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Old 05-13-2012, 07:00 PM   #29
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FWIW: Always give the floorplan #1 priority, You will quickly learn to live with the outside appearance, and any money you spent extra/saved will be soon forgotten, but the floorplan will govern your life, every time you use your trailer.
I agree Bob. It will be our cabin on wheels and we should be comfortable in it for sure!
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:04 PM   #30
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There is a reason that small window unit A/Cs are cheap to replace.At the 5-6k size, it has been years since I have seen a new one which was repairable, They come with no port for recharging and the tubing is too thin to add one. Many (not all)are structurally supported inside only with formed styrofoam. You would think that wouldn't matter since they will likely last several years and cost less than $100. Some truth to that, but they are not standardized in physical size, meaning your trailer may need to be modified to accept a replacement by the time it is needed.
I really like the little Fridgidaire which is better built than some of it's peers, is only 35# and is the most compact I can find.

The roof mounts cost more, a lot more, but they are repairable, rechargeable, and are built to take the rigors of towing, They take no real interior space and can be bought with a built-in heat strip. They fit a standardized 14"X14" opening. The PolarCub is the smallest I know of still on the market, we have the even smaller Mini-Mach which will run on our little Coleman generator, an advantage generally reserved for the small window units.

Just curious... what are you planning to Tow with?
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:20 PM   #31
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Re: our tow vehicle- we just bought it (has 18 miles on it now... :-)) specifically for our trailer or fifth wheel plan. It's a GMC Sierra 1500. I believe tow capacity is 9000.

So if i understand your email ... do we then have a choice with Escape - to have the A/C inside or on top? I didn't think there was a choice. With Casita, it's always on the top, correct?
If the layout in the Escape is less constricting (the dinette at the far side of the unit and the bed on the other side is very appealing)...no matter re: the A/C, we would get the Escape. Looking forward to seeing one, hopefully the Escape folks can find one in our area.

We do want as safe a tow experience as possible which is also why I think a fifth wheel is better to handle vs. a trailer. Doing a lot of reading in this forum but I don't see that is much of an issue with most people.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:22 PM   #32
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PS: Jury is still out ...Escape 17, Casita 17 or Escape 5.0.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:03 PM   #33
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I don't know what part of Cali you are in but there is an escape 17b in sacramento last i heard.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #34
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Re: our tow vehicle- we just bought it (has 18 miles on it now... :-)) specifically for our trailer or fifth wheel plan. It's a GMC Sierra 1500. I believe tow capacity is 9000.

So if i understand your email ... do we then have a choice with Escape - to have the A/C inside or on top? I didn't think there was a choice. With Casita, it's always on the top, correct?
If the layout in the Escape is less constricting (the dinette at the far side of the unit and the bed on the other side is very appealing)...no matter re: the A/C, we would get the Escape. Looking forward to seeing one, hopefully the Escape folks can find one in our area.

We do want as safe a tow experience as possible which is also why I think a fifth wheel is better to handle vs. a trailer. Doing a lot of reading in this forum but I don't see that is much of an issue with most people.
I just was pointing out what I considered an honest comparison of the two types of A/C. I use them both. My personal trailer has roof A/C (Mini-Mach)with a heatstrip.
I don't know if the Escape would offer a PolarCub or not, but I would ask. It would be your best option in terms of quality, but the cost would be higher than a window air. Maybe not a deal breaker in either case.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:53 PM   #35
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Escape owners Tammy and Reace will let you order it your way with the options you want. Reace wears a tool belt and overseas the production of the trailers. He also does service work on customer trailers. You would be lucky to talk to the CEO of Casita. I bought a 2010 Escape 19 it is a great trailer and we got the options we wanted. In the past I have owned a Casita,Burro,Scamp, 6 Bigfoot's,Boler,ECO,U-Haul,Compact Jr,Trails West Campster.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:08 AM   #36
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PS: Jury is still out ...Escape 17, Casita 17 or Escape 5.0.
Hi: Robert and Laura... After 5yrs of ownership I'm in the 5.0 camp for good!!! Towing is easy even in the extreem winds we had two weeks ago. I sure wouldn't have wanted to be tuggin any other trailer.
You sure can have it your way too!!!
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:17 AM   #37
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As a former Casita owner and how a very happy Escape owner, allow me to add what Chuck and Alf has said, the Escape is one great trailer. You would be hard pressed to fine another trailer that' better. And as Chuck said, Tammy and Reace are very good working with you to get want you want. I highly recommend the Escape.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:23 AM   #38
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There is an Escape 17B for sale here on the forums
here http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ale-51116.html
with the side mount a/c. The newer models I believe are all top mount now.
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We loved our Casita 17 FD. But, whomever slept next to the wall had to climb over the other to get out at night. And at my age that is usually me and several times a night. For that reason we went over to the Escape 5. No regrets--except the exchange rate a year ago vs today. Ouch.

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Old 05-15-2012, 09:25 AM   #40
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After first deciding that I would prefer to move from our 24' stick-built, to a smaller and lighter moulded fiberglass, I first looked at used, but found that most available here would need a lot of repairs and modifications, something I am fully capable of and would enjoy doing. After getting a smack upside the head from my wife who reminded me we were in the middle of a renovation, and that I had about 5-10 years worth of projects lined up already, that doing that should not be an option.

So, off on a search for new I went. My wife's only criteria was a permanent bed, and a small bathroom. I looked at all the available new models from all the manufacturers. While I really liked the Escape 5.0, I did not want to use a pickup truck, instead preferring our SUV for better all round use. The Oliver was in production at the time, and I really like some of the quality features it had, but it was eliminated from the search due to the cost, and the fact it looked very plasticy inside. I then narrowed it down to Scamp, Casita, and Escape 16-17' models.

Reading more, the Scamp was soon eliminated and we were leaning more to the Escape than the Casita. Then, Reace announced that they were planning to do a 19' model, which would be a stretched, widened and taller 17'. Well, I was all over that like a dirty shirt, and got in on the first introductory offer, getting a really good deal on it. Mine was the 6th built.

Having never dealt with Casita, I cannot comment on their service, but as you all have heard many times over now, the dealing with Escape was great. They listen to customers and do the modifications that are feasible, they take some of these things and have incorporated them into their trailers. Heck, when Reace was doing layouts for the trailer, I suggested another idea, and he put it up on their site as a Plan B, which due to its popularity ended up being the only plan they built. Not very many manufacturers listen to, and weight out, the suggestions from customers to this degree.

I have no doubt that value wise the Casita is near on par with Escape when based on purchase price, but I truly believe that the added cost of the Escape is worth it as it adds even more quality and value for that extra cost. Something I do not regret in the least deciding to go with.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:26 AM   #41
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We loved our Casita 17 FD. But, whomever slept next to the wall had to climb over the other to get out at night. And at my age that is usually me and several times a night. For that reason we went over to the Escape 5. No regrets--except the exchange rate a year ago vs today. Ouch.

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Thats the reason we changed from our 99 Casita Freedom Deluxe to our 04 Casita Liberty Deluxe with the king size bed you sleep front to rear.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:24 PM   #42
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The bed is very important to us since we are very tall people. We must have at least a Queen Size. Also we would prefer not to crawl over each other at night to make the inevitable bathroom run. Therefore looks like either a Casita Liberty (King Bed) or the Escape 5.0 but still shopping. Not sure what the price is for a new Casita but we are expecting that information in the mail soon.

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