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Old 12-07-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
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Thinking about buying

I'm new here (first post) My wife & I are thinking about upgrading from our Pop-up and getting an Escape.
Any advice/tips/pointers?

I live in Chilliwack and I've visited the production facility. Quite impressed with quality and workmanship.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:24 PM   #2
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Welcome - you are making a wise choice with any Escape!
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:31 PM   #3
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Welcome Dave, Just make sure you really want a small trailer, then pick the one that fits your needs and plans. Something to keep in mind, most folks end up with bigger vehicles for the 2 bigger trailers.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:01 PM   #4
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Welcome, Super Dave. I, too, went from a pop-up to an Escape and haven't looked back. I can finally camp during the shoulder seasons and even in the winter. Love my Escape!
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:08 PM   #5
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Welcome Dave. You can't go too wrong buying an Escape. They seem to resell for almost purchase price and are a lot drier in the rain than a pop up. Don't forget to post the story of your pick up trip.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:11 PM   #6
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If you have a tent trailer, I don't think anybody needs to convince you that an Escape is better.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:35 PM   #7
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A couple of years ago, when we were just starting to consider giving up tent camping, we rented a pop-up. We quickly realized it couldn't keep out: bears, noise, cold, rain, ...

We also rented a big motor home. But I asked my brother-in-law (occasional big-rig truck driver) to drive it for me. You can guess where that went.

Then we discovered fiberglass "eggs" and as they say, the rest is history.

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Old 12-07-2015, 10:38 PM   #8
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Depending on your needs, a factory demonstrator model would avoid the year plus wait. Check the classifieds often.
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Old 12-07-2015, 11:52 PM   #9
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Whatever you do, do NOT get a stick trailer. There are so many instances of leaks damaging or destroying these temptingly cheap and often spacious units and many are unaware of this. (We had this experience.). Of the fully fibreglass units, I think Escape is not only tremendous value and quality, but. the support from ETI amazing. If you have your eyes on the Escape brand, you have nailed the biggest decision. Browse this forum for the huge amount of info owners and future owners have provided. One tip I will offer, is that ETI answered my phone calls when I couldn't get a satisfactory answer on the forum, often Reace himself. And I found his explanations most helpful. Don't hesitate to call them if you can't find your answer on this forum.
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Old 12-07-2015, 11:56 PM   #10
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We graduated from tent camping after our tent of 30 years, 'died'. We purchased an Escape and haven't regretted it for a second. Yes, there is the 'overhead' of expenses that come with a trailer, but the Escape allows us so many more options of places to camp, and seasons to camp....with comfort and convenience. So, you're not just purchasing an alternate to a tent, your purchasing an alternate camping experience and community.
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