Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping - Page 2 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-23-2010, 09:45 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
thoer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Galesville, Wisconsin
Trailer: 2017 21 "Blue II" & 2017 Highlander XLE (previously 2010 17B "Blue" & 2008 Tacoma)
Posts: 3,955
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

I agree with Glenn that getting a bathroom or not can be age related, at least as far as how often you have to get up at night to go. I too have dealt with a porta-potty in the past and have no desire to do so again. I think I would walk to remote bathrooms in the rain before I would use a porta-potty again. Also, a case of hard to cure toenail fungus I caught in a state park shower made the shower in the trailer seem even nicer, and most national and state forest campgrounds do not have showers.
__________________

__________________
Eric (and Mary who is in no way responsible for anything stupid I post)

SAE Towing Standard "Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." George Bernard Shaw
thoer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 10:11 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
medora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Three Oaks, Michigan, Michigan
Trailer: 2012 Escape 17B
Posts: 227
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

Again -- this is all so incredibly helpful to us. Thanks, all. I'm especially glad for the gory details on the Porta Pot ... I don't think I realized what a pain the dump (into the dumping station, that is could be ...

How big are the bathrooms on the 15s and 17s? Does anyone have rough dimensions offhand? I might give Tammy a ring today to check.

And does anyone actually use that external shower as shower, or is it more for rinsing off after a muddy hike, sandy beach, etc?

@"Fudge Brownie"/Eric -- thanks especially for the "run times" on things dry camping. That helps.

Gratzi,

~e

__________________

__________________
Elizabeth & Dan
Oliver the 2012 17B
Fern the Golden Retriever
& Dovekie the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
medora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 12:01 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Barneveld, Wisconsin
Trailer: 2010 Escape 17 B
Posts: 349
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

Cafe Egg has the interior bathroom AND the outdoor shower. Guess what, I would not wanna miss any of it! I use both on daily basis!

I keep the outdoor shower open and ready to go. Nice for washing the hands during day, and for other small tasks. Sometimes we wash our hair outdoors, when we need to save grey tank space and are hooked up to water. Utility of the bathroom is also for us younger people indispensable. We are two girls (one 5 year old and me), and I don't want to bother with bladder control. Especially this year, with the mosquitoes as crazy as they are, it is great to wash the OFF off the skin every night! Dumping the tanks is super easy.

For dry camping, get the dual 6V batteries, dual Propane and all the other things suggested before!

Oh yes, the size of the bathroom in the 17'B is big enough for me, and I am almost 5'11" tall. Exact numbers are posted on Escape's web site.
__________________
2002 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport Edition (3.4L V6, 4WD)
"Cafe Egg" (2010 17B Escape)
gharms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 12:08 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Sandra L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Antelope, California
Trailer: 2009 17B "Suite Escape" pulled by a 2005 Toyota Sienna
Posts: 1,513
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

An indoor bathroom for me is a MUST! The convenience , privacy ,cleanliness are all reasons for a full bath. The outdoor shower is very useful for people and pets! I agree with Gerda. Check out the fgrv link on the Escape Trailer site for input on "boon docking".
One very major thing that I feel is very important in the purchase of a trailer is the quality and the service, both before and after. You will be very happy if you choose an Escape. Just ask Gerda. I think she bought hers sight unseen!
__________________
Peace and Sunshine
Sandra L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 01:16 PM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 61
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

The indoor bathroom is a must for me too...for all the reasons stated already. I travel alone with my kid(s) and it sure is nice to have when camping. I cannot and will not use outhouses as the smell alone in those knocks me out...never mind trying to get a 4 year old to use it. My 17B is going to come equipped with an outdoor shower as well and I know it will be used alot. For me, getting the 17B with bathroom was not at all an age related option/decision....it was a must have in my new trailer.
eskap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 03:49 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
medora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Three Oaks, Michigan, Michigan
Trailer: 2012 Escape 17B
Posts: 227
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

Two more questions about the ease of Escape:

-> Can you take your Escape in areas requiring "high clearance vehicles?"

-> How long can you run the A/C without being plugged in? How does it affect the battery times suggested before by folks?

~e
__________________
Elizabeth & Dan
Oliver the 2012 17B
Fern the Golden Retriever
& Dovekie the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
medora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 03:50 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
bvansnell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2010 Escape 13
Posts: 431
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

Wow! I am surprised at the emotion about the lowly Porta Potti.

We have a Porta Potti in our Escape 13 and find it works very well. We needed one for "night visits" because of our age. We do not use it for "heavy stuff", since all the campgrounds we go to have proper washrooms. The way it works:
1. you need a compartment to keep it during the day -- we had one built in
2. you need to use a recommended odour control product in the tank -- these work surprisingly well
3. you need to empty it regularly (especially in hot weather) -- in a fully serviced site you can empty it easily in the sewer fitting near your trailer; otherwise some planning and care is required
4. you should travel with the bottom compartment empty to save on weight

Not everyone is ready to get a larger or heavier trailer to get a toilet!

Brian

__________________
Brian

2003 Subaru Forester
2012 Toyota Highlander V6
2010 Escape 13 "Ladybug" Feb 2010
bvansnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 03:55 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
medora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Three Oaks, Michigan, Michigan
Trailer: 2012 Escape 17B
Posts: 227
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

Brian, have you ever thought about a YouTube video for people like me -- "Care and Feeding of your Porta Pot?"

(Maybe we should skip the "feeding" part -- )

In all honesty, I do kind of wish I could see the difference ... Porta Pot dump versus full out bathroom dump.

~e
__________________
Elizabeth & Dan
Oliver the 2012 17B
Fern the Golden Retriever
& Dovekie the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
medora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 04:17 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
thoer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Galesville, Wisconsin
Trailer: 2017 21 "Blue II" & 2017 Highlander XLE (previously 2010 17B "Blue" & 2008 Tacoma)
Posts: 3,955
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

Quote:
Originally Posted by medora
Two more questions about the ease of Escape:

-> Can you take your Escape in areas requiring "high clearance vehicles?"

-> How long can you run the A/C without being plugged in? How does it affect the battery times suggested before by folks?

~e
1. You can get 15" wheels and get quite high clearance - but it would make the hitch quite high for your Subaru - probably too high.

2. 0 - the A/C runs only on AC - cannot run it off the battery.

3. I am spending an inordinate amount of time here since my left hand and forearm is bandaged up and mostly useless since I had 2 fingers surgically "released" from trigger finger last Friday......... I really need to get to the library for a good book until they take this monstrosity off on Thursday
__________________
Eric (and Mary who is in no way responsible for anything stupid I post)

SAE Towing Standard "Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." George Bernard Shaw
thoer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 06:10 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Hokie Escape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 902
Re: Getting away from it all -- is it possible in today's campgrounds?/Dry camping

Quote:
Originally Posted by medora
And does anyone actually use that external shower as shower, or is it more for rinsing off after a muddy hike, sandy beach, etc?
@"Fudge Brownie"/Eric -- thanks especially for the "run times" on things dry camping. That helps.
Gratzi,
~e
Never used the outdoor shower to actually shower. It would have to be REALLY remote to do that!!!!! Unless you had some sort of portable shower stall. But, it works just like the shower inside, so you could! We use it mostly for rinsing things off, or washing cookware outside. Don't use it often, but when you need it, it's a great extra.
"Fudge Brownies" dry camping times were astounding to me. As he said, it'd take lots of practice to do that. Our biggest limiting factor is the gray tank. Both of us like to shower at least once a day, and that's computes (for us) to 4 showers...or 2 days. The rest of the fresh water goes into the Black Tank. You could stay out quite a while without dumping that. The batteries are no problem at all for that long.
__________________

__________________
"In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice. In the morning, I will offer my prayer to you, and wait in expectation" Ps 5:3
'11 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab (5' bed) 09 Escape 5.0
Blacksburg, Virginia (Home of the Virginia Tech Hokies)
Hokie Escape is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.