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    255795 Last year in the Steven's RV lot. Lots...

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    Last year in the Steven's RV lot. Lots of trailers there, and also at Crystal and White Pass. Most are much bigger than our Escape. We drove through a nonstop blizzard from near...
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    China Peak has an RV lot. Not CA, but In Tahoe...

    China Peak has an RV lot. Not CA, but In Tahoe the parking lot attendants at Mt. Rose told me it was allowed a couple of years ago, but check if that's still the case.

    Camping in ski resort lots...
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    Free to any mag that wants to come pick them up...

    Free to any mag that wants to come pick them up in Fremont, CA or South Lake Tahoe:

    For a 2011-16 Ford F350 Crewcab longbed with OEM hitch:
    - Torklift front steel tiedowns (similar to F2016, but...
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    FWIW, my F350 + Arctic Fox 990 did not need extra...

    FWIW, my F350 + Arctic Fox 990 did not need extra springs or airbags. It had a payload rating of over 5,700 lbs and the truck camper was about 1,000 lbs under that.

    I put these on: ...
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    I've done 2 types of resort parking lot camping: ...

    I've done 2 types of resort parking lot camping: First was a 2012 F350 4X4 dually with 1-year old 2013 Arctic Fox 990. This was a sweet setup and had plenty of room for a family and lots of water...
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    Not sure I understand why you say that, but with...

    Not sure I understand why you say that, but with just the rear locking diff engaged in the ZR2, I would have had power to 3 wheels which would have been enough to get me through the deep chewed-up...
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    Hmm ... good to know. I have never heard of...

    Hmm ... good to know. I have never heard of putting airbags on a Pilot. That is probably the last trip with the Pilot though. Our new tow vehicle is a Colorado ZR2 Duramax. With front and rear...
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    We recently had our first real ski camping trip...

    We recently had our first real ski camping trip to White Pass and Stevens Pass WA in our Escape 17B. It worked really great in temps down to 19F. Just kept the heat on and set to 60F while while...
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    It's a cheater TDI though. VW is buying it back...

    It's a cheater TDI though. VW is buying it back as part of the the EPA settlement. It was great while it lasted...
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    Yeah, with electric brakes on the trailer it's...

    Yeah, with electric brakes on the trailer it's different than just towing a flatbed snowmobile trailer or a small U-Haul for obvious reasons when on snow.

    This crop from a photo on the Escape...
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    We got an Escape 17B as well. It's the 2017...

    We got an Escape 17B as well. It's the 2017 model with insulation they claim is 2.5X the R-value of the old insulation which was actually just reflectex. We spent a couple of nights in the mid-20's...
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    That will be ideal for winter use -- similar to...

    That will be ideal for winter use -- similar to our Arctic Fox 990. Looks like you have a wheel upgrade for the weight too.
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    The problem with all these van conversions is the...

    The problem with all these van conversions is the large glass surface which has something like an R1 insulating factor -- basically nothing. You will find that keeping it warm at night in...
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    It depends on what your priorities are I guess. ...

    It depends on what your priorities are I guess.

    Sportsmobile plusses include stealth, better gas mileage, a more compact footprint, and WAY better off-road. They also look great.

    Truck camper...
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    Sportsmobiles are more for serious off-road use...

    Sportsmobiles are more for serious off-road use than just driving in snow. It's overkill and you will get a much more liveable space with a cheap 4X4 truck and truck camper if all you want to do is...
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    I did a lot of research into this and decided...

    I did a lot of research into this and decided that trailers are not the best way to go for winter use. It's mostly due to the way they are constructed with lack of a substantial basement area for...
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    I don't think you should give up this idea yet. ...

    I don't think you should give up this idea yet. Battery capacity should be fine. Your biggest problem is going to be propane with only 1 20lb tank. Carry a 2nd tank to stay out for a full week. 1...
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