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Old 04-23-2017, 01:14 PM   #1
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Hello! My partner, Sharon, and I have just returned from a two month trip across the southern US to California and back to Toronto, Canada. We rented a 17' travel trailer (not an Escape) and a suitable SUV tow vehicle to try it out – and we've become RV converts!
Sharon and I are both sailors and plan A was to get a bigger sailboat to winter in Florida on, now that I'm finally retired. Earlier this year we had a trip to both coasts of Florida to find a suitable situation. But, having had our California road trip, it has come as a revelation to us that RVing is so much like cruising (less technical, though - maybe not a bad thing) except that it offers much more variety. Also, you don't have to sleep with your feet overlapping in the pointy end! So, on to plan B: find a quality travel trailer.
We're looking at Escape Trailers because we think that a molded fiberglass trailer is the way to go for long term performance; our boat is 38 years old and still looks good and performs well. I'm happy to have found this forum and look forward to learning from you and 'talking' with you about your experiences 'Escaping'...
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Old 04-23-2017, 01:19 PM   #2
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Welcome Craig and Sharon, contact Escape factory and they will provide you with some owners near you to view. In addition there is a rally in September in Niagara Falls, On where there will be just about every Escape model made available for viewing.
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Old 04-23-2017, 01:42 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

Great way to test out trailer travel. There are lots of folks who had boats buy an Escape trailer, recognizing the merits of moulded fibreglass.
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Old 04-23-2017, 01:51 PM   #4
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that RVing is so much like cruising (less technical, though - maybe not a bad thing) except that it offers much more variety. Also, you don't have to sleep with your feet overlapping in the pointy end!
Yup, only no sleepless nights on anchor watch or having the boat put on the beach because a hurricane veered South instead of North.

One major adaption is realizing that RV equipment is generally a much lower standard than marine equipment. It mostly does the job but if you're used to high quality marine gear RV quality takes a little getting used to.

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Welcome to the forum, and possibly to an Escape, Craig and Sharon. I second Jim's suggestion that you attend the Niagara rally, that's where I first saw the trailer which subsequently became ours.

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Hope you get yourselves an Escape and like it as well as your boat. From what I have heard, the Escape should cost you much less in maintenance. And you will probably appreciate being on the ground for a change! Any questions, we have answers. Not necessarily right answers, but answers.
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And fuel stations everywhere:-)!
Welcome and best wishes in finding the perfect trailer!
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Welcome to the forum.

Great way to test out trailer travel. There are lots of folks who had boats buy an Escape trailer, recognizing the merits of moulded fibreglass.
And a boat dealer would probably be the first place to take a fiberglass trailer if it ever needed exterior repairs. Loren
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There are many members on the forum who have made the transition from a boat with sleeping quarters to a fiberglass RV. Some of the still do both. Hopefully they can chime in with their experiences.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:35 AM   #10
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A friendly bunch!

Thanks to all of you for your replies and insights! I think the Niagara Falls Rally sounds like a great opportunity to meet experienced users and find out what works for them. Meanwhile, Sharon and I have been given contact information for a couple of owners who have graciously indicated that they are willing to show us their rigs. You're a friendly crowd, for sure!
As Loren pointed out, fiberglass repair services are never too far away and it's amazing how good even extensive repairs can be when competently done. On our recent trip we were chased around a bit by the threat of large hail in Oklahoma and Kansas; the resale value of an aluminum trailer would likely be destroyed by a hail storm. How could you recover from that?
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