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Old 01-18-2015, 08:49 AM   #1
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Question Long-Term Livability

We average about 2-4 weeks per trip and have had a few trips of 60+ days. We are considering a 5.0TA in the next couple of years. Would love to hear from current owners about their trip lengths and the livability of a small trailer. We are most interested in the 5.0/5.0TA, but comments from any size fiberglass trailer owners would be appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:09 AM   #2
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The 5.0TA has been out less then a year so long term reports aren't available for it. We did 5 weeks in Sept/Oct in ours and had no space problems at all. We came from a like sized travel trailer, as long as you don't mind small it's just fine. Storage room was more then sufficient for us but if you want that washer and dryer combo you're out of luck. Got to like each other too.

We finished the trip in such good shape that we decided to try 8 weeks this coming fall followed by a month or so snow birding next Feb/Mar.

Their is a couple on the fiberglass forum, Norm and Ginny, they do months and months in a 16'er.
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:49 AM   #3
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We average about 2-4 weeks per trip and have had a few trips of 60+ days. We are considering a 5.0TA in the next couple of years. Would love to hear from current owners about their trip lengths and the livability of a small trailer. We are most interested in the 5.0/5.0TA, but comments from any size fiberglass trailer owners would be appreciated.
Hi: woznick... Jan. of 2014 saw us spend 3 mo. in our 2007 5.0 in Ft. Myers Beach Fl. We're still married and getting ready to head south in our 2014 5.0TA!!! Unless you're interested in stick built, rubber roofed, slide out equipped trailers, a 5.0TA offers lots. They aren't cheap because they aren't big...but low maintenance and easy towing really helps.
We love our 5.0TA and can't wait to be one the road again!!! Alf
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:34 AM   #4
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How about 9 weeks in a 15?? March, April, May 2014 down to Texas and back. We were home 2 weeks and Julie wanted to know when we were leaving again. Like many things, it depends on the people, their needs and expectations but we can travel long term. We just wouldn't be able to full time in any trailer. See pictures of our trip at our website below.
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Woznick, My wife and I have enjoyed multiple 3-5 week adventures in our 17' Casita. I wouldn't give up those times together for anything.

We've now owned our Escape 21 for over a year and have one 5 week adventure under our belt. WOW, what a difference. The Escape is much more comfortable, towing and parking aren't much different, and hand signals are no longer needed to move about the cabin. We're now looking forward to, and planning, our next extended trip of at least 6 weeks. We've enjoyed our time with both trailers and looking forward to many more adventures.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:49 AM   #6
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I just added it up the other day for a similar request on another forum, and found I have spent 613 days, and 55,898 miles over the last 4 years in my Escape 17B. While I do have the advantage (at least space wise) of traveling solo, I have been comfortable with the size of the trailer, and never felt the need for more space, even on the last 304 day trip. I have to admit I spend most of my time outside the trailer; if I had to stay inside for weeks on end I might have a different outlook.

Journals of most of my trips start here, with the trailer trips starting in 2011.
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:36 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like its quite do-able. No, we are not washer & dryer kind of campers, although we do like our TV! Please keep the replies coming.
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We have spent 3 weeks in our 17' Casita on 2 different occasions, no problems at all. We take delivery of our 5.0TA in May and we plan on having it until retirement. We will full time in that until we can figure out a state to call our domicile and buy a class A. Long ways off but it's good to goals and plans!! Bob
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Old 01-18-2015, 02:03 PM   #9
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We have spent 3 weeks in our 17' Casita on 2 different occasions, no problems at all. We take delivery of our 5.0TA in May and we plan on having it until retirement. We will full time in that until we can figure out a state to call our domicile and buy a class A. Long ways off but it's good to goals and plans!! Bob
Hi: t-twnbob... Had a virtual tour of a class A diesel pusher. Too bad it was so dark inside. They were only asking north of $900,000. Alf
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Old 01-18-2015, 02:47 PM   #10
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Hi: t-twnbob... Had a virtual tour of a class A diesel pusher. Too bad it was so dark inside. They were only asking north of $900,000. Alf
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Nope Mr. Alf, we are much more conservative with our money that that! Probably a 30' Gasser set up for off the grid towing a jeep. Unless you would like to be the first to contribute to the 45' diesel pusher fund! Bob
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