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Old 05-23-2014, 10:34 PM   #11
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Hi Tom. Just out of curiosity, did you pose a similar question on a Casita forum? It would be interesting to read what they said about Escapes.

For the record, I've owned a Burro and 2 Casitas before moving into an Escape solely for a little more room to accomodate Ann and I and our new 4 legged family member and all of her accouterments. I can't go along with Casitas being of inferior quality. My sentiments after 7 years and 25k miles is they are solid, well made and use good quality components. Rivets and carpeted walls were not detractors in anyway. Escape's are well made as well. In my estimation (down fellow Escapee's!), maybe not as well insulated as the Casita. Cold has a way of getting in a bit more.

Good luck on your decision. No really wrong one, either will get you into the fgrv world! Welcome!

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Old 05-24-2014, 08:07 AM   #12
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I currently have a Casita 17' FD and am thoroughly enjoying it. Picking up my new Escape 19 next month. I like the layout of the Escape better and am getting mine built to my specs. She's going to be my cancer therapy.

Each person's likes and preferences are different and change with time. The benefit of the fiberglass campers is the resale value is excellent and you can enjoy the benefits for years to come.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:39 AM   #13
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Yes....I did post a similar question on the Casita forum....and...pretty much the same result. Since it is a Casita forum...most of them prefer the Casitas. So far I have only looked at one Casita FD. It just seemed cramped for me. But I liked it. The plus side of a Casita is I can buy a pre-owned one.....hard to fine a pre=owned Escape for sale.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:43 AM   #14
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Welcome! Customizing has been mentioned & one of big draws besides quality for us. Since 60's have camped in tents, pop-ups, 5th wheels and also our sailboats. Always yearned to change / adapt layouts to fit our needs. With Escape you can. Forum is essential addiction as you can glean info from different people with different needs. :-)
One safety factor not mentioned yet is 19' has tandem axle. We've blown tires on hwy and know that benefit!!!
Spent two weekends in Ludington this month @ 30F lows and quite toasty with added insulation and insulated windows. Don't think you can get dual pane windows in Casita, but not sure.
Got ours in Oct. Spent 8 wks in FL this spring and still loving it!
Going to be near Holly, MI next weekend, 30 & 31 for g'daughter's state HS tennis torn. Don't know where we'll camp yet, but if you wish to see a 19', contact us.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:55 AM   #15
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Attending a rally was key for us. We were set to order a Casita and attended a rally to determine which model. After seeing the Casitas and Escapes side by side, we came back and ordered an Escape. Good luck in your decision.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:39 AM   #16
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Absolutely. Rallies provide an opportunity to see, touch, feel the various different RVs that are attending. And you can get some first-hand input from the owner of the RV you're interested.
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:02 AM   #17
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come to Bandon,Oregon in July. Reace has come for years and every year people come back with their new Escape's. Smart move on his part.
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