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Old 01-17-2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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Our New Escape

Yeah!!!

We just went today and spent a number of hours out at Chilliwack and are now the proud owners of a 2008 Plan B 17 foot Escape!!!! Our little "Howie".

We were in line for a 15' and then with the 15' not being manufactured right away I had too darn much time to think (as dh says--that usually means more $$!) Started thinking about the bathroom and shower and more room etc etc etc...

So, there was a used one out there and we looked it over today. We will get a couple things added (like the stereo)and we have to get a different hitch put on our Escape (it has a factory installed class 2 hitch) We will get the equilizer hitch so need a class 3 installed.... Couldn't bring it home today anyway as there is too much snow piled where the trailer will be parked.. And yes Reace it will fit over the small retaining wall.....

So after a few hours of looking and dreaming of warmer weather I wrote the nice man a cheque and now I have to work more hours and hopefully a lot of them will be in overtime...

Can hardly wait for our first trip---will be such a nice upgrade from our little 13' Boler....
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:17 PM   #2
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Congratulations! How exciting!!! I'm sure you'll be thoroughly delighted with it. Hopefully you can make some of the gtgs to show it off.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:20 PM   #3
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Hi: And Congrats... You sure know how to "Escape" the winter blahs!!!p.s. the extra room will come in handy... I just know it.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:22 PM   #4
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Congratulations!!!!!
Where do you live, and what trips do you have planned for it?
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:37 PM   #5
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Congratulations, Amirie!! I'm sure you're going to love your little "Howie" and it must have been great to have the instant gratification of meeting him right then, even if you do have a wait a bit to take him home!
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:59 PM   #6
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Congratulations, hope you can take a little time off work this summer to enjoy your new purchase..
and don't forget to post some pictures once you ge it home.
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:11 PM   #7
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Well, now have the new heavy duty hitch installed on our vehicle. Ready for the equalizer bars.

They had to leave the class 2 in place as it is part of the bumper system and would have been major $$$ to take it off and get the new bumper piece..
Installed with some of the same bolt holes and they had to weld a new brace..

Anyway t'is done (and the hitch place stated that the class 2 wasn't really that strong and they wouldn't have used it to tow a larger trailer)

MELT SNOW MELT........
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:23 PM   #8
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Hi All

this may sound like an AA meeting but here goes my name is walt and tammy just recieved my deposit for a new 19 that i will be picking up around aug 17.
I am going to tow it with my toyota tacoma 4 wd extra cab with tow package, does anyone think i should change the rear shocks to gabriel load levelers or go with timbren.
I will be using a honda eu2000 gen set when dry camping would it be worthwhile to change the lighting to leds. Our first trip with it will last about two months since we live in florida we have traveled from key west fla to prudo bay alaska we love to drive that trip was 19333 miles but this will be a new experience traveling with our own hotel room can't wait. One last question does anyone know if the 5.0 fridge runs on 12 volt power as well as propane and how much propane does it burn.
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:21 PM   #9
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Hi wpski, and welcome to the Escape Forums.

I known little about what shocks you should use, but you do have a great tow vehicle.
If there will be little chance that you will be without 120V power, either from the grid or from a gen set, then you would not need to change the bulbs. Changing them would help conserve energy though.
The 5 cf fridge is only 120V, or propane, not 12V (I believe). They don't likely burn too much propane, but it is all dependent upon how cold it is set, in real warm temps you might burn a fair bit, but if out in cool temps, the flame is quite low.

That sounds like a FANTASTIC trip to do. I have never been to Alaska yet, but as soon as I can spare an extended length of time, it is tops on my list.
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:43 PM   #10
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Greetings wpski and welcome to the form.
I couldn't think of a better tow vehicle, you won't have to do anything
they are fine right out of the box.
I have a 07 Tacoma TRD 4x4, I ordered my
19" Escape with the high lift axle so it will be
level with the truck, will also use a equalizer hitch
from Escape Trailers (they have a good price).
If you have a generator you won't have to worry
about changing the lights as they will run off the
inverter while the generator is running.
By the way if you will be in colder climates on
your trips you might want to ask Reace or Tammy
to put the fresh water tank under the bed (inside the trailer)
to prevent freeze ups at night.
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