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Old 07-08-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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saw a lot of people seem to like the elitemotoronline covers. Anyone here use them on an Escape 17b? What size do you buy would the Casita 17 fit an Escape? Or maybe they have one made for an escape i didnt see it. Would like to keep my trailer from turning green next winter. We get so much rain im pretty sure a cover wont last more then a few years anyway before it starts growing ferns.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:05 PM   #2
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Never heard of Elite, last I knew Calmark was considered the best.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:12 PM   #3
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ETI used to sell covers, but I don't know if they still do. It also depends on where you live. Here in the Sacramento Valley, I need more protection from the sun. We sure could use some Washington and Oregon rain.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:30 PM   #4
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Sandra, right now we're getting your sun and heat. Cookin! Supposed to cool off to low 80s tomorrow and Thursday, then ramp back up. Gene said they had drizzel at Bullard's this afternoon. Since he's from Phoeniz, AZ... he's probably freezing
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Donna, are your feet even on the ground? I am so very happy for you.
My Eugene, OR daughter said it was in the 90's there. One time I was there and it got that hot, Home Depot sold all of its fans and air conditioners.
I guess since you didn't send us rain you're getting the heat.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:36 PM   #6
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I would check some of the reviews on the Elite covers as longevity might be an issue. We've just decided to go with a cover and will use Calmark. Not only do they have a great reputation, but I have spoken with their staff several times and find them quite knowledgeable and helpful. We've also received samples of the fabric and believe it will hold up well here in our "California sun". Now all we need to do is go out and measure the top of the trailer since we have a few "add-ons" (e.g., air conditioner, satellite TV, etc.).

(Yes Donna, we would like some of your rain if you're not using it ...)
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:53 AM   #7
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saw a lot of people seem to like the elitemotoronline covers. Anyone here use them on an Escape 17b? What size do you buy would the Casita 17 fit an Escape? Or maybe they have one made for an escape i didnt see it. Would like to keep my trailer from turning green next winter. We get so much rain im pretty sure a cover wont last more then a few years anyway before it starts growing ferns.
We just got one for our 19'. We're going to wash and wax our trailer next week and then put it on. I'll report back as to perceived quality.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:54 PM   #8
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I use the CalMark Cover and like it a lot. You'll want to order it for YOUR specifications, however,i.e., air conditioner or not, high lift axle, etc.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:37 PM   #9
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I ordered mine from ADCO, got the one for UV protection, and basically it has held up OK. A neighbors cat clawed it and it does not look as good as it did.(I taped up the rough spots). I had zippers put on each of the 4 corners so I could just throw it up on the roof and fit it on easier. However, I must admit I've never put it on myself. I have had my son do the hard work.
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We've had an Elite cover (purchased from ebay) on our rig for the past year and a half, and it's holding up well. We're happy with it. They have two models for each trailer size. The first one is just a basic cover, and the second has two zippers that allow you to roll up the side and enter the trailer without removing the entire cover. Yep, the second type is a bit pricier. Three straps are attached which go under the rig and allow you to tighten the cover down. I believe the first model (the one without the zippers) only has two straps.

Even though the ebay listings mention "Escape", Elite's covers are generic (i.e., their 17' cover should fit all/most 17' trailers). The fit isn't exact but it's not bad. You won't have to deal with a bunch of extra material. The photos on ebay are pretty accurate regarding the amount of "sag" along the sides.

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Old 07-10-2014, 11:14 AM   #11
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CalMark Covers come with a drawstring arrangement around the bottom, enabling one to make a snug fit. What I discovered was that doing so created a number of pockets that enabled water to pool after it had seeped through after a rain (which it will do). Left too long, that pooled water was starting a little algae collection, so I discontinuing using the drawstring. I just use the two straps, and the cover billows around a little in windy conditions, but it stays on alright.
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I started using a belly band (daisy chain of tie down straps, non ratchet style) all the way around my last trailer, took care of all the billowing. Padded the corners.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:49 PM   #13
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We were finally able to wash, wax, and put the new cover on our Escape Plan today. You may recall we purchase the Elite deluxe cover as a temporary measure against some jerk neighbors who won't turn down their sprinklers (they were renters and moved out last week ). We don't plan on keeping the trailer covered so didn't want to invest in a Calmark cover and this embed like a good temporary and relatively inexpensive option. This cover is a generic one and is far too large for our Escape (too wide, too long, and too tall) and I wouldn't recommend it. It also seems quite flimsy and I doubt it will hold up for long. If you're interested in a cover for the long term, avoid this one. I'll be putting it on craigslist unless anyone here wants an Elite Motors Deluxe Escape Cover for cheap!
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:55 PM   #14
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Hey - it did its job. It got the renters to move!! If you sell it you will get similar ones back. :
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:18 PM   #15
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Hey - it did its job. It got the renters to move!! If you sell it you will get similar ones back. :
OMG you're right! We'll have to keep the cover just to prevent that from happening! All joking aside, I hope my mother gets nice neighbors.
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