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Old 07-20-2017, 09:27 AM   #1
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Hello from Ontario

My hubby and I are active seniors who are fulltiming in a Winnebago Navion 24J with a Toyota Prius toad (towed) on a dolly. We're considering having a home base in Canada again and downsizing to a trailer pulled by a Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

First comes the research. We would love a 'Made in Canada' trailer of course and the Escape seems to be good quality. We owned a Casita in the past and enjoyed it. It seems that the base price for an Escape doesn't include much though, and everything is an option. It certainly bumps up the price!

I'm here to discover what owners think are the pros and cons of Escapes. Looking forward to getting to know you and the trailer.
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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Welcome Hazel,
In one word, why we like our Escape...."Customization", no where else will you find a manufacturer willing to make a product the way you want it it. Try to get an extra outlet installed in an Airstream, or any other trailer. Escape will customize the interior just the way you want it. Just look at the various photo's here It's Friday! - 2017 and beyond!
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Welcome to the forum Hazel.

While it's true that Escapes have a long options list, you have everything you need for a decent camper with just stock. Compare other fiberglass brands stock equipment and you'll find Escapes are similarly or even better equipped with no options added.

One other thing to consider is the build method. Many fiberglass brands are susceptible to leaks or rot because the floor is exposed on the underside or they use lots of holes through the shell to mount interior components, etc. The Escape shell is one piece when finished, and all interior cabinetry/components are attached to supports which are glassed in to the shell. It's a small detail when you're looking at it from the outside, but it's a better method imho.

Escape customer service is hard to beat as well.
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My hubby and I are active seniors who are fulltiming in a Winnebago Navion 24J with a Toyota Prius toad (towed) on a dolly. We're considering having a home base in Canada again and downsizing to a trailer pulled by a Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

First comes the research. We would love a 'Made in Canada' trailer of course and the Escape seems to be good quality. We owned a Casita in the past and enjoyed it. It seems that the base price for an Escape doesn't include much though, and everything is an option. It certainly bumps up the price!

I'm here to discover what owners think are the pros and cons of Escapes. Looking forward to getting to know you and the trailer.
I think all of Escape's trailers provide everything you need but maybe not everything you want .
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:38 PM   #5
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Thank you for the welcome!

I'm glad to hear that the construction is superior to other fibreglass trailers ('eggs') and that the quality is excellent. That's what I was hoping to learn.

Options = customization. Very true! And that's important to us. After years of RVing/camping we've learned what we like and need in a trailer. So far their communications to us have been great.

One question: are the scheduled dates for each size of Escape the start date or the finish date? January 4th for pick up for the 21' is winter! LOL
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Those dates are the completion dates shown on the website, your trailer will be available for pickup then or maybe sooner if there is a cancellation and you let it known you want it sooner. If you wish, you can have them hold your trailer until a later date also. Very flexible...
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One question: are the scheduled dates for each size of Escape the start date or the finish date? January 4th for pick up for the 21' is winter! LOL
As Jim mentioned, those are the completion dates, and Escape will store the trailer upon completion for a short period so you can pick it up in the spring if you prefer.

But just to put the wait time into perspective, Escape recently greatly expanded their factory, which reduced the wait times quite a bit. My wait in 2015 was 9 months, and in 2016 some folks had to wait almost a year. It's now under 6 months.
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:18 PM   #8
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We're considering having a home base in Canada again and downsizing to a trailer pulled by a Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
The quality of the Escapes is excellent. It is a solid investment.

We tow our 2017 19 with a 2012 Highlander equipped with the tow package to get the towing capacity to 5,000 pounds. As far as I know, the Hybrid has a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Others can chip in here, but you might not be able to get into a 19 or 21 if you are set on the Hybrid as your tug.

Here is a post that you on the Hybrid that you might find helpful:

Towing 17B with Highlander Hybrid?
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I don't know if you're interested in the details, but most moulded fiberglass trailers are moulded in two large parts (top and bottom in all current brands) which are joined at a seam... and an Escape seam is better-constructed than the other traditional brands (Scamp, Casita, etc).

The other advantages of Escape are really those characteristics of Escape Trailer Industries, rather than the trailers themselves: customization opportunities, customer service, and the integrity of the owner-operators of the company.
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Old 07-20-2017, 11:39 PM   #10
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Second your comments Brian

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The other advantages of Escape are really those characteristics of Escape Trailer Industries, rather than the trailers themselves: customization opportunities, customer service, and the integrity of the owner-operators of the company.
We have just sold a well loved 2006 17B Escape owned for 11 years and many miles in Canada, the USA and Mexico. We are now in the build process for a 2018 Escape 19 that will be completed 2 January 2018. So the build time is a little less than 6 months on that model. As others have pointed out the company will build to suit your needs and many of your wants. The sales team have been helpful... along with the information on the threads of this forum. You will have lots of help to build a compact RV that will suit your needs. The Escape Owner's rally held in Osoyoos BC at the end of May annually is an excellent way to begin your selection process and you get to meet some great folks.
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