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Old 02-03-2017, 12:15 PM   #1
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Escape Durability and Off-Road Capability

Hi Forum!

I'm new here and have a few questions that I wasn't able to find using the search function.

I'm curious to hear experiences or opinions on how the Escape trailers do with off road use. I'm not looking to go rock crawling or anything like that, but would like to mostly boondock, which requires going down a lot of dirt roads. How does the design of the Escape do with this?

Has anyone heard of problems with the overhead cabinets failing, or cracking in the roof from vibrations? Any issues with the lower portion of the body cracking at the frame/body mounts from excessive vibration? And how are repairs if you say, back into something and crack the shell?

We're looking at an Airstream Sport 22 and comparing that to the Escape 19. The Airstreams are great, but even on normal roads they will pop rivets and have issues with cabinets loosening up...

Thanks for the help everyone!
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:39 PM   #2
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Prior on deciding to get an Escape trailer I did some looking on the Expedition Portal and my conclusion was the fiberglass trailers hold up better on gravel roads or anything that giggles much... since the olivers are way out of our price range and we did not like the casita floor plan as much, we decide to get the escape..... there was also a guy on the expo forum that took his escape 17' to some "interesting" locations which gives us the confidence. (he has since sold the escape and went for a much smaller offroad trailer)

That said I am aware that trailers of any kind shakes more than the vehicle and certain precautions are necessary regardless of trailer type.. Our little offroad trailer with shocks and nubby tires still giggles a lot, and when we dont "pack and button" things up properly we have to put up the results afterward - one time the legs of a dutch oven worn through the padding and "shines" two spots on the cast iron skillet underneath.. after ~22miles-ish of racetrack road in death valley.. I suspect with the escape trailer we'd have to do more of that, but it's the price to pay for having walls... (and a real bed)
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:40 PM   #3
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One of my favourite campsites is at the end of 45 minutes of washboard. I bungee the fridge door closed and some of the cupboards. In eight years, I've not had to tighten a single screw.
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:41 PM   #4
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Hi Forum!

I'm new here and have a few questions that I wasn't able to find using the search function.

I'm curious to hear experiences or opinions on how the Escape trailers do with off road use. I'm not looking to go rock crawling or anything like that, but would like to mostly boondock, which requires going down a lot of dirt roads. How does the design of the Escape do with this?

Has anyone heard of problems with the overhead cabinets failing, or cracking in the roof from vibrations? Any issues with the lower portion of the body cracking at the frame/body mounts from excessive vibration? And how are repairs if you say, back into something and crack the shell?

We're looking at an Airstream Sport 22 and comparing that to the Escape 19. The Airstreams are great, but even on normal roads they will pop rivets and have issues with cabinets loosening up...

Thanks for the help everyone!
We just got our Escape 21 (love it) so cant comment on the Escape, but I towed our Casita 17' down all sorts of rutted and rough dirt roads......

never an issue at all. None.

My gut feeling is that if you are a careful driver, and you think about the fact that you basically have a big heavy semi-fragile thing behind you, and you tow slower than you would drive those roads (and slowly straddle big ruts, and avoid washboarded sections, and look way ahead) you should probably be fine.

However there are lots of folks who have driven many, many miles with Escapes, and I'm sure will chime in.

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Old 02-03-2017, 12:42 PM   #5
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One of my favourite campsites is at the end of 45 minutes of washboard. I bungee the fridge door closed and some of the cupboards. In eight years, I've not had to tighten a single screw.
Holy cow that is impressive!!! cool!!!
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:48 PM   #6
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Short version of a longer story: We trusted our GPS when it suggested a shortcut over the Cabinet Mountains (or is it the Cupboard Mountains, I forget) in Montana. The shortcut ended up being a 29 mile dirt and rock Jeep track mountain pass that we couldn't turn around on, as there was no place to do so, and included three downed trees across the track that we had to clear to pass (we now carry a chainsaw, just in case). "Road" was quite rough. Knuckles were white. 29 miles took over four hours. We were in 4WD High for most of it. We had ETI retrofit the high lift axle just a few weeks prior to this, and glad we did. Trailer came through like a champ! A couple things we hadn't secured well enough got flung around, but no issues at all with the trailer itself. Anecdotal, I know, but a good testament I think to these trailers' construction.
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:11 PM   #7
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This is exactly the kind of reply that I wanted to hear. Thank you!
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:11 PM   #8
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One of my favourite campsites is at the end of 45 minutes of washboard. I bungee the fridge door closed and some of the cupboards. In eight years, I've not had to tighten a single screw.
Love that you've put this trailer through the paces! Thanks for chiming in.
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:20 PM   #9
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Rough roads do involve some degree of risk of damage to your Escape. You should read this thread. Any Damage From Driving on Rough Roads?
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... there was also a guy on the expo forum that took his escape 17' to some "interesting" locations which gives us the confidence. (he has since sold the escape and went for a much smaller offroad trailer)
Was this the guy that hauled the dead moose in his trailer? I still remember reading about that when I first joined this forum. It was an older thread.
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