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Old 04-06-2014, 06:13 AM   #41
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In my opinion, you usually get more of your investment back when you buy a quality (and in the Escape case - unique) product. I always look at cost of ownership as opposed to price. In addition to getting more of your investment back "in the end," you also get to enjoy the many unique features of the Escape trailer. This is our 1st travel trailer, but I've surmised from reading the posts that there is a lot of time and money spent dealing with water leaks and other maintenance in owning a sticky that we don't expect to encounter in the well built Escape trailer.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:56 AM   #42
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We tend to keep our things till they fall apart or we lose interest so I wanted a travel trailer that would last. Currently have a hybrid (tented bunks) stick trailer, many water intrusion problems but it still does what we bought it for so I keep up with the repairs and maint. Long term plans are for traveling as opposed to camping in retirement, want to see the west. One night stops is not a strong point of the hybrid, hence plans are for a travel trailer.

Looked over all the FG trailers for water resistance and maintenance reasons back in 09 on line, the 3 we liked were Oliver, Bigfoot, and Escape for quality of build. For space and floor plans we liked Bigfoot and Escape, require a real queen size bed. Visited an Escape 19 up in Vt, liked what we saw but DW said to was too narrow in the aisle so we did nothing at the time.

Fast forward to 2013. Early retirement sped things up. Saw the new Escape 21 on line and plans for the 5.0 TA as well as the 25' Bigfoot, all fit our requirements. Price difference between the Bigfoot and the Escape was the deciding factor between the 2 manufacturers. Went and looked at a 21 and a 5.0, prefer the floorplan of the 5.0. Ordered the Escape.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:19 PM   #43
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We have had a trailer on the bucket list for several years now and were to Rice, Texas a year ago to see the Casita Trailers. We were pretty sure this was going to be it until we started researching the Escape trailer line. At 6 ft. tall, the head room is a little tight in the Casita and my wife thought the bed was a little cramped in the rear of the trailer. You know, the honeymoon has been over for a number of years now. Anyway, after showing my wife the pictures and specs of the 19 foot Escape, she said that is the one. Plus what is said about the Escape, it looks like you could have no problem selling it if things didn't work out or plans change. Running the Alcan Highway is one main goal and I want a high quality trailer that will stand up to the miles. We purchased the tow vehicle last December and will be visiting Chilliwack this fall to probably finalize things for a 2015 delivery. The extra insulation available has been another deciding factor. Who said that quality is long remembered after price is forgotten?
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:21 PM   #44
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Yes...please convince me, lol. I am going over the build sheet wondering if the value is there (and the fact that the price of the 19' just jumped 1K). We are a young family hoping to get something that will last us all the way if it can. I am also looking at older used FG trailers as a starter option but it's such a big decision. I get the dirty looks from the wife when I show her another used trailer ad, but can't help wondering if the investment will pay off or we will end up selling down the road?
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:35 PM   #45
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:02 AM   #46
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I can tell you our story. We started with a 1974 Boler 1300 which we have custom renovated, it is an awesome trailer that we use regularly for events and shorter trips. My wife enjoys the Boler but wanted the option of a bathroom just in case the facilities at the campground were ... yuck!! So last year we bought a 2008 Casita Freedom Deluxe 17', great trailer, the bath/shower is huge. In using the trailer we found the floorplan a bit congested in that the dinette and kitchen are side-by-side which requires a carefully choreographed dance when preparing food inside. I also felt the huge bathroom was a waste of valuable space (Joan & I are not big people).

After visiting the Escape Rally last summer and viewing a few other Escape trailers we have ordered a 19'. The deciding factors include: separate areas for the kitchen and dinette, more storage, larger fridge option, NO rivets through the shell to replace, tandem axle (the Casita is heavy for the original 14" tires, we upgraded to 15" but I still like the weight distribution of tandem axles).

Our Escape 19' will be our retirement cottage, the Casita is going to a good home with Joan's sister. I am sure we will still have the Escape 19 in 25 years when out Boler turns 65.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:38 PM   #47
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We enjoyed our 17' Casita for about three years. I was pretty happy with it, and enjoyed doing modifications.

We got the 19' Escape for the additional space. The front 4 person dinette and the full Queen bed, at opposite ends of the trailer really make the traveling more pleasant for two.

There are still a few things I liked better about the Casita, and some things I like better about the Escape.

But they are both very good trailers.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:20 PM   #48
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We enjoyed our 17' Casita for about three years. I was pretty happy with it, and enjoyed doing modifications.

We got the 19' Escape for the additional space. The front 4 person dinette and the full Queen bed, at opposite ends of the trailer really make the traveling more pleasant for two.

There are still a few things I liked better about the Casita, and some things I like better about the Escape.

But they are both very good trailers.
Ditto!
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:19 PM   #49
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During our camping trip last week, we were approached by a gentleman who inquired about our Escape. He told us that he had owned a Casita for many years and LOVED it; however, times changed and he now owned a large stick 5th wheel. Well, he's a little older (and wiser), he has been thinking about that Casita again. We showed him our 19' and he was very impressed. He took our card and went off to check out the web site. When we saw him the next day, he couldn't stop talking about the Escape and how he longed to get back into a fiberglass trailer. I have a feeling that he will soon be traveling in an "egg" once again ....
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:12 PM   #50
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Actually Escape won't build the trailer I want !! I want a two berth unit similar to the Casita "Independence", but they say that would be too much work !!
Shame 'cos I would have liked an Escape.
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