Thanks for everyones input! I have had a lot of the same thoughts, It's not a black and white issue. The owners put their heart and sole into the business and are nice people. I don't think you can find a trailer that tows better or that is built as well. It is a comfortable feeling to be towing a trailer that doesn't even wiggle when towing in a 40 mph cross wind.
I need a project, so repairing the trailer and reinstalling the solar panel will be fun. But after finding these issues; fresh water drain spray foamed in open position (repaired at factory), no fuse installed in the 12v heat pad circuit (had me scared as I was camping in below freezing weather when found) and aluminum rims / tires were not balanced (took major weight to balance). I know the last two items are not a lot of money to fix, but were paid for by me. I didn't ask for reimbursement and no offer was made, other than sorry about that. I have often thought that the vibration from wheel imbalance helped with the first solar panel debonding.
So in closing, I love my trailer and have no hard feelings toward Escape. But after all these issues, I have no longer been drinking the cool-aid!!!
(no additional comments will be made by me on this subject)
2009 Chevy Silverado
2011 19' Escape