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Old 08-05-2015, 05:34 PM   #31
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Yes! And I just remembered to check on Jon V's whereabouts (much too late) and learned he stayed in B'ham and even went to Whatcom Falls Park which is a stone's throw from my house. Nuts...
Sorry I missed you! And you sure can tell it has been a dry year looking at Whatcom Falls. Just a trickle of water...

And, I will add that traffic on I5 can be pretty bad. I drove North around 1:00 on a Friday (probably a bad idea, but that was where I needed to go) and it was stop & go with lots of necessary lane changes to avoid exit only lanes. I'd prefer WA 9...
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:16 PM   #32
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I am a total novice to towing a trailer. First couple of local drives I was very nervous, but the trailer tows really well.

First trip getting to campsite 2 hours away was more tense, but coming home I felt better and more confident. Trailer pulled great on expressway, but I drove 5 to 10 under the speed limit and gave myself plenty of space. Even though a good part of the drive was in the construction zone, the trailer did well.

I will say, I like towing the 19 with tanks empty. Get water at site if available, and dumping grey/sewer before leaving site. I carry my drinking water in bottles and coleman jugs. And I put these over the axle in the 19. The fresh water tank for 19 is a litlle behind the axle. Escape manual recommends towing with water tank empty or totally full, so water doesn't shift while driving.

Manual is definitely worth a read before heading out!

I am still learning on backing up, but I find if I give myself time and not try to crank it into place all at once, I am ok.

You will do just fine. Take your time.
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:23 PM   #33
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:33 PM   #34
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The fresh water tank for 19 is a litlle behind the axle. Escape manual recommends towing with water tank empty or totally full, so water doesn't shift while driving.
I just find that advice totally impractical, it doesn't relate to real life at all. There might be some cases where I might drain off some water if I was heading for a high pass because my truck isn't exactly over powered but to drain the water to empty because I didn't want the water to shift, never.

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Old 08-05-2015, 07:44 PM   #35
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I always assumed the fresh water tank, at the least, was baffled, and that there wouldn't be a problem with sloshing around. Tanks in sailboats are, I know that.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:04 PM   #36
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Does anyone know if the tanks have baffles? I also assumed that the fresh water tank had them but ? Loren
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:39 PM   #37
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The tank is translucent and I don't see a baffle. But the tank is mounted athwartships so the front to rear dimension is the smallest one and not a direction in which a baffle would normally be installed.

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Old 08-05-2015, 10:49 PM   #38
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The tank is translucent and I don't see a baffle. But the tank is mounted athwartships. Ron
I knew instinctively what that meant because of the context but still looked it up. Thanks for a new word and a smile...
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:19 PM   #39
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Anyone who drives a 47' truck should have no issue driving a tug towing an Escape (a combination which is both shorter and narrower)... forward. I wouldn't worry about that at all.

Backing up is very different - I find my motorhome much easier than any tug with any trailer. Still - backing up should be no problem to learn, especially for someone who already manages a vehicle in which rear vision is only through mirrors. Lessons couldn't hurt.
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:21 PM   #40
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I knew instinctively what that meant because of the context but still looked it up. Thanks for a new word and a smile...
Well, to practice using your new word, you can mention to folks that in your trailer you sleep athwartship.

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