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Old 08-14-2012, 01:01 AM   #1
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Anyone ever order a "very" custom Escape?

I still have my minivan with its measly 3350-3600lb tow rating and I was curious about the possibility of ordering a stripped down version of the 17' or 19' models.
Something like - no fridge, no stove, no kitchen sink, no microwave, no TV etc.

My wife and I are used to tent-camping and doing all the cooking and post-meal cleanup outside so I think we could easily get away without any type of indoor kitchen. The fridge could be replaced by a smaller/lighter elec. cooler like an Engel or similar.

Just curious if anyone has tried to order one like this before?
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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I would think that Escape Trailers can answer this better. The only problems I see as an owner is resell value. You can eliminate the tv, refer, possibly the stove, but I think the sink, w/h and furnace is needed. You will be limiting your places to camp by limiting your choices.
I had an all electric Egg Camper http://www.eggcamper.com which means you needed hookups for the furnace and hot water and heat. They weigh less than 2500# but I sold it for the reason it was limited.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone ever order a "very" custom Escape?

I'll definitely send an email off to the company to get a solid answer, I was just curious if anyone else had tried to order a trailer like this before.

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Old 08-14-2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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Re: Anyone ever order a "very" custom Escape?

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I still have my minivan with its measly 3350-3600lb tow rating and I was curious about the possibility of ordering a stripped down version of the 17' or 19' models.
Something like - no fridge, no stove, no kitchen sink, no microwave, no TV etc.

My wife and I are used to tent-camping and doing all the cooking and post-meal cleanup outside so I think we could easily get away without any type of indoor kitchen. The fridge could be replaced by a smaller/lighter elec. cooler like an Engel or similar.

Just curious if anyone has tried to order one like this before?
Why not look at a 17A; it's 1900 lbs. dry and has a permanent bed up front and a full size dinette at the back. You could order it with a porta pottie and the outside shower option which would give you hot water and a shower for very little weight gain. It would be easier to resell at a later date if you decide to upgrade your vehicle and get a larger trailer in the future.

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Old 08-14-2012, 12:35 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone ever order a "very" custom Escape?

Please accept this in the spirit with which it is offered.

It seems to me that using an older vehicle as the decision-maker for purchasing a new trailer is a bit backward. Why not continue tent-camping in your mini-van while you save enough to upgrade the vehicle; and then purchase the trailer you want.

When the time comes to sell the mini-van, you may find yourself with a trailer which no longer satisfies you and has reduced resale value. You're probably going to have to wait a six months to a year for the trailer anyway.

Again, I am not flaming you.

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Re: Anyone ever order a "very" custom Escape?

While I wouldn't try it with a 19', I have no problems towing a heavily optioned 17B (3120 lbs packed for a trip) with a RAV4 rated at 3500/350 lbs. I tow at 55 - 57MPH and avoid interstates; the secondary roads are always more fun!
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While I wouldn't try it with a 19', I have no problems towing a heavily optioned 17B (3120 lbs packed for a trip) with a RAV4 rated at 3500/350 lbs. I tow at 55 - 57MPH and avoid interstates; the secondary roads are always more fun!
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:23 PM   #8
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Just my 2 cents.. which in today's economy is worth 1/2.. We have Highlander w/tow package rated for 5000lbs, we upgraded to a 19ft Airstream gross weight of 4500.. After towing it to FL and back (SF Bay Area) I decided that white knuckling it wasn't a pleasant experience, especially going down hill.. So we bought a F150 which was perfect.. When we went through the Rockies it was absolutely rock solid and a pleasant experience/ride.. So my suggestion is not to live too close to the edge as it really takes away from the driving experience and can affect your trips.. My .05 cents worth.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:24 PM   #9
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It seems to me that using an older vehicle as the decision-maker for purchasing a new trailer is a bit backward. Why not continue tent-camping in your mini-van while you save enough to upgrade the vehicle; and then purchase the trailer you want.
My thoughts too, Dave.

You could buy a good used tow vehicle for half the price of a 19. Either that, or go with a 17A like Barry suggested.
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Hi: All...Here's my hap'nies worth. We fiberglass trailer owners know how long these babies last...and we also know that tugs come and go. We just changed out our tug for a better one IMHO and hope it lasts well into retirement. We also like to drop the trailer at base camp and use the tug for touring. Looking forward to the Atlantic breezes
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