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Old 07-11-2016, 09:26 PM   #1
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Hello, New from Bennington, vt

Hello, we are from the Bennington, Vt. Area. We are in the process of deciding on an Escape RV. We are hoping to connect with folks in the Vt./ NY/ Western Massachusetts vicinity so that we might be able to view the various sizes and the 5 th wheel style. PROBLEM my husband is 6'5' so we have no idea if any of the options might suffice. Or that is the height of the RV.

I do love it, have seen one while staying in Myrtle Beach. I drive a 35 ft. 5 th. Wheel and just to tired of it. We have it parked on our upper fields on our country farm for an Airbnb. I never want to tow one that big again.

I have a 2500 Silverado diesel, full cab with 8 ft. Bed That's BIG too. Luv the size but hate the drive. I'm looking at a Tacoma.
Any ideas, we welcome.

Oh and any one heading northeast, comeing to the Bennington Garlic let me know.

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Old 07-11-2016, 10:21 PM   #2
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I have a fifth wheel just outside Springfield Ma, that you could look at if you want, but there may be one closer, folks been doing some buying lately.

I'm 6'2", the trailer works for me although the bed can be a bit tight even being a real queen.
Think it's the angled front wall, cuts a little off the usable length, especially if you put a topper on it or get a thicker mattress. It works, but It's just not the same as the queen in the house.

Can't really say if a newly ordered trailer would be the same, the current model. ETI is in the midst of coming out with a new body style for the 2017's, which is what you'd be looking at if you were to place an order now. Interior is supposedly the same, or close to it, but we won't really know till one gets built.

You might want to consider taking a ride up to Alf's Niagara Falls rally in mid Sept., be plenty of Escapes to see there. 2016 Niagara Wine Escape- 9/16-9/18

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Old 07-12-2016, 05:30 AM   #3
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There will be a rally in September in Niagara Falls, On where you will be able to see just about every Escape model - see here for details 2016 Niagara Wine Escape- 9/16-9/18

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Old 07-12-2016, 06:46 AM   #4
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Would love to go to the rally, I don't have a passport. Don't know if I could get one by then. I think I'll give it a go.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:02 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:28 AM   #6
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Hi Kathy,
We are near Sunapee NH and an easy drive from White River Jct VT if you are wanting to see an Escape 5.0TA, we are happy to show you ours. As Padlin says the new model year 2017 will have some physical changes and one hasn't been built yet.
We had one couple at a campground on our last trip who asked to see our trailer. He was 6'3" and wanted to see if he could stand in the bathroom, and was pleased that he could stand upright!
If you'd like to take a drive to NH feel free to PM us.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:59 AM   #7
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So nice of you. I know Keene and go through there often. I would love to see it. My work schedule is very flexible , I work at home so I'd love to arange to see it. Do you ever travel west through bennington with it. We are right in the area , so let me know if your flying by. Lots of parking lots we could meet at, or our pull in site we have put in.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:05 AM   #8
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Thanks for the referrals . I had spoken to a couple a few years ago when the interest in changing RV direction first began. We weren't able to focus in making changes then. They were from Bennington, however we were not able to connect. I'll keep trying to find folks. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:40 PM   #9
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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!
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:01 PM   #10
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I would echo Steve's comment about a test stand, test walk around and test bed check in the units you are truly interested in. Make sure you don't lie to yourself with an " It will be ok, we will get used to it" attitude if you are not 100% happy with the way you fit the unit. I had a fellow who was 6'3" admit to me he'd made a serious mistake buying a Scamp that was too low for him. Our 19 would have worked better, he said at the time. However, he was all in with the Scamp and could not afford to change. You can add some things later but not height to the inner dimension.
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