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Old 02-23-2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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A real dilemma--used vrs. new

We have a deposit down on a brand new 19 but found a 2009 for sale. The question is, how has the 19 improved since then? Can anyone list how the 2014 version is superior to the 2009. It would be nice to have a trailer built just the way we like and while the money isn't really an issue, but still there's quite a savings buying a used Escape. From the photos we have seen, the 2009 is clean and we could easily live with the interior decorating choices. What we need is a list of pros and cons in order to make an informed decision. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-23-2014, 08:45 AM   #2
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Depends on how it was used. Four years of travel can mean new brakes and/or bearings are needed as well as new tires. Inside use perhaps can indicate perhaps a pump but otherwise most appliances will last a lot longer. Just my opinion. Styles have not changed, just options.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:50 AM   #3
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Ellentob,
We are in the same situation, trying to decide between new and used. If you don't go for the used one, please let us know how to get in touch with that potential seller.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:58 AM   #4
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I was prepared to buy used. If all the appliances work as they're supposed to, they will last years. Just like the ones in my 26 year old Scamp. Tires need to be purchased every five years or so, no matter if you do it right away or every five years thereafter.

As long as no significant damage has been done internally or externally and I could live with most of the decorating, the money saved may be worth it. I often thought I'd see if ETIs upholsterer would recover the cushions (if and when necessary).

If you like everything about the used trailer, I'd say buy it. One thing you can never get back is time. Buying new is going to put you out nearly a full year. You'll never get that back.

Best of luck in your decision.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:19 AM   #5
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I thought I read that ETI has made several improvements since 2009:
heavier duty frame?
LED's?
Bigger tires?
Better suspension?
Different mattress?
That sort of thing.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:28 AM   #6
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Improvements or changes? Yes there have been changes with bigger frames and tires/wheels. Do these impact on your satisfaction of the product? That is an unknown. Some older Mustangs are a lot more valuable than newer models, but are they as comfortable or reliable? Depends on what you are looking for, there are trade offs.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:12 AM   #7
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We recently had the same dilema on a 17B ( we had not left a deposit though)

I Emailed Tammy at ETI and she sent me a list of changes ( in a remarkably short time too)

It turns out we decided to live with the 2006 model we bought.

The things that help us decide
it was built to last
It was lower cost
It was well cared for
ETI will be there for us if we have any issues
It had most of the options we wanted

i have no long term feedbck though as we only have had it a few weeks and -25 C is a little too chilly to camp
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A quality product stands the test of time. If the used Escape has been treated well and is at a favourable price, then go for it.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:53 AM   #9
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A quality product stands the test of time. If the used Escape has been treated well and is at a favourable price, then go for it.
Absolutely, ours is a 2009, and after 5 years does just as good of a job for us as day one. There have been a few changes, but that does not negate the fact that the first ones built were still built to last.

If you can get it at a substantial savings to a new one, definitely go for it.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:15 AM   #10
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We decided to purchase used for a variety of reasons, but one was money. That said, it was also important that Escape makes a great product and I have no concerns about reliability, or customer service (if needed), the trailer is ready and available now as opposed to 9-12 months from now, and we can use the money we saved and travel/camp more!
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