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Old 07-31-2015, 09:44 AM   #1
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Dave and Daisy say Hey!

We have a t@b right now and love it but we are looking at larger trailers to go on extended trips with when retire in a couple of years. the Escape is one of the campers that has peaked our interest and we want to know more about it before making any kind of decision.


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Old 07-31-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
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Welcome! Lots of great info on this forum, so start digging in and reading past posts. Good luck with your decision. We don't have a trailer, but after viewing 4 of them, we're in love and we're saving to get one.

Laura, Dirk and Lucy & Spike (the cats)


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Old 07-31-2015, 11:07 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! We have been on the forum since January when we ordered our 5.0TA. We pick it up Sept 8th.
You will find a lot of really great information here from other Escape trailer owners who have a wealth of knowledge and are more than happy to share their experiences. A better bunch of folks you'll never meet!
Charlie & Lucy
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:14 PM   #4
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Porsche Pilot:
Like you, my wife and I really enjoyed our Tab. We bought it in 2007 and sold it (to the first person who looked at it) just before Memorial Day. We also wanted something a little bigger--however, we only went a small amount larger with a 17B, which we will be picking up Aug. 14th. Escape makes a great trailer and the very favorable exchange rate now makes them an outstanding deal. Good luck with your decision making!
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Old 07-31-2015, 04:25 PM   #5
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Welcome Dave & Daisy!

You may want to call and Escape and see if there are local referrals so you could see some in person. Have you decided what size you are interested in? Once you get that far it would be good to get your order in as the production schedule is out to 2016 and after the Trailer Life write up who knows! We had a 17ft Casita Freedom. Loved that little trailer but wanted more space after we retired so we could enjoy being out longer in the year and to make longer trips more comfortable. We love our 21!

Good luck, it's all good!
Kathie (& Dave)
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:13 PM   #6
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Dave and Daisy, I must warn you: once you see an Escape in person, be prepared to get out the checkbook. For us, having seen other fiberglass units, there was no comparison.
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:41 PM   #7
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Welcome to you both and happy looking. I took one look inside the Escape and the decision was instantaneous! I think that happens a lot!
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:57 PM   #8
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Quite true that the Escape trailers DO invite the curious. Took my 21 to a local Camping World service center in Oregon for the Dometic RML/RMD fridge change out; they'd never seen one before. First all the techs came over to visit, then the sales guys, and finally a customer shopping for an RV who said it reminded him of some of the caravans of Europe since it was a clean and simple design compared to the gaudy offerings on the CW lot.
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:41 AM   #9
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Our 19 foot Nash trailer was a typical fibreglass panel trailer with rubber roof, but after 5 years the back, front and floor suddenly displayed severe water damage that cost $6800 to repair. Thereafter we were very vigilant, even getting the RV repair people to help check for leaks, however last year brought another $5000 in leak damage (which we didnít repair; sold instead). My brother-in-laws trailer has similar damage after 6 years. It has been suggested that the lighter frames flex so much that the screws holding the fibreglass panels ream out the butyl putty, providing paths for water)

With that experience we resolved to go to a complete fibreglass trailer, where the corners were not bridged by butyl putty and screws. We started looking at Big Foots, but the Escape is lighter and less expensive, and BEST OF ALL the owners/designers are fantastic. Can you imagine getting to speak with the owner/designer of the trailer if you have any hard questions. They are good, honest people. That is why the wait time for their trailers continues to increase (we waited for 8 months for our 21).

But have a look at them for yourself.

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Old 08-01-2015, 05:48 AM   #10
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We went with totally fiberglass after almost the exact same scenario as Bob K above, although I spent the first 4 weeks of retirement fixing the rotted floor. Started looking for a retirement trailer a few years ago, the rotted floor pushed WATER RESISTANCE to the forefront of requirements. For me, being 6'2", the fiberglass trailers were too small for months at a time, as was the T@B. Then coinciding with the floor fiasco Escape came out with the 21 and rumors of the 5.0TA (twin axle) . Looked at an owners 21, and a 5.0SA (single axle), really liked both with the fifth wheel floorplan fitting us best. Ordered the planned TA.
Have had it for a year and have taken one 5 week trip as well as some shorter. Worked out great on the 5 week, could easily have stayed out longer. Leaving shortly for 8 weeks traveling the west followed by a month in FL this winter to see how snowbirding in one spot works out.
The only downside is I still have to have a full size truck.

Have you had the T@B out for weeks at a time? You need to decide if the small size of these fiberglass trailers will suit you. Certainly not for everyone. Spent a few nights at a 55+ commercial campground in PA last weekend, we were the only sub 30+ footer there. Got a feeling this is how Florida will be come February.

Happy Motoring
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