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.