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Old 09-04-2017, 02:58 PM   #1
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I am puzzled why Escape trailer lengths are listed in feet instead of meters. I reside very close to the border and have slowly learned how to order meat at a butcher shop ("x" grams of this and "x" grams of that) and to determine liter to gallon volume equivalency but I do not understand why the trailers would be listed in feet instead of in a metric measurement. I had always thought that Canada was 100% metric - then this morning while being inside on a holiday because the smoke from wildfires is way too dense - this question entered my mind. I am sure a few friendly folks will be able to enlighten me about this pressing question.
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Old 09-04-2017, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hi new adventures, nope we here in Canada never went 100% metric. We still have 2x4 lumber, 4x8 plywood, 8 1/2 x 11 paper etc. and that's just some of it. What can I say, it was or government at the time .


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Officially, Canada uses the S.I. (metric) system. Legally, values for trade must generally be expressed in S.I. units, although there are exceptions and other units can always be provided as well... but trailers are not priced by the foot so it doesn't matter so much in this case.

There are a few factors which keep old unit in use, but mostly it's reluctance to change. In this case, Escape Trailer Industries is in a business which is dominated by the U.S., so for comparison with other products (other brands of travel trailers) it is convenient to use the same units of measure.

Ironically, the Escape design is derived from the original Trillium design, and Trillium sold their two larger models with model names based on their length in metres (the 4500, about 4.5 m or 15' long; and the 5500, about 5.5 m or 18' long). The Escape equivalent to the 4500 was sold as the Escape 15', and the nearest Escape to the 5500 is the Escape 19'.

Bigfoot is the other manufacturer of moulded fiberglass travel trailers in British Columbia; they list their trailer specifications in both systems.
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Old 09-04-2017, 03:22 PM   #4
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Thanks to PGDriver and Brian B-P for the quick responses. Now what else can I ponder today? :-)
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And then there is the 5.0 TA.
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If ETI were to put the trailer and other measurements into metric the USA market would drop like a rock.


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If ETI were to put the trailer and other measurements into metric the USA market would drop like a rock.


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A very true statement - few would make the effort to figure it out.

I'm not going to add to any confusion by bringing up Imperial gallons.
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Funny: our drivers license is in metric.
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I solved the metric / US measurement problem by purchasing a combination measuring tape where one edge is in Metric and the other is in inches /feet . The ruler does the conversion for me , leads to less mistakes and I don't need a calculator.
I do own a metric hammer and a couple of metric screwdrivers but seldom have a use for them.
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