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Old 05-01-2018, 03:42 PM   #1
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Hello from central Indiana

I am researching Escape travel trailers, 17 or 19 foot, and have never owned an RV trailer. Yes, I am a newbie. My wife and I will soon be empty-nesters so we are looking into egg fiberglass trailers, either Casita or Escape. Leaning strongly toward Escape trailers, but want to hear from real owners on this forum. One of my first questions is 17 or 19-footers, pros and cons. Next question, which add-ons should we skip (AC on top?) Open to any advice, especially lessons learned the hard way. Retired US military. Due to privacy concerns (Facebook and Google selling data) I am cautious when registering on forums. My first name is Ben. Thanks everyone for your advice!
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Old 05-01-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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Start by using the Search function. Enter search terms in the bottom Google Site Search box.
Then, order the 19'. You can have guests for dinner or cards in inclement weather and you can pass one another in the aisle. More storage. All for a little more money.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:02 PM   #3
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Start by using the Search function. Enter search terms in the bottom Google Site Search box.
Then, order the 19'. You can have guests for dinner or cards in inclement weather and you can pass one another in the aisle. More storage. All for a little more money.
Thanks! I thought I would toss some of my Qs into my intro. Will definitely start using the Search box tonight while watching NCIS. Cheers!
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:06 PM   #4
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I am researching Escape travel trailers, 17 or 19 foot, and have never owned an RV trailer. Yes, I am a newbie. My wife and I will soon be empty-nesters so we are looking into egg fiberglass trailers, either Casita or Escape. Leaning strongly toward Escape trailers, but want to hear from real owners on this forum. One of my first questions is 17 or 19-footers, pros and cons. Next question, which add-ons should we skip (AC on top?) Open to any advice, especially lessons learned the hard way. Retired US military. Due to privacy concerns (Facebook and Google selling data) I am cautious when registering on forums. My first name is Ben. Thanks everyone for your advice!
Hello Ben,
Enjoy your search for a fiberglass egg. I have owned a 2015, 17' Casita SD and will be picking up our 2018 21' Escape late this month. We live in South Bend and I believe you will get good feedback on this site. If you have trouble making up your mind and want to see several fiberglass campers in person, at the end of September there is a fiberglass camper rally "2018 Mississippi River Rendezvous" in Thompson IL. If you search this site you will find many references to this event along with more info.
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Hi Ben. Welcome!!
There are huge differences between 17 and 19. Single axle versus dual axle, permanent queen bed versus dinette/bed area, inside space, etc.
You might want to pick up the phone and give ETI a call. ETI can get you in contact with Escape owners in your neck of the woods, who are willing to show your their trailer and answer any question you come up with. (Escape owners are very helpful people)
Good luck with your choice!!
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Old 05-01-2018, 06:23 PM   #6
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The 17 v 19 question has come up a lot. Sometime I find the archives hard to search. I usually click on posts rather than threads because if I don't get the title right, nothing comes up.
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:02 PM   #7
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The 17 v 19 question has come up a lot. Sometime I find the archives hard to search. I usually click on posts rather than threads because if I don't get the title right, nothing comes up.
Thanks for the tip about searching! I assume you went with the 19 footer. More room? More features? I appreciate hearing from current owners. I am very impressed with the quality of build and features of Escapes.
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:10 PM   #8
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Hello Ben,
Enjoy your search for a fiberglass egg. I have owned a 2015, 17' Casita SD and will be picking up our 2018 21' Escape late this month. We live in South Bend and I believe you will get good feedback on this site. If you have trouble making up your mind and want to see several fiberglass campers in person, at the end of September there is a fiberglass camper rally "2018 Mississippi River Rendezvous" in Thompson IL. If you search this site you will find many references to this event along with more info.
Thanks for the tip about the rally in IL. I want to go talk with Escape owners and hear their advice. I am impressed with what I've seen about Escapes, how much quality goes into their builds.
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:21 PM   #9
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Hi Ben. Welcome!!
There are huge differences between 17 and 19. Single axle versus dual axle, permanent queen bed versus dinette/bed area, inside space, etc.
You might want to pick up the phone and give ETI a call. ETI can get you in contact with Escape owners in your neck of the woods, who are willing to show your their trailer and answer any question you come up with. (Escape owners are very helpful people)
Good luck with your choice!!
Thanks, Marry,
I need to get on the website and request a connection to local Escape owners. I know there are probably ones near me in central Indiana. I am just starting this process. I am very encouraged by what I've seen on YouTube and websites about Escape trailers. I just wish the factory and showroom was closer to Muncie, Indiana! Thanks for your feedback!
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:03 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tip about searching! I assume you went with the 19 footer. More room? More features? I appreciate hearing from current owners. I am very impressed with the quality of build and features of Escapes.
We never considered the 17 because we wanted the queen bed. When we started the search we were coming from a 31' Airstream and we wanted the smallest trailer we could find that had a queen bed. We've been really happy with the Escape. And I think the 17 would have been too small for us, particularly since, to my surprise, I find that I cook a fair number of meals in it -- in our previous camping all the cooking had been done outdoors. We use every inch of storage. I don't know if the dinette is larger than the 17, but we use every inch of that space also for storage and for projects.
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