Thank you, forum members! - 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 11-21-2018, 04:45 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
GingerB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Monson, Massachusetts
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19
Posts: 6
Smile Thank you, forum members!

My husband is bringing our new 19’ Escape home from Chiliwack, camping as he goes. When he settled in one campground for 4 days, he finally decided to turn on the water. He was cursing because he was getting no hot water so, back here in Masssachusetts, I went on the forum. Based on what I read, I asked, “Did you turn on the outside switch?” Problem solved.
__________________

GingerB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2018, 05:35 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2019 Escape 21 towed by F-150 with 2.7l eb, formerly Escape 17B 2017
Posts: 551
Quote:
Originally Posted by GingerB View Post
My husband is bringing our new 19’ Escape home from Chiliwack, camping as he goes. When he settled in one campground for 4 days, he finally decided to turn on the water. He was cursing because he was getting no hot water so, back here in Masssachusetts, I went on the forum. Based on what I read, I asked, “Did you turn on the outside switch?” Problem solved.
By the way, hopefully they mentioned this at the orientation, but, if you have a two way hot water tank, NEVER turn on the electric heater element without making sure that the tank is full of cold water. Its the quickest way to burn through the heating element and apparently its not a cheap install to fix it. We were told, it only takes about 45 seconds or so before the heating element is toast.
__________________

Chris & Patricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2018, 05:37 PM   #3
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 18,782
and he should have hot water using the propane and the w/h switch inside the camper, next to the pump switch? no electric needed....
__________________
Jim
Never in doubt, often wrong.....
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2018, 06:48 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 13,352
Hope you kept the instruction manuals that came with the trailer.
I have a binder with plastic sleeve envelopes. Everything goes in that binder.
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2018, 06:54 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: North of Hertel, Wisconsin
Trailer: TBD
Posts: 2,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris & Patricia View Post
By the way, hopefully they mentioned this at the orientation, but, if you have a two way hot water tank, NEVER turn on the electric heater element without making sure that the tank is full of cold water. Its the quickest way to burn through the heating element and apparently its not a cheap install to fix it. We were told, it only takes about 45 seconds or so before the heating element is toast.
Our water heater was turned on accidentally while it was empty , destroying the element
$18 and 10 minutes later it was fixed . Hardest part was finding all the tools
The element doesn’t care if the tank is full of hot or cold water .
__________________
“ The Danbury Malcontented Curmudgeon
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2018, 08:36 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 13,941
Quote:
Originally Posted by GingerB View Post
My husband is bringing our new 19’ Escape home from Chiliwack, camping as he goes. When he settled in one campground for 4 days, he finally decided to turn on the water. He was cursing because he was getting no hot water so, back here in Masssachusetts, I went on the forum. Based on what I read, I asked, “Did you turn on the outside switch?” Problem solved.
Yep, I too was confused when I picked up my 19 in 2009, though did not bother with the orientation as I wanted to get camping. Fortunately Reace and Tammy came out to the same rally and clued me in.
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve dunham View Post
Our water heater was turned on accidentally while it was empty , destroying the element
$18 and 10 minutes later it was fixed . Hardest part was finding all the tools
The element doesn’t care if the tank is full of hot or cold water .
Yep, did this too. It took way longer to run to the BORG to get the element that changing it out did. This is why I put an indicator light and separate switch inside to help prevent this.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2018, 08:51 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: North of Hertel, Wisconsin
Trailer: TBD
Posts: 2,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
Yep, I too was confused when I picked up my 19 in 2009, though did not bother with the orientation as I wanted to get camping. Fortunately Reace and Tammy came out to the same rally and clued me in.

Yep, did this too. It took way longer to run to the BORG to get the element that changing it out did. This is why I put an indicator light and separate switch inside to help prevent this.
I did the same thing and added an interior switch with pilot light .
In the 10 years of owning 3 different makes of fiberglass trailers , we have never ran our water heater on propane . Don’t know if we ever will .
__________________
“ The Danbury Malcontented Curmudgeon
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2018, 09:05 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Dave Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 2013 19' & 2013 15B
Posts: 2,234
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve dunham View Post
I did the same thing and added an interior switch with pilot light .
In the 10 years of owning 3 different makes of fiberglass trailers , we have never ran our water heater on propane . Don’t know if we ever will .
We are just the opposite. Since purchasing our 19' we have used the propane water heater every trip but never the electric water heater. I am not even sure how it gets turned on.
__________________
2013 19' \ 2013 15B, 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

"It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it." - 1907, Maurice Switzer
Dave Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2018, 12:59 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2019 Escape 21 towed by F-150 with 2.7l eb, formerly Escape 17B 2017
Posts: 551
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve dunham View Post
I did the same thing and added an interior switch with pilot light .
In the 10 years of owning 3 different makes of fiberglass trailers , we have never ran our water heater on propane . Don’t know if we ever will .
Are you saying that you have never dry camped anywhere ever? Or did you go just without hot water if you did?
Chris & Patricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2018, 05:47 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
kstock11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19
Posts: 795
I didn’t bother getting the electric element and don’t regret the decision. On average my propane tank lasts about 30 days. Found a local place to fill the tank for $6.00. So, at $.20 per day for all propane used, I don’t miss the electric option and one less thing to worry about. As to forgetting to turn it off? I normally switch it on when I start fixing a meal. I switch it off when I start washing dishes. Seems like remembering when camping, if you come up with a routine and stick with it, you can prevent “forgetting.” Works for Me!
__________________

__________________
Kevin
Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything - Charles Kuralt
kstock11 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






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.