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Old 05-23-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Retiring to a small travel trailer

HELLO ALL!!
I am 66 and in Michigan. I am retiring soon and have decided to purchase a small TT. I have only been looking at Casitas but have recently come across these Escapes. They seem to have more room.
Soooo....now it gets complicated...a Casita or an Escape. I see the Escape is more $$$...but the most important thing to me is comfort. It will be myself...my girlfriend:and a small schnoodle.
So the hunt begins.....
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:20 PM   #2
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Having owned 3 Casitas and camped extensively in them, I would recommend the Escape. Better quality and floorplans.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:13 PM   #3
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Worth looking at Bigfoot trailers too.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:19 PM   #4
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We were poised, ready to order a Casita when we discovered first the RV Forum and then the Escape forum. We were astounded to discover they are built relatively close to our home in Victoria BC (compared to Texas!)

When we saw the Escape in person it was a no-brainer: 19 footer with permanent QUEEN bed and no fur on the walls (which really bothered me about the Casitas). Everything about the Escape was awesome and fits Glenn, Bella (mini daxie) and me very well.

We have had ours for 18 months now, with no regrets - very happy we spent the extra $$ to get a trailer we will love for a long time.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:32 PM   #5
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The rat fur (ensolite) was hard to keep clean, having dogs that like to sleep on the bed and thereby touching the walls.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:42 PM   #6
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I had a 17 ft Casita which I needed for the headroom the 16 ft didn't have. It was a good trailer for years, but with wifey retiring Oct 1, we'll be making more and longer trips plus adding 2 Jack Russell Terries, plus the grandkids now and then. The 21 fit the bill for us as it also has a fixed no-crawlover bed where I can elevate the head for wifeys GERD issues. I think the design and construction is also better (retired engineer) plus Casita is very uncooperative if you want to customize ANYTHING that is not on their options list. Good trailer, but for us the Escape 21 will fit for another 10 years at least.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:09 PM   #7
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I had a 17 ft Casita which I needed for the headroom the 16 ft didn't have.
Yes! Headroom was one thing we were also apprehensive about the Casita -a complete non-issue with the Escape. Glenn is 6' tall and, other than banging his head more often than is reasonable on the cupboard above the dinette, (he just won't learn...) there is lots of comfortable headroom for him. :
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
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Casitas have (marine) carpet on the walls, Scamps have Rat Fur (marine headliner) and pre-1988 Scamps and Bolers have ensolite (closed cell foam). They are all different and unique.

Actually Escape is the closest to have ensolite. Because it's a vinyl covered foam.

I currently own a rat fur Scamp. I love it. The rat fur isn't a problem, doesn't hold moisture or odors.

But, I'm exciting about being an Escape owner!
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Yes! Headroom was one thing we were also apprehensive about the Casita -a complete non-issue with the Escape. Glenn is 6' tall and, other than banging his head more often than is reasonable on the cupboard above the dinette, (he just won't learn...) there is lots of comfortable headroom for him. :
I'm 6-1 and the air conditioner on a Casita hangs down a couple of inches right between the seats - I always banged my head on it. Plus if you're over about 5-4, you'll eventually learn to duck going in and out the door. New Escape 21 on 8/22!
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:44 PM   #10
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tomeverard, We looked at a 17' in ann arbor right next door to you. Touch base with escape and they will give you a contact number. Our 21 finished this week and will be delivered the last week in june. You are welcome to take a look.
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