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Old 07-23-2013, 08:56 AM   #11
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I think there were a bunch of photos posted from the Escape Rally. Not sure what thread though. I know I never took any either.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:39 AM   #12
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Don,

I asked Tammy about the 21/5.0, its not a rumor, she said it will be out next spring, about the same time of year when the standard 21 came out. I believe she said it will also be a little wider than the current 5.0, sounds very exciting! I think it will be a home run. The only down side, it may require me to upgrade my truck. Tammy thought it might weigth a few hundered lbs than the standard 21, putting it in the 3200-3300 lbs.

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Old 07-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #13
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Happy dance!
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #14
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and I believe it will be a dual axle model.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #15
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yes, its suppose to be a dual axle.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:45 PM   #16
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Hi, we are in the process of purchasing the new 21ft. Do you know if anyone took pictures at the oregon rally and if so how could I see them? I noticed you were on line so thought I would take the chance you might answer me. thanks Alice (atf)
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #17
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Hi Alice, I'm embarrassed to say I carried a camera around for eight days and didn't take a picture of anything! It's early yet, lots of folks aren't home from the gathering. You might check here and FiberglassRV and CasitaForum in the rally threads for pictures.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:45 PM   #18
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Alice,
Welcome to the forum, there are some pictures here 21' Escape - Final Photos
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:18 AM   #19
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Wow, now I am really happy! Can't wait this new 5th wheel will probably be it...or the new 21 that is out. Thanks Scuba55.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:01 AM   #20
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Been home a day from the Oregon Gathering and just getting back to the computer. Wanted to add my impressions of the 21'.

In a word, WOW.

This is the first trailer I have walked into and felt that this is in every way what we have been looking for. I told Reece that I had participated in the discussion on the forum during the planning phase and since he did everything that I asked for (I was not the only one by any means), it has to be perfect for me.

The first impression is that the trailer feels very spacious. The extra 4" of width helps, but, I think the biggest factor is moving the bathroom out of the middle of the trailer. A center bathroom by its' nature splits the trailer into two spaces with a narrower area in the middle. I love the corner bath floor plan as it opens up the center. Donna noted the lack of a front window. Not to worry, the windows are already on the way from the supplier. For those who want a front window, it will be there, pretty much filling the space above the head of the bed (the shelf will get rearranged somehow). I expect that will really brighten up the bed area adding to the big window on the side. The trade off for the corner bath is the bed. As planned, it is not a queen size. It is a full size bed, 54" wide. I feel the positives of a north south, no climb over, bed with corner bath is well worth 6" of bed width. A full size bed is plenty fine for us. For those that must have a queen size bed, there is the fifth wheel (s) and the 19.

The bed being the first thing you see as you walk into the trailer is not an issue for us. Being partially behind the bathroom helps to provide separation from the rest of the trailer. Also, when you walk in, you naturally turn left (the cut corner on the bed unconsciously encourages this) and your attention moves into the kitchen/dinette part of the trailer. There is a privacy curtain being developed to allow trailer entry/exit while the bed is in use. The present experimental version is across the door opening. The contoured roof line does provide some challenges on where the curtain can be. I am confident a good solution will be found.

The bathroom is, I believe, the largest in an Escape. I found it quite roomy for a wet bath in a small trailer. Let's remember that for us Fiberglass trailer people this trailer is quite large, but, for the rest of the RV world, it is still a small trailer. Reece told me he can still fit this rig in a pair of back to back parking lot spaces.

The trailer at Bandon was #2. It was finished on Tuesday with them arriving in Bandon Thursday evening. Talk about fresh off the line! This trailer already has the furnace moved into the dinette bench with the converter. Also the storage area behind the dinette bench has been eliminated. Reece said the storage was small, the dinette was not visually pleasing off center, and just was better on paper than in reality. The plus side of that change is that the dinette and table are now a little bigger. I also really like the table hooked to the wall with the folding leg. When you remove the table, there are no table pedestal cups attached to the floor. Also, as advertised, the floor is completely flat, no step up in the back of the trailer.

It was tempting to try and buy the trailer from them right then and there. Unfortunately, we would have needed their truck as well and Reece had only had it three weeks. Not likely to give that up. Besides, they were just starting a three week Holiday and needed the trailer.

Speaking of Reece's new truck, it is an F150 and we now understand why there will be a new fifth wheel trailer coming. There were a couple of contributing factors, but, a major one was that the style of the current generation of full size pickups is to have a very high, and deep, bed. These trucks are now too tall for the current 5.0 to fit into. The new fifth wheel will be taller, wider, and longer.

Finally, a few pictures.
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