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Old 11-05-2014, 08:45 AM   #21
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Am I correct in assuming that "Escape Reality" is taken from John Prine? Either way, great name!
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #22
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man I feel soooo lucky. we found a nearly new 19 for sale close to home and we bought it! looking at the options available I think I would have only NOT ordered the bunk (I sold it to a forum member) and would have ordered an opening galley window (our is fixed) other than that our "build sheet'' was perfect! so sad to see how long people have to wait!

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Old 11-05-2014, 09:39 AM   #23
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Hi Pat,
Congratulations on your new trailer! Your new name for it "Escaping Reality" was great and made me laugh. Have you had any thoughts on what your new tow vehicle will be?
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I don't want a truck so I'm seriously considering Toyota's 4Runner. It has a 4700# tow capacity which enough for the 17B, good longevity and plenty of room for Gonzo, the dog, to roam.
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:45 AM   #24
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Am I correct in assuming that "Escape Reality" is taken from John Prine? Either way, great name!
No, as I was waiting in the ever so slow line at the boarder crossing all I could think was, "I want to escape this". Yep, time to Escape Reality.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:19 AM   #25
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:57 PM   #26
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Welcome Pat, and congrats on your purchase. You REALLY lucked out on the production date -- right now the normal wait times are around 9 months!
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:06 PM   #27
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Good for you! you must have good karma to get an early production date. And of course you are going to post photos, right? You should be very happy pulling a 17b with a 4Runner.
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:40 PM   #28
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Oneoleman - i bought a used 17b but still had to wait a while. It's just me and the dog too- 17b fits us great and i tow with a Highlander seems to work out fine. good luck and congrats!
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:12 PM   #29
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... plenty of room for Gonzo, the dog, to roam.
I believe that the dog belongs in a crate, for his safety and that of both the vehicle interior and the (in a crash) the people in the vehicle. If it were me, I would re-phrase this as "plenty of room for a good-sized crate for the dog." Yes, my own dog rides in a crate in my car (I had to buy a hatchback rather than sedan to accommodate him, and buy a new crate to fit in the new car), but I'll admit that in the motorhome he has been free to roam.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:13 PM   #30
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Initially, the idea of getting an RV was in order to get a dog! They are frowned upon in my apartment complex, especially bulldogs (bulldog being my first choice). So after I get my Escape, travel a bit and get used to how the systems work and the RV life works, I will be looking for a dog to rescue. That said, since making the decision and reading forums and FB sites, I would absolutely be doing this even without a dog. Every day it feels more and more exciting!
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:21 PM   #31
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Our woofers travel in a harness that works with standard seat belts - also while camping as they can't slip out of the harness like they could a dog collar.

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Old 11-05-2014, 07:42 PM   #32
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My 2 dogs drive the car while I sleep in the back..............
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:32 PM   #33
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We bought a harness for when Ben's in the tow. That lasted about 3 days.
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:47 AM   #34
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Our woofers travel in a harness that works with standard seat belts - also while camping as they can't slip out of the harness like they could a dog collar.

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That works, too... at least for many dogs. Mine has one bad habit - he chews straps, such as seat belts.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:04 AM   #35
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Ramp for the mutt...

While on our journey to Chilliwack our 13 year old 87 lb pound puppy was having trouble getting into the back seat of our Silverado. He was too heavy to lift and was scratching up the truck when he misfired. We finally stopped at Petco and bought a 3 way folding ramp. It is a bit of a PITA but works quite well.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:21 AM   #36
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That works, too... at least for many dogs. Mine has one bad habit - he chews straps, such as seat belts.
You can spray the seat belts with bitter apple.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:24 PM   #37
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Murphy-the-Dog was a major impetus for our first trailer purchase. Part of it was because we wanted to go places where there aren't any motels, and dear wife would no longer wished to sleep in a tent. But equally important was finding out that Murphy really is a pretty good travel dog, and I have yet to see a campground that has a "no dogs" policy.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:07 PM   #38
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You can spray the seat belts with bitter apple.
Thanks for the suggestion Haven't found a taste yet that repulses him, but I should try - bitter apple is a classic in pet control.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:50 PM   #39
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My dog eats green apples at home. Tried Tabasco sauce on woodwork with a different dog and he wound up loving Mexican food.......
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