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Old 09-29-2016, 09:04 AM   #11
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Thanks all for the warm welcome!!

We appreciate all the warm welcomes!!

Donna - I hope the forced early retirement was a gift!! Sounds like it was and that's great - congratulations!! We only live once. I read all the post from people who say "why didn't I do this 10 years earlier?" It makes us dream...

On the flip side, I don't want to be laid off yet, a lot to lose. My wife and I both work at the same place. Its a HUGE company (think Thomas Edison). I have just over 25 years here and I work in an Engineering position without an Engineering degree. I was hired as a "draftsman" back when we had drawing boards and there were ad's on the back of matchbook covers that said "make big money in drafting" haha. All my experience is on the job, and I try to hold my own here.

BUT. The last round of layoffs were mostly people in their upper 50's. I'm an expensive employee due to being grandfathered in the pension plan. They like to purge those and replace with younger cheaper. I'm not blind to the target on my back, but I try to work hard and keep my head down to make it thru till 60. Rumor is more go next year.

My wife has 3 years here. She hired in well after the pension stopped. She has informed me that "my last day is her last day".....haha! Smart gal!!! We hope whenever the time comes we are prepared and can do what Donna D is - and enjoy early retirement!

James Gang - SWEET car!!! I loved mine and still love the hobby, but honestly I don't miss the car as much as I thought I would. I'm ready for the simple life! We want to sell our home. Its just an average home, but it has a lot of yard to maintain. We decided we are better off in a small (1200 sq ft ish) home and an ez yard to maintain. A "lock-n-go" home. All we want is a small home, our truck, and the 5.0TA. THAT'S IT!! haha!

So that's the reason considering 5.0TA now. We don't want to get a pink slip and say "ok - time to go" and have a 1 year wait for a 5.0TA. But in reality, as long as we are working, our EggCamper is fine and EZ to store and zip around in!

Thanks all for the welcomes! Hope to meet more of you in our travels!
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:55 AM   #12
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Hi: jwscarab... Welcome to the line up!!! When I turned 60 we gained the opportunity to buy our dream. An 8 month old Escape 5.0 complete with a 6 yr. old pickup truck. Had to sweet talk the bank into extending my line... but I thought; I have 5 yrs to pay for it, then retire. Made the five but we all know how theory works.
Along came the 5.0TA, and a bit of arm wrestling from Reace and well... the rest is history. Nothing like starting at the top... Eh? Sure is a nice view from up here!!! Alf
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:31 AM   #13
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Welcome. We weren't due to retire for 5 years when we ordered the 19. When the exchange rate went upside down in our favor and some other things aligned we went ahead and got the retirement trailer. Glad we did it now and the trailer will be all setup when we hit the road in 4 years. If you can do it now with the exchange rate, do it.
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:58 AM   #14
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Well i feel a little embaressed! After a few more days of soul searching, we have added the 25RQ back into the mix. I hope you guys dont think we r nuts! Its such a huge decision. The bed issue is still resolved, but not the height. So we need to weigh the height vs the other pros and cons. Please bear with us I hope we are not defectors here before we get started!
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Well i feel a little embaressed! After a few more days of soul searching, we have added the 25RQ back into the mix. I hope you guys dont think we r nuts! Its such a huge decision. The bed issue is still resolved, but not the height. So we need to weigh the height vs the other pros and cons. Please bear with us I hope we are not defectors here before we get started!
A fine trailer, as long as you can deal with a base dry weight of almost 5000 lbs, closer to 6000 lbs underway -- and over 600 lbs of tongue weight. That eliminates many vehicles as a tow that would easily work with an Escape.

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Old 10-01-2016, 10:12 AM   #16
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A fine trailer, as long as you can deal with a base dry weight of almost 5000 lbs, closer to 6000 lbs underway -- and over 600 lbs of tongue weight. That eliminates many vehicles as a tow that would easily work with an Escape.

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I looked hard at Bigfoots recently , but your reasons are a big part of our deciding against. Plus, I wanted the flexibility of ordering customized stuff. I find that the Escapes have more storage for the given sizes.

That said, Bigfoot makes a great quality trailer, something to be proud to own.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:23 PM   #17
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Welcome Joe and Cherie from a mutual Ohioan. We are awaiting the build of our 2017 19 in the Spring. Maybe someday if we get enough interest we can organize an Ohio rally. Until then enjoy the forum and all the excellent information it provides. Ralph and Linda in NE Ohio.
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Old 10-01-2016, 03:40 PM   #18
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Well i feel a little embaressed! After a few more days of soul searching, we have added the 25RQ back into the mix. I hope you guys dont think we r nuts! Its such a huge decision. The bed issue is still resolved, but not the height. So we need to weigh the height vs the other pros and cons. Please bear with us I hope we are not defectors here before we get started!
We love the 25 RQ model and were going to go with that one for retirement. Great walk around q bed and bathroom. Still very fond of that trailer, but we decided to go with the tiny house movement, less is more, and decided on the Escape 19. I think we ended up with the right decision for us, but I still do think about that Bigfoot.

It's not an easy decision, take ur time and I'm sure you'll like whichever one you go with.
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:59 PM   #19
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Well that may have been short lived.......ha

Thanks everybody for your thoughts and suggestions! So today I went over to our friends Rick and Kims for a visit. They are the couple who have a 2016 Escape 21. I stood in it to get a feel for the headroom again. I was suprised at how much i had to bend my head over to stand. So if the Escape is 6'5" and the Bigfot is 6'4" and i was already uncomfortably hunched, then the Bigfoot is not going to work! Its that simple .

What had us thinking about the Bigfoot again was the 4 season thing. This may very well be a full time rv some day, or a 6 to 9 month a year rv. I love the idea of internal tanks. We can follow weather but if we have to come home for family reasons and its January, the 3 season may not do well.

So thats the trade off thats so hard. We'd LOVE a 4 seasom rv, but if we are living in it that long, i think standing up may have to win out. Thats every day that I have to stand up! I guess i can blow out the lines and then head north dry. So we may be back to the 5.0TA after all. Thanks for listening to my blabbering!
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