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Old 03-19-2016, 11:50 AM   #31
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I didn't realize the 5.0TA had more headroom.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:57 AM   #32
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I know a guy who went from a Casita to an AF and loves it. He lives fulltime in it and takes it way off the backroads. He's been living in it for over two years with no problems and really enjoys the extra space and warmth.

The guy in this video sold his Oliver Legacy Elite II for an Arctic Fox and is very happy too. That's the Elite II with a 48k base price! You can see my little conversation with him in the comment section.


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Old 03-19-2016, 12:06 PM   #33
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I didn't realize the 5.0TA had more headroom.
21' Interior Height: 6'5"
5.0TA Interior Height: 6'4" to 7'
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:15 PM   #34
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Jack, it may be that we have so much more rain in the PNW. I doubt that a pinhole leak in Arizona would be as significant as in our climate. Also, there are plenty of stick trailers that don't leak, but more than mounded fiberglass and with more damage.
Bob I think you are on to something because our camper was pristine for a 1992 sold in 2013 . I was the second owner and through the years replaced the exit hatch and the bath vent . Always checked the caulking ,etc. That camper was made in California in Oxnard , small father and son company , very well made , almost custom with a complete aluminum roof . I think the weather can have a lot to do with it. We do have the sun and uv's to contend with here , hence a cover . I wish my trailer could be inside ,even better . Where you live and how you park it can really make you more or less problems . Just my thoughts on subject . Pat
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When I was looking at getting a stickie (sticky?) my fav dealer moment was sitting down at the saleswoman's desk and going over some options. She explained that they apply positive air pressure to the cabin, after sealing up windows etc, and hit the shell with some soapy water and look for air bubbles. Yes sir, we do that as a delivery service along with a complete PDI. <insert a 'ain't we wonderful' smile >

So I says, "its been sitting on the lot for 6/9/12 months in the elements and its just now getting a leak test?"

<remove a 'ain't we wonderful' smile , insert deer in head lights look. Customer exits stage left shortly thereafter>
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:29 PM   #36
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Thanks Pat. I know some escapers in my area store their trailers for the winter exposed to the elements, but I will do all I can to prevent any leaks. I still think a pinhole leak wouldn't destroy an Escape like it would a stick built. I haven't read of many molded fiberglass trailers with extensive water damage. Someone inform me if I'm wrong on that.
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21' Interior Height: 6'5"
5.0TA Interior Height: 6'4" to 7'
Yes, the 6'4" must be in the dinette area where you don't stand. I had plenty of room in the kitchen area where you can stand. The 5.0 TA has the most functional headroom of any molded fiberglass trailer. Also, I think there must have been 6'3" headroom in the bathroom because my head just barely touched.

The 6'5" in the 21' must be measured in the highest spot. I'm 6'3" and my head touched when I walked in the trailer (with shoes). Also, the A/C added to issues. And there was no hope of standing in the bathroom.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:41 PM   #38
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Bruce, both RV repair shops told me that their leak test wouldn't detect pinhole leaks like mine. I was surprised to hear that from two major RV dealers.
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Thanks Pat. I know some escapers in my area store their trailers for the winter exposed to the elements, but I will do all I can to prevent any leaks. I still think a pinhole leak wouldn't destroy an Escape like it would a stick built. I haven't read of many molded fiberglass trailers with extensive water damage. Someone inform me if I'm wrong on that.
That's my understanding too. It seems that leaks are less frequent in the glass trailers and less damaging when they do occur.
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YogiYoda, I missed your statement that damage in Escapes is likely to be cosmetic or not structurally significant. But clearly I can't ignore seal maintenance just because it is a molded shell. How many days a year of rain for you on Florida? Maybe it dries just as quickly. Here near Vancouver we can have extremely long periods of rain, weeks long with no time for surfaces to dry out.
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