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Old 07-20-2015, 08:24 PM   #15
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Can't beat a rally for getting to see a lot of possibilities in one shot, and I think they would be fun even if one could only make a day of it. Motel camping and tenting are another couple of options. Bring a store bought relish or cheese tray to the potluck and it is all good. Box of wine can be a welcome addition too at least at some rallies.

Sorry won't see you there at Algonac but say high to the rockies for me while your out there. Have family in Colo. and always enjoy visiting the area.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:41 PM   #16
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Are you hoping to buy a trailer in time for your hiking trip?
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:42 PM   #17
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If your in the LA area you could come by the happier camper lot and check out 7 different trailer makes as well as the new HCI
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:51 AM   #18
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No, will not be buying before the trip.

This is pretty much solid backpacking. Four days driving out to California, two days acclimating at altitude, then three weeks solid backpacking on the John Muir Trail. After that 4 days to meander to Estes Parke, CO. Possibly stopping a day or so at Zion then Three days hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, then a 35 year reunion for a cross country backpacking trip I did in 1980 & 81. Will be a great trip. Don't think I'll have time to drive on to LA - will be with a friend.

I'll try to get myself to a rally. I went to a large dealer- several hundred trailers/motor homes on the lot- to look around. I was very disappointed. They had exactly 1 stick built that I would even consider. A 24 footer. All the rest of their trailers were either large fifth wheels or monster motor homes. About a dozen Class C. Went into a few of the Class C's but, overall, it was a waste of an hour+ drive each way.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:02 AM   #19
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Scamp/Casita come through

Since I originally said I had received no response from Scamp or Casita earlier, I just though I owed it to them to update.

Stuffed in my Mailbox yesterday was a large envelope with brochures and price lists for Scamp and Casita with instructions to call them for referrals, which I did. I'm in the process of setting up some visits for later this week or next. Will have to do a bit of a road trip, as only a couple are what I would really consider local.

Also in the mail yesterday was a brochure and price list from Escape (still haven't gotten an answer on the phone for their referral). Also, and I don't remember requesting this, but apparently I did, was a brochure and price list from OLIVER. WOW! Nice trailer, no doubt, but way out of my league financially.

Yesterday was a bonanza for receiving info. Spent several hours pricing out various options. Most are falling into my expectations. Surprised that Escape is lower than I anticipated, once the monetary exchange rate is factored in. Still expensive, but a pleasant surprise.

Thanks to all who have responded thus far, taking all your comments/suggestions into consideration.

Heading over to see MCDenny's Lil Snoozy tomorrow morning - thanks again for the suggestion.
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:54 PM   #20
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I have a 2015 Casita 16' SD in Lansing you're welcome to come look at.
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:10 PM   #21
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Don't be in too big a hurry. I spent 2 years looking for nice used trailer. Gave up and bought a new one with my choice of options, and not messed with by shade tree mechanics.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:54 PM   #22
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Don't be in too big a hurry. I spent 2 years looking for nice used trailer. Gave up and bought a new one with my choice of options, and not messed with by shade tree mechanics.
I looked for a bit over a year and found a mint one with no PO changes. Not every trailer has been "messed" with although I did pass on a couple that had things done that had my 40 years of RV experience scratching my head to figure out....why. They are out there.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:08 AM   #23
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Well, I still have not gotten a hold of the folks with the Escape that I would like to look at, they do not answer the phone. I emailed back to Escape this morning to see if they may have another referral in the area.

I checked out a Lil Snoozy a few days ago - VERY interesting - lots of things to like about it, but I may do some late fall/winter trips, so I think I would need a dependable heat source.

I did see a Casita last evening. I really liked how they had modified the layout, so I would consider doing something similar - nothing major, just widened their beds and replace cushions with actual, custom made mattress. Also, seeing the carpet on the walls has eased my mind about that issue, I could definitely live with it.

I am going to see a Scamp 16 later this afternoon. Scamp gave me four referrals, 2 of which had their phones disconnected. Nice possibility here is that the gentleman said he probably will be selling this Scamp at the end of the fall, so would let me have first crack at it if I'm interested. It is the side dinette layout with a shower. 2013 model. Only drawback is that he doesn't have air conditioning. I could be ok with that. Checking Scamps FAQ's, they state that MOST 16s built since 2000 have the reinforcement and wiring needed, even if they did not come with the air.

For those who have offered via this thread or in PM, I am interested in seeing your trailers as well, and will set up a time to head across state the first part of August. Thanks again for the offers.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:42 AM   #24
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Surprised that Escape is lower than I anticipated, once the monetary exchange rate is factored in. Still expensive, but a pleasant surprise.

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Make sure when comparing pricing that you also look at what comes standard on the Escape vs what is optional costing $$'s on the other brands..... the result may be surprising to you & you may as many others have discovered find the Escape is not actually "expensive".
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Make sure when comparing pricing that you also look at what comes standard on the Escape vs what is optional costing $$'s on the other brands..... the result may be surprising to you & you may as many others have discovered find the Escape is not actually "expensive".
Yeah, I realize their list of standard options is better than most. The problem is that they also have a list of additional options that other few if any other manufacturers offer, such as the extra large window, dual 6 volt batteries, solar panel, and extra insulation/thermal windows. All things I am very interested in - so their price still goes up, even if it results in comparing apples to grapes. Such a dilemma.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #26
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You might find this thread interesting over on the Escape Forum:
2015 17B trailer for sale Calgary, Alberta - Escape Trailer Owners Community

This is a 2015 used-once trailer, for sale now in Calgary, AB. The post contains a photo of the build sheet from Escape, listing out the base price and options, including cost of each option, as ordered in the fall of 2014.

This guy got just about every option Escape offers with a total cost of about $30k CAD which at today's exchange rate is $23k USD. Who knows how long the exchange rate will remain this favorable, but as Carol H said, the Escape is not as expensive as it seems when you are an American buyer.

I am biased -- I just ordered an Escape 17B this week. I toured one locally yesterday. The difference in quality and design compared to my 2001 Casita 16' SD is readily apparent. Not that the Casita was a piece of cr*p by any means...we loved it and if you go that way, you'll be getting a fine product.

But for people who want to do more shoulder-season camping, the creature comforts of the Escape are a winner. And the ability to design YOUR custom trailer with just the options you need and/or want and no others...that is only going to come with an Escape.

We briefly thought about Oliver because of the true 4-season nature of the dual hull construction, heated tanks etc. BUT you buy the trailer with everything on it or you don't. You can't eliminate things you don't want, like Air Conditioning, TV, stereo, etc. Why should I pay for things that don't fit my camping style? I also asked Casita if I could eliminate AirCon on a 17' new build...the answer is "No".

With an Escape, I don't have to make compromises. On the other hand, I have to wait 11 months to get one
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