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Old 10-30-2016, 10:28 AM   #41
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Fingers crossed, as I plan to pick up my 5.0 as soon after Jan 26 as I can, There is a few mountain ranges to go over during the dead of winter, so I may have to wait until a clear opening. It is about a 9 hour drive, which is very doable on the way, but may take a bit longer on the return trip.
Wow, trying the Coq and Glacier during January? Braver than I, Jim.
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We made the 1000 km (620 mile) drive from Calgary to Vancouver in late January 2013. We had a narrow travel window in which we watched the weather and picked the day to depart. Conditions along the Trans Canada Hwy 1 varied from great in Calgary and Banff to snow starting on the BC Alberta border. We never had any problems with slippery roads at all. Having good snow tires on the tow vehicle was reassuring.
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Old 10-30-2016, 10:45 AM   #43
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I guess we better go visit them and put in an order soon, it sounds like things are moving up enough that a new order might be done before the end of next summer.

Does anyone know if the new building is up and running for a production tour?
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Old 10-30-2016, 10:50 AM   #44
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The vehicles and trailer were fairly dirty by the time we reached the summit of the Rogers Pass. By the time we got to Chilliwack everything was clean again from the rains in the Fraser Valley.
It's not a trip I would like to do very often but we took our time and paid close attention to the weather conditions.
We did not drive the Coquihalla Hwy 5 from Kamloops to Hope. Instead we took the Fraser Canyon which is much lower in elevation.
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Old 10-30-2016, 12:10 PM   #45
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Wow, trying the Coq and Glacier during January? Braver than I, Jim.
Yes, but to be fair, I am quite used to towing in snow and ice conditions. There are a few times around Calgary though where I don't tow because the conditions are too bad.
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We made the 1000 km (620 mile) drive from Calgary to Vancouver in late January 2013. We had a narrow travel window in which we watched the weather and picked the day to depart. Conditions along the Trans Canada Hwy 1 varied from great in Calgary and Banff to snow starting on the BC Alberta border. We never had any problems with slippery roads at all. Having good snow tires on the tow vehicle was reassuring.
This is pretty much what I will do, wait for a decent weather window. Fresh snow is often not too bad at all to deal with. I am getting snow tires on my truck soon.
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We did not drive the Coquihalla Hwy 5 from Kamloops to Hope. Instead we took the Fraser Canyon which is much lower in elevation.
This is a good thought for the return trip with the trailer. I will likely drive the Coquihalla on the way to Chilliwack, and can assess the condition then, as I will be returning the next day.
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Old 10-30-2016, 09:14 PM   #46
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I guess we better go visit them and put in an order soon, it sounds like things are moving up enough that a new order might be done before the end of next summer.

Does anyone know if the new building is up and running for a production tour?
We are meeting with Sarah at ETI on Tuesday to discuss our build sheet and will ask.
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Old 11-01-2016, 07:50 PM   #47
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I guess we better go visit them and put in an order soon, it sounds like things are moving up enough that a new order might be done before the end of next summer.

Does anyone know if the new building is up and running for a production tour?
We were at ETI this morning discussing the build sheet for our trailer and although they have been working on their expansion plans, the expansion plans are not quite complete and a production tour is not permitted at this time. They are taking over the building in front of their existing building and moving the offices and incorporating a new display centre. They have built a new building behind their existing building which will become the fibreglass shop and the end production area will expand to take over the whole of the existing building. We believe that production will increase substantially.

Incidentally, we originally had a very long lead time. But we saw on the forum that some people did not want to take their new dates, so we contacted ETI and offered to step up and take a date that they found difficult to fill. They got back to us very quickly, had to finalize our build sheet in less than a week; however the reward is that we will get our new trailer at the end of January.

I think that they will update the delivery dates on the website as soon as their planning updates are completed. However, if you want something quick, contact them, but as someone has already noted above, be prepared to move quickly.
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This is a good thought for the return trip with the trailer. I will likely drive the Coquihalla on the way to Chilliwack, and can assess the condition then, as I will be returning the next day.
Jim, a good way to monitor BC road conditions can be found through "Drive BC";
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:28 PM   #49
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Jim, a good way to monitor BC road conditions can be found through "Drive BC";
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Thanks Len, I will keep an eye out here close to the time of travel.
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Old 11-02-2016, 02:15 PM   #50
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The vehicles and trailer were fairly dirty by the time we reached the summit of the Rogers Pass. By the time we got to Chilliwack everything was clean again from the rains in the Fraser Valley.
I would worry about the "sand" that they use for traction on those highways... it is better described as gravel! I have received many a paint or windshield chip driving the Coquihalla in the winter; especially when drivers change lanes right in front of you.

Jim - you should look at some rock guards for the tow vehicle so you don't sandblast the brand new gelcoat.
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Jim - you should look at some rock guards for the tow vehicle so you don't sandblast the brand new gelcoat.
Does Escape sell the fiberglass window cut outs? Seems like you could fashion rock guards out of a couple of them.
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Jim - you should look at some rock guards for the tow vehicle so you don't sandblast the brand new gelcoat.
Minimally, I plan to do 3M Protection on the front of the trailer outside of the frame. There is a shop that does it in Chilliwack who I plan to set something up with when I head there for a visit on Dec 19.
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Old 11-02-2016, 02:40 PM   #53
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Minimally, I plan to do 3M Protection on the front of the trailer outside of the frame. There is a shop that does it in Chilliwack who I plan to set something up with when I head there for a visit on Dec 19.
Great idea!
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Old 11-12-2016, 04:19 AM   #54
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I am happy for those of you who will be getting their trailers earlier, even though you may have to scramble to get your Build Sheets completed. I am sticking with my May date for my 19. My own retirement plans and some of my finances are already set up for this. Working on my own Build Sheet as I speak. It has been informative to read everyone's comments about what options are desirable, but it seems to boil down to what kind of lifestyle one is planning for and what they would be comfortable with (or without).
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The nice thing about your May completion date is that you will be able to attend the annual rally held in nearby Osoyoos, BC every year in May. It is a sight to behold, over a hundred Escapes from all over the country returning to their spawning grounds.
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It has been informative to read everyone's comments about what options are desirable, but it seems to boil down to what kind of lifestyle one is planning for and what they would be comfortable with (or without).
And even at that, most everyone's camping lifestyle changes somewhat as time goes on. I know ours will be a lot different in retirement than it has been while working and raising a family. But, not too hard to adapt things with the trailer as time goes by.
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I am happy for those of you who will be getting their trailers earlier, even though you may have to scramble to get your Build Sheets completed. I am sticking with my May date for my 19. My own retirement plans and some of my finances are already set up for this. Working on my own Build Sheet as I speak. It has been informative to read everyone's comments about what options are desirable, but it seems to boil down to what kind of lifestyle one is planning for and what they would be comfortable with (or without).
We thank you for your decision not to move up your completion date! As a result of you and and a few others not wishing to move up their dates, ETI were left with a date in their expanded schedule at the end of January that no-one wanted and we were happy to take as we ended up getting our new trailer many months earlier than we could otherwise hoped. We are already retired and ready to travel. Much appreciated.
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We thank you for your decision not to move up your completion date! As a result of you and and a few others not wishing to move up their dates, ETI were left with a date in their expanded schedule at the end of January that no-one wanted and we were happy to take as we ended up getting our new trailer many months earlier than we could otherwise hoped. We are already retired and ready to travel. Much appreciated.
Yahoo Patrica! Pick it up in January and hit the road! Very happy for you!
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The nice thing about your May completion date is that you will be able to attend the annual rally held in nearby Osoyoos, BC every year in May. It is a sight to behold, over a hundred Escapes from all over the country returning to their spawning grounds.
I now have confirmed my orientation and pick-up date for my 19 on May 25, and have reservations for Osoyoos for the 26th and 27th. My new life on the the road is definitely taking shape! Am very close to finalizing my build sheet. And now to figure out how I am going to pay for all this! You guys are great! See you in May!
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Doesn't everyone post their first pictures of their trailer in production? Erin sent me these today. Completion date May 10. Orientation and pickup May 25. See y'all in Osoyoos!
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