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Old 11-20-2014, 10:42 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the info, sleepy.



Hmmm, behind the main door. I thought that was the passenger side landing gear hatch. Am I wrong?
The switches on mine are located on the front driver side of the trailer, in a compartment, that is about a third of the way up the body.
I also store rubber 'sh*tter' hose gloves in that space.

The compartment to the right of the door is large but has a small access door. I also store the levelling jack handle, and propane hose in that space.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:11 PM   #12
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Aahh, the switches are both on the same side, in the driver's side hatch. Right. I only saw that on a 5.0 for a few minutes.
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:06 PM   #13
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Screws are square drive Robertsons, #1 and #2 I think. Get a couple tips for your screw/stabilizer gun.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:20 PM   #14
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Both switches for the electric landing gear are together on the drivers side, small hatch. I have to agree, I wouldn't store anything there that may slide around without first figuring out a method to protect the switches from being inadvertently hit and turn on! Maybe "flip covers"?
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:22 PM   #15
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Add a socket for the hot water tank anode. You likely won't need it on the road, but you will come time to winterize. 1 1/8, I think...
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:56 PM   #16
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Anode requires 1 1/16.
And some quarters or loons to fill the socket itself so you can apply pressure when re-installing.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:29 PM   #17
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As far as tools go, I hadn't thought of a wrench for the propane but now have a Crescent wrench on my list.
I think that's a good idea. I would make it two wrenches, since it is normally necessary to hold one side of a threaded connection while turning the other (e.g. hold the fitting in the regulator while turning the flare nut on the hose). They can even be different sizes, since the two sides of the connection are usually different sizes and only one of them needs to go large enough for the larger side... in adjustable wrenches, bigger is not necessarily better for getting in to tighter spaces.

Anyone not willing to touch propane hardware would not have any use for these tools, but to me being able to snug up a connection which as started to leak or replace a regulator which has failed could be a trip-saver.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:31 PM   #18
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Are the various nuts and bolts in the Escapes metric or SAE? I suspect I'll find a mixture of both.
Axle and brake hardware is from Dexter, which uses SAE fasteners; I assume the coupler is SAE as well. Not much else would use threaded fasteners with hex heads other than the appliances... most of which are likely SAE, since they are all traditional U.S. products. The frame is welded (no fasteners) and the basic body shell is bonded together (again no fasteners), so generally on the ETI-built stuff you are looking at cabinetry screws and few bolts for parts such as the door hinges.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:10 AM   #19
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Thanks guys.

Glad to hear that Escape uses Robertson head screws. I prefer them to Phillips or flat. I always have #'s 1 through 3 in my kit, both screw driver and drill-useable bits.

I've just added the 1 1/16" socket and another Crescent wrench to my list. I am somewhat handy and like to attempt most jobs myself. Unnecessarily relying on someone else or getting stranded due to a realtively minor mechanical problem just isn't the way I operate.

My socket set inludes both a 1/4" and 3/8" rachets and associated sockets, mostly SAE but also a selction of metric so I should have most hex head connectors covered.

I think I've eliminated the idea of one toolbox. I'll continue to carry the couple small kits I usually have in the truck and then add the specific tools to the areas where they will be used. Thanks for the help. Hopefully tool planning is out of the way now.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:54 AM   #20
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I have paired down the tool kit I bring with me big time. It still has a good selection of repair/maintenance items, but I have removed any socket sets, other than a small set for my small 12V impact driver (which also has all the screwdriver bits). I just was not using them. I do have a socket to fit my Anderson WDH nuts, and one to fit the lug nuts, but that is it.

All my repair/maintenance/tools fit into a small soft sided case. I have yet to hit a situation that I did not have the right tool. If something major happens, I will seek help. Just a concious decision I have made to help keep things simple, and keep my weight down.

At home I have a full compliment of tools, and in my worktruck lots too, I just don't want to haul them all around.
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