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Old 08-26-2016, 02:05 PM   #1
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We are on our 3000 mile way to pick up our new Escape. Yay!!! Can you think of any questions about trailer operation that we should be sure to ask before we leave ETI?
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:07 PM   #2
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We are on our 3000 mile way to pick up our new Escape. Yay!!! Can you think of any questions about trailer operation that we should be sure to ask before we leave ETI?
Only about a thousand.

Seriously though, just pay attention during the orientation, go over every system, and ask questions about anything you're not sure of. You'll be fine.
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And, there is the orientation video to refer to so don't try to make your own. Just pay attention.
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I took notes, which I didn't reread for several weeks. Glad I did... Although I'm pretty good at listening and writing at the same time (plus, Skip was listening with full attention). YMMV... And you will be fine.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:17 PM   #5
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Orientation video....or if you get stumped..so many folks here can help you out!

You'll be so excited, unless you write your questions down, all you'll hear is blah blah blah..

How exciting....drive safe
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:19 PM   #6
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Safe, safe travels. Make a ton of wonderful memories going both ways. Post some pics with big smiles and if you run into issues after a couple of days, we have your back.
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Try every function as soon as you can. I'm told you don't have time to do so when on site, so do it the first night.
Try all the appliances on all power sources if you are somewhere with city power.
On site find the AC switch for the electric hot water heater if you have the 2 way.
Have them take you through the solar controller if you have one as well as the EMS an look over the converter.
Go over the awning, actually doing it yourselves.
Go thru the dump procedure if you've never done such.
Understand the LP gas switch over valve.
Have them show you the fridge controls.
Keep the manuals handy.
JACK antenna if you have one, and probably the stereo if you got it.

Make sure you use a water pressure regulator.
If you are going to use such, put some chemicals in the black tank, grey is optional.
Since you have a long drive, I'd check the tire pressure, and if you can do so torque the lug nuts a couple times while you're on the road. Probably just me but I check tire pressure every couple days when traveling long distances.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:36 PM   #8
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Am with you Bob on tire pressure. Many visitors to our house get air put in their tires as I can tell from looking at them that they're about 20 lbs. Amazing how many people don't seem to realize how important for safety proper inflation is.
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To know what to ask, you need to know what you don't know... which is a challenge. Perhaps it would make sense to read what everyone is providing for advice, then ask at Escape about any of the items are not clear. For example, if you understand how to use an "LP gas switch over valve" you're fine, but if you don't know that that is, it would be a good thing to ask about.
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Watch the Escape orientation video before you pick up your trailer. Orientation Video
Then you should know what you need to know to find answers to what you don't know.
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what is the proper tire pressure? Must have missed that during orientation.
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what is the proper tire pressure? Must have missed that during orientation.
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It's marked on the tires. From memory only, I think it's 40 lbs. Best to check on the tires.

EDIT: OK, it's 50. My memory ain't what it used to be.
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It's on the tire ( Max or close to it ). And, if you are still running the tires that came on the trailer, it's on this sticker. 50 PSI.
I'm now running a load range D with Max pressure 65 PSI. I run at 60 PSI.
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what is the proper tire pressure?
That can start a long and heated discussion.
What you are likely told during orientation is to inflate them to the maximum allowed cold inflation pressure, which is what is marked on the sidewall... and is 50 PSI for the Load Range C tires provided by Escape.

What you should do with tires of a different specification than supplied by Escape is presumably not a question for Escape's orientation. At orientation, one might ask questions such as "is that pressure when cold, or after driving?", or whatever else one doesn't already know or needs to confirm.
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:13 PM   #15
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I always use max pressure in all my trailers (down to 3 now). With the Escape tires this is 50 psi.
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We are on our 3000 mile way to pick up our new Escape. Yay!!! Can you think of any questions about trailer operation that we should be sure to ask before we leave ETI?
What drives the questions to be asked at ETI orientation would be the level of towing a trailer and/or your experience with an RV.

in our case we had some experience in a stick-built RV (vacationing at a stationary Rv at a lake) but no experience towing, hitching up. So my info is for those like me with no hitching up, towing experience.

At orientation make sure you completely focus on anything safety related. Understand how to hook-up / unhitch. Make sure you understand how the brake controller works.

In our case, Reace showed us how to set and test the brake controller. He said to set the controller at five and then, explained how to test the controller when underway.

We didn't fully understand the brake controller, being unfamiliar with all things trailer towing we had difficulty sensing whether or not the trailer brakes were pulling back at the tug, we left the controller setting at five for quite some time. We didn't know that the controller setting needs to vary depending on the load/weight of the trailer/tow. This caused us some problems with braking down the road. (More info To be shared when the Forum has a thread about dumb things we have done).

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what is the proper tire pressure? Must have missed that during orientation.
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The tires should be at 50 psi if they are still the Carlisle radials. That is according to Carlisle.
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I've always felt that the ideal way to do the orientation for someone who is new to RV'ing would be to go through the Escape as if you just got to a campground & you had just unhitched and then reverse as if getting ready to leave. Just going over each system randomly is difficult to take in and doesn't follow a logical progression. (to me)
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I've always felt that the ideal way to do the orientation for someone who is new to RV'ing would be to go through the Escape as if you just got to a campground & you had just unhitched and then reverse as if getting ready to leave. Just going over each system randomly is difficult to take in and doesn't follow a logical progression. (to me)
Makes sense. Do the orientation in the order someone would use when setting up, then camping, then leaving.

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Old 08-27-2016, 09:53 AM   #20
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Great video. I'm not new to towing or to trailering but my Campster doesn't have a fridge or furnace and isn't currently set up for 12V (though it has been at some time) so useful to see how those systems work. Having said that, I'm glad I did things in stages- learned to tow with a boat, learned to trailer with a simple trailer (which was complex enough when I started) and now am looking forward to learning more.
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