It began with a simple thought . . .
“I wish I had bigger holding tanks” – the holding tanks in my 2005 17’ Escape were very small (8 gal Black; 5 gal bucket for grey). As I did more and more dry camping, these tank limitations became more and more of an annoyance.
Then, as I looked at all the new models that Escape offers, I gave in to ‘2 foot-itis’. Wow, I could have a permanent bed AND a big dinette (perfect for crafts and painting). I remember deciding to buy my first Escape and confirming all the options took about 90 minutes. This time, having several months between my deposit and the date my build sheet was due, gave me WAY too much time to second guess, fret, read posts from other folks, and add, add, add options!
Of course, I’d need a new tow vehicle!
As easy as it was to order and receive a perfect new trailer, it was equally difficult to decide on, actually receive and outfit an appropriate tow vehicle! I would need to do a whole post on the adventure of researching and testing SUV’s with an appropriate tow rating. Having decided on the new, redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, I had to wait over 4 months to actually get one!! Many misunderstandings on what I needed to actually get this great car ready to tow! Lesson: go with a vehicle where towing is a primary selling point – not one where towing is an afterthought. I got a lot of misinformation and misdirection resulting (of course) in lost time, hassle and more expense. Hopefully, by the time I actually hit the road this summer, all the kinks will be worked out – the last issue is having to replace my roof rack system to work with the new redesigned Honda rails (flush mounted now). It is unclear whether Yakima has anything to fit yet and the Thule offering won’t work with the stuff I need on the roof.
I loved watching my Escape being built!
Getting pictures every few days during the actual build was so fun!!
|Looking back towards the rear passenger side - doesn't it look BIG!|
|Same view: Fridge and cupboards are in!|
|This is the front; Will be my permanent bed|
|And here's the permanent bed with an opening underneath for easy access to litter box and file boxes|
|Great view of the kitchen, HUGE dinette with original style table|
|Almost ready for pick-up!!! Shiny, Shiny!!|