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Old 02-05-2019, 08:39 AM   #1
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Pondering Casita 17SD to Escape 21

Purchased a 2012 Casita 17SD this past August and am already thinking about an Escape. I'll lurk for a while and have been following Jon Vermilye's journeys starting last year when he upgraded from an Escape 17 to a 21.


I travel with my friend Brenda and our friends and family are surprised at her enthusiasm. I picked up our Casita just south of Cleveland, Ohio at a KOA and stopped at Little River Gorge and 2 Blue Ridge campgrounds on the way home - on tires that were 7 years old.


After getting the lien release, licensing the Casita, and replacing the tires and wheels, Brenda and I have enjoyed 4 short stays: Mt. Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway; Bolding Mill on Lake Lanier in Georgia; McFarland campground on the Tennessee River in Alabama; Gulf Shores State Campground in Alabama.


We had reservations at Fort Pickens Campground on Jan 20 which were cancelled due to the shutdown. We have reservations there later this month plus the Green Eggs rally in March, Gulf Shores in April and Thanksgiving plus Fort Pickens again in July.


Jim and Kim graciously gave me a tour of their Escape 19 during Thanksgiving week in Gulf Shores. We're going to our first rally next month - Green Eggs and Ham - and expect to see more Escapes there. Might see Jim and Kim again at Green Eggs.



It really does not make much sense to even consider a change so quickly, so perhaps I'll just lurk.
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:51 AM   #2
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We own a 2013 17 ft Casita SD and last August we purchased a 2018 Escape 21 .
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:01 AM   #3
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Hello,
We are in Johns Creek GA so not far from you, we loved our Matilda (17 Casita SD) but since we got our Grover (21' 2014 Escape) in September of last year no way we would ever go back. We love all the extra room the Escape gives us and towing the two because of the tandem axle trailer can't tell the difference. Matilda and Grover are stored side by side in my warehouse in Duluth should you ever want to see them next to each other.
I would say you would be VERY HAPPY.

Enjoy the journey.

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Old 02-05-2019, 10:04 AM   #4
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Hi, Steve,


Brenda and I appreciate your offer. I'll send you a private message and we'll get together.


I found it very difficult to find a used Casita at a reasonable price and was planning to order a new one when I found this one in very good condition with lots of upgrades.


Looks like you located a used Escape and I'll look to you for guidance there.


-Bill
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:29 AM   #5
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While I'd never try to talk anyone out of an Escape, I would suggest making enough trips with both dry camping & with hookups to determine what you really want/need in a trailer. Since reselling a fiberglass trailer is easy, and the value doesn't decline the way a stick built trailer does, there is nothing wrong with a quick turnaround, but it takes awhile to decide what is missing or not needed.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:41 AM   #6
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GeorgiaBill you may enjoy this thread if you haven't seen it

Why Escape -- and not Casita, or Scamp, or something else?
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:55 AM   #7
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GeorgiaBill you may enjoy this thread if you haven't seen it

Why Escape -- and not Casita, or Scamp, or something else?
Bear in mind that this thread I posted above started in 2012 so the references to almost unlimited owner requested modifications by Escape need to be clarified. As they have grown and production increased they won't do as many as they once did, but they still do more than probably any manufacturer is willing.
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:43 AM   #8
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Good advice already given, so I'm mostly just saying "howdy" and welcome. And, lol, we had our Casita 16 years before we threw her over for our 21 ft. Escape, so you have 15.5 years to go!

There are things we miss about the Casita, but more things we love about the Escape.

If you're looking to buy "pre-owned," just enjoy your Casita while you look for the Escape of your dreams.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:31 PM   #9
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I agree with Mary. Buying the first Molded Fiberglass Rv is the hard part. Once you have a unit you can enjoy your time together and wait for the next "right one" to show up. Selling your previous unit will not be a problem if well cared for.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:20 PM   #10
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Good point, Jon. I considered what may be missing, and come up with more room, stabilizers on the front, and a bed in which we can exit without crawling over one another. Perhaps as we travel more, we might discover more missing extras.


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