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Old 09-16-2015, 08:59 AM   #1
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Picket up our 19' - Overview

Yeah! We picked up our 19 a couple of days ago and we are convinced we our the proud owners of a piece of art! Escape offers wonderful craftsmanship and beautiful design.

We have been on the road for the past four weeks, visiting family and seeing sights pre-Escape. The past two nights we have been staying at the KOA in Lynden in our new trailer and I highly recommend this campsite to become familiar with the trailer---a delightful town and we were pleased to have a comfortable bed and our personal washroom (as the Canadians call it!).

On Monday we had our orientation scheduled for 11:00. We were greeted by Barb. It obvious everyone has a huge workload, yet still, we felt welcomed.

I highly recommend bringing a pad of paper and pen when going through your orientation. We took a lot of notes and had many questions. Important to note that if you have aluminum rims, they need to be tightened while on the journey home. Plus---MAKE SURE the hot water heater is filled with water before igniting it---it could be a costly mistake.

The trailer was delivered to Sumas and we appreciated being watched as we hitched up ourselves. Per other blogs, we did give a tip to the driver---Manfred is a very pleasant fellow and very helpful.

We were exhausted and excited and opted to go out for dinner since we were starving by the time we set up in camp. Since we had been on the road for several weeks, our food supplies were down. (Plus I forgot my cooking pan in Seattle). Plus going cross the border you can't bring certain items either way.

We had a great first night's sleep and were awakened by rain---it was a beautiful sound to be warm and toasty and not in our tent! We like to keep the temperature cool, but with warm blankets. The next day we hitched up, returned to Canada for a driving lesson. Jury is still out on that one. It's good to get a refresher and the few pointers we got may come in handy.

So, here is my overview after having our trailer for a few days:

Glad we stayed in Chilliwack the night before. We had breakfast while sipping coffee at a local coffee shop, watched the video one last time, taking notes and writing down questions.

During orientation there is a lot of information. Take notes, photos and ask questions! I typed them up once we got to camp.

KOA Lynden is beautiful and easy to get to, and close to Sumas and Abbotsford. Most of the sites we saw are pull through and have full hookups. Amenities are close by, so you'll find everything you need.

We signed up for driving lessons at Valley Driving School in Abbotsford. It would have been too much to do that and the orientation in one day. Glad we took our time, but then we are retired and are not rushed. Again, for us, we aren't sure it was worth it, but both of us agree it was good to have rather than not to have a lesson.

Border crossings both ways were easy for us. There is a lane for RV's and trailers...we never were asked to look inside---though we got a funny look when we told the Canadian agent that we were taking driving lessons on day two. We had all our papers in order just in case: Insurance, export documents, proof of driving class. Barb from ETI told us to make sure the doors to the trailer are locked as they want to ensure that there is no possibility of someone sneaking into either country (depending on which way you are going).

At the recommendation of this blog, we gave the driver a tip. He was surprised and thankful, and we appreciated that he watched and coached us as my husband attached the Anderson hitch.

As far as the trailer goes, It takes a while to figure out where things should go. When traveling I use travel bags and find them great to store clothes in the cupboards. Like clothing stays together and everything is tidy. I got mine from IKEA several years ago.

So, we are pleased to have our portable Satellite Radio. We catch up on news and politics (ugh!) and like to listen to music from time-to-time.

We have the extra drawer under the wardrobe. Our jackets drag on the bottom of the closet because of it. I like having the drawer, but the small wardrobe is even smaller. Not sure of this choice, yet.

I overdid it with the captains lights---one in each corner. The standard lights are great and do the job. I would probably only install them by the bed if I did it over agian.

We did get the cot for our grandchildren, but when installed, the lower bed only has about two feet of space between it and the top bunk. So, we'll see how this works when we camp with family members.

We got the u-shaped dinette, and I like it a lot, except it does make for a small table Too small for more than two adults if the weather doesn't permit eating outside. If I remove the table it makes for a great lounge area.

We can see fine outside our windows, but it would have been nice to raise the benches for a better view. (Because we got the cot, that wasn't doable.)

Glad we got the front storage bin---we keep it full with tools, blocks, hoses, tarp, etc)

Haven't benefited from solar since we have full hookup, but we will with dry camping.

Still figuring out the hot water heater---need to make sure it is filled before we turn it on. It's not a big deal for me to heat water on the stove in the meantime.

We use the campground showers as the shower is tiny, but will come in handy when it is the only option.

I lined the drawers already as I didn't want to ruin the wood cabinetry in case of spills.

We miss the grandkids so we Facetime/Skype when we can. A few times, Grandpa and I made a short video and sent it to them. My daughter said her 3 year old kept looking at it over and over again.

Perhaps you'll find these notes handy---I know I appreciated the help when we got started. We are looking forward to traveling down the coast and staying in a place for a few days at a time. This is what it is all about. Today we will shop for fresh vegetables and fruit, and I hope to get a grill soon! I actually miss my cooking....

Happy Travels!

Lorna
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:10 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the new trailer. Sounds like you are having a blast. Be sure to post some pictures to share some of those great times with all of us.
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Sounds like you are breaking her in good, Lorna. Enjoy it. Pictures of your journey are always welcome.

We can second guess a lot of decisions, but in the big picture, it really is all good, eh!
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Congratulations! Great info, we're going to the Lynden KOA as well and good to hear you like it. Enjoy ur trip home and safe travels.
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Still figuring out the hot water heater---need to make sure it is filled before we turn it on. It's not a big deal for me to heat water on the stove in the meantime.
Congrats Lorna. Sounds like a great trip so far.

On the water heater, you can tell if it's filled by opening the relief valve inside the access hatch outside. When you have a stream of water coming out the valve, it's full.
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.... Plus---MAKE SURE the hot water heater is filled with water before igniting it---it could be a costly mistake.
Great report Lorna, thanks for sharing

As far as the hot water heater, the element is less than $15. Ooopsie, ask me how I know.
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Congrats on your 19! Thanks for the info. Our final build sheet is due soon and we pick up ours in January.
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I lined the drawers already as I didn't want to ruin the wood cabinetry in case of spills.
We also have a bunch of drawer organizers, i guess that is what they are called. The one bay equivalent of the plastic holder for your knives and forks and spoons, in the upper cabinets for spices and oils and syrups etc. So if they spill or leak, they are contained in the tray and don't mess up the cupboard.
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On the water heater, you can tell if it's filled by opening the relief valve inside the access hatch outside. When you have a stream of water coming out the valve, it's full.
I just open the bypass valves, and run the hot water until all the air is bled out and water comes. As the water comes off the top of the tank, you know it is full. Relief valves are not really meant to be regularly used.
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As far as the hot water heater, the element is less than $15. Ooopsie, ask me how I know.
Um, yeah.....me too.
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Great write up.

RE water heater, I believe the ETI manual has a diagram in it. I'd have to look to make sure but I have seen a diagram before.

RE driving lessons. I'm glad you found some use to them - I did. I think it depends on instructor interaction as well as previous knowledge of the student(s).

Have a great trip home.
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