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Old 01-31-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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Hello from Birmingham, Alabama!

Hello everyone!

My name is Keith and I'm in the Birmingham, Alabama area at present. Spent several months in my 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe last year, figuring out what my lady friend, Kalin, and I will need to full-time for the foreseeable future. Turns out a couple of people who like each other well enough and a digital piano that at least one of them can play can get along just fine in a Casita - but if a third, somewhat smaller person came along, as seems to happen when two younger folks tromp in the woods and spend most of their evenings reasonably near each other, they'd be short on space. So we're ex-Casita folk now, though we miss it so, and we're skipping 2-foot-itis, going straight to an Escape 21 with a completion date in early December. My family spent a year in Penticton, BC when I was 9 and we passed through Sumas and Chilliwack often, so the road trip to ETI will abound with new smiles and fun memories revisited. We've a good bit of downsizing left, and a house to rent out or sell, but we're picking up steam. We'll be out there soon and hope to make friends with as many of you as we can bump into!
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:58 PM   #2
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Hi Keith- Congrats on the upcoming 21; another Casita convert that makes me wonder if the folks in Texas are paying attention or view Escape as a niche market.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:13 PM   #3
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Moving up the ladder fast...
Though the wait is long, you couldn't have made a better choice.
Congratulations!!!
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:17 PM   #4
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Sounds like a plan.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:22 PM   #5
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Hi Keith- Congrats on the upcoming 21; another Casita convert that makes me wonder if the folks in Texas are paying attention or view Escape as a niche market.
We live about two hours from the Casita plant in Rice TX and a long, long way from Chilliwack, BC. We studied this decision for a long time and came close to purchasing a Casita, which is a very nice trailer. However, after reading this forum and a trip to Chilliwack we believe that for us the Escape is the better choice, even with a long wait and a long way to go to get it in a few months. But we think we will be pleased with our choice and that it will be worth it for us. We know there are many happy owners of both brands of RVs.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:59 PM   #6
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Welcome, and congrats on you order.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:29 PM   #7
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Should have been more specific - most Casita owners going to an Escape jump for a larger trailer. Am wondering with the sharp increase in RV sales due to approximately 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day whether Casita will build larger trailers as Escape did with great success.
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:01 PM   #8
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Ross,
There has been a persistent rumor that Casita was going to build a double axle, but had to retire the 13 and possibly the 16 to get the room to do it. The 13 supposedly is being phased out now, so maybe soon.
For the last year we've received reports from buyers that there has been no wait for Casita trailers except build time while Scamp has maintained 9-12 mos wait, so it would appear that they need to do something in Rice soon.
Interesting stuff, and I'm sure we'll hear more in detail at Quartzsite next week.

Don't mean to hijack Keith's thread. So Welcome, Keith and congrats on the 21 order!!!
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:07 PM   #9
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Hi Keith and Kalin,
Welcome! That was a fun introduction .... thank you ... and I look forward to meeting you both out on the road sometime. Please don't be shy ... tell stories ... What's it like camping in the south? I'm one who has been raised in the PNW and has a strong curiosity about the opposite corner of our country ... I wanna come visit and know I'll learn a lot from your posts.

Again, welcome .... we are all friendly here.

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Old 01-31-2017, 11:30 PM   #10
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Should have been more specific - most Casita owners going to an Escape jump for a larger trailer.
If buying new, it was explained to me that there was not "enough" difference between a 17' Casita and a 19' Escape to make the financial investment. But there is between the 17' Casita and a 21' Escape.

I wonder how what the split is? I'm sure not every 17' Casita owner bought the 21'.
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