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Old 12-29-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Why so many sizes?

I saw this in another thread and thought I could add some input.

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Originally Posted by Floating Cloud View Post
I find it amazing that they have so many models, a new one at least every two years. I don't know how they do it. 13', 15', 17', 19', 21', 5.0, new 5.0. So many in a very short time. As someone said, the mind boggles.
Just to clarify, the 13' and 5.0 have been discontinued. We now offer 15' (2 plans), 17' (2 plans), 19', 21' and 5.0 TA.

Why so many sizes?

For those of you who have not toured our fibreglass facility...the Escape body assembly is different than most, if not all fibreglass trailers, campers and boats. Most put the body together after the shell in halves have been removed from the molds. With our system, once the two halves have cured, we bolt the top mold on top of the bottom mold and seam the two halves together while everything is still tight in the mold. The shell is then demolded as a full unibody shell.

This method ensures consistency with every unit, however the shell is in the mold for a much longer period. To speed up production, we alternate mold sizes. In our fibreglass facility, there is a large spray booth where the parts are made. Once the two halves are built and cured, they are moved out to be joined together. At this point another set of molds is set up in the spray booth.

The fibreglass shop operates about a month ahead of the main production. If you have noticed our production schedule, we usually run a balance between two different sizes back to back. For example, the fibreglass shop will build 17,19,17,19,17,19,17,19, but for consistency, the production shop will build 17,17,17,17,19,19,19,19. Adding new sizes helps the fibreglass shop to squeeze in different sizes in their runs to keep up as the assembly is steadily increasing in speed.

We still want to be able to work with the customer in customizing their Escape, however we have had to streamline assembly a bit more and can't offer quite as many changes as we were once able to. For example we have to stay tighter to the floor plan designs offered. Small alterations, no problem. Moving a bathroom, major alteration...not possible.

More sizes coming? I don't anticipate anything larger. ( I know I have said that before! )
We are trying to maintain a nice flow that keeps us busy, but at a pace that will allow us to continue to work one on one with each customers' needs and wants.

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Old 12-29-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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Personally, I don't understand why someone would be concerned about how many sizes are available in the first place. My concern is quality, availability, and of course profitability. Without profit, Escape would not exist, and we'd be left with less desirable choices...I take much comfort in knowing I'm getting (when I finally purchase) a quality product that will provide my family many years of reliable service, and that the manufacture stands behind.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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I found Escape trailers too late to get a 13'. I hope that the 15' does not become extinct too.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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For what it is worth, my Escape 21' has been home for a little over 2 weeks and I have shown it to 3 prospective owners, 2 couples of them today. It's hard work selling these units………. The more you make, the more that can be sold.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:55 PM   #5
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Wow Jim, that's great. With those finder fees I nominate you to buy the beer or some appropriate beverage at the next Escape rally. They are certainly looking at a beautiful rig from the pictures you have posted.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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I was under the impression that the 13' could still be ordered in rare cases. It would be a shame to never do the littlest one!

Perhaps this all means that a queen bed is possible in the 21'. And two-foot-itis will not visit you for at least another two years.

In any case, Reace, it still amazes me the amount you have done in a few short years with so many shells and all of the customization situations after beginning with one trailer not that long ago.

Thank you for the explanation on the unibody work.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:37 PM   #7
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Thanks for the post, Reace. j
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:55 PM   #8
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I am more familiar with boat construction and my understanding is the longer the material is in the mold the better which results in more consistent/uniform and structurally superior shells. The better boat hulls were in the mold multiple days and the better boat hulls bolted the sections together and used few or no rivets. I am thankful Escape takes the extra steps to make the fiberglass shell.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:41 PM   #9
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The same reason the major car manufacturers have so many models to offer.

Each person has their reasons and needs. Having a variety makes it easier to accommodate this.

Keep up the great work!
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:21 AM   #10
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We saw Jim's Blackjack today. After seeing a few of his trailers....this is another winner. We are really excited for our hatch date in July. Compared to our Casita, the finish, detail, and quality is unsurpassed. Nice Job Reace and Company. But I too find myself thinking okay, this year the 21' and in a few years the new 5.0TA..... Thanks for a great product!
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