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Old 05-08-2016, 09:38 PM   #11
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Thanks all! We arrive @ SEA on Tuesday then drive straight to Chilliwack. This is a pretty major investment in our due diligence. Right now it's between an Escape 19 and a Lance 1985. Let the record reflect that I'm NOT visiting the Lance facility. We will then spend the nest 2 nights in Seattle right smack in the heart of it all. The cruise departs Friday. Several years ago we had an interior Alaska cruise that would be hard to beat. SWMBO's brother was the Senior Enlisted a Eielson AFB and he gave us a tour of the Alaska interior that would be hard to beat. Denali was spectacular as was Circle Alaska and everything else we saw. Right now the Escape 19 is my front runner. SWMBO wants a little more room. I want easy to maintain, pull, clean, store .... we shall see.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:50 PM   #12
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We toured a north Georgia 19 and ordered one. ETI graciously let us switch to a 21 at the rally two years ago. Tour them all when you get there. Those switches may be hard to get now.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:34 PM   #13
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We considered a Lance 1985 when we needed to upsize from a Casita 17; went as far as test towing.

I didn't think the construction was something that would last me 10+ years, particularly the dubious slide-out drive system (retired engineer) so we went for the Escape 21 and it has been great.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:40 PM   #14
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cpaharley bought a 2012 Lance 1575 brand new. Ask him why he only kept it a very short period of time...
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:19 AM   #15
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cpaharley bought a 2012 Lance 1575 brand new. Ask him why he only kept it a very short period of time...
Hi: Donna D... Slide outs are like computers... they're wonderful when they work!!! My Bro-in-Law needed a new motor/tranny for his just out of warr. behemoth 5th. wheel. $1600-$2000. There was no provision for a manual crank either. Glad we don't have one!!! Alf
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:34 AM   #16
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Yes, Donna and Alf are both correct, my slide on the Lance 1575 went out after 90 days, luckily it happened at home as there is no provision for manual operation. Although I was reimbursed for the repair I realized if this had happened while away I would have been DOA for at least a week. No manual back up, no way the owner can access, just a royal PIA. No slides again.
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Old 05-09-2016, 10:05 AM   #17
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Richard, having lost our lovely 2002 Nash stick-built trailer to leak damage in 2014 and knowing many others with similar experiences, I would suggest a molded fiberglass trailer is a far safer investment for you. Of the molded FG trailers, Escape was the clear winner for us, and we didn't even have the benefit of the U. S. dollar advantage. Make sure you talk to Reace or Tammy during your factory tour. Having access to these warm, straight shooting ETI owners is a huge advantage for Escape owners. Since we picked up our Escape 21 a year ago, I have been connected to one or the other several times re questions I had about our trailer or regarding minor fixes we needed. It's like talking directly to the mechanic working on your car.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:28 PM   #18
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The manual disconnect procedure is in the actuator manual. and also covered in the lance forums. The slide is held closed with wood wedged in. But I agree very Scarry going down the freeway like this.

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there is no provision for manual operation. I would have been DOA for at least a week. No manual back up, no way the owner can access,
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