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Steve F 09-03-2015 12:17 AM

Moving up from a T@B
Hello group. What a great site!
I have a 2005 T@B that has been great but it's time to get something bigger. My TV is a Mercedes ML350, with a 5,000# rating and I still want to stay as light as possible. I've looked a Airstream 16', (too expensive and afraid of the aluminum skin), Oliver 17, (very cool, very high quality, but you pay for it), and Casita 17, (not bad, but they seem to be low on the quality side). I've been lurking here and the Escape seems like the best value and quality mix. I like the idea of a 17', but they would be available for a year! (Frustrating) It looks like I could go to the 19' though and stay well under my tow limit.
I do need to see them in person though. A trip to the factory might be the thing to do. I get to Bellingham on business, so that would make it easy. Any tips, ideas or thoughts will be appreciated, as I do my research. Thank you in advance!

gbaglo 09-03-2015 12:21 AM

I'd just order the 19 and get it over with. :angel:

Greg A 09-03-2015 12:48 AM

The 19's will be sold out shortly, only two production dates left for 2016. Then we don't know when they'll take orders again. If you want a new one next fall there probably isn't time to go find one to see.

Steve F 09-03-2015 01:03 AM

Ok, I didn't even notice the 2016 fall dates. I was thinking THIS year. Oh well..... This is really going to test my patience.

Loren & Cathy 09-03-2015 02:43 AM

Welcome to the forum Steve. The good news is that as far as trailers are concerned, you have it all figured out. The bad news is if you put money down today, your trailer won't be ready until Dec. of 2016. There are just a few dates left in 2016 and then ETI is not taking any orders until Jan of next year with delivery who knows when. We placed our order Last Sept. and could have gotten the trailer this spring but due to work, our build was set for this last month. We pick up a week from today. So it was a whole year but the time went flying by. Good luck with your decision. Loren

Bill and Earline 09-03-2015 06:44 AM

If you're not getting to Bellingham soon, contact the Escape office to get the contact info for trailers of various sizes in your part of California. Once you see a couple, it'll make your decision much easier.

Jim Bennett 09-03-2015 09:18 AM

Your rational with quality vs costs with the various brands is spot on, as most others here obviously believe, Escape is the winner.


Originally Posted by Steve F (Post 108823)
I do need to see them in person though.

No you don't, I bought my 19 sight unseen, with zero regrets. It does not hurt to see them in person though, so either attending a rally, or getting references from Escape for trailers near you, would not be a bad idea.

Yeah, the wait can be long, but worth it in the end. :D

rbryan4 09-03-2015 09:42 AM

Steve, I'd get in line now. If you put a deposit down on say, a 19, you've locked in a production date. Once you've seen different models, if you want to change to a different model, Escape is usually pretty accommodating in allowing the switch and keeping your production date.

When we first considered Escape, we put a deposit on a 17b. Once we saw the 19, we knew that was the one. Escape let us switch to a 19 and keep our original production date.

Dave & Penny Smith 09-03-2015 09:48 AM

Like you, we had a 2005 Tab for some 9 years. We enjoyed it very much! We made the decision to buy a 17B Escape last Dec. and recently returned from our pick-up trip. We choose the 17B (in part) because I wanted to stay well within the 5,000 lb. tow limit of our 2008 Toyota 4Runner. On our return trip, (some 1500 mi. mostly towing), we averaged over 15 mpg. This is essentially the same mileage we got towing the Tab, which was a pleasant surprise! We love the Escape, particularly the convenience of the toilet and not having to change the dinette to a bed each night. So far, we're leaving the larger dinette made up as our bed and find the small dinette fine for eating.
As far as the time delay in getting a new Escape, it is certainly a factor. However, the exchange rate right now makes any Escape a great buy! So far, we think will be very happy with our decision to upgrade from the Tab. Good luck with yours!

nathanj04011 09-03-2015 09:51 AM

We didn't even know what trailer we wanted, but I think it was 7/27/15 that we put a deposit down for a June 22, 2016 completion date. In just over a month, the available date went from June to the end of 2016. Just sayin'

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