Escape money well spent? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-18-2011, 10:00 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Name: None
Trailer: None
None
Posts: 2,730
Escape money well spent?

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)

Thanks Steve Dunham
__________________

__________________
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Jon Vermilye's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21
Oswego, NY
Posts: 1,407
Registry
As the owner of an Escape 17B, I would have to admit a bit of prejudice, but I did do quite a bit of research prior to purchasing & I know I made the right choice. Yes, it was more expensive, but I feel it is a better build, inside & out.

Another advantage is working with Reace & Tammy. They bent over backwards to help me with decisions on options, they installed equipment I sent them (A back up camera & cell phone antenna & amplifier system), in short, great people to buy from.

I'm sure there are just as many individuals happy with their particular brand of trailer but I'm glad I went with Escape.

By the way, if you want to "see" an actual trailer, call Tammy at Escape & ask for a reference to an owner in your area. Most of us are glad to show their trailer to prospective buyers.
__________________

Jon Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
Steve, since Escape started building trailers I've seen a bunch. An Escape 5th wheel is my "forever" trailer. If you're interested in talking with a bunch of owners... there is an Escape Forum: Escape Travel Trailer Forum - Index
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 12:14 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2007 Eggcamper
Posts: 155
We saw the inside of an Escape 19' at the get together in the pocono's this summer. I thought the fit/finish/quality was far superior to anything else there. Definitly a chevy to cadillac comparison. BUT for the price differance I prefer the roominess of my EggCamper.

Art
__________________
artspe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 12:32 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Name: jim
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape19 Prairie Schooner pulled by 2014 Dodge Ram Hemi Sport
Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,398
Registry
That was one of my issues with the Escape, I saw a 19' this year at the Mid-Atlantic rally and by the time you add all the options plus the weight, you are near $30K and 3000#, so I opted for the Lance with less weight and less $ but with the same options and bigger.
__________________
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 03:03 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Name: None
Trailer: None
None
Posts: 2,730
Mr. Harley is correct ,when I added the ESCAPE base price to the options my wife and I wanted on the trailer, the price was north of 30 grand. I looked at the EGGCAMPER in the past and talked to Jim at the factory about cost with the options we wanted. The cost of the EGGCAMPER was considerately less than the Escape . The ESCAPE price would come more in line if the exchange rate was still at 70 % like years ago but at my last check it was almost even. My wife liked the ESCAPE interior better than the EGGCAMPER , which she thought was a little sterile.
I quess it will be a form versus fuction discussion between me and my wife.
__________________
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 05:14 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Name: Marv
Trailer: Escape 5.0 (sold) :(
Texas
Posts: 158
Steve,

Stay away from Chilliwack! Between talking to the people there and seeing their trailers, you will be hooked. In our case, it was two couples traveling in two Casitas who stopped in at the factory. The result: two Escapes sold. We loved our Casita but we wanted a little more room and a queen size bed. Six thousand miles later, it's still worth every nickel.

Marv
__________________
Marv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 06:42 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Alf S.'s Avatar
 
Name: Alfred
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2010 Nissan Frontier
Ontario
Posts: 3,816
Registry
Send a message via Yahoo to Alf S.
Hi: steve dunham... I am certainly biased in my opinion. The first thing you notice about the Escape is the fit& finish, and that's just what you can see. That's also what is under the skin that you can't see. We've put 1000's of miles on our 5.0 with a few minor isues. Most of them I created on my own...like burning out the electric element for the water heater...OOOps.
You can't go wrong with the Escape and yes it's money well spent. I never regret buying QUALITY!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
Attached Thumbnails
phpEiQG2CPM.jpg   Set for dinner.jpg  

__________________
Alf S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 06:57 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Name: Laura & Rick
Trailer: Had an Escape 21 ft
Washington
Posts: 134
As a former Casita owner and now a very happy Escape owner, I have to add to what other Escape owners are saying: the Escape is without equals as a quality fiberglass travel trailer. No regrets at all!!!
__________________
Laura & Rick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 07:36 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
kristiano's Avatar
 
Name: Kristiano
Trailer: Trillium
California
Posts: 10
Registry
Not to throw in another wrench here, but my understanding is the Escape is based on the former Trillium. We just bought a 13ft Trillium this year, which is now being built in Southern California.

So far we've had a wonderful experience with the trailer, and similar to the escape owners above, the fit and finish have been very good. Admittedly, the 13ft is small, but you are looking at the bigger models anyhow.

Seems to me if you are looking for an alternative (perhaps cheeper) to the Escape, with a very similar (I believe exactly the same) floor plan, you might want to check out the Trilliums.

Happy shopping!
__________________
Kristiano and Christy
About.Me
KristianoPhoto
kristiano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Name: jim
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape19 Prairie Schooner pulled by 2014 Dodge Ram Hemi Sport
Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,398
Registry
I'm not sure what the meaning of money well spent is to some people, but $28,000 without air conditioning and by the time you add $options you are approaching $35,000 for the 5th wheel IMHO is not money well spent unless it becomes your address.
Before spending that amount I'd start looking at Airstreams, we know they hold their value. But I'm not looking at my RV as an investment, I'm not planning on getting a return on my investment. In these recessionary times your home is no longer an investment.
But I'm looking at the most value for the least amount spent, not most amount spent. I think there are some alternatives at the $15k level, the $20K level and higher, depending on how comfortable you are in your economic situation. I have no qualms spending $20,000 cash on an item, but $30,000 or $35,000 makes me stop to think. You can almost buy 2 Casitas for one Escape 5th wheel. Maybe my comfort threshold is lower than most Escape 5th owners.
__________________
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 08:05 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
kristiano's Avatar
 
Name: Kristiano
Trailer: Trillium
California
Posts: 10
Registry
Yeah, I agree with Jim. If you're looking at making an investment anywhere north of the $30-$40k level, the Airstream is the way to go. Nothing against our fiberglass trailers, but those Airstreams certainly are beautiful trailers!
__________________
Kristiano and Christy
About.Me
KristianoPhoto
kristiano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 08:28 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Name: Paul
Trailer: Escape 19 ft (sold) Escape 21 May 2014
Wisconsin
Posts: 258
Registry
Escape to Wisconsin

Those from Wisconsin will recognize the above title as a slogan used for advertising by the State of Wisconsin Department of Tourism. I think that particular ad campaign has now ended, being replaced with the mitten. We will not bore you with the details of the mitten.

At any rate Steve, you do not have to drive to BC to see an Escape as there are now four of them in Wisconsin. Two of them are 19s and two 17s. They are all congregated on the borders, two on the Illinois border, one on the Iowa border and one on the Minnesota border.

I guess my point is you can see them without a cross country drive and at the same time get first hand opinions. I believe I have shown mine to two interested parties. One has taken delivery and the other has one on order. Send me a PM if you would like details of whom and where.
__________________
Paul Braun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 08:40 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Jane P.'s Avatar
 
Trailer: Bigfoot 19 ft
Posts: 412
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve dunham View Post
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)

Thanks Steve Dunham

If you are coming out west, by all means stop at Escape facilities. But if you can plan your trip, stop at Egg Camper as well.

A while back, FGRV had a thread asking what trailer you'd buy if price was not a consideration. I posted: I'd seriously consider buying an Escape. If I were to buy an Escape, I'd get an Escape 19. I love the idea of a big bed at one end of the trailer and a comfortable dinette setup at the other.

But, since price is of importance, there are pros and cons to the cost of the Escape. There are pros and cons to the way the bed is configured in the Escape 19. And the trailer is heavy, and that will impact your gas milage.

Regarding that larger back bunk (and front dinette), you'll have more room when sleeping on the bed, but you'll still have to crawl over one another when nature comes calling at 2:00 AM.

The Egg Camper has the same bunk type but a small side dinette. Even so, you get a "roomy interior cabin" and less weight, for less $$. The Egg Camper does have double insulation, but not double paneled windows. I'd ask Jim Palmer if he could configure the trailer to offer better insulation.

What kind of camping do you do? How important is insulation to you? That is what you can get from the Escape.

You are paying more ... and I have no doubt that they give you an insanely superior product. They also do a lot of custom work that would not be offered by Egg Camper.

Finally, there are other fiberglass options I have not researched. Also, there are "stick" options to be considered. Though, I doubt you'd get the same quality construction as the Escape and Egg Camper.

Another consideration: a used Bigfoot 21.
__________________

__________________
'92 Bigfoot 19' | '07 Chevy Tahoe
Jane P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
escape


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Quality Time Spent On Fluffer-Nugget Emily R. Modifications, Alterations and Updates 7 01-18-2011 06:18 PM
Sending money Dana T Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 4 05-16-2009 08:50 PM
How I spent my winter vacation Gina D. General Chat 13 01-28-2008 01:32 AM
Money troubles? Legacy Posts Jokes, Stories & Tall Tales 0 06-20-2003 01:07 PM
How I spent my afternoon... General Chat 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.