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Old 11-09-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Considering a change from a Casita to a Escape 19

We have been the proud owners of a 17' Casita SD for the past five years. We have spent over 200 nights in it. We now have two grandchildren, ages 7 and 9. The casita does not provide options for accomodating two kids this age and size. We are considering going to an Escape 19. Please share your views about us making this type change. Should we look for a used or go new? Will we see much of a difference in towing? Will we be happy with the 19 once the kids get too old to go with us? Any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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We have a 17B, so I can't be of any help with size discussions. Used Escapes seems to be sold very quickly and tend to keep their value well. There are so many options available a lot will depend on how flexible you want to be with a used one that may or may not have an options package that you might want.

Whatever you do, you'll be happy with the quality of Escapes. Good luck!!
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:25 AM   #3
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We have a 2013 17 ft Casita and are also considering the purchase of a larger Escape trailer..
We have 10 grandchildren and one on the way ..We too would like to take the grandchildren on camping trips with us but our 17 ft is a little small for me ,my wife,the dog ,plus a couple of grand kids. We realize that the window in which kids want to spend time with their grandparents is extremely finite but we are not worried about when this time frame ends.
Looking at the price of used Escapes ,they seem to hold their value extremely well and in some cases the cost difference between a new and used Escape is not that significant
New allows you to get the options you want and need ,which is not allways the case with used
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:33 AM   #4
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I love my Escape! But, my very smart mother once told me to never buy a home with guests in mind... that's why they invented motels.

Applying that anology, you'll find kids are resilient. Sleeping on the floor, in a tent, etc. may be doable at some point.

In the meantime, if you're interested, I have captured a link on the CasitaForum that a member shows and tells how to convert a Casita SD to side bunkbeds. It supposedly is put up or taken down within a couple of minutes. When not used, you'd have full use of your Casita SD as usual.

Not trying to dissuade you from an Escape purchase, just wanting to provide another idea.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:13 AM   #5
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I understand Donna's position. The times we've spent money to accommodate hypothetical others, we've often been disappointed (e.g. making sure we had a guest room in the house we built, which seldom got used).

On the other hand, I believe some things are worth large risks. Maybe this upgrade will cost you $15K (that's just a guess)... But if it makes the difference to whether or not you get more time with your grand kids, its $15K well spent. Just accept that it is a risk, and even you spend the money you might not see the kids any more frequently.

As to the 19 itself -- my wife and I love it for just the two of us. We could get by with a smaller trailer, but the space in the 19 gives us a couple of things we quite like: a larger bed, and a larger dinette in particular.

If you do look used, keep in mind that the bunk option in the 19 must be built-in. It's not something that can be added after the fact. So if you want to go used, and you want the bunk, you've got an even tighter market than the already-small used Escape market.

I can't speak to differences with your Casita, but we find the 19 tows beautifully.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:17 AM   #6
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I think you can accommodate the kids in your Casita. I would say the move to an Escape 19 would be for other reasons - like a bigger main bed, tandem axles for smooth and easy towing, more interior space and storage, and the ability to truly customize your build. Also, the quality of the Escape speaks for itself.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:21 AM   #7
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We went to and toured both the Casita and ETI plants. We were pretty sure it would be a Casita and ordered the tow vehicle for it. Then we spotted the Escape 19 and after seeing the 19 by the 21 we ordered the 21. It came down to extra room plus we felt the Escape was built better. I think one of these days Casita may offer a bigger trailer. Loren
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:27 AM   #8
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Don't forget to look at the 21 and if your tow vehicle is a truck look at the 5.0TA also. No point in moving up 2 feet at a time.
As for other peoples opinion remember its yourselves that must be happy and justify your purchase. That said we're all sure you will love what ever Escape you purchase.

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Old 11-09-2014, 11:33 AM   #9
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Yes two footitis costs several thousand dollars each time
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:46 PM   #10
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Our move from Casita 17 LD to Escape 21 was primarily the dedicated no-crawl over bed. 2 dogs sleep under the dinette at the rear which also provides a bed for 2 grandkids........
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