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Old 03-14-2019, 01:48 PM   #11
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Justus, we are both on this forum because we want Escapes, and for good reasons. With that said, don't be too quick to discount Casitas when they might be within your size and price range and more available. The carpet might seem strange, but it does lend a warm cozy feeling to the trailer and you can hang anything and everything using upholstery hooks you just stick into the wall! About the front bathroom...where would you rather it be located? Not too many Burros around with their side bath. The best unobstructed views are often out the back, whereas the front is often blocked by your tow vehicle. I guess you can maybe see people coming and going up and down the road better with a front dinette. Each to his own, just trying to give you food for thought, as others do for me on the forums.
That's funny about the front-facing window. I'd thought the same thing about the Intech Sol. I guess given a choice between windows all around and windows on 3 sides, I'd rather have them all around. More so for the extra light than the view. I'll keep an eye out for a good deal on a Casita nearby and if something comes up won't rule it out. As we'll need an upgrade as the family grows, it's only temporary!
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:22 PM   #12
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Before I put up a Want ad, I thought I'd better introduce myself.

I began using the fiberglassrv boards in November as I began looking into different molded FG trailers. Initially I had an idea of what capabilities I wanted, and the community there helped me narrow it down. Most of this intro is copied over from there, so if you feel like you've seen it before you're not crazy.

My wife and I both love traveling and camping, but her idea of camping is not as rustic as mine. If it doesn't have flush toilets, we don't go! I grew up tent camping, while she grew up surrounded by 40' 5th wheels and toy haulers. To this day nearly every member of her family owns a fancy trailer and truck to go with it. Meanwhile, my parents have been using the same tent for 35 years!

After a few hit-and-miss tent camping adventures together--and more than a few high-priced cabin and lodge rentals--we decided it was time to treat ourselves.

As we started looking at light weight trailers, Scamp was one of the first names we came across. To my surprise, my wife loved the "egg," but I wasn't sold--seemed too expensive and too simple. I researched lighter stick built trailers from Thor and Forest River subsidiaries, which look nice in pictures, but I found a lot of complaints about shoddy workmanship and poor customer service.

I researched teardrop campers including the Sol by InTech, T@B 400 by NuCamp, and Little Guy Max and Mini Max, but the price tags on those are upwards of $20,000 new and there is no used market to speak of.

Finally I circled back around to molded fiberglass trailers. After spending some time on the fiberglassrv forums and having a better look at what each trailer offered, we knew Scamp wasn't the one. We narrowed it down to Bigfoot or Escape. I joined up here to watch for Sale ads, but with spring upon us it's time to get more aggressive!

With the way you describe things I'm not sure your wife is ready for a wet bathroom. Unfortunately ETI doesn't make anything with a dry bathroom that I'm aware of! It really is something to get used to if you're used to the 40' fifth wheel kind of life.
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:24 PM   #13
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That's funny about the front-facing window. I'd thought the same thing about the Intech Sol. I guess given a choice between windows all around and windows on 3 sides, I'd rather have them all around. More so for the extra light than the view. I'll keep an eye out for a good deal on a Casita nearby and if something comes up won't rule it out. As we'll need an upgrade as the family grows, it's only temporary!

The other thing that nobody mentions about a lot of campers these days, those windows make for miserable cold weather boondocking. Makes me nervous just thinking about all the heat you lose out them.
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:44 PM   #14
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Hi Justus
Mark your calendar and gas up that Highlander for the Pikes Peak State Park Rally at McGregor Iowa on May 9,10,11. There will be several Escapes there and even though the rally is on Pikes Peak, the Highlander will pull a fully loaded 21 Escape up there with ease and in style. There will be two Highlander pulled 21s there and a couple more pulled by pickups. Unless one of the owners I know trades for a Freightliner 80 series before May
There’s lodging in the area, walk in camp sites for tents, whatever you need. Let me know if questions. 249 miles for you, just a shade over three hours.
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:52 PM   #15
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With the way you describe things I'm not sure your wife is ready for a wet bathroom. Unfortunately ETI doesn't make anything with a dry bathroom that I'm aware of! It really is something to get used to if you're used to the 40' fifth wheel kind of life.
I did ask her because initially we were looking at some stickies that had dry baths. Turns out her main concern is having somewhere private to use the bathroom. This being a starter trailer, at least we'll know if it's a big deal when it comes time to upgrade.
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