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Old 07-12-2016, 04:45 PM   #11
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Location: hoosick falls, New York
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I guess the question is with or without the hubby. I won't answer that...haha! I do however travel a good deal doing volunteer work when I can. He will not always be with me, as because of big time changes in his banking corp. he now does not have the option to work either at home in NY or winters in Florida. So we are now stuck more up here. We are looking into buying a camp in Western Vt. So we both have a base we can go to in retirement that we both can enjoy on weekends. anyhow, I still want my travel rig. So I might even think about the 17 footer. Easy to tow, and I could squeeze him in if I missed him.
The 2017 units are they any taller, bed longer? Thanks for the input all of you.

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Old 07-12-2016, 07:47 PM   #12
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Location: East Dover, Vermont
Trailer: 2015 Escape 5.0 TA!
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Hi Kathy
We are in East Dover VT and it took about 1.5hr for us to get to Charlie and Lucy's place. We are looking at the 5.0 TA to upsize slightly from our 19' scamp. Living in VT i would hesitate using a Tacoma with the mountains. My Tundra seems to be big enough but remember you are looking at two things, one is how much can you tow and two is payload. I expect a fully loaded 5.0 TA might have a kingpin weight of between 600 - 800 pounds and then you add a 125 lb hitch and two folks and all the stuff you put in the truck including fuel and you are rapidly getting at the top end of the payload for a Taco. Not saying you can't do it and people do but i would not want to be at the top end of what a truck can do and try to tow around VT.

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Old 07-12-2016, 08:07 PM   #13
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Location: Sherburne, New York
Trailer: 2016 21 ft escape
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Hello and welcome from Sherburne ,NY. Absolutely LOVE Bennington VT. Never been to Hoosick falls though. Have passed by on the way to Bennington. We have gone to Bennington every year for a long time. Our breakfast nook is the little coffee shop on the corner of Rt 7 and 9, and Sunday's if we are there , live entertainment. The garlic festival is one of our favorites, not to big not to small. And I don't know what it is about that Monument, but we seem to go there most every time we're up there. At least drive around it.
If you can, I highly recommend that you go to the "Niagra Wine Escape". You will be able to view every model of the Escapes, older ones and new. So you can see how they have progressed. Plus you will be able to view some older Trillums, and Bolers. Some 30 or more years old, still in use. The people will make you feel very welcome and you'll make some good friends. Go for the whole 3 days if you can. And take part in the planned festivities. We did last year and had such a great time that we ended up going to the "Egg Rally" on the Outter Banks in North Carolina the next month.
But beware. After the rally we ordered an Escape 21. Supposed to be picking it up this October 17th. I say supposed to be cause the wife is having an unplanned major spine surgery in August. May have to make other plans to get it if she can't go.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:39 PM   #14
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Location: Burlington, Vermont
Trailer: 2014 17b/RAV4 (sold) 2012 Chevy Colorado
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Hi Kathy,
I can say the the 17B won't work for your spouse unless he has a terrible posture problem. Come look at ours if you want to confirm that though!
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:31 PM   #15
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Location: Pensacola, Florida
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Originally Posted by Steve Clark View Post
Hi Kathy and Welcome!

I am 6'4" (6'5" with shoes on) and although the 21 is listed at 6'5" interior height, I think that is without insulation and flooring, as even without shoes, I cannot stand up straight. However, I don't find it a problem. The maxx fan and air conditioner hang down even further, so I naturally duck when I move around inside. When I stand at the sink or stove, I am looking down anyway, and if I spread my legs a little, I am ok. The others are right though; you and your husband will have to see some Escapes in person and he will need to 'test stand' in the different sizes as there is a difference. Good Luck!
Describes me exactly. I think that the advantages of the Escape make the "hunching over" that I must do well worth it. The 6'7" headroom in our old EggCamper is the only thing that I miss.
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:54 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Ray N View Post
Describes me exactly. I think that the advantages of the Escape make the "hunching over" that I must do well worth it. The 6'7" headroom in our old EggCamper is the only thing that I miss.
I couldn't agree more! All things considered, a little lack of headroom is minor, compared to all the advantages of an Escape. After all, we know we are tall, and pay attention. We are either ducking or paying the consequences. I have scars on my head to prove my lack of attention.
Steve and Debbie
2016 - 21' SSSScape
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Old 07-13-2016, 03:40 PM   #17
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Location: Saxtons River, Vermont
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Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
Welcome, Kathy.

Two of the best Escape owners out there are from Vermont, Jenny and Ian Eddy. They picked up their 19 the day before we picked up ours in 2009, and we spent the weekend camping with them. They since bought another one better outfitted to their needs in 2015, and we got to camp with them again at the rally. I would highly recommend you contact them.

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And I fully understand you wanting to dump your big truck if not needed, I have had a 3/4 or 1 ton truck for 25 years now, and am glad to downsize to tow a trailer too. Though I am not real familiar with the Tacoma, it certainly has been discussed a lot, so a search should bring up lots of input for you on it.
Thanks Jim for suggesting Kathy contact us. We would be thrilled to talk to you about the wonders of the Escape! Ours is a 19 footer.
We don't go on this forum very often or we would have responded sooner. We are in Saxtons River which is about 3/4 hour from Bennington on the other side of the state.
- Jenny

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