Originally Posted by unwieldy
We just got word last night that our name was pulled for the Escape 19! Moves us up almost a year on delivery! Pretty excited.
Was trying to find a comprehensive list of items need to purchase before picking up and hitting the road for the 1st time. I am assuming the ET folks will provide a list, but was sure I saw something on the Escape Forum somewhere... Looking for list of "Must Have" and "Nice to Have". Driving from Maine to Sumas to p-up.
Thanks in advance. The adventure begins!
Lucky, Lucky Man! Congrats
The shopping begins!
I've provided links to Amazon and Durasafe (please seriously consider getting their coupler connect product before leaving town).
But, if you want to purchase some on these item en route to Escape, most of these items can be found at ACE Hardware, Walmart, Camping World, Cabalas, etc.
I do recommend you purchase the break controller before leaving town. You will definitely need it installed before picking up your trailer.
You'll also need a WDH. This is something you need to research. You'll need to discuss specific products that will hopefully meet your needs with Escape.
1. Coupler Connect Plus
This is a 2 part product that makes hooking up easy peasy. It also prevents the hitch coupler from jumping off the ball, and will give you peace of mind on the road. I've been using it for almost 20 years.
Check them out on YouTube, then call them and place an order. This is a must have product.
Durasafe is a small company and they are very responsive and stand behind their products. If you move fast, they'll probably be able to ship it to you before you leave town.
There's a receiver that goes under the hitch ball. Escape can help you install it.
Durasafe also sells trailer locks. I suggest you get hole sizes from Escape for your trailer tongue area. If possible, order locks for your coupler tongue and your TV's hitch - that have the same lock. That way you only need one key. Which makes life easier.
3. Electric Break Controller
Another must have item. Have your mechanic or your TV's dealership repair service center install it in your TV. They know what they are doing.
3. Fresh water hoses
You will have no idea where the water hook up will be located till you park at your space. I suggest you purchase a combination of sizes: two 25'; two 10'. This should allow you to reach almost anything.
Check out the more traditional Camco blue & white fresh water hoses,
or Teknor zero gravity hose which is much easier to stow. Sorry, but you'll have to find 25' and 10' versions of this hose.
4. Water pressure regulator
5. Water purifier
6. Surge Protector
Before you plug into the electrical hook up at any trailer park, test the electricity with your portable surge protector. This is a must have item.
7. 30AMP Electric Extension Cord
You never know how far away the electric hookup will be from your trailer. You can take a chance that you won't need this on your trip. But I have needed an extension cord many times.
The Amazon page lists several styles. I suggest you confer with Escape regarding the type of cord you should buy.
8. Wheel Cocks and leveling blocks
I do not know if Escape includes wheel cocks and/or leveling blocks with the trailer. If not, they will sell them to you. Wheel cocks is a must have item. They keep your trailer from rolling away. You can probably go with whatever Escape offers for this trip.
I suggest you eventually look into more substantial types of wheel cocks when you return home. I use the one's below and they can be used in addition to the plastic ones. You'll need to see if they fit your trailer. If they don't work, you can send them back to Amazon and order another model.
9. Black/grey water dumping supplies
You an buy these things at any hardware store.
A. OLD 15'-25' HOSE (from your backyard) with nozzle sprayer - use this to rinse interior of sewage hose after dumping
B. kneeling pad - not mandatory, but saves your knees.
C. Gloves - Must have
as you are dealing with raw sewage. You can buy a package of gloves at Home Depot.
Nice to Have:
10. Coiled Breakaway Cable
The Escape cable looks like it would be unwieldy. If that is the case, you should eventually replace it with this coiled cable. Again will make your hookups easier.
11. A portable, duel fuel, inverter generator
If you plan to dry camp, you may eventually want a backup Inverter generator. I personally like Champion duel fuel, inverter generators. I suggest you compare a 2000w, 2200w, 2400w, 2500w champion duel fuel inverter generators.
12. Fresh water hose at home
. I need a 50' hose to reach my trailer from the backyard water faucet. I prefer to leave that hose at home so that it's always available and I do not have to stow a long, wet hose when I leaving town.