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Old 04-19-2014, 09:43 PM   #11
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How many other companies could pull this off in today's market? Seems to me there's a lesson here.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:40 PM   #12
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We bought our used 19 sight unseen and traveled from Iowa to Tucson to pick it up. The owners were traveling at the time and told us it would take a leap of faith on our part to deposit a downpayment into their bank account. We did it and have never regretted our decision. Jack and Nancy are about the nicest, most helpful and hospitable couple we have met in a long time.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:53 PM   #13
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Gbaglo...

Since this is a rather general thread discussing the ETI "mystique"...I would be interested in knowing more about the history of the forum itself and some of the principals (careers, backgrounds, etc). Were Reece and Tami involved with the forum at first?
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:59 AM   #14
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I don't think Tammy and Reace were involved.
Jeff Z suggested on FGRV ( which was under different ownership at the time ) that there be an Escape forum, similar to Casita or Scamp. That raised the ire of moderators ( at the time ) on FGRV.
I supported Jeff in the idea of creating a forum. At the same time, the moderators ( at that time ) determined that I couldn't post without my posts being held for approval. Apparently, my sense of humour and some of the topics I referenced ( always close, but never over the line ), and perhaps my support for Jeff offended them.
Anyway, Jeff went ahead and created the Escape Owners forum and asked me to be moderator ( which I gleefully accepted ).
We discussed the forum rules and decided at that time that if flames erupted or posts were inappropriate that we would create a section for inappropriate posts where people could just keep firing away at one another and nobody else had to read it. We never came close to having to create that section. Everybody just wanted to help others and if somebody slipped over the line, the rest tolerated it and it was brief and disappeared.
Jeff sold his 17 Escape and bought an Airstream Bambi ( at a heavy discount due to the economy ). Sold that and bought a small motorhome, but continued to maintain the forum.
He eventually sold the forum to the current owners ( who also own FGRV and a bunch of other sites ).
I offered to bail out as moderator, but was asked to continue. Jim became a moderator at that time.
Jeff is retired from the tech world and I'm a retired news photographer / editor.
Tammy and Reace probably read bits of the forum when they have the time, but they don't monitor it ( to my knowledge ). I'll send a note to Tammy if I think they might like to address a thread that is wild with conjecture ( same email address you find on their site ).
My wife ( the Old Bag ) complains frequently that I spend too much time talking to my "invisible friends" so I got her an iPad.
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Old 04-20-2014, 04:16 AM   #15
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I was looking for an "egg". Drove 400 km and looked at a '80's vintage 17'. Thought about buying it but there was too much work needed on it although I had the time. Was prepared to go south of the border for the right Casita but was not entirely sold on them. Kept looking, felt the Escapes were going to be just a little out of my price range. Found one, made an offer within my price range, sight unseen, with the proviso that if it did not meet my criteria, I could step away. Drove 12 hours, had a good look, shook hands, and closed the deal. Two hours later, I was motoring it back home. I am happy with it, there are some upgrades that I want to do, but overall, life is good, no regrets! Had not seen an Escape in person prior to the purchase, they are all that I expected and perhaps a little bit more.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:31 AM   #16
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I....Jeff Z suggested on FGRV ( which was under different ownership at the time ) that there be an Escape forum, similar to Casita or Scamp. That raised the ire of moderators ( at the time ) on FGRV.
I supported Jeff in the idea of creating a forum. At the same time, the moderators ( at that time ) determined that I couldn't post without my posts being held for approval. Apparently, my sense of humour and some of the topics I referenced ( always close, but never over the line ), and perhaps my support for Jeff offended them.
As a former moderator/administrator on FiberglassRV at the time, I will tell you... this is only partially true. And, whatever the real reason, it no longer matters as neither FiberglassRV nor Escape forum are privately owned. They're now both commercial, for profit sites owned by Social Knowledge.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:39 AM   #17
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Back to the the topic, in reading some of the responses, particularly those buying used, unseen, there is mention that the owners/sellers were rally nice people. I think that is important, everyone I have ever spoken to at ETI seems very nice and friendly. It seems also that we, as owners, continue to personify that trait if we later sell our unit. So it is the people behind and the owners that make them successful and trustworthy in their product/ownership. Pride, something we all have, and something the worlds needs more of. Happy Easter everyone...
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:59 AM   #18
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We didn't see a 19 before purchasing but we did see Leon W's 17. That was enough to convince us of the quality in their product ( and that Escape owners must all be nice). It is going to be 72 here today and there is an egg in my driveway. Life is good! Happy Easter!
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:09 AM   #19
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Given that the internet and this forum appear to be such a crucial part of ETI's success, I'm surprised Reece and Tammy (sorry for the misspelling earlier) weren't behind it early on.

I also appreciate the nature and tone of the forum...just plain fun to be a part of it. I know there has to be a "rotten egg" out there somewhere.
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The moderators, try to ween out the "rotten eggs" from our groups.
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