Frequently Asked Questions

As a US Customer where do I pick up the trailer?

Once the trailer is finished we will schedule a three hour Orientation for you at your convienence. Once the orientation is completed, one of our driver’s will transport the trailer from our facility in Chilliwack, BC to Sumas, WA.

Both the driver and new Escape owner will travel separately back to Sumas, WA. Our driver will export the trailer across the border into the US through the Commercial Lanes, while the US Resident crosses the border through the standard crossing.

The driver will then meet the US owner at a predetermined location in Sumas, where the trailer will be unhooked and the new owner will be able to hook up and continue home.

As a US Resident do I have to pay Canadian Taxes?

No, US Customers are exempt from Canadian Taxes as the trailers are exported to the US once they have been paid for in full.  However, US customers will be required to pay their State tax.

As a US resident how do we export/import the trailer into the US?

Escape Trailer Industries completes all of the paperwork required for the import/export of your trailer.

Once the trailer enters production, we will assign a VIN number to the trailer and complete the required documents. (Please note we do require a SSN at this time for one owner). A complete copy of the prepared documents is forwarded to both the customer and CPBSA where they are filed and stamped by US customs at the time of export/import.

Depending on the State and County, some customers are able to obtain full title, and registration before they pick the trailer at the border. This allows them to have a metal plate to put on the trailer during travel between Sumas, WA and their home State.

Does Escape Trailer Industries list real ‘Dry Weights’ for their travel Trailers?

Yes, When we refer to the Dry Weight of our trailers we weigh a finished trailer with just the Standard Features installed. You can view the Standard Features List on our Products Page.

  • 17′ Escape, Plan A has a dry weight of 1,970lbs.
  • 17′ Escape, Plan B (Bathroom) has a dry weight of 2,400lbs.
  • 19′ Escape has a dry weight of 2,950lbs.
  • 21′ Escape has a dry weight of 3,210lbs.
  • Escape 5.0TA Fifth Wheel has a dry weight of 3,885lbs.
How do I winterize my Escape Trailer?

Follow the instructions on our “Winterizing your trailer” page in the owner’s manual.

WATER SYSTEM WINTERIZATION

When storing your recreational vehicle through periods of freezing weather, in an unheated environment, it will be necessary to winterize the water system. Damage to water system components will result if the proper winterization steps are not taken.

NOTE: Before using the compressed air method, you will need a special adapter known as a blowout plug. This plug allows compressed air to be delivered through the city water fill. This small, inexpensive adapter is available at most RV supply stores.

WINTERIZING WITH COMPRESSED AIR

Purchase 2 gallons of RV non-toxic antifreeze.

1.) Drain the fresh water tank and empty the waste water holding tanks.

2.) Turn the water heater bypass valve to the ‘bypass’ position. (This valve is located near the water heater incoming lines at the rear of the water heater.)

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3.) Drain the water heater.

4.) Open all faucets, including shower head sprayer, (if applicable), toilet flushing device and any other water lines that are closed.

5.) Turn on the water pump for at least 30 seconds to clear any water from the lines.

7.) Connect an air hose with an adapter (blow out plug) to the city water fill connection.

8.) Set the pressure to no greater than 30# (pounds) and blow out the water lines until no water can be seen coming out of the fixtures and lines.

9.) Pour antifreeze down sink and shower drains to fill p-traps.

NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO START THE WATER HEATER OR USE THE PLUMBING SYSTEM AFTER THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN WINTERIZED. DEWINTERIZE, FLUSH AND SANITIZE THE WATER SYSTEM PRIOR TO USE.

WINTERIZING WITH ANTIFREEZE ONLY

WARNING: NEVER USE AUTOMOTIVE ANITFREEZE IN YOUR FRESH WATER SYSTEM. AUTOMOTIVE ANITFREEZE IS TOXIC AND NOT FOR USE IN POTABLE (DRINKABLE) WATER SYSTEMS.

Purchase 4-6 gallons of RV approved, non-toxic antifreeze.

1.) Drain the fresh water tank and empty the waste water holding tanks.

2.) Turn water heater bypass valve to ‘bypass’ position.

If I am unable to pick the trailer up can I have it delivered?

Yes, we can arrange for delivery anywhere in North America.

The cost for delivery is $2.20/mile for a single trailer or we can combine your trailer delivery with another Escape owner reducing the cost to $2.00/mile per trailer.

We can arrange delivery directly to your door or a predetermined location such as a campground or large parking lot. All Escape Trailers are shipped using a truck and flatdeck trailer – towing is available for a reduced rate.

What does an equalizer hitch do?

The EQ hitch evenly distributes the trailer tongue weight of the trailer throughout the front and rear axles of the tow vehicle and the trailer axle.  All front wheel drive vehicles will require an equalizer hitch.

What size are the holding tanks?

17′ Escape

Black tank – 19 gallon
Gray tank – 26 gallon
Fresh tank – 20 gallon

19′ Escape

Black tank – 19 gallon
Gray tank – 28 gallon
Fresh tank – 28 gallon

21′ Escape

Black tank – 22 gallon
Gray tank – 28 gallon
Fresh tank – 28 gallon

Escape 5.0TA

Black tank – 30 gallon
Gray tank – 28 gallon
Fresh tank – 28 gallon

What size is the Fridge?

The 17′ Escape is equipped with a Dometic 3-way, 3.0 cubic foot with freezer compartment.

The 19′ Escape is equipped with a Dometic 3-way, 5 cubic foot with a removable freezer compartment.

The 21′ Escape, and the Escape 5.0TA are equipped with a Dometic 3-way, 6 cubic foot with a removable freezer compartment.

What tow vehicle is needed to pull an Escape?

On average, most Escape customers carry about 800lbs – 1,000lbs of cargo with them when they travel and add about 200lbs – 300lbs of options to their Escape Travel Trailer.

Therefore, the

  • 17′ Escape, Plan A with a dry weight of 1,970lbs will travel fully loaded at approximately 2,970lbs.
  • 17′ Escape, Plan B (Bathroom) with a dry weight of 2,400lbs will travel fully loaded at approximately 3,400lbs.
  • 19′ Escape, with a dry weight of 2,950lbs will travel fully loaded at approximately 4,100lbs.
  • 21′ Escape, with a dry weight of 3,210lbs will travel fully loaded at approximately 4,510lbs.
  • Escape 5.0TA with a dry weight of 3,885lbs will travel fully loaded at approximately 5,185lbs.

Depending on the Escape Travel Trailer you are interested in towing, your tow vehicle should have a towing capacity of between 4,000lbs for the 17′ and up to 5,500lbs for the Escape 5.0TA Fifth Wheel.

Please note these weights can vary depending on several variables therefore we encourage you to allow for a safety margin between the estimated towing weight of any Escape trailer and the towing capacity of your tow vehicle.

Tow Vehicle Disclaimer

In connection with the use and operation of Escape Trailer Industries recreational vehicles, Escape Trailer Industries customers and owners of Escape Trailer Industries recreational vehicles are solely responsible for the selection and proper use of tow vehicles. All customers should consult with a motor vehicle manufacturer or dealer concerning the purchase and use of suitable tow vehicles for Escape Trailer Industries products. Escape Trailer Industries further disclaims any liability with respect to damages which may be incurred by a customer or owner of Escape Trailer Industries recreational vehicles as a result of the operation, use or misuse of a tow vehicle. NOTE: ESCAPE TRAILER INDUSTRIES’S WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER DAMAGE TO THE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OR THE TOW VEHICLE AS A RESULT OF THE OPERATION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE TOW VEHICLE.