Escape 19' Initial Trip
We finally got a chance to try our new 19' for an extended trip. I am not counting the one nighter in Sault Ste Marie when there was snow on the trees and the dog’s water bowl froze.
Perhaps some background first, we are coming from a pop up camper and grew tired of the time, effort and low comfort from such a RV. I saw a Casita and really liked what I saw, the smooth sides, small size and great towability it looked like just what we wanted. However in reading on their fine forum for several months it soon became apparent to me that a Casita was never designed for more than two persons. Scratch that. Next we moved to 5th wheels and since Scamp is so close it made sense to look at their 5er. I did not get very far at looking as I could not get excited about a new TV and always having to stick with a three passenger truck to do any towing.
This was about the time that the Escape 19 was announced and I watched carefully as the new 19 rolled off the line and people started posting photos, comments and modifications. We ordered.
Now, what did I like on my first trip. What impressed me the most was the view. I could not get over sitting at the dinette table and being able to see out so many windows in so many directions. We opted for the sink window so I had one more than a standard unit. The second fav was the ease of setup. From the time we pulled into the site it was less than 15 minutes to connect water, power, do jacks and awning, set up chairs - you know the drill. This was without practice. It would have been quicker if we were boon docking. Finally was the storage, our one complaint was not if we could store something but where was the best place. So much room and so many choices . . .
We had rain and was that a different experience. One did not wake up in the morning with that wet canvas feel and proceed through the day hoping it would dry out. The comfort level during the rain was so much better, not the rain hitting the aluminum roof and not the worry about ceiling drips or fan leaks.
Do I have questions? Yes I do but I will start a new thread for those. No problems and sleeping three is great, lots of room for movement inside. Everything worked flawlessly.
Paul and Janet Braun
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 now 2012 Toyota Sequoia V8
Escape 19' 2010 now 2014 Escape 21'