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Old 08-12-2019, 08:59 PM   #1
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Reace and Tammy Retire

Hello everyone...

here is our official announcement
Strategic Partner – What did that mean for us? Escape has grown so much larger than we ever imagined it could when we started in 2002. “How hard can it be?” was our mantra and we always thought we could manage it and handle the pressure as the company grew. The last expansion in 2016/17 was the largest yet for us and to be honest, it was becoming overwhelming, and something needed to change. The timing was right to move forward with a partnership with KV (Aug 1, 2018) and we were excited for all they could bring to the table to help move the company forward. Fast forward a few months…in the spring Tammy stepped back and started working part-time from home. As the days moved on, Tammy and I started to look at life differently and began looking at the possibility of ‘escaping’ from Escape and starting to live a normal relaxed life (like we see so many of our customers’ doing). After discussions with KV, they agreed to assume full ownership of the company and as of June 1, 2019, we officially retired from Escape! I saw a post, someone said they probably took the money and ran…YOU BET…you only live once and life is way too short!

KV and Karl have graciously agreed to ‘keep the door open’ for us, however right now we want to put Escape in the rear-view mirror as we navigate through the next stages of life.A special thank you to all of you that helped us grow Escape to the company that it has become. We have built many great friendships along the way and we look forward to camping with you guys in the near future.

Reace and Tammy
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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Congratulations Reace and Tammy on starting a normal life as your customers do! Hope to see you along the road sometime.
Adrian (and Beth)
We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:07 PM   #3
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Best wishes to both of you, hope to cross paths with you someday out camping. Escape will always be the company that you created - what a legacy!

Not to mention designing the most beautiful fifth wheel of all time...
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:07 PM   #4
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As much as we will all miss you ... congratulations on this new milestone in your lives. Enjoy your well-earned 'retirement' and safe travels!! Hope to see you at a rally some time.


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Old 08-12-2019, 09:07 PM   #5
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Retirement is Grand I went from working in National Parks to visiting them. Hope you’ll do the same !
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:09 PM   #6
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Reace and Tammy
You’re always welcome in Iowa The latch string at our humble abode is always out and the beer is always cold. Best of luck in this next stage in your life. As I said a few years ago when we bought the 19 from AZ Jack and Nancy, I’ve worked 50 summers and that’s enough. And I was right. Our Escapes have been wonderful except for the Max Fan that Reace had to teach me to run.
Thanks for everything.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:10 PM   #7
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Congrats you two, both for accomplishing something truly special with Escape, and for having the vision to know when and how to move on. Many thanks for everything from our family clan, and best wishes for the future! Tonight we’ll drink some Leininkügel Summer Shandy, and put a full glass at the head of the table for you and yours.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:24 PM   #8
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Thank you both for all you have done. You have enriched the lives of many, and have more than earned your "retirement!"
Lee and Nancy Leer
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:25 PM   #9
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Reace and Tammy, as much as we will miss you at ETI, I am overjoyed for you getting into your next phase of life. Reace, you got to sample Mary's homemade pizza and my home-brews, so it's only fair if you come visit and Tammy get to sample them too! You know you are always more than welcome to visit us anytime!
Eric (and Mary who is in no way responsible for anything stupid I post)

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Old 08-12-2019, 09:44 PM   #10
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Great announcement. You guys moving on into a different lifestyle is awesome. Looking forward to many more meetings in the future, and camping in a non-rally way would be a great one.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:54 PM   #11
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Well deserved. Congrats!

Cindy and I thank you both for bringing such a great product to the market, we love our Escape. And, also for all the advise you so freely gave over the years when I popped in or e mailed with questions.

See you on the road.
Barry and Cindy
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:54 PM   #12
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Well congratulations are in order Reace and Tammy. Eileen and I wish you the best for your retirement/new lifestyle [emoji6].
Look forward to catching up with you again sometime. Stay in touch, you know where to find us.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:06 PM   #13
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Awesome for you n Tammy, wishing only the best for you and your family going forward. You did an incredible job with ETI since we met you in 09 in Bandon and we love our retirement trailer you built for us. Enjoy every moment as we know you will.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:11 PM   #14
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Reace, the company you and Tammy built with all your hard work is among the best we’ve ever done business with. The commitment to quality and customer service is second to none, and it’s why we chose to purchase your product. Thank you. We hope we get to see you two again sometime. - Meg & Tom
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:13 PM   #15
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Much happiness to both of you on this next stage of your lives. Happy camping!
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:14 PM   #16
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Congratulations, Reace and Tammy; and thank you for all.

You, of course, know that everyone on the Forum is going to be watching out for you. So,.....sort of like the "Where's Reace" E21 repair trip around the US, let us know where you'll be. There will be extra seats at the fire, and a pint or two, waiting for you.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:55 PM   #17
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Hi: Reace and Tammy... We sure hope you two the best... you earned it!!! You will always be welcome to park at our house. We have 30amp and water available for your escape.
Thankyou for all your years of 24/7 work. Now get out there and enjoy the rewards!!!
Alf& Mary Anne
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:12 PM   #18
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Camped on the edge of a beautiful lake in my Escape, I finally logged on and found the anticipated announcement.
Congratulations, and only look back with pride.

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Old 08-12-2019, 11:46 PM   #19
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Well done guys and congratulations as you move on to a well deserved retirement, able to enjoy the fruits of your success.

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Old 08-12-2019, 11:51 PM   #20
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Congratulations Reace & Tammy, wishing you all the best in your new stage of life.
Special thanks to all the thought and work you put in to all our trailers and the memories they provide. Hope to see you down the road.
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