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Old 12-19-2011, 02:40 PM   #29
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The Escape is quite a bit more expensive and I am wondering is the upgrade worth the cost? ... I'm wondering in this case are we comparing a Chevy (Scamp) to a Cadillac (Escape)

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It depends on what the money is worth to you. To some, it is worth it. To some, it is not. Once you see an Escape you will probably have a better idea if it is worth it to you.

I got to see both an Escape 19 and a 5.0 about 3 months ago, and I liked their looks a great deal. Enough to want a 19, yes. Enough to part with my money and order one, not at my current income level. If I start earning lots more, maybe then... but by then, with all that cash in the bank, maybe I'd be looking at motor homes or something! Tigers look nice, "only" $90K or so.

Form vs. function covers a wide spectrum. Pure function would lean toward buying a good but cheap, used stickie trailer. Pure form might call for that one-of-a-kind Geographic trailer that recently sold for, what, 80 grand? There's a lot of wiggle room between the two ends! Have fun shopping, and I'm sure you and your wife will arrive at a good compromise.

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Gee Paul, the state that's shaped like a mitten is Michigan; has Wisconsin gone to promoting the Mitten State for tourism? He he! Wisconsin, replaced by the Mitten! Hoo boy! <an old Michigander, ROFL>
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:03 PM   #30
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I'm curious, there seems to be a lot of BigFoot owners in Canada where they were manufactured? Did most of the owners purchase new or used. I know they were as expensive as the Escape when new but for used they are a good value. There just are not that many used Escape's in the market, perhaps due to limited production. Also there are probably more Escape's in Canada vs US? I wonder what the demographics are for BF and Escape? Perhaps if there were more Escapes the price would be lower at least in the used department.
While there actually may be a lot more (?) "Bigfeet" in Canada than in the US, it may also just be a matter of perception. The one thing I did find was that "Bigfeet" are more highly prized (and priced!) in Canada. I just purchased my 21 footer from a fellow list member during the summer and the value placed on them was such that I paid less than one third of the local "going price" by buying it in the US and "re-importing" it back to Canada. (I had to go all the way to TEXAS to get it!)

My VERY non-scientific observation is that glass eggs seem to be less well known and less prized in the US and therefore do not seem to hold their value as well as they do here.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:48 PM   #31
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My VERY non-scientific observation is that glass eggs seem to be less well known and less prized in the US and therefore do not seem to hold their value as well as they do here.
Dave, I don't think it's unscientific as much as need/preception. We have more molded manufacturers on this side of the border... more competition and a much longer camping "season." The needs of US buyers is different perhaps than Canadian buyers. Four season trailers don't seem to be as important on this side of the border...
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:09 PM   #32
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Dave, I don't think it's unscientific as much as need/preception. We have more molded manufacturers on this side of the border... more competition and a much longer camping "season." The needs of US buyers is different perhaps than Canadian buyers. Four season trailers don't seem to be as important on this side of the border...

I'll disagree with both of you.

Anyone living in a rain area or traveling in those conditions would do well to consider molded trailers.
Many parks are open year round across Canada, then there are all the snowbirds that plan to get as much use as possible out of their units.

Most stick units when it comes to comfort and convenience are right up there. I think the maintenance may be higher though.

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Old 12-20-2011, 07:53 AM   #33
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Recently my wife was making one of her rare visits to this website and discovered the Escape trailer . She was really impressed with the 19 ft. Escape after visiting their website. We have a 16 ft Scamp and we like it but she would like a little more room and a full size bed. The Escape is quite a bit more expensive and I am wondering is the upgrade worth the cost? We are going on a first time trip to the western US next year and if it's worth the time and money we may drive to the Escape factory in Canada and visit. When I bought the scamp my wife was aprehensive ( she thought I was going thru my midlife crisis) now she's not!
I'm wondering in this case are we comparing a Chevy (Scamp) to a Cadillac (Escape)

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Hi Steve.
To a U.S. buyer Escape isn't as competitive as it was several years ago when there was a more favorable exchange rate. The Escape we looked at was quite nice but after reading all the favorable comments on the forum I was a bit disappointed. I guess I expected a more upscale interior when of course they use the same materials as every one else. The appliances are the same. The door handles, lights ,axles, ect. are the same. While the fit and finish was very good I recently saw a new 16 ft Scamp that was equally good.

Things seem to cost more in Canada and I suspect a large part of the higher price is taxes. Also, when a U.S. customer pays for a trailer, it costs an additional 3-5% in bank fees over the published exchange rate on the day the bank actually does the exchange. I have heard it can take as long as two weeks for your payment to be received and there is no way to know how much of your money will actually go to paying for the trailer until it gets posted in their account.

Finally you must pay your state sales tax based on the purchase price. Since the Escape costs more the tax will be higher.

With these considerations in mind, only two of the Escape products have direct competition by U.S. manufacturers, the 17 ft with Casita and the fifth wheel with Scamp. In both cases the Escape could cost a U.S. buyer a 30%-40% premium.

Since money is what you receive from your employer in exchange for hours of your life, only you can decide if it's worth it. Good luck and happy shopping, Raz
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:04 PM   #34
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You are misinformed. Escape is only based on Escape. At one time, Escape built the 13' Trillium for Tom Young, but that collaboration went away several years ago.
I too thought Escape was based on Trillium. Please elaborate.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:40 PM   #35
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Fiberglass body construction entered the U.S. scene in 1971 with the introduction of the first U.S.-produced mini travel trailer, called the Playpac. The Playpac, invented by Steven Whysel, was the answer to the needs of the growing horde of VW "Bug" and other small-car owners who wanted a hard-shelled camper, light enough to be pulled by a small car, with a private water closet, shower and the ability to sleep six. Its ultramodern aerodynamic styling and domed skylight by the modernist Industrial Designer Toshihiko Sakow made it an instant hit. It was short-lived, however (1971–1973), as the first Arab oil embargo and the ensuing major slow-down of RV sales caused it to cease operations. The Boler travel trailer, produced earlier in Canada, soon joined the Playpac in the U.S. fiberglass light-weight class. The Hunter and Amerigo travel trailers were also on the scene by then.



Scamp & Boler were the first 1971-1972
Duane Eveland, Gerald Eveland, and Gladys Coffland of Eveland’s Inc. began building Scamp trailers in 1972, based on the Boler fiberglass molds. Over the years, market factors went up and down, but the little trailer persisted, becoming a favourite among a dedicated group of enthusiastic RV travelers. Today, with Kent Eveland at the helm of the company, there has been a renaissance of the line, and three models are being manufactured to order with 13’ and 16’ travel trailers, plus a 19’ fifth wheel model. After 36 years, the Scamp trailers remain among the most aerodynamic, lightweight, and durable compact trailers on the market.


Casita 1983

Escape 2002

To say any trailer is based on another is far to much of a generalization, they all have there own strengths, price, fit, quality, level of composition material.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:53 PM   #36
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Just an FYI, there's no way to get into a brand new 19' Airstream for $30K ... try more like $60K. Plus an Escape 19' has a queen size bed, not a 44 inch wide bed.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:41 PM   #37
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Just an FYI, there's no way to get into a brand new 19' Airstream for $30K ... try more like $60K. Plus an Escape 19' has a queen size bed, not a 44 inch wide bed.
It's been a while, but I looked at a brand new CCD 16Bambi in 2003. List price was $42,800 we had them down to $27,500 before we bought the Scamp... on which, by the way, we could not negotiate the price!
It's probably the only thing of any size for which I have ever paid even close to full price, if you don't count their package discounts!

That Airstream was a custom made CCD model which was designed by some famous architect named Christopher Deam. A nice trailer by any standard, with a fullsized bed BTW. Only problem was, it required a vehicle which was larger than we could tolerate for everyday use, thus the Scamp 13D. So... what does an Escape 19' really weigh? What is the most common TV?

At a list price of $54,000 for a new 19 International Bambi, you just might get it for the low to mid 30's with this economy, But you would probably like the Escape better.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:11 PM   #38
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On the Escape forum, among the favored TVs for the Escape 19' are the Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Tacoma, also the Honda Pilot is used. The Escape 17' is often towed with a Toyota RAV4. I just happen to have a Toyota 4Runner to tow mine. And for me it was money well spend on a high quality product; I just love my Escape 17'. At very first I looked at stickies such as the T@B, and then ran across this forum and discovered molded fiberglass. Looked first into Scamp and Casita and found that Escape was just right for me. Love the quality and design, and the fact that you can have it customized to your liking, such as your own fabrics and many more things!
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After more research, I found a 19' Bambi has a 48 inch wide bed and a MSRP of about $57K. I doubt seriously they are discounting them $20K off.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:03 AM   #40
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I'm curious, there seems to be a lot of BigFoot owners in Canada where they were manufactured? Did most of the owners purchase new or used. I know they were as expensive as the Escape when new but for used they are a good value. There just are not that many used Escape's in the market, perhaps due to limited production. Also there are probably more Escape's in Canada vs US? I wonder what the demographics are for BF and Escape? Perhaps if there were more Escapes the price would be lower at least in the used department.
yes Bigfoots where/are manfactured in Canada - in BC.

Having just finished a 4500 mile trip today through 5 Western US states I can tell you I saw more Escapes on the road than any other brand of fiberglass trailer and most of them had US plates on them - although I did meet a Candian Escape owner along the road. A number of Escapes were boom docking in Southern California & Arizona. Funny enough I noted the same thing on another long trip through the US during the summer. Beginning to think there are just as many US Escape owners as Canadian, if not more.

One of the reasons you dont see many used on the market is due to the limited production and the fact they have not been making them that long. This past year though saw a number of 17' came on the market used as many of the 17' owners moved up to the new 19'.
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Hi: Carol H... Yes it's true!!! Limited production leads to high resale value. In order to get that value though, you have to sell your unit. Not many either side of the 49th. parallel want to do that! This also keeps the value high.
Here's a rare pic... three 5.0s at Niagara Wine Escape this year.
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Hi: P. Raz... Here's a pic of "Kissin' cousins" that I snapped on entering Prince Edward Island. There is quite a strong family resemblance between several brands. ie. Trillium/Escape, Scamp/Boler, Burro/UHaul etc. You could say the Adam& Eve story of fiberglass trailers.
Wherever they came from and whichever one was the "Sacrificial lamb" we're all in favour of their being.
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