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Old 08-14-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Newbie here !

Hi all, I'm a newbie here !
We do not have a RV yet and we Have never had one but that is about to change. hopefully . I was waiting in a ferry line up for the Sunshine coast when this beautiful, sleek trailer came along. I shyly approached the owners and was wow'd by their enthusiasm and openness with their 19' rig. they also invited my husband & I to come over to their campsite to check it out set up Since then I have been to the website and this forum. We are making plans to go out to Chilliwack to see more.
My question is would you recommend the 19' or the 5.0? and why
Thanks and I look forward to what you have to say !
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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Re: Newbie here !

All I can say is there are pros and cons to both and of course those with 19 ft trailers obviously think they are the answer and the ones with the 5.0 think the same, my sugestion is go to the factory with a open mind and check them both out. there is a reason they make a few models because different people want different things so there are different models to accomodate. Good luck
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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- floor plan differences (ie, steps into bed)
- 5.0 is slightly narrower than 19
- GVWR differences

I'm sure there are others. Alf has made some posts about why he likes his 5.0 so much.

You could also wait 'n see to see what the 21' TT will be like?


edit: this might help:? http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=2076.0


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Old 08-15-2012, 02:45 AM   #4
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Thanks for the link. Justmeinbc. I now had some more reading to do! And info to process.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #5
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jrw, lots of comparisons on this site with the 19 and 5.0. Both are great units with their own design advantages. A lot of it depends on your own personal preferences.

Oh, and welcome aboard. Lots of other good trailers out there, but none so good as the Escape.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:10 AM   #6
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Welcome to the board jrw.

We're new here also.....and to the whole fiberglass trailer thing. We first learned about the Casita and went to look at a few. While looking at one of those, we also got to see a Big Foot. Much wider but also much heavier. The more research I did, the more brands we saw. Once I saw the Scamp 5th wheel we both immediatly decided on the 5th wheel however, the bed in the Scamp definately wasn't going to work for us (I'm 6'4").

Couple that along with other things (the option for all season insulation and dual pane windows of the Escape, and the ability to have the factory do personal modifications while it's being built, etc.)....it ended up being the Escape 5.0.

Alf played no part in the decision however, the photos that he sent to us and answering our quesitons certainly helped us feel much more confident in our decision. Working with Tammy and Reace at the factory has only clinched it for us. They sure make you feel like you're the only one that they're making a trailer for and nobody else counts. That's spelled....unequal, one on one customer service!

We were looking at the 19 originally and like anything, they both have pros and cons as it relates to their different styles. For the 19' you have a much broader choice of tow vehicles from vans, to SUVs to trucks all with more storage space in the tow vehicle. For the 5.0.....it's strictly a truck.

For us (just the two of us, getting ready to retire) the advantage of having the bed out of the living area and the ability to put a small curtain across the steps for when one of us is still up at night or one of us is up earlier than the other, in the morning....so just a bit more space and seperation. At the same time, another deciding factor was the over all length of the truck and 5.0 is a bit shorter than the truck and 19'. There were many other deciding factors and you'll learn about them as you read here, talk with owners, etc.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
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Hi!
Welcome from another Newbie, soon to be owner of 19' Escape.
Two things for us: Motorcycle & storage.

We initially thought of getting the 17B but when we saw in person a 19` we were instantly sold on the larger queen bed. The 5.0, while an awesome plan, (especially the part where the bed is separate,) meant limitations for us otherwise. We bought an 8` bed Ford 150XL as our tow vehicle so we could bring our Kawasaki Concours motorcycle. That keeps Glenn purring because he will have his favourite toy along . If it wasn`t for that necessity we`d likely be tempted, except storage is an issue. The logistics of how we will be storing our unit are more trailer friendly: it will be easier to turn the trailer around by hand and ease it in place, where it would not be possible to maneuver the 5.0 (no room for vehicle.)

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:46 PM   #8
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Hi All,
I guess the more I learn the more informed decision my husband I can make!I do have a couple of questions
In the 19 we saw there seemed to be a decent amount of storage under the bed...is there under bed storage in the 5.o ?
And another interesting choice the owners had made was to have a porta-potti instead of a bathroom. Has anyone seen this in a 5.0 ? In the 19 it sure added some nice open space.
Cheers Janet 8)
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:52 PM   #9
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Hi All,
I guess the more I learn the more informed decision my husband I can make!I do have a couple of questions
In the 19 we saw there seemed to be a decent amount of storage under the bed...is there under bed storage in the 5.o ?
And another interesting choice the owners had made was to have a porta-potti instead of a bathroom. Has anyone seen this in a 5.0 ? In the 19 it sure added some nice open space.
Cheers Janet 8)
What's interesting is how it's determined who will be the one responsable for dumping the porta potti on a regular basis. That was always a sore subject on our small boat......no macerator there.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:13 PM   #10
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When I sold my cabin, I threw in the porta potti.

Or threw it out, perhaps. Hope to never see another one, anywhere, any time.

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