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Old 09-09-2015, 08:26 PM   #1
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Hi. We are in Alabama and have finally decided to take up camping. We have found all sorts of places to visit but we still need to purchase our perfect little camper. We would appreciate any suggestions on things to look for as we shop used escape campers.
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Tara and Tim
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:41 PM   #2
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You can find one here if you watch carefully they come up on this site but you have to be ready to buy quickly they usually sell in a day or two. Newer ones sell for close to new prices. Might be able to get a better deal on an older one. I bought my 17b used on this site it was nice to go back and look at the build pictures and the original owners posts. These trailers hold up well mine look like a brand new trailer and had been well taken care of. I was not much of a camper prior to getting my camper it's a lot of fun to learn all about it and meet new people. They are fun to tow once you get comfortable and have the right equipment .
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:52 PM   #3
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with the Canadian dollar trading @ .76 U.S. .... we just took the plunge. what a bargain for us yanks. I am actually a southerner. there are still some trailers available for Dec 2016. we ordered the 21...cram the homework. the 17s are sold out for the next 2-3 years!!!
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:52 PM   #4
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Agree with Fox - used fiberglass trailers (any brand) sell within a day or so of postings. Have to have cash in hand and decide immediately if it will work for you. Spent 11 months searching for a used 17 ft Casita Liberty Deluxe (and there are a LOT more Casitas than Escapes) and after missing 4 or 5 by a day or two, when one popped up I immediately got aboard an airplane from Portland, Oregon to Denver Colorado to check it out and buy the next day by bank transfer of funds. When I listed it for sale it went out the driveway for asking price 28 hours from when I posted the listing. Check often and be ready!
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:55 PM   #5
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My advice would be to determine the features and number of sleeping spaces you think you need. That will help determine the size of camper you are looking for. It would be nice
if you already own an adequate tow vehicle but if not, you'll know what you will need to tow your prospective rig. Remember, the life of the fiberglass campers is about three times that of tow vehicles at least. Don't skimp on either a camper or a tow vehicle, you'll be so much happier and safer if you rig up right to start with.
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with the Canadian dollar trading @ .76 U.S. .... we just took the plunge. what a bargain for us yanks. I am actually a southerner. there are still some trailers available for Dec 2016. we ordered the 21...cram the homework. the 17s are sold out for the next 2-3 years!!!
Nope, 2016 production schedule is posted as sold out on all models as of today. Next deliveries are 2017.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:00 PM   #7
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four year old trailers are still selling at todays current exchange rate NEW. you will bang your head less, if you take advantage of the exchange rate NOW.

these Escapes are red hot resale.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:00 PM   #8
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Check this site and fiberglass r.v. For rallies that will be held within driving distance of where you live and attend a couple yet this fall if possible. You'll get a good idea of what you want and what you need and learn about head room etc.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:02 PM   #9
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Thanks so much. I saw they were all sold out too but we are probably going to go the used route until we know more of how we will camp. We have a dodge 2007 ram Laramie. We would like either the 19' or the fifth wheel escape models. I like the size of the bathroom ��
I would love the the three burner stove with the oven but will do with what I can get being used. Most important is that it be in good shape. It has taken me three years to get my hubby on board, so it needs to be a good experience. He's actually excited! If there are issues, can you give me some things to look for that might hint there's a problem?
Thanks so much for all your helpful replies.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:10 PM   #10
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The campers are basically and assembly of systems if you will. Therefore, if you make a list of each feature that needs to be working properly when you inspect the trailer, and combine that with a visual interior
And exterior examination you should have a pretty good idea of what you are getting into. An honest responsible owner with a sound trailer will answer your questions and demonstrate functionality before you ask them to. There are lists on buying used trailers, I'm sure they'd help especially on specific brands.
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