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Old 10-28-2015, 06:35 PM   #51
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If ETI is putting your names on, it is done with removable vinyl letters. So it really should be no problem at all.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:38 PM   #52
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As for hitch, you need the proper terms to discuss.
There will be a hitch receiver attached to your vehicle. The hitch ( either a regular ball hitch or a weight distribution hitch ) goes into the hitch receiver. Then the coupler ( which is part of the trailer ) goes on the ball.

Recommend you go to etrailer.com where you will find instruction videos on the topic.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:45 PM   #53
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Storage Box -- how important if I drive a P/U truck?

Spray foam insulation and heat pads for holding tanks -- what if I'm in Yellowstone in September and temps are below freezing? Are both required? Just spray foam? Neither?

Removable power cord?

Hitch? Don't even know where to begin. Can I just use what the trailer comes with?

And perhaps an odd and trivial question...if we put our names on the trailer (Edith and Steve) and then sell it ten years later...is that a problem for the new buyer.

Thank you...have read and reread comments posted on this thread thus far.
I have a P/U truck but I still want the box. Kind of like "keep trailer stuff in the trailer box" Stuff you use every day like chocks and blocks etc.

You'll have to be the judge about how much cold weather stuff you add. Many get by using the trailer "dry" and there is a lower limit to how cold you can use the trailer in extreme cold. Those items help in cold weather but they're not a magic bullet for cold.

Removable power cord, I'm in the yes camp.

If you mean what type of WDH etc. then, probably, you can try it without a WDH, depending on the vehicle and see if you end up nose high. Lots of people tow that size trailer without one.

Vinyl graphics come off easily enough, but, depending on how long they've been on, will leave a brighter and whiter imprint of the names. The ghost image may be able to be buffed out if desired.

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Old 10-28-2015, 07:09 PM   #54
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Storage Box -- how important if I drive a P/U truck?

Spray foam insulation and heat pads for holding tanks -- what if I'm in Yellowstone in September and temps are below freezing? Are both required? Just spray foam? Neither?

Removable power cord?

Hitch? Don't even know where to begin. Can I just use what the trailer comes with?

And perhaps an odd and trivial question...if we put our names on the trailer (Edith and Steve) and then sell it ten years later...is that a problem for the new buyer.

Thank you...have read and reread comments posted on this thread thus far.
I never had a storage box with my 19, and never missed it, and had plenty of storage without it. However, I had the underside of a full queen bed to store stuff in, so much space in there. I carried very little in the tow vehicle. With the 17 you will have a lot less storage in the trailer, and might make good use of the front storage box. I don't like to put anything in the tow vehicle that is meant for the campsite.

I switched myself from a retractable cord to a removable one. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Having used both now, I much prefer the removable one, much easier to deal with.

Towing with a pickup, if it is a 1/2 ton or bigger, you will not need a weight distribution hitch, and will be fine with the appropriate ball mount in your receiver.

Yeppers, as others said, it is real easy to get the vinyl names off. A bit of heat from a steamer or hair dryer (be careful with the high heat of heat guns), and it will peel off easy peasy.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:38 PM   #55
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The big difference between the box and the pickup bed, is items are permanently stored in the box and you have schleep totes back and forth to the pickup. I really, really dislike totes!
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:40 PM   #56
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Storage Box -- how important if I drive a P/U truck?

Spray foam insulation and heat pads for holding tanks -- what if I'm in Yellowstone in September and temps are below freezing? Are both required? Just spray foam? Neither?

Removable power cord?

Hitch? Don't even know where to begin. Can I just use what the trailer comes with?

And perhaps an odd and trivial question...if we put our names on the trailer (Edith and Steve) and then sell it ten years later...is that a problem for the new buyer.

Thank you...have read and reread comments posted on this thread thus far.

Most people use trailer names, not their own, which might be less objectionable to new owners. Even in only a year, if you remove names, you will still see them if only lightly because the trailer will have changed color around them. The names will still be there with the vinyl removed but it partly depends on where they are put as to how obvious they would be. We did our graphics over at a year and had to go exactly over what had been on the door. Elsewhere did not seem to be a problem that early.

If you are well below freezing at night, then you would likely want to use the heat pads, especially if you do not have temps a good deal above freezing in the day. If just a little below freezing, pads should not be needed but shouldn't hurt, assuming you have electric hook-up. Should not use without electric hookup.

We have the standard electrical cord and use a pliable rope caulk around the opening to seal it while in use. Very easy to put away in one minute, toweling it off while feeding in. Some people have other uses for a removeable cord. Also, a point someone else had made is that you do not need to necessarily get the standard cord on the ground at all if it is bad weather. It may stretch to the post off of the ground.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:17 AM   #57
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Easy to toss the detachable cord in the bed of a pickup = more storage room under the dinette.

Storage box is superb for messy stuff, setup stuff, chocks, levelers, etc. More importantly it is a superb rock deflector to protect the front of the trailer.

We stopped short of the foam and heaters as if the temp is under freezing for more than a couple of days we'd just move.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:35 AM   #58
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Remember you will probably have 2-3 tow vehicles with your life long Escape, so get the storage box, particularly if you plan on to keeping it. As far as the name, Steve and Edy Gorme are still singing, are they not?
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:32 AM   #59
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Dual 6V batteries YES
Solar Panel DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU CAMP
Surge Protector YES (WE HAD DAMAGE FROM SHORE POWER IN PREVIOUS TRAILER)
Window in bathroom YES
Thermal windows and extra insulation YES (ADDED BONUS=QUIETER)
Air Conditioning DEPENDS ON WHERE AND HOW YOU CAMP
Microwave NO
Shelves in closet WE HANG OUT JACKETS AND SHIRTS HERE
DIGITAL THERMOSTAT - WISH WE HAD GOTTEN THIS. VERY DIFFICULT GETTING THE TEMP RIGHT WITH THE MANUAL CONTROL
STORAGE BOX - ABSOLUTELY YES (AND WE DO HAVE ROOM IN OUR PICKUP, BUT THE CONVENIENCE PLUS ROCK PROTECTION MAKE IT WORTHWHILE)
HEAT PADS - NO

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Old 10-30-2015, 04:18 PM   #60
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Storage Box -- how important if I drive a P/U truck?

I love the storage box to keep all the messy, muddy, outside gear in. Things like the outside mat, chocks, hose, etc.

Spray foam insulation and heat pads for holding tanks -- what if I'm in Yellowstone in September and temps are below freezing? Are both required? Just spray foam? Neither?

An onboard electric heater is adequate for the conditions we camp in. If you are doing serious cold weather camping, then go for the foam and pads.

Removable power cord?
I prefer the retractable cord. Why have the whole 20 feet out and exposed if 6 feet is enough to reach the box?

Hitch? Don't even know where to begin. Can I just use what the trailer comes with?
I have camped for years in fiberglass trailers and never needed anything fancy. It all depends upon the weight of the tow vehicle and it's wheelbase. With a full sized pick up truck you should be fine. The Escape tows like a dream without any special hitches.

And perhaps an odd and trivial question...if we put our names on the trailer (Edith and Steve) and then sell it ten years later...is that a problem for the new buyer.
Get a custom spare wheel cover with your names on it.
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