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Old 01-23-2017, 01:47 AM   #41
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I read that same study, motivated me to retire early at 55 with a greatly reduced pension, and I would do it again!

Money can buy medical care, but it can't buy health! And as Leon says, caskets don't have pockets.
Both hubby and I are 47 years old and I told him I'm planning to retire at 55 (hopefully he joins me and doesn't keep working till 65!). Life is too short and the sooner one gets out there enjoying it, the better. I'm glad we decided to order the Escape sooner than later...not long to wait now!
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Old 01-23-2017, 02:46 AM   #42
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Katzam29, I love your profile pic/avatar. Add in a 3-legged Mexican Dalmatian and a newly acquired Lab/Great Dane cross and you have my household!
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:48 AM   #43
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We are hopefully only about 9 years from retiring, but wanted to go ahead and get our Escape so that we could start using it. We did not get it until August of 2016, and I think we ended up going out 4 or 5 weekends. This year, we already have long weekends booked for March, April, May, June and July, and will definitely do 2 or 3 more in the fall. We are fortunate to live 5 minutes from a very nice start park, so that helps.
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:06 AM   #44
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Blhvet, thanks for the compliment! The chocolate lab is Holly who is crazy for chasing her ball and the black lab is Knight who will never pass up a good meal anywhere! We look forward to taking them camping when our new Escape arrives...lots of trips planned for this year.
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:15 AM   #45
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This thread confirms my suspicion that many Escape owners are "seasoned" and that is reflected in the appreciation of quality over bottom line cost. Many other trailers can give you a much better $$$/space ratio, but they certainly don't have the appeal. Kind of a unique situation here...I am only 37 and far from retirement but have "partnered" on the Escape with my parents. They are both 69 and retired. We both have tow vehicles that are equipped to tow the trailer and we live pretty close so it is easy for both of us to use. We will sometimes overlap on trips where they go out ahead and enjoy a few days and then I'll bring the family out and then I'll tow the trailer home or vice versa. We will be doing that this summer for a week long trip to Hershey, PA. My father also boondocks for a month plus off of Lake Erie in Oct/Nov to steelhead fish. We have fun doing modifications to the trailer together and making it even better than stock. It has been very enjoyable to have such a nice trailer while the kids (and in my parents case - grand kids) are young. We also still get out and tent camp occasionally. The only regret my father has is not getting an Escape sooner! The idea of postponing certain things and assuming retirement is perfectly healthy and wealthy is a bad gamble as many have pointed out. DO IT NOW!!
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:33 PM   #46
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This thread confirms my suspicion that many Escape owners are "seasoned" and that is reflected in the appreciation of quality over bottom line cost. Many other trailers can give you a much better $$$/space ratio, but they certainly don't have the appeal. Kind of a unique situation here...I am only 37 and far from retirement but have "partnered" on the Escape with my parents. They are both 69 and retired. We both have tow vehicles that are equipped to tow the trailer and we live pretty close so it is easy for both of us to use. We will sometimes overlap on trips where they go out ahead and enjoy a few days and then I'll bring the family out and then I'll tow the trailer home or vice versa. We will be doing that this summer for a week long trip to Hershey, PA. My father also boondocks for a month plus off of Lake Erie in Oct/Nov to steelhead fish. We have fun doing modifications to the trailer together and making it even better than stock. It has been very enjoyable to have such a nice trailer while the kids (and in my parents case - grand kids) are young. We also still get out and tent camp occasionally. The only regret my father has is not getting an Escape sooner! The idea of postponing certain things and assuming retirement is perfectly healthy and wealthy is a bad gamble as many have pointed out. DO IT NOW!!
What an excellent family arrangement! Good on you! Frankly I am surprised that you are "only" 37. Your contributions to this forum show a wisdom normally displayed by more "seasoned" folks. I wish you a long and happy life.

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Old 01-23-2017, 01:41 PM   #47
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I am only 37 and far from retirement but have "partnered" on the Escape with my parents. They are both 69 and retired.
You are 3 years younger than my oldest, and your parents are 10 years older than me.

Nice deal you have with your parents. Too many travel trailers get under utilized. Camping together would be the only problem.
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:47 PM   #48
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I retired 6 years 9 months ago, but who's counting. DW/SWMBO has not, though that may change soon enough, possibly before we pick up our 21 in May and head to the rally. We love being out and about, camping and traveling in general. Glamping has become our thing and the trailer is the ultimate in doing so.

Our trip back with the trailer will be via several National Parks along the way will be approximately 4 weeks. Our plan after that is to go out on one long trip per year and weekends to various state parks and enjoy.

I have found that one should enjoy oneself now, for the future holds no guarantee on what one will be able to do or afford. As the saying goes "Life is too short so enjoy dessert first."
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:24 PM   #49
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I'm not yet retired hope to retire in the next 4-5 years. i camp when I can- three day trips a couple long ones a year. I bought a 17 B. I was not sure if i would use it -never camped in a trailer before - but i really enjoy it so this year I'm ordering a larger one- not sure which model.
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... but i really enjoy it so this year I'm ordering a larger one- not sure which model.
C'mon already, Kate. Flip a coin!
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:37 PM   #51
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I'm not yet retired hope to retire in the next 4-5 years. i camp when I can- three day trips a couple long ones a year. I bought a 17 B. I was not sure if i would use it -never camped in a trailer before - but i really enjoy it so this year I'm ordering a larger one- not sure which model.
Logically, you should move up from the 17B to the 19'. That would allow you to move up from the 19' to the 21' a few years later. Best of luck with your choices.
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:39 PM   #52
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Logically, you should move up from the 17B to the 19'. That would allow you to move up from the 19' to the 21' a few years later. Best of luck with your choices.
Yeah, but she really wants a 5.0TA.
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Old 01-23-2017, 05:23 PM   #54
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we aren't retired BUT live in our Escape 6+ months of the year traveling around WORKING!!! LTD baby- Living The Dream.

A bigger trailer that accommodates the whole tribe might give you the intensive to use it. ALOT! Good Luck!

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Old 01-24-2017, 08:17 AM   #55
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What an excellent family arrangement! Good on you! Frankly I am surprised that you are "only" 37. Your contributions to this forum show a wisdom normally displayed by more "seasoned" folks. I wish you a long and happy life.

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