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Old 10-11-2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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Escape vs. Cruise America

In the past year I've put about an equal number of thousands of miles on my Escape 19 and several types of Cruise America motor homes. It became inevitable that I started comparing the things I liked and disliked with the trailer and the motor home.

This may not be strictly an apple and apple comparison and other's views may differ but here's a few comparisons and observations I've made.

1. Windows. I really like being able to sit at the dinette and see what's outside without having to crane my neck. Gotta give CA a point for this one.

2. Bed. OMG, excruciatingly, horrible, torture rack for the CA. Half the bed on the compact unit is a fill-in piece. It's 3/4" plywood with, once upon a time, about an inch of foam. I could squeeze the foam and feel the wood underneath. Compared to the thick mattress in the Escape, 10,000 points to Escape

3. Sunken stove in the CA. I like this stove. Having it level with the counter top and having a tempered glass lid for work area makes a lot of sense. If I was ordering again this would be my choice. Another point for CA.

4. Sink. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. The sink in the CA is so large it takes away precious counter top and would likely contribute to wasting water. Another point for Escape.

5. Fridge. I had to ask myself, if this label was on an appliance in a store, would anyone buy it?

6. Furnace. The label doesn't reflect my experience and begs the question why do they even bother installing them if they're basically telling people to go to an RV park and plug in?

All in all, makes me appreciate my Escape, except for the big window, sigh

Ron
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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I have come across that sunken stove in van campers and that is clever.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:28 PM   #4
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The Escape 21 has a much better viewing area with the rear dinette, a great improvement over the 19. At a cost however.

You did not explain what a Cruise America is. I have seen them and assume it is a Class C Motor Home. Are there different models?
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:16 PM   #5
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Yes, 19', 25' and the 30', we've used each of them. All use the Ford chassis. The 30' uses the V-10, whew, never spent so much per day on gas. But they meet our needs allowing us to visit areas that we don't have time to haul our trailer to. In the last year we've been coast to coast in them.

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Hey Ron... you arrived ABQ early? Wise. Love looking out the dinette windows.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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Yes, we arrived on the Friday planning on 3 nights. First day was excellent but when the weather changed and the balloons couldn't fly on the second day we skipped the third day. Good thing though, we had more time to do other things.

Excellent photo, same camper type that we had and it's the shot that I thought I might get. Not a chance, total fg trailers viewed in the sea of mega rv's, 2 Casitas and one Scamp.

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