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Old 01-08-2016, 11:59 AM   #1
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Escape 17B or 19 somewhat near Minnesota

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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Old 01-08-2016, 01:12 PM   #2
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Bobby, we have a beautiful 17B that we will be selling, but not until the end of the 2016 season (fall), as we have to wait until 2017 to be able to get a new 21. That will probably be the case with lots of potential sellers. But you are surely welcome to come see ours if you haven't been able to see a 17 in person yet. I don't know if we are the closest to your area or not - but Escape Trailer can tell you.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, Eric! I have an email out to Escape to see where the trailers near us are. Looks like you're only 3 hours away so that isn't too bad. My wife is really interested in an r-pod because it has a slide which will provide more room, but I'm trying to win her over on the quality and longevity an Escape will provide. Hopefully seeing one will make her a believer. I'll reach out if we're unable to find a closer trailer to preview or if by the end of the 2016 season we still haven't found a trailer to buy
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:15 PM   #4
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I can always spot rPod couples cause one leans to the left and one to the right.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:57 PM   #5
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My wife is really interested in an r-pod because it has a slide which will provide more room, but I'm trying to win her over on the quality and longevity an Escape will provide.
Join a forum for the R-Pod owners. I was very interested in one while on a month-long motorhome rental trip last April. A friend and I even looked multiple times at the dealer's inventory in Coos Bay, OR when I was there. Each time they had fewer and fewer on the lot. We talked to a couple of owners at the campsite I was at.

However, when I got home, I joined a forum and there were lots of folks bitching about this and that about their R-Pods. Steps that didn't work, leaks, staples sticking out and I forget what else. Too many complaints for me to want one, that's for sure.

That's when I started researching the fiberglass trailers and now we have one on order. So, stick to your guns, let her read the complaints and decide if it's worth spending that much money on something that has problems, and keep looking for the trailer you want. More will probably come available once winter starts disappearing. And, yeah, you might have to take a road trip, as I imagine lots more are sold and owned in the West than the Midwest, due to where the factory is.

Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:01 PM   #6
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Resale value. There's a reason that an all molded fiberglass trailer holds its value like no other. Hard to wear one out, and relatively few maintenance issues compared to stickies.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:46 PM   #7
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Yeah, I was worried about leaks and quality problems with the r-pods because of the way they were built. I'll have to dig into their forum a bit more and show her some of the examples of people complaining. A leaky trailer sounds like the worst thing ever, I might as well be sleeping in my tent at that point!

The resale value is another reason I've been drawn to the molded fiberglass trailers along with less maintenance. And they look so cool all marshmallowy!

Thanks everyone for backing me up!
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lots of folks bitching about this and that about their R-Pods. Steps that didn't work, leaks, staples sticking out and I forget what else. Too many complaints for me to want one, that's for sure.
Par for the course from my experience with conventional trailers. What do you expect for 1/2 the price.
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Yeah, I was worried about leaks and quality problems with the r-pods because of the way they were built. I'll have to dig into their forum a bit more and show her some of the examples of people complaining. A leaky trailer sounds like the worst thing ever, I might as well be sleeping in my tent at that point!

The resale value is another reason I've been drawn to the molded fiberglass trailers along with less maintenance. And they look so cool all marshmallowy!

Thanks everyone for backing me up!
I'll bet the R-Pods are like most RVs and lose about 30% of their value the day you drive them off the lot. Might be worth looking at used prices of them if you can find some online compared to used prices of Escapes.
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:14 PM   #10
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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.
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