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Old 03-18-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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Escape 5.0 TA vs Arctic Fox 22G

I知 considering a 5.0 TA and the main competitor is the Arctic Fox 22G. Here痴 a link to info on that trailer. There is a video there too.

Northwood | Arctic Fox 22G

Please let me know if I知 missing anything in the comparison below.

22G Pros:
Less expensive (after the Escape痴 recent price increase)
Walk around bed (easier access to the bed and easier sheet changes)
More exterior storage with front pass through
Allows for truck cap and even more storage in truck bed
Allows more cargo weight (7500 lb vs 5500 lbs GVWR)
shocks on all four wheels
Easier to find a rental truck if my truck breaks down
Bigger kitchen sink
Dry bathroom with more room, better sink, shower, and toilet
4-seasons insulation with enclosed and heated underbelly
ducted A/C
bigger holding tanks
custom-made heavy duty off-road chassis
easier to backup
more attractive (others may disagree )
less unique and blends in more (others might see this as a con)
more standard features

22G Cons:
more maintenance (time and money)
lower longevity
faster depreciation
heavier weight (about 700 lbs once adding A/C etc to 5.0 TA)
less fuel-efficiency when towing
shorter warranty
more time consuming to hook-up than 5th wheel
more difficulty towing (w/ sway etc)
smaller dinette and table
less peace of mind (I'd feel more confident w/ molded fiberglass)
worse forum

No dealer carries Arctic Fox near me. So there will be trek involved in the purchase for either trailer. Also, I didn稚 mention Escape's custom build because I wouldn稚 need to customize the 22g.

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Old 03-18-2016, 12:29 PM   #2
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To me it's fiberglass or not .. Then all the rest of the choices. With all six of my previous trailers and campers I felt like the little boy running around sticking my fingers in the leaks and fighting mold and rot.

My two fiberglass it's the opposite. Like wooden boats and fiberglass boats which holds up best in the environment.... Sun or rain you just clean and use UV protection on the fiberglass and the shape is rounded, much easier to do it on.

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Old 03-18-2016, 01:23 PM   #3
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Hi Eric
For what it's worth I think you could really enjoy an Arctic Fox for a good number of years if taken care of. The interior is lovely and spacious, price point more affordable etc etc.
Having said that, when I first started researching trailers last fall I quickly realized that Escape was the only choice for us. We actually have a fiberglass cabin cruiser and can vouch for how durable that material is. We were willing to compromise on size to get a product that has a reputation for no leaks and holds it's value for decades to come. From life experience the phrase "pay me now or pay me later" often holds true!
There is something out there for everyone. Good luck with your decision and get out there and have a blast!
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:54 PM   #4
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I bought my Escape because I wanted small, lightweight, easily towable, low-maintenance, and great looking. I don't think the Arctic Fox meets any of those criteria.
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:03 PM   #5
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Roughly 2011 we took a ride to PA to look over the 22G along with a 22H. I found the bed was too short for me in the 22G, also complaints about delaminating side panels were fairly common on the AF's at the time. I haven't kept up with AF since then, but it looks like they have a new process for the exterior walls, hopefully the delamintion issues are in the past. Liked the 25's but just too darn big for us. They had unfortunately discontinued the 24-5n fifth wheel by then.

I'd suggest you go see both trailers, being completely different animals your decision should be easy.

The Escape suits our camping style better at the moment, if I were in the market for a bigger unit an AF would be on the short list.
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:26 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Klem View Post
To me it's fiberglass or not ..
This is my thinking too. I made the decision to go with a moulded fibreglass trailer, long before I decided to go with an Escape.

Other than the amenities they offer, these two trailers have next to no similarities.

The Arctic Fox does seem like a decent trailer though, considering it is not moulded fibreglass.

I think the biggest problem here is that you brought the query forward to Escape owners most of whom love what they have, and it is tough to be unbiased.
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:33 PM   #7
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Hi! The Artic Fox is one of the best stick built trailers. I live in Spokane WA and have a dealer here and have been in that same trailer. I considered purchasing that very model myself. Very well made, strong frame, 2'' walls not 1 1/2'', quality throughout. And I am 99% sure I am going to order a 5 TA in April for all the reasons Ice Breaker stated. The 22g is 8 1/2' wide and almost 24' long. Just a bit bigger and heavier than I want. I will be towing with a 1/2 ton Tundra so I think the Escape is as big as I want to go. Granted there will far less storage space in the trailer and pickup. 5th wheel and all... I went to the Escape facility as well to look at the 5 TA and was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the trailer. The scale for me tips to the Escape. Come on April 1st!!!
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:43 PM   #8
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My difficulty with this comparison is that the two trailers are almost completely dissimilar. If it were one fifth-wheel versus another, or two trailers of the same size and configuration but differing in construction, or anything else more comparable... then an objective comparison would make more sense.

For instance, four-wheel shocks were listed as an advantage for the Arctic Fox, but there is no mention of the Escape's E-Z Flex, or the fact that a 2017 5.0TA would have a completely different independent rubber-sprung suspension.

I suppose part of the challenge is that there isn't a big enough Escape to be directly comparable, and this leads to selecting the 5.0TA (rather than the non-existent Escape 23' or longer conventional trailer), introducing the complication of two different configurations (conventional versus fifth-wheel).

There are other trailers which would be a more direct comparison to this Arctic Fox; I assume they are not mentioned because the Arctic Fox is preferred to them. The most obvious would be the 21-foot or 25-foot Bigfoot trailers, which are more like the Arctic Fox than any Escape in just about every respect.
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:52 PM   #9
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I double that Mark&Elaine! It has become torturous for me!
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Old 03-18-2016, 03:10 PM   #10
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I think it really comes down to experience with your camping style, what you think you will need and whether they would both work for you.
If the Escape and the Arctic will both meet your needs and price isn't a factor either way, then it becomes the comparison of construction type, maintenance required, longevity, and resale value. A molded fiberglass trailer like the Escape will win out on all of those factors. I went to the dark side (stick built) after owning a Scamp 13 because I had two growing children that are more difficult to accommodate in a molded fiberglass trailer for a month on the road. After two years of dealing with a very high maintenance stick built trailer and trying to stay ahead of the leaks I convinced my wife that we had to get back to molded fiberglass. We've been back now for quite some time and aren't leaving again. EVER.

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