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Old 08-24-2015, 10:39 PM   #1
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Greetings from northern Mississippi

Greetings from northern Mississippi (Near Memphis, TN)! I've been lurking here reading through the forum from time to time over the past few weeks.

My wife and I are nearly empty nest - daughter graduating college in December if all goes as planned. We (mostly me ) have been wanting to get an RV for years. Grew up traveling with a travel trailer almost every summer - made it to 45 out of the lower 48 (missed ID, OR & WA). Lately have joined my parents in their small motor home - usually dad and I going fishing. We also did some tent camping with the daughter before she got too busy with school. My wife wants nothing to do with any more tent camping - if it doesn't have a toilet and shower she's not going.

Anyhow, started looking at travel trailers over motor homes just because I felt it was a better fit for us. Looked at stick built at first since that is what I have experience with so far but as I started researching, I wanted to see what else was out there. Looked at some with aluminum frames - still basically a stick built. Have always liked the looks of the scamp / casita / fiberglass trailers that I had seen on the road but had not really looked into one until last fall. Someone had a Casita up at the Bull Shoals / White River State Park in northern AR that I spoke with the owner and got to poke my head inside briefly. I wasn't fishing but I think the hook was set

So far we have visited the manufacturers of the Oliver in TN, and the EggCamper in MI. Liked the Oliver - looked to be a well built unit but the price is more than I want to lay out without some more experience. The EggCamper was very basic but looked solid - also had a double hull with fiberglass for both interior and exterior walls. Could almost hose out the inside on that one. It had it's charms, but I did not have the wife with me and I think she would find it too small. I had some more options in mind that just are not available on it so that was another issue.

Stumbled on the Escape being mentioned in another forum so here I am. Saw the 19' over in Little Rock - WOW! The owner had it set up very close to what I had marked down on my preliminary wish list of options off of the web site. My wife and I both loved the layout and the feel of the unit. Seemed to be a solid well built unit not flimsy and the details - like how the cutouts for plumbing and wiring are done - looked like someone was taking pride in what they did. Hope to see a 21' in the area or maybe next month when we head up to PA to visit my brother. Based on what I see on the layouts, I think the 19' or 21' are what we are looking for.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:45 PM   #2
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We chose the 21 over the 19 as the aisle is about 6 inches wider, easy to pass each other in front of the sink and still not step on a dog. Still only 4100 lbs loaded for travel. Love the bath and permanent bed.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:52 PM   #3
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Well now you have a chance to visit WA/OR/ID when you pick up your new trailer!
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:52 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site, Terry. You will find lots of info in posts past, and lots of nice folks eager to help you with anything you need.

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made it to 45 out of the lower 48 (missed ID, OR & WA).
These are probably my most travelled states, along with Montana. You do have to add them to your bucket list, as the NW is great country, much like an extension of Western Canada, bot geographically, and with the attitudes of the good folk that live there. Don't get me wrong, lots of great places and people everywhere, and it is on my bucket list to make it to them.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:55 PM   #5
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Hey Jim some of us would like to be annexed by Western Canada!
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:20 PM   #6
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Hey Jim some of us would like to be annexed by Western Canada!
You already are, in Heart.
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:11 AM   #7
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Hi Terry, and welcome to the forum. If you are a little uncertain as to which model of an Escape trailer you want, be sure and personally check out all of them. We thought it was the 19 until we went to Chilliwack last year. To my surprise we ended up ordering the 21 and are leaving in 2 weeks to get the finished trailer. And whatever you choose, you have the tow vehicle to handle it. Good luck. Loren
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:49 AM   #8
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Bill&Earline are somewhere close (TN) by you with a 21.

Good luck in the search.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:21 AM   #9
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Hi Terry,

I think you may have already made the first, most important decision, to go total fibreglass. Having our stick built trailer self destruct due to leaks in 14 years and watching my brother-in-law's 6 year old trailer do the same sent us over to fibreglass trailers. I couldn't bear to buy something where the fibreglass panels are joined with butyl putty and screws.

There are a lot of great FG trailers out there, including the Escape. Having just had our Escape 21 for 3 months, we love it and have confidence that it will continue to serve us for many years. If you read this forum you will understand that ETI's trailers, like every trailer out there, can end up with a few minor issues when they leave the facility, but I have never seen a business that looks after its customers better. Seeing the number of owners who have bought Escapes again spoke volumes to us.

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Old 08-25-2015, 04:00 AM   #10
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Well now you have a chance to visit WA/OR/ID when you pick up your new trailer!
I lived in Idaho briefly back in the '80s and went to both of the other states. But it is a good excuse for a road trip😉. The one I want to see is Alaska - seen it from the air and the deck of a ship but never actually set foot on land. Unfortunately that is going to have to wait for retirement since I don't think the boss will let me off work for that long.
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