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Old 01-23-2015, 03:46 PM   #15
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Keep it up, I may order the 19' Escape I want sooner rather than later.
LOL glad someone likes it! It doesnt put much of a smile on the faces of those of us who like to spend a lot of time camping in the US!

As much as many here in Canada would love to think we control the value of our dollar, I suspect most economist would suggest that the value of the Canadian dollar is very closely tied to the strength and/or weakness of the US Economy and global oil prices.... so if you want it to keep seeing the Canuck dollar slide off the map its your side of the border you need to keep cheering on in regards to contiuned improved US economy and hope the supposed current surpass of oil continues.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:56 PM   #16
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The upside to a low currency is exactly as Carole posted. Our products look like they are on sale. It also makes buying imported products expensive, so the domestic market gets a boost from Canadians purchasing locally. China has been criticized for doing this intentionally.

It was weird when our dollar was higher then the US dollar.

Enjoy the sale! Thank you, come again.
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Old 01-23-2015, 04:55 PM   #17
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I heard an expert describe the situation thus: it's not that the Canadian dollar is falling. It's the US dollar rising ( against all other currencies, including the Canadian dollar ).
Not that that explanation helps me much.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:35 PM   #18
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Yup all of Canada is currently holding a real good sale on all items sold to those paying in US funds

An item worth $28,835.00 Canadian Dollars is being sold for $23,248.41 U.S. dollars, based on todays exchange rate of 0.8063 (using nominal rate).
Carol ;Your calculations are correct if Escape gives you the full official exchange rate.
In 30 + years of going to Canada camping / fishing in both Ontario & Manitoba ,we have never received the full exchange rate . Usually we receive 50 to 75% of the difference when paying with cash /check . There are bank fees charged to Canadian businesses who convert US $ to Canadian $ . Often you get a rate of 1$ to 1$ because many Canadian businesses do not want to screw around trying to figure out the exchange because it changes constantly. (I am NOT trying to be "negative" about Canada)
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Actually, there are various exchange rates. The one quoted in newscasts is the best available, and not available to plebs like us.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:46 PM   #20
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Carol ;Your calculations are correct if Escape gives you the full official exchange rate.
In 30 + years of going to Canada camping / fishing in both Ontario & Manitoba ,we have never received the full exchange rate . Usually we receive 50 to 75% of the difference when paying with cash /check . There are bank fees charged to Canadian businesses who convert US $ to Canadian $ . Often you get a rate of 1$ to 1$ because many Canadian businesses do not want to screw around trying to figure out the exchange because it changes constantly. (I am NOT trying to be "negative" about Canada)
It all depends on the exchange rate your bank gives. It has nothing to do with Escape. They just want to see XX in $CAD. Retailers are not set up to give a proper exchange rate. We see that too going to the US. I always get cash ahead, or use my credit card, which gives a reasonable exchange rate.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:56 PM   #21
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Carol ;Your calculations are correct if Escape gives you the full official exchange rate.
In 30 + years of going to Canada camping / fishing in both Ontario & Manitoba ,we have never received the full exchange rate . Usually we receive 50 to 75% of the difference when paying with cash /check . There are bank fees charged to Canadian businesses who convert US $ to Canadian $ . Often you get a rate of 1$ to 1$ because many Canadian businesses do not want to screw around trying to figure out the exchange because it changes constantly. (I am NOT trying to be "negative" about Canada)
Your very correct which is why I showed it was using the nominal rate.

What you have pointed out is the case in pretty well any country i have traveled. The shops are never going to give you anything close to the what the official exchange rate is. I would never go shopping in a foreign county expecting to get anything close to the current official exchange rate if using foreign cash.

One is better off if they didn't buy the correct currency from their own bank ahead of time checking with their CC companies as to what their policy is in regards to exchange rates. If one has more than one CC card you may find one is better than the other in so far as what you can expect them to discount the rate by.

If i walk into a US bank and buy US$'s with Canadian $'s and have no account with them I will usually be charged far more fees & a lower exchange rate than if I had made the purchase of the US$'s at my own bank in Canada. What your own bank is going to sell you the funds at is a whole different matter again. The rate of exchange BTW is also different depending on if your are buying or selling. Sometimes you may be better off looking around for an international exchange shop that only does foreign exchanges.

I would suspect though that most people considering purchasing a large ticket item in foreign funds would shop around for the place that will give them the best exchange rate and charge the lest amount of fees prior to doing the transaction.

Then again if the company I was purchasing from was willing to give me the same exchange rate they are getting from their own bank less the banking fees & if it was in line with what I would pay using my own banks rates and fees, then I would do that as well.

I personally have no knowledge as to what Escapes practices are in that regard, but I bet we have a few others here that do know!
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Speaking of exchange rates, I recall leaving the Dominican Republic and being offered handfuls of loonies and toonies for a few US dollars. The waiters and bar tenders from the all-inclusives would give you $20 in Canadian for five bucks US. The cost of converting it where they banked made Canadian dollars quite worthless.
If you want to stiff the wait staff, tip them in Canadian coins.
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I still like my 21ft have owned it now for four years.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:36 PM   #24
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When I put the deposit down for Ten Forward it was in US dollars. When I planned the build sheet, it was in US dollars. When I made the final payment before pickup, it was in US dollars... then I got a REFUND. Doing the happy dance

I've followed ETI builds where folks are turning themselves into pretzels worrying about the exchange rate... really? I knew my budget (I work for wages), and have always figured I could afford XXXX amount. I'm one happy camper... no matter the exchange rate. YMMV
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Actually, there are various exchange rates. The one quoted in newscasts is the best available, and not available to plebs like us.
Glenn you are quite right. A few years back we put a deposit down on an Escape that we later cancelled. What I found is the rate I saw on Google was a little less than 5% better than what I got. I went to my local bank who claimed not to charge because we were a customer. They went to a larger state bank who I believe went to a currency broker. The Escape folks used a local credit union who also charged a fee. This was a bank to bank transfer which we were told was the safest way to do it. We had never made a purchase like this before and used the deposit as a test run for the final payment. Raz
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Very happy with our 21; the added width makes it far easier for 2 humans and 3 small dogs to co-exist. Fixed inclined bed lets wifey get a solid nights sleep. With our Casita 17 we didn't even try to take our dogs camping, so we've upsized in trailers and downsized in dogs over the years.
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Can't speak for the 21 since I have a 17B (which, unfortunately, I purchased at about the only time in recent history that the Canadian dollar was worth more than the US dollar).

Love the trailer & it has held up well over 4 years & many, many miles of towing.
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In 2009 we bought an EggCamper and last year we moved to an Escape 21. The reasons for the move were:
1. Comfortable table seating for four instead of uncomfortable seating for two.
2. A much larger refrigerator (6.7 cubic feet!).
3. Much more counter space.
4. A much larger bathroom.
5. Much more convenient storage.
6. Much larger hot water heater and tanks for water and waste storage.

They both have the same size of bed, both have a nice open floor plan, and both are 88" wide so those factors were equal. We already had a truck with an 8200 pound towing rating and the towing doesn't seem any different. The only thing I miss about the EggCamper was the 6' 7" of headroom; the Escape advertises 6'5" of headroom but I can't stand up straight in it in any location and I'm just a bit over 6'4". The EggCamper was great for short camping trips but after about a week in it my wife would become a bit "antsy" - mainly because of the lack of storage space; this summer we spent four weeks in the Escape and never felt uncomfortable.
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