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Old 06-08-2024, 07:32 AM   #1
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Chilliwack in Jan?

I thought it would be a really bad idea to drive to Chilliwack to pick up a new trailer in Jan. Then I looked at the average monthly Jan temps at 41/31, not as severe as I thought.

What's the group's ideas on potential road conditions for a trip to get a 5.0 with a Ram 1500 in Jan 2025 from Arkansas?
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Old 06-08-2024, 07:55 AM   #2
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If you can take your time and not be on a time schedule to get home, you can do it.
The world doesnít stop because of snow, ice and sleet. But it does slow down while the weather is happening.

My concern's would be; Any mountain passes, Many camp grounds will be closed so you may consider staying in motels, Escape trailer are not rated as 4 season trailers, water line can freeze.
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Old 06-08-2024, 08:36 AM   #3
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I thought it would be a really bad idea to drive to Chilliwack to pick up a new trailer in Jan. Then I looked at the average monthly Jan temps at 41/31, not as severe as I thought.

What's the group's ideas on potential road conditions for a trip to get a 5.0 with a Ram 1500 in Jan 2025 from Arkansas?

Is your RAM 1500 a 4WD or 2WD?
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Old 06-08-2024, 08:57 AM   #4
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As noted your bigger challenge will be negotiating the northern USA highways. Significant snow storms are usually a one two per week frequency so you might be able to get a calm weather window or be prepared to lay up for a day or two. Keep in touch with the days destination stops by stopping in truck stops, I talk to drivers, have my list of DOT road contrition websites handy. keep the fuel tank half full or more.

Plenty of water, snacks, and sleeping bag / blankets and warm clothes you can layer up with, on board. A good tow strap, a hard D handled shovel that can chopor shovel with, an extra bottle of windshield washer fluid and a couple bags of sand in the back. Sometimes you can help someone out who is blocking traffic with a less capable vehicle.

That’s my experience , expect delays and celebrate clear roads, above freezing temps and watch for
“Black ice” it’s a killer.

Good luck, don’t get in a hurry and get frustrated, easy does it.
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Old 06-08-2024, 02:00 PM   #5
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We picked up our 21C in November in Chilliwack (actually Blaine WA) and got stranded at Bob’s in Sumas for three days because of a flood. The hotel was completely surrounded by a raging river that had overtaken it’s banks.

Fast forward to this year, we left northern California with a pickup date for our E23 of January 15th. We hit an ice storm near Roseburg OR. Turned to the coast and tried 101 and 1. Ice all the way to Astoria. Made it to Chilliwack and did the walkthrough in 18 F weather.

Headed south with continued ice storms. Had a few hundred miles in Oregon with clear roads and then hit a section north of Roseburg where the entire highway was frozen over. Trucks jackknifed everywhere we looked. I was in 2WD as we suddenly saw the carnage in front of us. As I switched to 4WD, the truck and trailer had begun drifting a bit. It quickly came back under control. We managed to slalom through the vehicles that were piling up all over I5.

Made it to a Walmart parking lot in Roseburg for our first night’s sleep. The lot was frozen.

You could have a very pleasant trip to pick up your new trailer in Chilliwack in January, but if you have an option for spring or summer…?
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Old 06-08-2024, 05:50 PM   #6
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Anything we do can be a roll of the dice. Trying to get somewhere up north in winter is, to me, like rolling weighted dice; the odds are not so good.


Keep in mind, they can store it for you until you get there.
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Old 06-08-2024, 06:18 PM   #7
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A quote I once read

"You can go just about anywhere, or do just about anything.......if you're not in a hurry". I paraphrase.
Black ice is a true demon. I saw a 5th wheeler overturned, on a sunny winter day, with a stiff wind blowing some ground snow over the roadway, and then melting & refreezing.
I was towing too. It could have been me.

Patience, grasshopper. Wait for better weather, or be prepared and in leisure mode to take your time for pick up of your rig.
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Old 06-08-2024, 06:23 PM   #8
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My question is how flexible is your schedule? Can you drive when the weather is good, and hole up when itís not? I donít know what options you have on your Escape, but as long as you can keep the batteries up and / or have electricity, you can protect the water system, or you can winterize and run dry. Our E19 has no trouble with running water at 10F as long as we can keep the batteries up.
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Old 06-08-2024, 06:29 PM   #9
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My first choice is to buy from inventory and have it delivered. Last I spoke with Wayne at Escape, delivery from inventory was free as opposed to the 2.5k fee for buying new custom build.

I hope to get the inventory buy option to work out and not have to roll the dice on the weather. I can make the run back with the trailer in winterization mode, just me so I can make do. Hotels or whatever.

I would like to have the trailer in Jan, but I can wait unless I get a very favorable weather forecast I feel I can depend on.
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Old 06-19-2024, 10:45 AM   #10
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If you choose to have it delivered during Winter, be sure they wrap the pigtail to protect the electrical contacts from exposure to road salt. We didn't even consider that, and when our camper arrived, the pigtail had accumulated road salt, and all of the brand new contacts were corroded. It took some time with small pick and wire brush to clean them enough to make contact. Lesson learned.
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Old 06-19-2024, 12:48 PM   #11
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Really excited about the news of a partnership with Retro Renos repair shop in Jacksonville, FL. I emailed them, they can sell units as well.

Heck of a better drive from NW Arkansas in Jan.
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Old 06-19-2024, 01:21 PM   #12
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How does the cost compare to picking it up at ETI?

Are they charging the same price as ETI plus shipping?

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Old 06-19-2024, 02:06 PM   #13
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Don't know any details at this point if there are added costs at the Jacksonville, FL location.
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Old 06-19-2024, 02:31 PM   #14
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We planned to pick ours up in Sumas late Oct 2020 from GA. Our plan was to cross the Cascades, and then camp on the way back. As the date got closer, and realizing most campgrounds in the Cascades are closed in that time frame, we asked about delivery to Montana, since we were visiting a friend there on the way. They quoted an unbelievable delivery to Missoula for $199 (we would have spent much more for the extra travel days, hotels, and fuel).
Turns out we needn't have worried about bad weather in the Cascades, but we did hit an early winter storm in the Black Hills of SD, which caused many wrecks and a few fatalities. Fortunately I spent many years driving in snow so knew how to drive, and not drive in it.
That trip was the first time I saw a minus sign in front of the temperature readout on our truck!
We had friends that ordered their 19' the same day we did, and were having it delivered to OK a week later. They ended up facing an ice storm in OK!
We did get our camper on schedule in Missoula, MT, we just couldn't add any water until we got back to SD, where the temperatures and road conditions were fine on the way back. (When we learned how cold it might get, we asked Escape to ensure it was winterized, and you can see where the sticker changed from "winterized-no" to "winterized-yes").

Bottom line is that weather in the NW in the winter is not always predictable, and as others have mentioned, be prepared to delay your trip and stay put for a few days as needed.
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