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Old 01-29-2017, 03:45 PM   #1
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Young family of 3 searching to start our adventure!

Hi we are a young family in South Louisiana looking for an Escape to begin following my husband on his new work travels. Our 2 year old has lifelong health problems and we hope that a little home away from home may be a little better than a hotel? We have never traveled in a camper with him before. We have hunkered down at home for 2 years and endured the storm, but feel that it's time to try and embrace life while managing the challenges.

We are in the process of putting in an order for a 21', however in the meantime we are looking for a 21' or 19' to snatch up now instead of waiting for the December production date. When December rolls around we'll likely sell the one in use and keep the new one (any advice there is great!! is that a terrible idea? they seem to sell so quickly!)

We need a traveling home that is comfortable and quiet. Aside from wanting to venture out into exploration of the beautiful rises, falls, and water features of this Earth, we also need to follow Dad from town to town when necessary to make sales for our family business. The idea is that we'll tow the Escape behind us, he'll drop us off in a nice spot (with hookups, without hookups?? need your advice there, we have no idea!!) and he'll have his meetings in town that day and come back to us when he can. Is this a terrible idea? Essentially myself and my toddler will be alone with no vehicle in the Escape for an undefined amount of time during the day. Sure if we needed my husband could come back to us, but not for little things.

Additionally, neither my husband nor I have a CLUE about RVs. I'm pretty handy with some light home maintenance and restoration (just don't ask me to install a lightswitch), but I will not be able to be doing any maintenance to the RV while alone with my son!

A huge important thing for us is SLEEP! My son is often awake in pain all night (not trying to be too heavy here, I just need solid advice based on our serious circumstances), and we must have quiet sleep conditions so that he is able to sleep when he feels good enough. This includes nighttime and nap. Have you found in your Escape that you can have peace and quiet at night? What about during the day? We've never been to an RV park and have no experience with the atmosphere!!

Please pour in ANY advice you feel applicable!!

We want to embrace life, take vacations in our home away from home, and follow Dad where he goes. Do you think if we did this in an Escape (or any RV for that matter) we would have a positive and reliable experience? Or would we be better off sticking with hotels since we can't be worrying about big things breaking, etc?

Thank you so much!!!
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Old 01-29-2017, 04:18 PM   #2
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Hi SouthernCamper.
The name you picked tells me you rather go camping. Your son will love it. It's more an adventure to kids then anything. The advantage of camping is that you can pick your own campground. (Booking a site ahead of time is sometimes necessary) And you have the choice with or without power. In case you need AC, you have to go with a power site.
Due to the fact your son needs to be able to sleep, you simply pick quiet campgrounds.
You might be surprised how your son will do. Being able to be outside in the fresh air exploring things, might be a huge help for his so needed sleep. During the daytime you can nicely sit outside under your awning,watching the birds or reading a book. No comparison to a hotel room!
I think you and your family make the right choice by going the home away from home route.
Just make sure the trailer you buy has the insulation package. Will keep the trailer more quiet.
Hope you find one soon!!
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Old 01-29-2017, 04:35 PM   #3
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The furnaces and the air conditioners in the Escapes can be very loud and take some getting used to. When the AC and furnace are not running, the trailer is surprisingly quiet inside, especially if you get the extra insulation options.
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Old 01-29-2017, 06:41 PM   #4
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Contact the factory and ask for owners near you. Escape will put you in contact with them and you can see first hand the build quality.
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:51 PM   #5
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I think it's an excellent idea. Having said that, you should know that RVs, and particularly fiberglass trailers, are not the best at deadening sound from outside. The shell is thin. Extra insulation and thermal windows help, but they certainly don't eliminate outside noises. Also, as was previously mentioned, the AC and the heater do produce quite a bit of noise.

If you camp away from everyone else, or with at least a decent distance to the next camper, the trailer will be nice and quiet, but you will still have to contend with the noise from cooling or heating. We don't find it to be a problem at all, but then again, we're not a two year old light sleeper with health issues. Not trying to discourage you, just laying it out there.
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:12 PM   #6
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So when you guys mention AC and heater noise, are we talking pleasant white noise, or junky inconsistent rattly noise? We sleep with white noise and love it for sound dampening, but the way it's being described, it sounds more problematic than just white noise.
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:13 PM   #7
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Noises at campgrounds can really vary. Drunks wanting everyone else around them thinking they're having fun by laughing loudly over stupid things. Yapping dogs. Kids and adults walking around, shouting at each other. Noisy heater or a/c from a bigass Class A. Diesel trucks idling under the assumption they need to. Fights next door.

However, you can also have sites with the wind in the tree tops, birds chatting to each other and rustling around in the undergrowth, creeks gurgling nearby.

Granted, I only have a one-month motorhome rental to go by, but those were my experiences.

Noises, when I'm trying to sleep, can really bother me and keep me awake for hours on end. I've slept with a white noise machine for years, but recently decided I needed something different, especially when I take The Trailer out. I got this one delivered today and will be testing it out (at home), starting tonight. If it works, I'll order another one to stay in The Trailer. I know me and noises, so I'm really hoping it works.

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One thing that concerns me about your post is you and your son not having transportation during the day. Will he need immediate medical attention? That could be tricky, depending on where you're at. You might want to consider taking dad to his appointments instead. Plus, that way you can restock supplies and do some sightseeing while you're out and about.

Good luck with your decision! I know I'm really looking forward to taking The Trailer out and about. I've used it as a guest bedroom while I had company, but that's not quite the same as hauling it out of here and getting on the road.
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So when you guys mention AC and heater noise, are we talking pleasant white noise, or junky inconsistent rattly noise? We sleep with white noise and love it for sound dampening, but the way it's being described, it sounds more problematic than just white noise.
It is white noise I guess, but it's the transition when it cycles on and off. The difference in noise level is pronounced. There's no rattling, just the sound of the fan or blower. If it were constant, you'd adjust easily and not notice it. In our case, we will notice it the first one or two times it cycles, but once we are asleep it's not a problem.
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Most of the traditional trailers have bunkhouse models that have separate bunk bed rooms for the kids in addition to more private master brs and living areas. It might be a better solution as there will be very lil privacy in molded fiberglass trailers. RV shows are usually going on in every major city and would be easy to see those options close by you.
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So when you guys mention AC and heater noise, are we talking pleasant white noise, or junky inconsistent rattly noise? We sleep with white noise and love it for sound dampening, but the way it's being described, it sounds more problematic than just white noise.
The A/C is very loud. There are quieter versions that can possibly be substituted but that would take some looking. The furnace is also loud. May depend on where it is located as to how much of a problem. You definitely need to see the trailers you are interested in with those things running. I didn't think I could possibly sleep with the A/C but have done okay.
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