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Old 03-23-2016, 08:57 PM   #11
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Along with all of the info available on this form good to hear this. We will get our 5.0TA on Aug 12,'16. We have our first contacts with ETI people as we approach a May deadline for our build list. We are in So Ca and considered a quick trip to Chilliwack for a look see but so far we are accepting this great leap of faith with ETI.
If any one is interested, Southwest has $69 one wayfares available right now; $150 or so and night or two for a motel isn't too bad. (a good word for my son-in-law SW Captain...)
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:44 PM   #12
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John - Linda and I live in Cottonwood Heights and would be glad to run you through our 17B and answer any questions you might have. We purchased it in 2014, have spent nearly 40 nights in it so far and absolutely love it! I did have an opportunity to visit ETI at the tail end of a business trip to Seattle prior to finalizing by build sheet and it was a great experience, but 90+ percent of my questions were answered here on the forum and by visiting a 17B owner in Park City. Message me if you're interested in dropping by.
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:59 PM   #13
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That's how you do it John. No substitute for seeing them in person, and you do learn more at ETI than by touring an owner's trailer.
Depends on the owner!

We learned lots and lots from the owners of the 4 trailers we viewed. One couple were on their 4th (I believe) Escape trailer - going up in size each time. They were a huge bundle of information on the different sizes of trailers. What was also helpful was getting the owners' first hand experiences at actually using the trailers. We didn't get any of that type of information when we were at the factory. Nor did I expect to.

One of the owners traveled with their cat, so that was quite helpful. Such as, if you have a table mounted, get a flush mount for the supports, otherwise you get wads of cat litter in there that might not be easy to clean out.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:12 AM   #14
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Along with all of the info available on this form good to hear this. We will get our 5.0TA on Aug 12,'16. We have our first contacts with ETI people as we approach a May deadline for our build list. We are in So Ca and considered a quick trip to Chilliwack for a look see but so far we are accepting this great leap of faith with ETI.
If any one is interested, Southwest has $69 one wayfares available right now; $150 or so and night or two for a motel isn't too bad. (a good word for my son-in-law SW Captain...)
-Ethan
We went to escape last August to visit the factory and make our first deposit. We flew into Vancouver and rented a car through Costco and stayed at an Air BnB in Abbotsford. $49/night it was brand-new and private basement suite with a window overlooking the backyard. The hosts were very nice and accepted our last minute request. No TV but Internet was good. We also took time to visit Vancouver on the hop on hop off bus. We got a lot in a couple days!
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:00 AM   #15
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Dave & Penny Smith were kind enough to show me their 17B yesterday. This was a truly pleasant experience. Thank you all for your positive comments. I can't help but feel that I am moving in the right direction. A couple of days in Vancouver would be worthwhile under any circumstances, but I also have a personal reason for being there next week. For me personally seeing the factory first hand, comparing showroom models, and having a face to face with ETI people will make a big difference. I will share my report when I return.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:07 AM   #16
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Thanks Scott. I will be in touch.
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:12 PM   #17
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Just got back from a whirlwind trip to Chilliwack.Things were not as chaotic on Friday as I expected them to be. Met Reace and had an informative and pleasant conversation with him. Fortunately there was ample time for Sarah to answer all my questions and address all my concerns. I decided to go with the 19. The deciding factor was being able to stand up in the shower. The additional 3 inches of headroom in the living area was important as well. I think I will feel more comfortable with the extra space. I will feel more secure with tandem axles. And I did the math, and I can actually afford it. Especially if I pay more off on it now than later. All in all a very pleasant experience. Chilliwack is a nice place. I look forward to returning. Exceptional weather, too, by the way. Thank you all for you positive comments. I am on my way!
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:17 PM   #18
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Congrats on your decision, John. You will be very happy.

And you even got time with that busy Reace fellow, nice.
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:20 PM   #19
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Congrats John. It's funny how similar many of our experiences are. I too took a special flight to Canada so I could visit the factory, talk to Reace, and get my questions answered before ordering. Before I went, I was settled on the 17. After my visit, it was the 19 for sure. Haven't regretted purchasing for one second.

Hope to see you out there on the road someday. Cheers!
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:36 PM   #20
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Having now had both, I call the 19 "the 17 on steroids."
Congrats on your order and a successful trip.
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