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Old 04-17-2013, 06:34 PM   #155
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Stepping down from my soap box.
Yeah,....umm....I'm purdy sure that one is mine.

And everyone knows that Trilliums are the best!

TRILLIUMS ROCK!

Back to your regularly scheduled program, (ducks to avoid the flying fertilizer)
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #156
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In my opinion, the notion that the only folks that don't have an Escape are those too poor/cheap to buy one really should be confined to the Boosters section of The Escape Owner's Forum !
While I don't see any reason to discourage anyone's enthusiasm for their favourite brand (or size, or type, or colour...) of trailer, I agree that this does not mean that criticising the choices of others, on any basis, should be accepted. Disagree, state your reasons for your different choice... but "you're wrong" does not belong in a discussion of preferences.

This, by the way, applies to everyone, not just Escape boosters.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:39 PM   #157
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A "stick" Escape?

KZ Recreational Vehicles: Spree® Escape Travel Trailers

P.S. - No insult intended..........
None taken! (said the owner of such a one)

I'm totally surprised to hear that someone views Eggcamper as a 'pretentious' brand. I never would have thought that. Eggcampers seem pretty middle-of-the-egg-road to me, sorta like a Dodge to the Fords & Chevys (Scamps & Casitas).

Even Escape, I doubt the mfr or the owners are trying to be pretentious. Owners are just proud of and excited about what they have, and the mfr is doing what they can to differentiate their product somwhat in order to fill a niche, to meet demand.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:05 PM   #158
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I think some of us, including Francesca and myself, have a different method of classifying RVs than the norm on this site of molded fiberglass vs stickies. For lack of better terminology my mind says Basic and Pretentious. Trailers like Scamp, Boler, Uhaul, Burro, Casita, Trillium, and older small stick built trailer in 13' to 16' range, Soro Scotty, Itasca, etc. etc. add to that the popup trailers. Those I consider in the Basic category. Noting pretentious about any of these, but very basic minimum units. Then there's the Class A's, Class C's motor homes, the large 5th wheel trailers that take a class 5 or 6 truck to pull, all the way down to the Bigfoot, Escape, Parkliner, Egg Camper, Jayco, Toy haulers. Are all in pretentious category.

Let the flames fly.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but to label as "pretentious" (by either of the above definitions) every single person who buys a Class A or Class C motorhome - no matter how inexpensive or basic - seems absolutely ridiculous to me. I doubt many people going down the highway in a basic class C think they are in a position of distinction or merit, and those crude boxes and the cheapest possible chassis are certainly not outwardly (or inwardly) extravagant!

Consider two sample RVs:
  1. A Scamp with air conditioning, microwave, TV mounted to the wall, generator on the tongue, solar panel on the roof, towed by an AWD SUV with low-profile tires and every toy on the option list
  2. A Class C with none of the features listed for the above Scamp; the owner commutes to work in a old Chevy Cavalier and owns nothing that can tow any egg, so he bought an RV with its own engine.
Which one is pretentious? Is it possible that such a characterization - if you find a need to make it - is not possible based solely on brand, or RV type?

Jayco, by the way, is a budget brand. It may be the right choice for you, but you're not going to impress most other RV owners with your wealth or superiority by choosing it (although apparently Byron will think you are pretentious, if you care).
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #159
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ROFLMAO! Yep, definitely don't think I'm impressing anybody with my 20 ft Jayco (17' x 6' interior). Especially with the hail dents all over the front from last week! We wanted something a bit roomier for my hubby to sit in when he has to work and for me to maneuver my fat arse in!

I don't think my 2004 Honda Element or low-maintenance tract house is too impressive either.

I do echo one poster who said I probably won't be here in 20 years and I'm sure not leaving a heir a camper!

It is what it is--
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #160
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:57 AM   #161
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Absolutely correct on love the one you're with.

Life can be wonderful when you love what you have. Not to say you can't strive for more but you should find joy where you are.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:20 PM   #162
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Well my Casita's not perfect either but it sure beats sleeping on the ground in a tent like I did for most of my life! What with hard sides all around me, a refrigerator, comfortable bed and a bathroom sometimes it seems downright luxurious. Main thing is I had to be able to tow it with my 6cyl SUV so bigger and better aren't even an option for me. Happy with what I have but still like reading about what everyone else has and why they chose it. Wish the OP Good Luck with whatever he chooses and hope to read about it on this forum!
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:48 PM   #163
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Escape owners are not an elitist group as some here portray them to be. IMHO that title belongs to Airstream owners who somehow put their pants on differently than anyone else.
I haven't noticed much difference between Airstream owners and Escape owners.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:39 PM   #164
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I haven't noticed much difference between Airstream owners and Escape owners.
Yeah, same with Ford and Chevy owners, they are all alike too.

There is no way of labeling owners of any trailers, as in any group there is a HUGE variety of attitudes with owners.

Just pop over to the Escape forum and read stuff there.

Or look at those who take excessive (and well earned) pride in owning and remodeling a more inexpensive trailer. Heck, I would just love to do that if I had the time, but instead am busy at work earning the money I used to pay for my Escape instead.

I do truly believe that in most cases that any moulded fiberglass trailer has better inherent qualities than most stick built. I also believe in the "love the trailer you're with" attitude too.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:45 PM   #165
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:45 PM   #166
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Well my Casita's not perfect either but it sure beats sleeping on the ground in a tent like I did for most of my life! What with hard sides all around me, a refrigerator, comfortable bed and a bathroom sometimes it seems downright luxurious. Main thing is I had to be able to tow it with my 6cyl SUV so bigger and better aren't even an option for me. Happy with what I have but still like reading about what everyone else has and why they chose it. Wish the OP Good Luck with whatever he chooses and hope to read about it on this forum!
A very good place to leave it, folks.

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:23 PM   #167
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One of my best friends owns a Trillium.

'Tis true. He knew I was looking for a used egg and bought the thing out from under me.

For all that, we don't spend our time taking shots at one another. Not sure why this list spends so much time trying to best one another, because it just brings out the worst.

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Some people are just so funny...

We aren't all the same, we all have our own individual needs and wants (and if your part of a couple or family it makes it even more complex). If one persons idea of camping is a huge trailer or motor home with a million slideouts and a basement then rock on... if someone else has a trailer that is just a hard sided tent with no amenities then good for you!

My home built gypsy caravan had a vented propane heater and a marine deep cycle battery that powered two 12 volt lights and a socket for a fan and to charge my phone. I towed it 3900 miles last year and had an awesome time with it with no regrets.

When I started thinking about being able to stand up would be a good thing and put it up for sale I was looking at cheap older scamp 13's and uhaul and burro's...I figured a porta potty in a cabinet is a step up from what I had and would increase the fun factor alot. Hurracane Sandy worked in my favour and let me purchase something new or like new and I jumped on it. Ive restored boats and knew I could redo a scamp to make it like new but decided to just for once not buy a project (granted a new one is a project in a way too lol... )

If the Op feels that they want a stick built trailer then go for it. Its your money buy what works best for your needs. Some of my friends asked why I bought something so small? The ParkLiner suits my needs right now... maybe down the road when retirement gets real close I might want 3 more feet of length to have a bigger galley because if I live in it for a while I might want a few things that I don't really need right now. When I installed the first stove with an oven in my boat I was so happy to be able to bake a chicken or make muffins or what ever.

And the forums will change, from some older posts I read it seemed more common that older people bought fiberglass trailers... well there seems to be alot more younger folks buying them now for a variety of reasons. So pretensious or not... do what makes you happy!

and a side note, their is some degree of eliteness that goes on here... that theirs is the best brand blah blah blah... and honestly I havent heard anywhere near as many escape owners saying it as trillium (cough cough Franchesca ) lol
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