Our Escape

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Mod: Spice Rack

Jenn looked for a spice rack to add to our trailer.  After her online search, we felt that the available racks didn't fit well, or wasted too much space. So I designed and built a spice rack to fit inside the door under the sink.  I measured a number of our jars of spices and found that they were consistent in size, so I designed a rack that will hold up to 14 jars of spices in two rows.  I built it from oak to match the existing wood of the trailer.  I found some 1/4" and 1/2" thick pieces of oak at Home Depot, and cut them to size and glued the rack together.

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Our first mods

When you get a trailer or other RV, you find things that you would like to modify.  We call them mods.  So here are our first batch of mods to our Escape trailer.

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McArthur-Burney State Park

The park is actually McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.  The highlight of this state park is Burney Falls.  It flows in two parts: over the falls, and through the rocks behind the falls, which gives it the unique curtain-like appearance.  This is because of the rock structure behind it.  This time of year, June in a dry season, the falls flow just fine but the stream that feeds it is completely dry a mile upstream from the falls.

June Dornbush Reunion

In June, 2015, we met my three sisters in Bandon, OR / Bullards Beach State Park for three days.  Bandon is just about half way between Seattle and Santa Rosa, and on the Oregon coast so it seemed like a good choice.  Our original choice was Umpqua Lighthouse State Park because they have "deluxe yurts" but they decided to repave the park and close the whole place!  So it was off to Bandon.'

Blanquillo is home

Blanquillo is home.  We picked her up on May 28 as scheduled, and went from Chilliwack, BC, to Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, WA, where we visited Jennifer's college roommate, Gayle.  Then we went to Camas, WA, where we spend two days with my sister, Susan, and also saw my other sisters, Anne and Linda.

Ready for Blanquillo

We are ready for Blanquillo.  We store our trailer in our side yard off the left of the driveway.  The gate was 12 feet wide, and I was able to back our prior 16 foot long, 7 foot wide trailer into the opening to the side yard.  But could I do it with the new 19.5 foot trailer?  I wasn't sure as I have to make a right angle turn to back into the driveway then another right (left?) angle turn to get the trailer into its spot.  So I hired our handyman to replace our 12 foot gate with a 16 foot gate.  We used redwood, commonly available here in California.

Build photos week 3

Here are the photos I just received for our Escape.  It looks like it is completed and sitting in their storage area, waiting for us to pick it up.  We hedged and gave them an extra week in case there were any production delays, but it looks like that was not necessary.  So we will pick it up in about 2 weeks as planned.  It could have been sooner. Darn!

Our Build Sheet

When you order an Escape trailer, you receive a list of the standard equipment for the trailer model and a list of the optional equipment.  Yes, they build them to order and if you don't see what you want on the list, ask and they will probably add it to the build.  Where else today can you get a custom built trailer?  Probably on high end motor homes and some trailers, but this is the first I have run into on a main stream product.  Escape is a small manufacturer; they just completed their 1000th trailer, but they are growing fast.

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