Lurking until I can purchase - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Community > New Member Introductions
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-16-2018, 08:22 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: washington, Washington
Trailer: 83 Burro
Posts: 6
Lurking until I can purchase

Hello, I've been reading through the forum for a while, trying to discover all the Escape faults and boogers, but really am impressed with how few there are, and how well Escape steps up and takes care of things. The new factory tour video is impressive (I'm familiar with manufacturing and know a good operation when I see one). We hope to run up to Chiliwack this summer to look over the floor models.

We currently have an '83 Burro (10' box), which I've fully restored, down to a new axle (one way to get out of regreasing your bearings!), new custom windows, cork flooring, new elec, gas, water pump, upholstry, et al, and it's been just great for our needs. It's simple, no grey/black tanks to deal with, not even trailer brakes.

As we get closer to retirement, though, we think stepping up from our 1,000# trailer to a 3400# 17B trailer is a good idea...maybe the 19, although I'd probably need a vehicle upgrade to tow a 19. We don't expect to 'full time', but will spend extended periods of up to 2 - 3 months in it once we retire.

Thanks for everyone's input, it's appreciated!
__________________

felix2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 08:36 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Olympia wa, Washington
Trailer: 5.0TA 2017
Posts: 1,440
Welcome many of us started out as lurkers too. Spend some time in both trailers and get a feel for both sizes I started with a 17 but never really looked at the bigger sizes before I bought it it was a great trailer but in the end I wanted something bigger.
__________________

Fox hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 08:38 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Olympia wa, Washington
Trailer: 5.0TA 2017
Posts: 1,440
Those Burros are really cute love to see your refurbished trailer some day.
Fox hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 08:45 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 12,556
Welcome, Tony. You seem to be doing your homework well.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 09:20 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Marry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Ponoka, Alberta
Trailer: 2016 19 classic "outta sight", jeep rubicon unlimited
Posts: 1,396
Exciting!!! Especially with retirement coming up!
Advice: Your current tow vehicle will not outlast the Escape. Pick the trailer you like most! (The bed in the 19 is permanent. Very nice when getting older....)
__________________
"never lose hope, never lose faith"
Marry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 09:27 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Mtns of NC, North Carolina
Trailer: 2013 19' Escape
Posts: 138
" We don't expect to 'full time', but will spend extended periods of up to 2 - 3 months in it once we retire. "

This is the biggest change we saw between camping before retirement and after.

Before retirement, we rarely if ever took a trip over one week long, maybe two or three times in our entire working career. In fact, many of our trips we long weekends. So our camping space needs changed dramatically as we went from week long trips or less to month long trips.

Don't tie yourself to trailer size based on your current tow vehicle. Instead, get the trailer that best fits your needs, and then upgrade your tow vehicle as needed to pull it.

We had a Casita Liberty, and found it too small for our needs. So we upgraded to an Escape 19. Its working well.
NCBill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 11:36 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
float5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Denison, Texas
Trailer: 2015 21'; 2011 19' sold; 4Runner; ph ninezero3 327-27ninefour
Posts: 5,090
When in Chilliwack, many of us can only suggest that you look closely at the 21' and maybe ? 5.0. A lot of folks here have gone from a 15', 17' or 19' to a 21' or 5.0. You may be glad to have something bigger with extended trips.
__________________
Cathy. Floating Cloud
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.... "
Emerson
float5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2018, 08:01 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Ravena, New York
Trailer: 2012 Parkliner
Posts: 163
I'm a lurker too, but we pretty much have made our decision. We have a 2012 15' Parkliner (with a 12' body) we will be selling in a year. You simply cannot beat fiberglass trailers!

Nothing wrong with lurking, that's some of what these forums are for!

Frank
frank_a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2018, 10:17 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
h2owmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Placerville, California
Trailer: Currently Chalet Aspen-- Escape 17A awaiting pick up!
Posts: 336
So don't keep us in suspense, frank! What's your escape of choice?
__________________
--Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced older woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force. --Dorothy Sayers
h2owmn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2018, 10:25 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
MyronL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Edgewood, New Mexico
Trailer: 2013 Esc19/'14 Silvrado
Posts: 2,140
Ah, Burro memories. My first egg was an '81 that I found in New England, on eBay, horribly neglected, terrible shape. When I entered it I fell through the rotted floor. They are so rare back east, so that was a lucky, fun project and got me totally hooked on FB world.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Burro81.jpg (261.5 KB, 20 views)
__________________

__________________
Myron
"A billion here, a billion there...add it all up and before you know it you're talking real money." Everett Dirkson
MyronL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.