Hello Escape Owners,
I'm hoping to go full-time in a 17' TT in the next year (or two) and I have been researching different makes and models. This would be my only home. An Escape is looking like a good option, and I would appreciate hearing from current owners. Please tell me what helped you decide on your rig, what model and floorplan you like; what options/add-ons make the most sense. Do you feel they hold value and condition to the extent that buying used might work for me?
I would be solo with maybe a companion dog. I know I want at least a 17' for ease of towing.
Thanks in advance for your personal experiences, and suggestions.
I wouldn't choose a 17' for the ease of towing. There isn't much difference between towing a 17 foot trailer & a 21'. In fact, the 17' is more difficult to back up than longer trailers (although that can be handy when backing into a tight site). You do have to choose a tow vehicle capable of handling the weight of what ever trailer you choose.
I travel solo in an Escape 17B (without a dog) and find it adequate. As to the options & add ons, I keep a page at my site of my modifications
. Many were not necessary - I like to play...
Get the size that works for you. That may or may not be a 17. There's only a few hundred pounds difference between the sizes, and all are relatively easy to tow with lots of different vehicles.
As for full timing in an Escape, its not recommended by the factory, because many full timers don't take the proper steps to prevent condensation, mold or cleanliness issues that can occur when a trailer is occupied full time vs periodically. I'm not saying you can't full time in one, just that you need to prevent certain problems if you do.
I think it you may get better answers/advise if you give us some context.
What is your experience level in towing
What is your experience in RVing and/or camping
What is your "style" of camping.
What type of geography/climate do you envision traveling in, especially during the winter months.
Enjoy your research, Larry
As you are thinking about fulltiming I believe it would be worth the time and money to take a flight out to Seattle and drive up to the factory to look them all over. Or you can see them sort of local, looking at the Owners Map shows there are 17's, a 19, and a 21, in New England, more or less. If you call Escape they can provide contact info for the owners if they allow such. Pick which trailer you want then find a suitable tow vehicle.
Might also check out Bigfoot and Oliver. Both are 4 season, as opposed to Escape being a 3 season. Both are more weight and more $.
Originally Posted by CateW
I know I want at least a 17' for ease of towing.
I could understand "at least 17' for sufficient space" or "no more than 17' for ease of towing", but I'm not sure that I understand this, because most people assume that smaller is easier to tow... and it is in most ways.
How have you picked your minimum and maximum sizes? The 17' length is a great compromise for many people, but with a little more of your reasoning people might be able to provide more specifically suited comments.
For me, if I were solo with a dog, among Escape models the 17' might be the minimum size, and I would only go larger for storage space (for full-time use and therefore a wide range of stuff).
Unlike some brands, the three Escape models from 17' to 21' are three different widths - longer also gets you wider. The extra of the larger sizes width might be important to you for interior comfort over long periods, but the narrower width of the smaller sizes can make towing easier (less mirror extension needed, more clearance in tight places). If you're set on 17-foot, then this doesn't matter.
A small dehumidifier will easily handle any condensation issues, and boiling water on the stove will add moisture in the event your small living space gets too dry. In my opinion, 45-55% is ideal; others may feel otherwise. As far as Escape being a 3 season trailer, that should not be a big concern as nobody in their right mind would stay in Maine over the winter. Again, my opinion as a former New Hampshirite now residing in Florida. For that matter, no one in their right mind would stay in Florida over the summer! Still, I would recommend visiting people willing to show you their trailers to make sure you get one sized to meet your needs and wishes. There is a young woman on FGRV whose online name is Hildaga. She full times in a Scamp 13. She is friendly and pleasant (I met her at Scamp Camp last February in Sebring, FL) You might want to track her down and pick her brain; she may be able to provide you with valuable insight. Good luck with your planned endeavor!
I would only recommend looking at the 21' Escape for full-timing. There should be one you can see in your region. A 17' is possible, of course, but think you would like a 21' much better for full-timing if you can get a suitable tow vehicle.
Do you know about the organization, Escapees? (No connection to Escape trailers). Escapees has all of the info could you possibly need on their forum and they also have mail service and more. It would likely help you to join them or at least read the forum on domicile and other issues.
Good luck and let us know what you get.
By the way, the woman on Fiberglassrv is Hidalga.
Originally Posted by Floating Cloud
I would only recommend looking at the 21' Escape for full-timing.
Um, they do make a 19.
Having spent many months in our 19', I would not recommend it for full-timing. There are people who are full-timing in 16' or 17' Casitas or Scamps though and they say they are just fine.
A 21' Escape was not out when they bought their trailers and maybe it would not be in their budget, but that is what I would recommend. I think the space in the 21' would much better suit just about anyone actually living in her or his trailer.
Thanks for your prompt and helpful responses! (Hope it posts my reply this time). I"ll be new to towing and RVing. Lots to learn!! Simple & comfortable is my style. Hope to have a solar panel and large tanks (fresh water, etc.) so I can boondock some. Like to cook on a stove not over a campfire, and want a freezer as well as the frig. section.Will follow the warmth and not spend winter in any states that are snowy and cold. Do want a heater, insulation, and A/C for year around comfort. More advice on preventing mold, keeping systems clean, etc. when full timing will be taken to heart.