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Old 03-23-2016, 01:27 PM   #1
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Leap of Faith

This is a big deal. I am flying up from Salt Lake City to Vancouver on March 31, renting a car, and checking into a motel for two nights to drive out to Chilliwack on April 1. There will be no factory tours that day and Sarah will only have a limited amount of time to spend with me. I have to make a very important decision involving a substantial (for me) amount of money regarding my future life based on very little first-hand information. My faith is supported by all the positive comments I have read on these pages about the Escape and the people who make and sell them. I am fairly certain about the 17B, after the new price increase and the prospects for the improving strength of the Canadian dollar, and I feel the 17 will be fine for me. Going into this I have a good feeling for the whole process. Thanks to all for your informative comments and the responses I have received from Tammie and Sarah. I will let you all know how this turns out in two weeks!

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Old 03-23-2016, 01:35 PM   #2
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We purchased our 17B last year--our pick-up date was Aug. 14th. We used the trailer last summer/fall for nearly ten weeks and are really enjoying it. If it would help you to see a 17B, we would be happy to show you ours. We're located in Sandy, so should not be too far from you. Send me a personal email if you're interested in arranging a time to see ours.

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Old 03-23-2016, 01:38 PM   #3
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It appears that you spoke with ETI. Did you ask if there is anyone around you that has a 17B, or for that matter any other Escape. This can give you an idea of the quality of the build at the very least. If not enjoy the time and the look at the newest models. I for one am looking to get a 21 and have seen the "classic" version and am very impressed. Reace says no major changes to the inside and that's enough for me. I like what I have seen of the 19 exterior photos.

Take care and welcome to the group.
Steve M

edit: Well it appears thee is someone near you willing to have you look at their Escape. Again good luck and enjoy. Steve M
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:46 PM   #4
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Thanks you guys! This is what I am talking about!
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:30 PM   #5
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Vermille has a fun blog with his 17b cross country adventures if you have not already seen it. Cheers!
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:48 PM   #6
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Hmmm, visiting the factory with ALL the trailers there to see. Careful, you might come away with a 19 footer ...


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Old 03-23-2016, 02:49 PM   #7
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John, I think that your faith in this decision is well founded. As you can tell on this forum, Escape has made a lot of "happy campers." I have always felt that instead of "satisfied customers," Escape has made "Raving Fans." We have had our Escape 19 for 2 years and are really happy to have made the decision when we did. (Despite the increased value caused by the depressed Canadian $) If you go into this with an open mind, I think you will be happy with your purchase.
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Old 03-23-2016, 04:44 PM   #8
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John, my just out of storage 21 will be at either a Bellingham WA or Everett WA casino when you are passing through. If you want a nickel tour, gimmie a PM.
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Old 03-23-2016, 04:44 PM   #9
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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.
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:44 PM   #10
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A picture is worth a 1000 words, but touring the factory is even better as you go inside and see the trailers at various stages of construction. You also get your questions answered by the most knowledgable people. When we toured the factory I had a few questions that the person wasn't able to answer so she tapped Reace, the owner, on the shoulder. He spent about 15 minutes giving us an in-depth answer, including taking us to look at the Dexter suspension system I was trying to understand. On other occasions I have asked Reace about issues that were in discussion on the forum and he was able to give me very solid reasons for following a specific direction. If you like the Escapes, I can't emphasize enough the value of having access to the owners/developers of the Escape. They are constantly listening to their customers and making improvements. In response to a concern I and a few other people had about drawers lost due to moving the furnace in the Escape 21 (necessitated by change in furnaces size by manufacturer), Reace redesigned the cabinet overnight. He added a few inches in height to give back one of the two drawers lost. Talk about listening to one's customers! Just one of many examples on this forum.

At the same time, flying to Vancouver to see the trailer sure adds to the cost. You could get a look at the trailers and ask your questions on this forum and save a bundle on air fare. If you can find another reason to visit the area, by all means do so. You won't regret the factory tour.

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