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    Yes, Colorado, and Thanks. Winter's coming...,...

    Yes, Colorado, and Thanks.

    Winter's coming...,
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    Way early planning, but could we stay a few...

    Way early planning, but could we stay a few nights at Cameron Pass with our 17' TT next May?
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    Curious about the reliability of the slide out in...

    Curious about the reliability of the slide out in winter. We have stayed away from the Lance 1685 trailer for that reason and continue to dry camp in our Escape 17B. Look forward to your experience.
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    Skisos, You get 20 mpg while towing? That's...

    Skisos,
    You get 20 mpg while towing? That's amazing. We get 14+ towing the same trailer with our Rav4.
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    Sounds like Escape has made significant...

    Sounds like Escape has made significant improvements. If we keep it, I am going to try to have a gate valve installed just below the black tank such that the run of 3" pipe outside the heated space...
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    We also chose the Escape for the general quality...

    We also chose the Escape for the general quality and high level customer service and our satisfied with it except for the following issues. Dometic fridges are poorly designed and the propane...
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    We resolved to trade our Chinook Class B+ RV...

    We resolved to trade our Chinook Class B+ RV after a single hair raising descent from Little Cottonwood Canyon in favor of an Escape 17 trailer with a RAV4 as a tug. Now we leave our "house" in the...
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    GGT, are you using the water systems with that...

    GGT, are you using the water systems with that rig or dry camping?
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    We had a 2001 for a time. Didn't mind the...

    We had a 2001 for a time. Didn't mind the bathroom but the bed was uncomfortable. Worried that the electronics on the bed would fail and we would be left without a bed one day. Also didn't like the...
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    What do folks think about the reliability of a...

    What do folks think about the reliability of a slide out in winter applications? We are thinking about a Lance Trailer with one. Smaller units without slides would be fine except they don't come...
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    I'm practicing to work for the government.

    I'm practicing to work for the government.
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    Lance fills the bill in terms of cold weather. ...

    Lance fills the bill in terms of cold weather. Not a 5th wheel though. http://www.lancecamper.com/toy-haulers/
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    Sounds like you are good to go. The Escape has no...

    Sounds like you are good to go. The Escape has no slide out. More comfy but at 2170 dry weight it is much heavier than your rig.
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    You have two strong dogs to be able to pull a ...

    You have two strong dogs to be able to pull a trailer like that!

    We looked at one of these before going to an Escape 17. Couldn't spring for the outdoor cooking option in the winter, or does...
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    I love the efficency of van conversions. MB and...

    I love the efficency of van conversions. MB and others, what do you guys do about warm weather ventilation where there are mosquitoes, or is that not an issue where you camp? FYI although memory...
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    Not sure I can stand 8 weeks without a shit-but...

    Not sure I can stand 8 weeks without a shit-but it's a thought.
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    We carried water for drinking and cooking....

    We carried water for drinking and cooking. Flushed the toilet using "pink stuff". It would have been impossible to dump in those temps as the pink stuff becomes a thick slurry at that temp and won't...
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    Doubt it. Go to escape.com and look for used...

    Doubt it. Go to escape.com and look for used escape wtth extra insulation insulated tanks and double pane windows. We had ours in -23f one night last winter.
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    Chaka, I just noticed you are looking for 3...

    Chaka,
    I just noticed you are looking for 3 season capacity. Sorry for the tangent about winter capability. We liked the Realta for all the reasons you suggest although I don't see where it would...
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    Limited experience in towing in the snow but...

    Limited experience in towing in the snow but mostly ok. The advantage of the trailer is you park it somewhere less adventurous, then take the SUV to a snowy trailhead (or in town to the grocerie...
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    If you intend on using these vehicles for skiing,...

    If you intend on using these vehicles for skiing, you will probably have to "dry camp" without using the fresh water systems. You can use the toilet by flushing with RV antifreeze. However, you may...
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    Question for you guys with dually rear ends. We...

    Question for you guys with dually rear ends. We had that set up on a 2001 Chinook and found that the traction was lousy, the brakes were inadequate (at least for that beast) and the clearance...
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    Saw this thread describing problems with the...

    Saw this thread describing problems with the fridge below 20F as the refrigerant becomes viscous and screws up the works.
    http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24160748.cfm
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    Three years ago we spent three months tooling...

    Three years ago we spent three months tooling around the PNW in a 2001 Chinook Destiny. Used some of the same strategies as you did including an insulated blanket dividing the cabin from the living...
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    Bigfoot is a winter capable brand that used to...

    Bigfoot is a winter capable brand that used to offer a camper, I think.

    Anyone have experience with flat mounted solar panels in winter? I am wondering if we will produce enough power from...
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    Four season usually means extra insulation,...

    Four season usually means extra insulation, double pane windows (essential to minimize condensation), a furnace, and some strategy for keeping the fresh, gray and black water systems from freezing....
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    Scrubadub, That is delightful. I thought the...

    Scrubadub,

    That is delightful. I thought the Airstreams had the production number of the unit displayed on the front of the trailer. Only on certain models? We are purchasing one of these ...
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    Our roads are much better in the winter when all...

    Our roads are much better in the winter when all those pot holes get filled with ice!
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    It is fairly comfortable, however, like FreshPow...

    It is fairly comfortable, however, like FreshPow I will miss my Chinook in that regard. That was like driving while sitting in your Barkalounger! Towing a 17' trailer might be exciting under the...
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    The RAV4 has a 3500 tow capacity with a weight...

    The RAV4 has a 3500 tow capacity with a weight distribution hitch. Lots of folks report they easily tow this 2100lb trailer with the RAV4. Thoughts leaving the trailer heated for 3 days while we...
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    We will travel from Vermont to BC with the Rav4...

    We will travel from Vermont to BC with the Rav4 next winter to pick up the Escape Trailer. Is THAT the set up that scares you? Could you say why? RAV4 is a 6 cylinder incidentally.
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    Ha, we took a Chinook out West during the winter...

    Ha, we took a Chinook out West during the winter 2011/12. It was wicked comfortable but not real handy in snow or hills. I recall a terrifying creep down Big Cottonwood pass, 5mph, brakes smoking. ...
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    The Casita people say that Escape used their...

    The Casita people say that Escape used their molds originally. What is different is that the Escape can be outfitted with double pane windows, heated tanks encased within the heated space, and extra...
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    New to the thread. I am amazed at the expertise...

    New to the thread. I am amazed at the expertise and innovation of folks here. We aren't handy enough to maintain an older set up or build our own, so we are going to purchase one of these....
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