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Old 06-07-2014, 04:07 PM   #1
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Just starting to look

Hello all,

It is a bit ironic. I've driven past a farmers field in Chilliwack for several years now with 2 trailers parked at the edge. It wasn't until I discovered this phenomenon called 'Escape Trailers' that I learned that they weren't abandoned.

My wife and I have only just decided to start looking for an RV and are already seriously looking at what Escape has to offer. We are leaning toward a 5.0 as a fifth wheel has the practicality we are looking for. As many of you know and as I have recently discovered it is nearly impossible to find a used Escape, they rarely show up on Craig's list or any of the other on-line resources and you never see them on a dealer's lot. A definite testimony of how obsessive Escape owners are about their trailers. A good thing.

A quick unscientific straw poll if you will indulge me. How many of you bought new? How many used? If you bought new how long did you wait? If used, how long did you search?

My TV is a Dodge Dakota 4x4 pick up with a 4.7 V8 and factory installed towing accessories including a transmission cooler and wiring harness for electric brakes. What has the experience been with this vehicle?

I'm hoping to start my build sheet soon and have an order placed before the end of the year.

I'm looking forward to getting to know all you Escapees in the future, on-line at least for the time being.

Wayne M.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:25 PM   #2
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Hi Wayne, welcome to the EscapeForum. BTW ETI opened the build schedule for 2015 the end of May. The longer you wait to get on the schedule, the longer you'll wait for your trailer. If you wait until the end of the year, the 2015 build schedule may be full...

To add to your poll. I am buying a 5.0TA new. I've waited more than seven years for it
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:37 PM   #3
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info Donna,

I of course would like to get things going sooner rather than later. We have a hectic summer due to some other issues and will be in a better position in the fall to sit down and determine and decide what we want. I'm content to wait.

I am fortunate to live not too far from Escape's facilities. I have an appointment in Chilliwack in the next couple of weeks, so I plan to drive by ETI and at least look over the fence. I have popped off an email to them, if I have time I'll go in and take a look around.

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Old 06-07-2014, 05:14 PM   #5
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I did research for 8 months to figure out what maker and model would be the best fit for our lifestyle.

I lucky (and very thankful) to become the 2nd owner of our 21.
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:45 PM   #6
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I did research for 8 months to figure out what maker and model would be the best fit for our lifestyle.

I lucky (and very thankful) to become the 2nd owner of our 21.
You found a USED 21

WAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!

Good on ya.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
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We bought a new 17b (the Lark) in 2012. Liked it so much we have a new 21 (the Skylark). We bought the 17 because we could tow it with our existing vehicle. And we were new to the RV world (except for a series of VW vans) and we weren't sure how we would like it. The nice thing about buying new is that you get exactly what you want
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:12 PM   #8
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Wayne - we have a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4x4 4.7 liter v-8 without the tow package and are towing a 21.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:35 PM   #9
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We have a 2012 19 ft currently and have ordered a 21 to be completed dec 31,2014. We waited about 3 months for the 19 and will be waiting 9 months for the 21
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:29 PM   #10
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We had two Scamps (16 and then 5er) and were watching the Escape for about a year and wishing we had one ... when a used 2008 5.0 came upon the Escape website in 2013 we jumped on it.
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