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Old 02-18-2019, 08:34 PM   #1
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Casita 17' vs Escape 17B

Hi all -

Casita 17' Spirit Deluxe or Liberty Deluxe vs Escape 17B ?

We have had two 1970s era fiberglass trailers (Compact Junior then a Trillium 4500) for the last 20 years. We're ready to bring it into this millennium, and maybe even buying a brand new unit. I am super excited; DH is humoring me.

We will tow with a Toyota Highlander or similar. I think we have narrowed it down to the choices above. On initial look, I like the layout of the Casita better. I like the small dinette in the middle for added kitchen counter space and for socializing in the middle instead of tucked at the end of the camper. Plus I like the possibility of having a bed larger than a double.

But I think I like the construction quality and the general amenities of the Escape better. I'd love to hear from you escape owners who can share why an Escape 17'er vs the same from Casita.

FYI, we are much more boondocking campers than campground users. Plugging in, electronics, etc are not a big deal for us. And we are from Montana so will appreciate a camper that will keep us cozy in the shoulder season.

Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom!
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:48 PM   #2
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Ahhh, there's no way I'd buy the same size trailer, even if it is newer. The reason to change to a different trailer IMHO is to either upsize or downsize or change to a better layout. I don't see that happening with what you already own. YMMV
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:50 PM   #3
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Welcome. You may find value in reviewing this thread:
Why Escape -- and not Casita, or Scamp, or something else?
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:55 PM   #4
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Hi Donna - We are wanting to upsize a bit, as well as to be camping in something from the current century or, to be more pointed about it, in something that's not a project since we are not very good projecteers.
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Thanks Rubicon327!
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:58 PM   #6
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Ahhh, there's no way I'd buy the same size trailer, even if it is newer. The reason to change to a different trailer IMHO is to either upsize or downsize or change to a better layout. I don't see that happening with what you already own. YMMV
The Compact Junior is 13’ and the Trillium 4500 is 15’. Wouldn’t an Escape 17 be upsizing?
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:42 PM   #7
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We bought a new Casita 17 ft SD in 2013 and still own it at this time.
We have never owned an Escape 17 so I have no experience or comments
Our Casita has served us well with very few problems . It has been extremely dependable and the quality for the price is excellent . We converted the rear table into a permanent bed which has worked out well for us .
We went from a 16 ft Scamp to a 17 ft Casita , the change was noticeable but not huge or significant

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Old 02-18-2019, 09:54 PM   #8
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We've owned a Scamp, Casita, Bigfoot, and now an Escape. The Bigfoot and Escape with the double pane windows are much warmer than either the Scamp or Casita. Cold air, in the single pane Scamp or Casita, would come streaming down from the windows in 10-40 degree weather onto our heads making for a not so pleasurable experience. The Escape has much more insulation and that's very noticeable. Because we like to camp in the shoulder seasons in cold weather (down to 0 degrees) the Escape was a no-brainer for us.

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I can't really tell from your post if you have been inside the actual trailers. Having had a slew of Scamps, a 17B and now the 19 Escape and being very familiar with the Casita's I think walking in each trailer would resolve it for you.
For me personally the 17B would win out over the Casita (although a very nice trailer), just from the roomier feel when inside the Escapes and not having carpet on the walls.
Moving up just a bit to a 19 Escape would bring so many advantages to the table over the 17 Casita that it wouldn't be a fair fight.
Good luck with your decision....
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:53 PM   #10
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We bought our Escape 17B last year. We looked at and walked in an Escape 19, Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe and the Scamp 13 and 16 ft. Why didn't we buy a Casita 17ft - it was small inside. When the owner and I went inside to look at the trailer my husband and her husband were talking outside. We had to get out of the trailer so they could come inside. There is no way we could see 4 people in that trailer. When we went to look at the Escape 17A - well all I can say is there were 5 adults in there plus 2 little dogs and we did not feel cramped. I know an Escape 17A has more room than Escape 17B (no bathroom makes a difference), but we love our Escape 17B.

I agree with the previous post - you really do need to go inside each trailer you're interested in. In spending some time inside each trailer you will get a feel for the space around you and then you'll know exactly what you want and be happy with your purchase.
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