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Old 07-13-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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If money was no object which would you want, an Escape, Big Foot, or Airstream. I like them all and all seem well built but having trouble deciding. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:26 PM   #2
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I would go for a new Escape 5.0Ta and a new truck. We love our current Escape 19, but fell in love with the 5.0 after our friends bought one.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:40 PM   #3
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If money was no object which would you want, an Escape, Big Foot, or Airstream. I like them all and all seem well built but having trouble deciding. Thanks in advance.
We recently went through this. We looked very hard at Airstream, and I actually thought we were 90%+ decided on one. We limited ourselves to the 23'ers based on total length, width & weight. With that limit in place the fridge is small and the CCC is, well marginal at best. The brochure specs for CCC were laughable compared to the real life tags I viewed on a handful of Airstreams, including very base models. Airstreams have dry baths which was a definite draw but we ultimately decided it was not more valuable than maneuverability. The QA on Airstreams is not impressive either, especially on the models below the Classic. Seems like they just push them out the door and expect the dealer/owner to do the final QA. The positive was the drive to the factory from Wisconsin to Airstream (Ohio) is much better than either ETI or BigFoot. Ultimately we knew if we wanted an Airstream it would be a 25'er and they are actually close to 26' long and 8' wide.

Cliff Note version: We went with an Escape 5.0 TA for the compact maneuverability and the fiberglass shell. But if plush comfort and dry bath ever out weigh that we may end up in a 25' Air.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:42 PM   #4
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I would go for a new Escape 5.0Ta and a new truck. We love our current Escape 19, but fell in love with the 5.0 after our friends bought one.
Hi: GregandTeresa... I couldn't agree with you more. I'd buy a diesel pickup and a 5.0TA in a New York minute. Wait a sec... I already own them!!! Alf
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:46 PM   #5
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I would probably go for the Bigfoot because it is more of a four season trailer and in our climate that is a definite plus
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We've had a 16' Airstream Bambi, and a 25' Bigfoot. We also have friends with an Airstream. It's not just the original purchase price of an Airstream, but the cost of keeping it up. The Bigfoot was fantastic, but a new one is $56,000+, last we checked, weighs over 6,300 pounds, has nearly a 1,000 # tongue weight, and we only got 9.5 mpg. There is a couple here we met last year who owned a 17' Bigfoot at the time and they also were disappointed with their gas mileage.

We've ordered a 21' Escape and believe we've finally found what we want.

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Old 07-13-2018, 03:53 PM   #7
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I guess we'll find out this winter if the Bigfoot is any better in cold weather.

Can't help but notice you don't own a Escape. Have you ever owned a Bigfoot or Escape?

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Hi: GregandTeresa... I couldn't agree with you more. I'd buy a diesel pickup and a 5.0TA in a New York minute. Wait a sec... I already own them!!! Alf
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Alf, I'll look you up when we retire in a few years. I appreciate the offer to sell us your pickup and 5.0 when we are ready. Feel free to continue using it in the meantime.
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Alf, I'll look you up when we retire in a few years. I appreciate the offer to sell us your pickup and 5.0 when we are ready. Feel free to continue using it in the meantime.
You would be better off grabbing a new 23 in a few years!
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Alf, I'll look you up when we retire in a few years. I appreciate the offer to sell us your pickup and 5.0 when we are ready. Feel free to continue using it in the meantime.
Hi: GregandTeresa... Wait just a durn minute!!! My reply was "Tongue in check". Alf
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