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Old 06-06-2021, 09:55 PM   #101
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Which of the roof vents are OK to be open while raining (or with a possibility of rain):
-Max fan vent - This is the main possibility that we want to check. Also, if OK, can max fan itself be on when raining?
-Bathroom vent - Also, whether it is OK for the fan to be on.
-Roof vent near the stove / wash basin. Likely not.
-MaxxFan - designed to be able to be open in the rain with fan on or off. I would advise against having it on intake during rain to avoid the potential of dragging in moisture. Easy to ensure it is exhausting with a piece of tissue. It needs makeup air so an awning window open or a slider cracked that is under the awning is a good idea. We have sliders with the old WindowMaxx vents but they are discontinued unfortunately.
-Bathroom vent - the Ventline Vanair fan is not designed to be used in the rain. Might be ok in a light, non-driving rain but best to keep it closed in rain. The fan motor is right in the airstream and not protected from moisture. In fact Ventline says “Not for use above tubs, showers or range cooking surfaces“ which is in conflict with the location this is used in an Escape.
-The rooftop opening where an A/C would typically go is not designed to be open in the rain. Some RV owners furnish aftermarket vent covers for these openings but doesn’t seem too popular on Escapes because A/C’s are usually there or they have the Maxxfan.
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Old 06-06-2021, 10:17 PM   #102
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-MaxxFan - designed to be able to be open in the rain with fan on or off. I would advise against having it on intake during rain to avoid the potential of dragging in moisture. Easy to ensure it is exhausting with a piece of tissue. It needs makeup air so an awning window open or a slider cracked that is under the awning is a good idea. We have sliders with the old WindowMaxx vents but they are discontinued unfortunately.
-Bathroom vent - the Ventline Vanair fan is not designed to be used in the rain. Might be ok in a light, non-driving rain but best to keep it closed in rain. The fan motor is right in the airstream and not protected from moisture. In fact Ventline says “Not for use above tubs, showers or range cooking surfaces“ which is in conflict with the location this is used in an Escape.
-The rooftop opening where an A/C would typically go is not designed to be open in the rain. Some RV owners furnish aftermarket vent covers for these openings but doesn’t seem too popular on Escapes because A/C’s are usually there or they have the Maxxfan.
Thanks a ton, Dave! This helps a lot!

The test for checking whether it is on exhaust mode helped us confirm that ours is on exhaust mode. So, we now have it running.

It is also very helpful to know that the bathroom vent needs to be closed in rain. I had earlier imagined that the water will only come into the bathroom. Thanks to your post, we now got that.

Many thanks! We are making process - small steps at a time - with a lot of help from the forum members!
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Old 06-08-2021, 01:01 PM   #103
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Boy you're getting relaxed into this whole thing of RVing aren't you. Hooking up in the rain and choosing the right park to go to. Beginning to sound like an old pro. I'm just happy the two of you are enjoying yourself and you're having a good time there.
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Old Yesterday, 10:54 PM   #104
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Boy you're getting relaxed into this whole thing of RVing aren't you. Hooking up in the rain and choosing the right park to go to. Beginning to sound like an old pro. I'm just happy the two of you are enjoying yourself and you're having a good time there.
Thank you,Craig! Appreciate your encouragement!
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We were in Jedediah Smith SP until yesterday - a wonderful campground and state park but no internet access. Got to our current campground yesterday but were exhausted by the long drive. Hence the radio silence… Here is the update on my trip:
  • At the time of my last update, we had made it to the Cannon Beach RV resort campground. We had a nice stay there. It was great to have some connectivity, laundry machines, etc. We had a very nice hiking around Cannon Beach area (Ecola State Park).
  • Had a longish drive (335 miles on 101) to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park near Crescent City, CA.
  • Jedediah Smith is, of course a wonderful state park. We had very nice campsite but very difficult for me to get into. Again relied on the kindness of strangers to park. Aside from that, really really loved the park and the hiking we did there - Boy Scout, Grove of the Titans and River Edge trails.
  • We met a fellow forum member and fellow Escape 5.0 owner Ross and Maureen (rmitch) there. It was such a pleasure to meet them. They were very generous in showing very thoughtful modifications they have made to their Escape 5.0. We took pictures. More than anything else, it gave us a lot of encouragement - and pleasure to meet like-minded fellow owners!
  • From Jedediah Smith / Crescent City - we drove to Clio, CA (in Sierra mountains). The drive was very long and tiring(388 miles - most on the windy mountain roads). This was just one spot I had picked as we head back home. Staying in Clio River’s Edge RV park (commercial but very nice park). During the day - we did a section of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) to Deer Lake. Wonderful hike indeed.
  • Tomorrow we head to FS Thomas Canyon campground near Elko, NV. Another 380 miles journey but this one is predominantly on I-80, so boring but less tiring. After one night there, we get home on Sunday.
We are enjoying the camper. The two issues I had mentioned remain an issue:
  • My inability to make significant progress in backing the camper. We are going to practice for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes tomorrow on the way. At the point, I get the concept - but have difficulty executing it in real time.

    We will practice and also look int getting some instructions. Any ideas on that will be welcome. I am wondering if I should just advertise in the help wanted section of the local newspaper.
  • The fresh water level issue remains unresolved. It did not help that I was not able to respond to Dustin’s instructions while in Jedediah Smith. Doesn’t look like we are any closer to getting the level value other than 0.
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Old Today, 09:22 AM   #106
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Did you check to see if there was any trailer-driving school near your home? I've heard good things about the one here.

I wonder if there are any driving video games that include backing a trailer? It's such an important skill for some of us! My brother-in-law, who owns boats, is making a small trailer so his grandson can drag it behind his little self-propelled car and learn to back. George is two! I think Ken is looking towards the day he can have George back the boat trailer for him.

At the park I'm at- and many- the loops go counterclockwise, with slanted spots to back into. It appears ideal- you just pull ahead enough and then back. But the problem is that it is very difficult to get an angle where you can see the driver's side of the trailer as you back. So I have more trouble there than I would if it was all set up clockwise. (Inside spots, when they have them, are easier if the loop is counterclockwise.)
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