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Old 02-14-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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Escape vs Cassita

I suspect this question has been asked and answered a few time before on the forum but I didn't see it in a quick review. I just discovered the "Escape" after being rather set on the 17' Cassita. We intend to buy within the next year or so and I would appreciate comments from any who may have had to make a similar choice. The extra two feet for not much more weight in the 19' Esczpe is very attractive. TV is an AWD Chevy Traverse. Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts. Bart

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Hey Bart, welcome to the fold.

My journey to getting my Escape 19 began first with the decision to buy a moulded fiberglass trailer. My first thought was buying used and fixing it up, something I would be very capable of. Upon realizing (with the aid of my wife putting her foot down) that I had way too many projects on the go as it was, I decided to look at new. At first my searching led me to Casita or Scamp, then I found the Escape 17. After chatting online with some owners, I really started leaning towards the Escape. Right about then, Reace announced the coming of the 19, and I was all over it, as it incorporated everything we were looking for, including a permanent bed and a wet bath. We put down a deposit before it was ever in production, and 4 years later, are 100% pleased with our decision.

While Casita does have a decent offering, and you could likely get it cheaper, the Escape has a few better features like the one piece shell. Plus, Tammy and Reace are great to work with. Their desire to please their customers is obvious in everything they do.

Do a bunch of research on this site and over at to see what others think, and ideas on options you might like to include. Any questions you have, fire away. Lots of happy Escape owners here to help you out.

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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I, too, stumbled upon the Escape after searching other brands for a couple of years. I saw a 17 in person and lurked on this site for well over a year before taking the plunge. I know I made the right decision for me. What I like best about the Escape (aside from its superior quality) is the building truly becomes a custom trailer with the buyer's choice of not only the options offered on their website, but also one's personal choice of fabric, countertop material, vinyl flooring, and actual placement of drawers, cupboards, mirrors, shelves, etc. But the bottom line is deciding what best fits your own needs and budget. Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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We had a 17 Casita SD and it was just okay for us. Then at the Oregon Gathering at Bandon a few years ago Tammy and Reace were showing their 19' Escape. I couldn't get my wife there to look it over fast enough. The Escape is so much better for us than the Casita. Long story short, we ordered our 19' Escape and sold the Casita.

For some, the Casita meets their needs. But for us the Escape really fits us so much better. It's just a great travel trailer made by skilled craftsman that care and run by some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, Tammy and Reace.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:10 PM   #5
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I was enroute to buy a used Casita 17 when I got the phone call that told me it had been sold. To that point I'd only looked at Casitas and Scamps...didn't know a thing about the Escape. I started looking, found their web site, found this web site, and called Tammy for a reference. Turned out there was a 17B just a few blocks from me. Two visits to them and I was sold. I spent a basket more money on the Escape than I was planning to on the Casita, but I think this is going to suit our style a lot better. I got to pick and choose options, call to discuss production, ask questions, etc. I felt like they were really building a trailer for me. I also like that it has more windows than a Casita, a little more head room, my lady friend prefers the wall material, and we both like the toilet arrangement better. I go on some rougher roads, so got the high lift axle option, which with the Casita I would have had to do on my own. I considered looking for a used Escape, and they had one, but once I started thinking about all that I wanted, it was "what the hell, build it the way you really want it". Buying from a small family business that really cares also resonates with me.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:46 AM   #6
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We were looking for a 21 ft big foot when we stumbled upon the Escape. We were already down sizing from a 25 ft stick trailer and I was set on a all fiberglass trailer, from the first moment i saw the layout of the 19ft I was sold. We then wen to look at one in our local area and it was done, I ordered the next day.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:20 AM   #7
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I checked around a bit for used, but never seriously considered Casita's when I started looking for a FG trailer. Seems that used Bigfoots, Bolers, and Trilliums are most readily available in my part of the world, so that is what I had been looking at. Once I became aware of the Escape products, I lurked on the website for most of a year before viewing a nearby 19'. Seeing it in person was the clincher for me, and I put my order in the following week. My delivery date is rapidly approaching (Tick-Tock - 2 months) and my excitement level is rising.

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:52 AM   #8
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This site does an excellent comparison.
Will the owner of this site please step forward and take credit.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:48 AM   #9
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Wow....thanks for your responses. Can't wait to discuss c the 'boss." I suspect the issue will come down to spending the extra 7-10K. I'm assuming an Escape will hold it's value like the Cassitas. Bart
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:10 PM   #10
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If you're planning on owning long-term, the extra $ for the Escape becomes a secondary consideration. They hold value extremely well (watch on this forum how fast and how high "for sales" go), and the quality of the components and the build will make the extra cost more than worth it over time. We bought our 19 like Jim, sight unseen, in '09 and figure it will be our trailer for as long as we travel.


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