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Old 03-03-2015, 12:57 PM   #1
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"Escaping Reality", the First Time Out

Gonzo th’ Dawg and I finally made our first outing with “Escaping Reality” spending 3 days at beautiful Cape Disappointment, not nearly enough time to do justice to the area. Since this was the “shake down” outing I opted for a partial site, one with water and power only just in case I needed to plug in.

“Escaping Reality” is everything I read everyone said it would be and more; a solid tow, lots of storage, comfortable, etc., etc., etc. The bathroom? Well I’ll just say, “There ain’t much room in there fer tunin’ ’round in there”, at least with the 17B.

Being a senile OleMan I thought I’d checked everything before leaving home I couldn’t understand why there was no hot water the first night, I’d heard the heater fire up but just cold water when I turned on the tap. Being tired and frustrated I decided to wait ‘till morning, and a fresh mind, to figure it out. The next morning as a last resort I opened the Owner’s Manual, (I actually had it with me), and realized I’d opened only the cold water bypass valve and not the hot water valve, it was sort of hidden and I hadn’t seen it. Duh. Problem solved.

The 160W solar panel did its job; there was no need to plug in. Though the trailer was shaded most of the day it still kept up with what little power requirements I had; use of the 1500W inverter for a coffee grinder, run the furnace in the evening until bed time, 1 overhead light on at night while watching DVD’s on a 12V TV, doing a little reading and, of course, charging the cell phone. As a final test the last evening there I let furnace run all night and left an exterior light on. In the morning the batteries were still at 90% charge. Can you see me smiling now?

This short trip showed me I should have opted for the exterior propane quick connect, except for coffee all my cooking was done outside.

Now it’s time to wash and restock “Escaping Reality” in preparation of the next adventure.
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Isn't it Time for Dinner -  February 28, 2015.jpg   The Rear  February 27, 2015.jpg   All Set for Fun  February 27, 2015.jpg   Out the Rear Window  February 27, 2015.jpg   Time to Relax After a Hard Day on the Trail  February 28, 2015.jpg  

There She Sits  February 28, 2015.jpg   Docked After a Great Trip  March 02, 2015.jpg  
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:09 PM   #2
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That's lovely - nice pics .....can't wait to get out ourselves !
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:15 PM   #3
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I'm so happy for you Pat. Gonzo looks right at home too.
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Weather forecast is even better this weekend.
Where you going?
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:26 PM   #5
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Dawg looks very happy!! Congrats
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:36 PM   #6
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Looks like a perfect first trip, congrats!
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:44 PM   #7
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"In the morning the batteries were still at 90% charge."

Since batteries is plural...did you get the dual 6 volt?

Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing. So happy for you and Gonzo.
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Since batteries is plural...did you get the dual 6 volt?
Check out the 2nd photo.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:24 PM   #9
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I was looking at the stick Gonzo had!
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:26 PM   #10
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I was looking at the stick Gonzo had!
Lol...check your eyes, Leonard. That's not a stick. It's the lead Gonzo's tied to.
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Couple changes I want to make with my layout first. Started out with the rear set up as a lounge, similar to what cpaharley had done and the front was going to be my bed but Th' Dawg insists on sleeping ON the foot of the bed so I want to cut a couple more slats to make the rear into a full bed at bed time. Give him room and, more importantly, give me room, dag nab it.

Anyway, I'm thinking of driving to Birch Bay the 19th, rain predicted for driving, but the next 3-4 days look good.
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"In the morning the batteries were still at 90% charge."

Since batteries is plural...did you get the dual 6 volt?

Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing. So happy for you and Gonzo.
Yep, a pair of 6's strapped on th' bumper but they don't show up very well in the picture.
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