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Old 01-08-2016, 09:37 PM   #11
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You can get most stickies for about 25% off MSRP, although good times are rolling in the industry so they are not as hungry for sales. If you haven't noticed, with Escapes, you pay what they ask.
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Old 01-08-2016, 10:02 PM   #12
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Yeah, looks like they lose a ton of value. A quick search showed used r-pods for $11,000-$13,000 and new ones for $17,000-$20,000. I also found some recent forum posts of people complaining about the sides coming off after 2,000 miles and some other issues.

Escape just got back to me and told me someone has a 2011 really close to us. Hopefully we can get to see it, although I imagine it's in storage for the winter.
Good info then - lets hope that and getting her to see one will win her over for you!
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:10 PM   #13
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If you haven't noticed, with Escapes, you pay what they ask.
Yep, and the same holds true for all molded fiberglass trailers that are sold direct and not through a dealer. The price is the price.
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Old 01-09-2016, 02:44 PM   #14
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After lurking on this forum and fiberglassrv.com I've decided that an Escape is the right trailer for my family's needs. However, obtaining one in time for the summer looks like quite the challenge!

We're in Minnesota so if I could find a trailer that didn't require me driving to B.C. that would be preferred. I've seen a number of units that fit our needs out that way so who knows, maybe a long road trip is in our future! But first I wanted to see if there are any midwest owners looking to sell. We have an 18 month old son and will hopefully have a second child one day so a unit with the gaucho bunk is preferable.

Thanks for your time!

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If you are interested in looking at a 21 (just to see the build quality, etc) we will have our 21 at the house starting late next week as we begin to prepare for the spring adventure. Feel free to send me a PM if you are interested in looking at it.
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Old 01-09-2016, 05:36 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone for your comments! We went to a few different dealers in Minnesota today to see some other trailers to get a better idea of size and to see an R-pod. As soon as we saw the R-pod we knew it was inferior. The layouts were weird and we saw one that was used for one trip and it already had a hole through the bathroom door. It really showed us that you need to see the trailers in person - researching online can only do so much. Our search is down to two different trailers now:

•19' Escape
•Lance 1575

We want something we can take on remote forest roads and will fit our 80 lbs Golden Retriever and 2 kids. We also want something that can handle colder temps in case we're in the mountains in the early spring or late fall. We're big backpackers so we want our trailer to be our basecamp, but also comfy enough to be in with all of us on a rainy day.

We saw a Lance today and the construction quality was much better than any of the other more conventional trailers we saw. It's also well insulated (but the Escape would be better with the thermal windows options). The Lance is also framed with aluminum instead of wood so it should hold up a little better than the wooden trailers. The sales guy did admit that he has had a few come in with leaking issues but that they'll take care of you (whatever that means).

I love that an Escape would have fewer maintenance issues, but the Lance has a slide out that provides enough floor space for our son to run around along with some place for our dog to lie. The Lance's also look to hold their value reasonably well. We're scheduling a visit with an owner to see an Escape and we'll be able to make our final decision after that. One thought is that we could get a Lance now until the kids grow up and then get an Escape when it's just the two of us again.

If anyone has past experience with a Lance I'd love to hear it! I found a few people online who had them in the past but had since moved on to Escapes
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:51 PM   #16
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I have had 2 Lance trailers, a 2010 Model 1880 which I sold within a year when I discovered roof bubbles. I then bought a 2012 Lance 1575 because it had a solid roof. There is a design flaw, my slide motor went out after 90 days and there is no way it can be be retracted manually. The $2100 repair was covered but I immediately sold it and ordered my Escape 19. The Lance slide has no manual retraction nor anyway to secure the slide other than using a 2x4 as a brace. Since I do not feel like being stuck someplace, stay away from slide models.
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:54 PM   #17
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It seems like a lot of us migrate to Escapes after bad experiences with other brands.
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:55 PM   #18
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Wasn't a Lance, but my nephew spent two days with his family, crawling over furniture etc because he couldn't get his slides to open. Not easy getting a RV mechanic to show up on a long weekend in the middle of nowhere. Didn't ask what it cost for the service call.
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Eep! A stuck slide would definitely not be good!
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Eep! A stuck slide would definitely not be good!
Unless you REALLY like the campsite you're in.
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