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Old 01-31-2016, 11:04 PM   #121
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The exchange rate on Oct 1st ,2015 was $1 US =$1.33 CAN
The exchange rate on Jan 31st ,2016 was $1 US= $1.40 CAN
The percentage of change = approx 5% in favor of the US Dollar
The 21 ft escape went from $27,800 to $31,800 an increase of almost 15%
$27,800 CAN at the 10/1/2015 exchange rate =$20,900 US
$31,800 CAN at the 1/31/2016 exchange rate =$22,715 US
A cost difference of $1815
The increase in the exchange rate is not enough to cover the price increase.
The notion that an increase in the base price made the trailer cheaper to purchase is wishful thinking in my book.
You are not going back a year, much less two, but only four months. Ruth and I are looking at the prices year to year and Escapes are now a better deal than in several years for Americans. You could just as well look at the price ten days ago and the price the day after it changed and say that it is up. But not with the change in the dollar over the year.

It is still a better deal for Americans than last year, is it not? When our 2011 19' was bought, it cost more than the price in Canadian dollars. The dollar advantage today for Americans is phenomenal. It is the Canadians who are paying a price increase. Americans have a decrease, and a big one. Most are saving several thousand dollars over the Canadian price.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:06 PM   #122
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Once I realized a new, fully optioned 17 ft. Casita would run me about $22k (IF I wanted one), the price of the 21 ft. Escape became more attractive.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:08 PM   #123
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The exchange rate on Oct 1st ,2015 was $1 US =$1.33 CAN
The exchange rate on Jan 31st ,2016 was $1 US= $1.40 CAN
The percentage of change = approx 5% in favor of the US Dollar
The 21 ft escape went from $27,800 to $31,800 an increase of almost 15%
$27,800 CAN at the 10/1/2015 exchange rate =$20,900 US
$31,800 CAN at the 1/31/2016 exchange rate =$22,715 US
A cost difference of $1815
The increase in the exchange rate is not enough to cover the price increase.
The notion that an increase in the base price made the trailer cheaper to purchase is wishful thinking in my book.
Depends on when you purchased. Our rate meant a base price of $25,500 CAD equaled $21136.95 USD at the time when the funds were converted in early 2015.

With the increase to $30,300 CAD base price, and using a rate from January 19th of this year, that comes to $20813.07 USD, which means even with the price increase, the trailer would have been slightly cheaper. The price increase may not be enough to cover the increase on any given day, but there's alot of fluctuation in the rate. In any case, considering how close these numbers are, I consider the price increase to be fair and not excessive.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:11 PM   #124
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I think I probably mentioned this before, but when I decided Ten Forward was in my future, I figured my budget based on US dollars, that's where I earned my wages. The money I put down and was refunded was almost like getting a refund from the IRS when I filed.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:44 PM   #125
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:39 AM   #126
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Really is a moot point at the moment as you can't determine what the US$ cost of the new Escape is going to be using today or even January rates because you can't currently order one. Once orders are being taken again then the exchange rate can be pulled and each buyer can evaluate what the actual cost will be in US$ at that time. It may still be a savings or it may amount to an increase, but you won't know until you get the exchange rate at that time, and you also have to be able to send the money to capitalize on that rate.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:04 AM   #127
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If one wants to justify not buying an Escape, they will find a way. If you step aside, there will be many ready to step up to the plate to take your place, and make a deal for one of the best values in fiberglass trailers.

I do realize the increase may be just that little bit too much to afford at the time, but that is the case with homes, automobiles, and most consumer products.

There was definitely a time in my life, not all that long ago, I could not have afforded an Escape.
Hey Jim... not all that long ago, all Albertans were flush... Now and for the last few months all we have heard is how hard yu'all have it out there So... if that is so, how is it that you can afford this expensive 5.0TA now, or have yu'all just been "funning" us

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Old 02-01-2016, 01:20 AM   #128
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Really is a moot point at the moment as you can't determine what the US$ cost of the new Escape is going to be using today or even January rates because you can't currently order one. Once orders are being taken again then the exchange rate can be pulled and each buyer can evaluate what the actual cost will be in US$ at that time. It may still be a savings or it may amount to an increase, but you won't know until you get the exchange rate at that time, and you also have to be able to send the money to capitalize on that rate.
Yes, if ordering for 2017, but there are hundreds of people right now deciding whether they want to send up more money or wait, hoping the rate will be even better, who have ordered for 2016. And middle of March, they can see if they want to pay extra for the new shell, and pay then or not. Which is all before orders are expected to open. Other than the ones picking up shortly who will soon have a new 2016!
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:52 AM   #129
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Hey Jim... not all that long ago, all Albertans were flush... Now and for the last few months all we have heard is how hard yu'all have it out there So... if that is so, how is it that you can afford this expensive 5.0TA now, or have yu'all just been "funning" us

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I have been saving for quite a few years now, while times were good. And yes, it is very unfortunate that the economy is so depressed here right now, and work for me too is slowing down, but I am not going to let that stop me from what I want to do.

And far from all Albertans were "flush", that was just a misconception because a few were doing good, along with the economy. Those living from paycheck to paycheck are now hurting, which is terrible to see.
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The Alberta spirit: "but I am not going to let that stop me from what I want to do". (In the same boat here on the prairies).
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