ETI trailer owner" check list available in the doc center? I'm gonna be one of those folks the last part of June...
Donna - You are SO right!!! We were the lucky recipients of the new Escape manual but, even so, there are little things that we were unsure of (e.g., does the water fill the hot water tank automatically when you first turn on the pump, and how to do we know that before we try lighting the hot water heater ...). We went through the video several times AND the orientation; however, it was pretty overwhelming and, even though there were two of us taking photos and notes, there were things that we second-guessed ourselves on when we were on our own. Thankfully, SantaCruzer came over this weekend and we were able to ask him questions (thank you Bob!!).
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:26 PM   #9
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I would love a departure check list. It sounds like there are many things that if forgotten could cause problems
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:28 PM   #10
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How do you purge the propane tanks?
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