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Old 05-20-2015, 01:25 AM   #1
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Observations from first trip in 17B

Just picked up 17B last week and drove back to Calgary through Shuswap and Jasper, here are my learnings from the shakedown cruise.

1. People at Escape are very nice and very helpful
2. Lots of people look at it when you are driving around
3. Backing up is difficult if you haven't done it before. Especially with an audience.
4. Lining up the hitch to hook up is hard by yourself
5. I'm glad I ordered 2 propane tanks
6. The external storage locker is a lifesaver
7. The FJ tows the 17B no problem with a standard class 3 hitch.
8. I'm glad I went for the custom fabric, flooring and counter. My girl loves it.
9. The outdoor shower is great and is useful for washing things off outside.
10. Cottonwood Meadows RV Park is only 1.2 km away and a great place to get to know the systems.
11. Pay attention when they show you how to retract the awning.
12. FJ has lots of power for the 17B in the mountains, not sure how it would handle a 19 or 21 maybe will find out in the future.
13. Used the outside propane quick connect and hose every night and loved it.
14. I'm glad I bought the leveler at O'Connor RV
15. Can't use my Thule bike rack that fits on the spare of the FJ since it will interfere during tight turns. Glad I ordered the bike hitch receiver at the back.
16. The inverter was used and useful every day.
17. The fridge actually made ice. Of course it was springtime in BC.

All in all an awesome unit and glad I bought it.
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:34 AM   #2
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Sounds as if you are more than content with your choices, Hugh. Yes, I know the awning can be somewhat, well, difficult, not to mention heavy. Glad you verified need for inverter and handy exterior shower. And that you are happy with your flooring because that is what we are getting!
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:46 AM   #3
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I've been opening and closing the awning for six years, and yet, last time I failed to follow the sequence and had to stop and think about it.
I have, in the past, had to review the orientation video to remind myself of the steps.
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:49 AM   #4
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I've been opening and closing the awning for six years, and yet, last time I failed to follow the sequence and had to stop and think about it.
I have, in the past, had to review the orientation video to remind myself of the steps.
I find opening quite intuitive but easy to screw up the closing sequence.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:01 AM   #5
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This is video I shot years ago, but I think it is still valid. Go to 16 min. 29 secs for awning instruction. I've had to look at it myself. There is another video on the ETI site, but I've not looked at it, and should.

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Old 05-20-2015, 08:22 AM   #6
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This is video I shot years ago, but I think it is still valid. Go to 16 min. 29 secs for awning instruction. I've had to look at it myself. There is another video on the ETI site, but I've not looked at it, and should.

RV Travel TV » Escape Training Video
I watched the new orientation video on the ETI site a couple of days ago. I thought it was quite good, and well worth watching. There is even a 'blooper reel'.
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Just picked up 17B last week and drove back to Calgary through Shuswap and Jasper, here are my learnings from the shakedown cruise.

1. People at Escape are very nice and very helpful They sure are!
2. Lots of people look at it when you are driving around
3. Backing up is difficult if you haven't done it before. Especially with an audience. Practice makes perfect. Give yourself some time and it will become super easy.
4. Lining up the hitch to hook up is hard by yourself
5. I'm glad I ordered 2 propane tanks
6. The external storage locker is a lifesaver
7. The FJ tows the 17B no problem with a standard class 3 hitch. No surprises there.
8. I'm glad I went for the custom fabric, flooring and counter. My girl loves it.
9. The outdoor shower is great and is useful for washing things off outside. You do have to be careful that you don't show too much skin to the neighbors.
10. Cottonwood Meadows RV Park is only 1.2 km away and a great place to get to know the systems.
11. Pay attention when they show you how to retract the awning. You are not alone. It was my experience also that I failed to retain the awning operations part of the orientation.
12. FJ has lots of power for the 17B in the mountains, not sure how it would handle a 19 or 21 maybe will find out in the future. The FJ does great in the mountains with a 19. Would probably be ok with a 21 also, but may work pretty hard on those 10000 ft high passes with super steep grades.
13. Used the outside propane quick connect and hose every night and loved it. Great option. Glad we have it.
14. I'm glad I bought the leveler at O'Connor RV
15. Can't use my Thule bike rack that fits on the spare of the FJ since it will interfere during tight turns. Glad I ordered the bike hitch receiver at the back.
16. The inverter was used and useful every day.
17. The fridge actually made ice. Of course it was springtime in BC.

All in all an awesome unit and glad I bought it.

Congratulations on your new Escape.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:52 AM   #8
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Just picked up 17B last week and drove back to Calgary through Shuswap and Jasper, here are my learnings from the shakedown cruise.

1. People at Escape are very nice and very helpful
2. Lots of people look at it when you are driving around
3. Backing up is difficult if you haven't done it before. Especially with an audience.
4. Lining up the hitch to hook up is hard by yourself
5. I'm glad I ordered 2 propane tanks
6. The external storage locker is a lifesaver
7. The FJ tows the 17B no problem with a standard class 3 hitch.
8. I'm glad I went for the custom fabric, flooring and counter. My girl loves it.
9. The outdoor shower is great and is useful for washing things off outside.
10. Cottonwood Meadows RV Park is only 1.2 km away and a great place to get to know the systems.
11. Pay attention when they show you how to retract the awning.
12. FJ has lots of power for the 17B in the mountains, not sure how it would handle a 19 or 21 maybe will find out in the future.
13. Used the outside propane quick connect and hose every night and loved it.
14. I'm glad I bought the leveler at O'Connor RV
15. Can't use my Thule bike rack that fits on the spare of the FJ since it will interfere during tight turns. Glad I ordered the bike hitch receiver at the back.
16. The inverter was used and useful every day.
17. The fridge actually made ice. Of course it was springtime in BC.

All in all an awesome unit and glad I bought it.
Congrats on your purchase.

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Old 05-20-2015, 10:18 AM   #9
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A great trip report, Hugh -- to the point and tells it all. Some of us [who? me?] like to ramble with too much info.

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Old 05-20-2015, 10:23 AM   #10
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Just curious... what leveler did you buy at O'Connor RV?


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