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Old 02-19-2019, 04:34 PM   #21
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To add to your comfort level, I tow my 17B with a RAV4 Sport V6. My buddy tows his 19 with a Highlander.
That's very encouraging...thanks!
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:50 PM   #22
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I was about to pull the trigger on a Casita SD when I had the opportunity to get inside an Escape 19, and chose the Escape over the Casita. On the towing point, the Casita 17 SD and the Escape 19 both weigh (dry, and before options) just under 3000 lbs., and both will tow, with a couple of hundred pounds of options and loaded, at around 800-1000 lbs more than that. I don't know what the towing capacity of your Highlander is, but if it can handle one, it can handle the other. I assume the Escape 17s are a bit lighter than the Escape 19s, so if tow weight is critical, that might tilt you towards the Escape instead of the Casita.

For me, when I realized that the Escape 19 and the Casita 17SD were comparable towing propositions, the Escape was an easy choice--though it does cost about 15-20% more than a comparably kitted out Casita (and my guess is that it's pretty easy to increase that differential, if you don't exercise a little financial discipline).
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:48 AM   #23
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This video tour of the Escape 17 might help too

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Old 02-27-2019, 10:42 AM   #24
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Hello,
We had a 17' Spirit for about 5 years, and we loved it. However, we are getting older and night bathroom use increased. Climbing over or waking the other up got to be a hassle. We sold Cassie and found Libby, our 17' Liberty. Now we have it set up with twin beds, which we use as benches by day and beds at night. We added a fold down side table in the galley and added shelving in the spacious closet. There is plenty of floor space and sleep space for us and our two kitties. We love it! I'm sure the Escape 17' is very nice, especially if you have colder climate, but here in Florida our cozy, easy to pull, easy to maintain, versatile Liberty is perfect for us.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:07 AM   #25
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Hi,


We own a 17B since 2012 and use it 50>75 days each summer.

I really like the vinyl wall coverings for a quick cleanup. A wipe with a damp cloth and some Sunlight soap and you are done.
How you would clean the walls/ceilings in the Casita is unknown. Shag carpet - really.


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Old 02-27-2019, 09:34 PM   #26
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For me, one of the big draws of the Escape is the wood cabinetry versus the white FG cabinets in the Casita. I just like the look of wood; it's sort of a cozy, comforting 'cabin in the forest' feel.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:53 AM   #27
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Now that wood comes in maple or oak, but the oak maybe on the way out. Seems like we will have 2ngG vs classic models and now a submenu 2ndG oak and 2ndG maple......progress I guess.
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:01 AM   #28
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I totally agree with the sound advice of trying to check out & step inside ANY trailer or RV you're considering prior to deciding to purchase. That said, when it comes to Casita vs. Escape I am a confirmed Escapee! We purchased our 17B way back in 2005 when Reace & Tammy were just getting the business going. We considered and checked out Casitas, Scamps, and Bigfoots but chose the Escape. I have friends who recently bought a Casita because it was slightly less money and Casita could expedite completion and delivery. The wife in this case has not been totally happy with the choice. The Escapes just seem to have a bit more room and I prefer the lay-out. Also, we live close to the Canadian border so it is convenient for us to go to the factory. Considering your home location, it might be easier for you to take delivery of an Escape in southern British Columbia rather than drive down to Texas to pick up a Casita. One more thing: Escape did not yet offer their 19' unit but if I could do it over that model would be my choice. I can't convince my wife to upgrade though, she loves our 17B too much! I recommend you take a hard look at both the 17B and the 19. Good luck!
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I totally agree with the sound advice of trying to check out & step inside ANY trailer or RV you're considering prior to deciding to purchase. That said, when it comes to Casita vs. Escape I am a confirmed Escapee! We purchased our 17B way back in 2005 when Reace & Tammy were just getting the business going. We considered and checked out Casitas, Scamps, and Bigfoots but chose the Escape. I have friends who recently bought a Casita because it was slightly less money and Casita could expedite completion and delivery. The wife in this case has not been totally happy with the choice. The Escapes just seem to have a bit more room and I prefer the lay-out. Also, we live close to the Canadian border so it is convenient for us to go to the factory. Considering your home location, it might be easier for you to take delivery of an Escape in southern British Columbia rather than drive down to Texas to pick up a Casita. One more thing: Escape did not yet offer their 19' unit but if I could do it over that model would be my choice. I can't convince my wife to upgrade though, she loves our 17B too much! I recommend you take a hard look at both the 17B and the 19. Good luck!
Great story and advice. Glad to see an early Escape owner on the forum. Many of the posts seem to be from owners of newer trailers (mostly due to veteran owners choosing to upgrade) so I hope you are active and share your experiences. (...and one minor correction...it is Tammy, not Heidi)
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I totally agree with the sound advice of trying to check out & step inside ANY trailer or RV you're considering prior to deciding to purchase. That said, when it comes to Casita vs. Escape I am a confirmed Escapee! We purchased our 17B way back in 2005 when Reace & Tammy were just getting the business going. We considered and checked out Casitas, Scamps, and Bigfoots but chose the Escape. I have friends who recently bought a Casita because it was slightly less money and Casita could expedite completion and delivery. The wife in this case has not been totally happy with the choice. The Escapes just seem to have a bit more room and I prefer the lay-out. Also, we live close to the Canadian border so it is convenient for us to go to the factory. Considering your home location, it might be easier for you to take delivery of an Escape in southern British Columbia rather than drive down to Texas to pick up a Casita. One more thing: Escape did not yet offer their 19' unit but if I could do it over that model would be my choice. I can't convince my wife to upgrade though, she loves our 17B too much! I recommend you take a hard look at both the 17B and the 19. Good luck!
Wow, where have you been Art?, one of the original Escape owners and only 3 posts, come back more often with your historical information, others may want to hear.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:42 PM   #31
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Sorry about messing up Tammy’s name! That part of the old memory gets more challenging every day. And I do enjoy this Forum, but I read a lot more entries than I post. We took delivery of our trailer at the old factory nearer to downtown Chilliwack and there were only maybe 15 employees. Their business has sure grown, as will happen when you offer great products & service.
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