We're back in the Escape trailer community. I've been lurking here for a number of years since our original Escape trailer. Our story is below for those interested in our Escape trailer journey:
Our original trailer was a 2004 Escape 17 (one of the first few models made by Reace) pulled behind a Honda Odyssey. We bought this online without seeing an actual trailer since ETI was in its infancy. ETI was in its first location with a very small manufacturing facility. We drove to Chilliwack to pick up our new Escape, excited to begin our camping adventures with two little girls. It was great fun and we went to lots of places.
Once the girls got bigger, we decided to sell and get a larger trailer. The bunk beds were getting a bit small. In 2010 we sold the Escape and bought a 27 ft Triple E Topaz fifth wheel and truck in 2011. It had a very good layout. However, we found that after 3 years, we reduced our camping since we went on non-camping vacations, so we sold it and the truck in 2014. We also discovered since the trailer was much bigger, it was no longer as convenient to camp:
- cost more for gas.
- can't get into smaller sites (more scenic, remote)
- more area to clean in the trailer.
- took more stuff since more room was available.
- cost more for ferries.
- spouse didn't want to drive with larger trailer.
- barely fit on our driveway for set up.
- harder to drive in the city.
- cost more for storage
We decided to get back into camping, but in a smaller trailer. Our kids are basically grown up so there would be only the two of us for the most part. We were looking to purchase a trailer and truck next year. We started doing research on these forums to see what was available and costs to prepare for next year's purchase. We had kind of settled on a 5.0 TA since we like the layout of this type of trailer.
Coincidentally, last month a 2018 Escape 5.0 TA appeared on this forum, conveniently located in the city and it had just about everything that we wanted. Since we knew that these trailers were in demand and it's hard to determine when the right trailer would come up for sale, we decided to go for it and buy it instead of waiting until next year like we planned.
So now we have an Escape trailer and looking to buy a truck in the next few months.