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Old 03-13-2019, 07:22 PM   #1
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Hunting for our first egg

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!
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:36 PM   #2
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Welcome Justus, at first thought the name was referring to the two of you, Just Us, anyway, welcome to our Escape world. Escapes will hold their value and used ones do occasionally come up. with a 6 month wait for a new one, the factory just today released 2 2019 models, a 17 and a 19 foot Escape. what is your tow vehicle?
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:24 PM   #3
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Welcome Justus, at first thought the name was referring to the two of you, Just Us, anyway, welcome to our Escape world. Escapes will hold their value and used ones do occasionally come up. with a 6 month wait for a new one, the factory just today released 2 2019 models, a 17 and a 19 foot Escape. what is your tow vehicle?
My dad likes to joke that he and Mom picked it because before me (oldest child here), it was "Just Us."

We have a 2015 Highlander with the factory tow package rated at 5,000 lbs. Last weekend I finished up installing the 7-blade plug and harness for a brake controller. Should have no problem towing a 17B wherever we want to go. I really like the light weight of the Escape (compared to a similar Bigfoot) because it gives us plenty of leftover cargo capacity, and my better half does not travel light!

Since November I have only found two Escapes that fit the bill for us, both in Canada. We're focusing our search on early- to mid-2000s trailers because frankly those are the only ones we're willing to shell out for. One seller told me she preferred to sell within Canada to avoid the hassle of transfer (I know there isn't much hassle but I'm sure she has her reasons); the other wasn't trying to sell until May/June and was 1500 miles away.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:55 PM   #4
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Welcome, Justus!
I wish you good luck in your trailer search! You say you are looking for an Escape from the early to mid 2000's. Do you realize that Escape only started manufacturing in the early 2000's and wasn't yet manufacturing a lot of them? They are going to be very hard to find and you will need to be willing to travel quite far if you find one--and have money in hand. Have you considered a Casita? Still difficult to find, it just takes a little time. When I was looking 12 years ago, I decided I was willing to travel anywhere in the western states to pick up. I went to a rally and spread word that I was looking for one. I got a message from someone at the rally a week or so later that they knew someone was was selling and it turned out to be in my price range and only a few hundred miles away. Score! Now I want to move up to something a little bigger, so am eyeing the 21' Escapes. I wish you luck in your search.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:32 AM   #5
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Lisa, while I wasn't aware of production numbers, that does explain why I've seen so few come up for sale from those years. We have a certain amount set aside that we're willing to spend on a trailer--but that amount restricts us to these scarce years! It's the same with Bigfoots: very hard to find trailers from those years as that's about the time they went under and then restarted, so production was low.

If I had to pick one thing that is keeping me from a Casita, it's carpeted walls. If I had to pick a second, it's the front bathroom. The designs of both the Escape and Bigfoot are simply superior from a quality of living standpoint. Aerodynamics...maybe not so much! Knowing that we could resell it several years down the road at a minimal loss, we may break down eventually, but for now we're going to keep searching for the "best fit" trailer.

I have a feeling when we see an Escape 21 or 5.0 in person, we'll start planning and budgeting for the upgrade...Maybe you'll luck out with another sale within a day's drive!
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Justus, you might want to keep an eye on this site too. Not all Escape trailers are sold through the EscapeForum: https://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com/
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:38 AM   #7
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You may want to watch for this rally repeating itself this year, near you
2018 Mississippi River Rendezvous September 28-30
there are always plenty of Escape's there for viewing, several being towed by Highlanders.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:46 AM   #8
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Justus, you might want to keep an eye on this site too. Not all Escape trailers are sold through the EscapeForum: https://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com/
Thanks Donna. I am religious about checking that site. I learned my lesson when I saw something come up, then hemmed and hawed and asked my wife to take a look. Once she gave the OK I contacted the guy...#2 in line. Unbelievable. Next time I'll shoot first and ask questions later.

I am actually using that site in part for a stats project to evaluate the "Big 4 Fiberglass" manufacturers (Scamp, Casita, Escape, and Bigfoot). I never thought I'd be excited about statistics, but I'm looking forward to combing through hundreds of sold ads

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You may want to watch for this rally repeating itself this year, near you
2018 Mississippi River Rendezvous September 28-30
there are always plenty of Escape's there for viewing, several being towed by Highlanders.
By the time the next one happens, maybe we'll be one of those Escape-towing Highlanders!
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:05 AM   #9
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If I had to pick one thing that is keeping me from a Casita, it's carpeted walls. If I had to pick a second, it's the front bathroom.
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.
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You say you are looking for an Escape from the early to mid 2000's. Do you realize that Escape only started manufacturing in the early 2000's and wasn't yet manufacturing a lot of them? They are going to be very hard to find and you will need to be willing to travel quite far if you find one--and have money in hand.

If you haven't seen it this is a neat history that ETI has on their website:

The Escape

Our Escape Story
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