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Old 09-24-2017, 09:39 PM   #1
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Our 19 Orientation and On Wisconsin

It has been over a week since we picked up our Escape 19 and traveled to Wisconsin. Here is our recap of our exciting last few weeks.

Our 19 was finally finished and orientation scheduled for September 15 at 11:00. We live in St. Louis area and have kids in Seattle, so we headed West on Wednesday, Sept 6. After a stop in Fort Collins and a weekend in Salt Lake City to visit friends, we arrived in the Seattle area on Sunday, 9/10, to visit our kids.
On Friday, our orientation day, we got up early and drove to Chilliwack. We thought it would take 3 hours, but only took a little over two. We were early but checked in at Escape to see if we could start early - no dice. So, Erin suggested Cookies Grill for breakfast, a place I would also recommend. (get the sausage over the bacon, it is really good stuff.)
So, back at Escape, we had Reace for our orientation. The normal person was not around so we got the boss! Reace explained he was rusty at this, but offered very good advice. It took over 2.5 hours for the orientation.
Dennis hooked up the trailer to our Outlook to make sure everything was ok and then we disconnected so Randy (a part time trailer mover) could hook up for the trip to Sumas. Randy beat us over the US border as we had a 40 minute wait in the line. Our 19 was waiting for us at Bob's Burgers.
We hooked up and off we went. This was our first time towing a travel trailer, but all things went smoothly. We headed back to Seattle and stayed in an RV park in Bellevue, WA. The RV park is just off I-90 and not very scenic, but it was friendly and had a pull-through so I didn't have to back up. We spent the weekend trying to organize our stuff.
Here is a picture taken by Reace of our new Escape and our resting spot at the RV Park in Bellevue.

More to follow...
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:53 PM   #2
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Two big smiles on the picture!! Congratulations!!!
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:08 PM   #3
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The saga continues...

Our goal was to get to Wisconsin for my wife's 50th high school reunion, scheduled for Saturday, 9/23. Using guidance from the forum that traveling 400-600 miles a day was the norm, we figured we could make it by leaving Monday. We plotted stops along I-90 at about 450 miles and each night called ahead for a reservation.
It turns out most the RV parks close October 1, so we were lucky our trailer was completed early allowing us to attempt this trip.
We headed east Monday morning on a 2000 mile trek to Wisconsin. As we were totally newbies to this whole business I was expecting problems, issues and trouble of all kinds. Fortunately that didn't happen.
The Outlook is a full size SUV with a tow package rated at 5000#. It managed towing the Escape pretty well. It struggled a bit on the mountain passes and had to downshift often to accelerate, but seems none the worse for wear. On level ground it could keep us going at 70mph. The trailer tracked and braked beautifully. After a few hours we seemed like pros.
The only major mishap was spilled oatmeal on the floor. The container of goodies under the sink was heavy enough to bang the door open and hit the floor. The oatmeal lid did not stay on. It might help to have a little lip on the door opening to stop items. We solved it with a small bungee cord around the door handles.
The other sore spot, literally, was banging our heads on the cabinet end cap in the dinette area. Each time we went into the storage under the cushion we banged our head on the way up. ETI should offer a padded option.

I did have to make a minor tweak to the trailer. We have the U shaped dinette and the trap doors on each side of the under cabinet storage hit the long cushion that goes the width of the trailer. We felt this could snag or damage the fabric over time so I removed the doors and cut about 3/4" off the offending end.

The storage box is a great option and recommended. It should almost be standard as it is so useful for all the set-up stuff you need.

We made it to Alberton, MT the first night and Garryowen, MT the second. Man, Montana is a big state. The Alberton site was right next to the Clark Fork river. The Garryowen site was on a ranch very near Custer's last stand and had a beautiful view of the prairie. Here's our sites on these stops.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:21 PM   #4
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As we were making good time and not running into issues, we decided to take a side trip to Devil's Tower in Wyoming on Wednesday. It is about 30 miles off of I-90 and a worthwhile site to see. The plaque said it was the first designated National Monument assigned by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906.
The visitor center has limited RV parking but we found a spot on our second trip to the center. ( The road is a loop and if you don't find a spot you have to keep driving back down the road as there is no place to stop and wait for a spot. )
There is a buffalo in the second picture. The last picture is close up showing 4 climbers going up the tower. Climbers have to register before they can attempt the effort.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:33 PM   #5
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We spent Wednesday night in South Dakota and Thursday in Minnesota. The unseasonably warm weather in the Midwest was accompanied by 20-30 MPH southerly winds, which was a cross wind for our travels.
BTW.. We used the app: RVParky and found it very accurate and useful.
We made it into Wisconsin on Friday afternoon with plenty of time to make my wife's reunion.
We stayed with Katie's sister and it was my first attempt at backing up the trailer. (I ensured we always had a pull-through at each stop prior to this.)
Here's a picture of our Escape backed into the driveway. Backing up went pretty well for a first attempt. Only a few tweaks needed.

We are going to hang in Wisconsin for few days and then head to the Mississippi River rally next weekend. See you there!
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:21 PM   #6
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Your Tv. Is it v8 or v6. As we are trying to decide. 17b or 19
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Your Tv. Is it v8 or v6. As we are trying to decide. 17b or 19
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We tow our 21 with a V6 4WD Taco rated at 6400 lbs. The 21 weighs in at 4200 lbs - no problems. Tows much nicer than our Casita 17LD did.
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Here's a picture of our Escape backed into the driveway. Backing up went pretty well for a first attempt. Only a few tweaks needed....
I'm sure I've read about this before... usually followed about copious amounts of alcohol Truly, glad you were successful
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