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Old 02-27-2012, 07:09 PM   #29
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We're hoping it is just four. We got our toes wet with a used Palomino pop-up, moved to a bigger Coleman pop-up, camped in that for two years, and then upgraded to a top-of-the-line Fleetwood pop-up with high sides; it even had a hard-walled wet bathroom in it. Pop-ups served us well and we loved the king-sized beds, but set up took a lot of time and we couldn't use the trailer for little stops along the way. Plus I was always cold!

We did a lot of research and really hope that our new-to-us Escape 19 is close to perfection for quite some time. We didn't want to move up to a heavy trailer and love the little molded fiberglass eggs. It isn't ideal if we need to sleep four (two kids on a 40X77 dinette is going to be cramped), but when we were the age our boys are now we both slept in tents and that is what they will do unless the weather is terrible. We tried to get the trailer that we think will work even once the boys are gone. Our shakedown trip is this weekend ...
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:05 PM   #30
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Only one at a time, but we have camped in:
1st fiberglass truck cap and sleeping bags
2nd Apache hard-sided pop-up
3rd fiberglass sailboat
4th tent
5th shopping for a Scamp, T@B or Aliner
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:56 PM   #31
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Jim,

What issue did you have with the slide-out on the Lance 1575? I am also looking at that one and welcome any input/advice you have.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #32
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The slide motors went up after 2 months and 4 uses, there is no back up system either, so you are dead in the water if it happens on the road. Mine happened in my driveway. It was fixed, but I was leary of it now,
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:50 PM   #33
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Our first trailer was a trillium 4500, we wanted washroom facilities so we bought a flagstaff 25 ft that was a auwful to tow swayed all over the road over 80 km/hr, traded for a 21 ft flagstaff the next year, then a 21 ft outback, then a 25 ft streamlite. will be picking up our Escape 19 ft on the 10th of aug. all of the stick built trailers never came close to meeting my expectations for quality. Although i am confident it will i just hope our new Escape is what i am searching for. That is a well built trailer with good use of space. every stick trailer i have had over time i have realized that the layout is flawed and wasful of space. when i looked at the escape trailers there doesn't apear to be any un used space just because it is cheaper and easier to build.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #34
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Just curious, how many trailers/RV's did it take you to get to your perfect one or are you still hunting?
I am on my third trailer after backpacking and truck camping for many years.

Used Starcraft popup for 8 years
Used Jayco popup for 10 years
Used Casita 17' SD for three years

I like the Casita so well, I have no plans to ever upgrade.

The Escape Trailer appears to be the perfect base trailer for my needs but I have spent too many hours tailoring the Casita for my unique requirements to consider upgrading.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #35
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The first (and probably last) was down at the heels and the price was right and the trip to buy was 90 mi. Purrrfect now of course as "perfected" by me so how can I complain about the work without kicking myself in the rear? I found out it was essentially solid AFTER I bought it and believe I was lucky. Prior to that two or three tents and also bags under pickup caps (both aluminum and glass). An aluminum truck cap is worse than any tent! I could have lived the rest of my life without feeling a need to tow anything bigger than a utility trailer full of brush but my wife suddenly revealed that she had dreamed the Airstream Dream a couple yrs. back and fortunately I was able to sublimate her fantasies on the cheap with a nice old egg. Lucky me!!!

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Old 07-25-2012, 05:16 PM   #36
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Just curious, how many trailers/RV's did it take you to get to your perfect one or are you still hunting?
4 casitas, 1 bigfoot fiver , 1 class c , now we have a Lil Snoozy . We have found the perfect one for us
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:26 PM   #37
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The first (and probably last) was down at the heels and the price was right and the trip to buy was 90 mi. Purrrfect now of course as "perfected" by me so how can I complain about the work without kicking myself in the rear? I found out it was essentially solid AFTER I bought it and believe I was lucky. Prior to that two or three tents and also bags under pickup caps (both aluminum and glass). An aluminum truck cap is worse than any tent! I could have lived the rest of my life without feeling a need to tow anything bigger than a utility trailer full of brush but my wife suddenly revealed that she had dreamed the Airstream Dream a couple yrs. back and fortunately I was able to sublimate her fantasies on the cheap with a nice old egg. Lucky me!!!

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Wait until she gets a new pair of glasses, then you will be in a heap of trouble.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:41 PM   #38
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I'm on number 4.
I started with a 1985 Econoline 250 high top coachmen conversion.
#2 was a 28' Sandpiper
#3 was a Coleman Taos popup
#4 is the Scamp

The van was fun, but very limited as to where it could go.

The Sandpiper was awesome and the tow vehicle (1 ton crew cab Chevy 4x4) could go anywhere I wanted. I ended up selling it to pay for school.

The Taos could go anywhere the tow vehicle could, the heat and A/C kept it very comfortable and it was quick to set up. The company I worked for at the time went belly up due to new environmental regulations and I had to cut back on toys.

I got the Scamp for a steal off of Ebay and it is great, but it is small and lacks a few amenities.

I can afford my ideal RV (Modified M109A3), but the state of Wisconsin won't allow me to drive it where I want when I want. It could go anywhere, run on nearly anything and tow anything.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:09 PM   #39
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I have never towed a trailer till 9 months ago.

For the last several years the seven of us have camped in tents. It was OK, but the amount of luggage eventually overwhelmed our Safari mini van.

I grew up in Ontario. There were Trilliums everywhere. My uncle owned one. I did a little research, and decided to look for a 4500, or a Bigfoot 19. I was ready to pull the trigger on a Bigfoot 19 that they were asking $5500 for, in Edmonton. It had been for sale for several weeks, and I hoped they were open to negotiation. I was planning to head up to Edmonton on Friday. Then a Trillium 4500 came up on kijiji, in Saskatchewan, for a price that I could not refuse. That was a Wednesday. I booked time off work and was out there the next morning. Good thing too! The Bigfoot was gone that day.

That was a scant 9 months ago. Since then I have purchased two more. One an identical 4500 in Ontario. That one is still at my dads place in Ontario. The other is a Trillium 1300 that came up less then one hour out of Calgary, (where I live). The price was also too good to pass up, but it is a fixer upper.

We just came back from the first camping trip on July 17.
Going to Green Point
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #40
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Wait until she gets a new pair of glasses, then you will be in a heap of trouble.
Good thing I didn't try to sneak a camo deucenahalf by her! +

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Old 07-26-2012, 12:59 PM   #41
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In the past 30+ yrs, hubby and I have done with the kids, tenting, truck/camper combo. Since kids are now grown and gone from the nest, we purchase a 13ft Cardinal Lowliner (stick) that needed TLC. She has been a joy to work on and take on the road. TV is a Jeep Grand Cherokee. As retirement looms in the future we would probably go up to a larger trailer or 5th wheel.
What ever we all have, we are getting out and enjoying our beautiful countries.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:13 PM   #42
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The Casita is the first "trailer" we have owned. But have owned 2 Class A's before we purchased the Casita. Do I think the Casita is the perfect trailer? For now yes! But just as our Class A's were perfect for our camping style at the times we owned them.


Will I keep the Casita cause it's perfect? Hard to say, if my camping/traveling style changes I might change my rv. Isn't it Donna who say's, Love the one your with? Well that is the best statement going when talking about rv's.


Having grown up with my parents owning 9 types (that I can remember camping in) of rv's starting with a bumper pull moving on to overhead camper, back to bumper pull, then on to a couple of Class C's, a Class A, a 5th wheel then their last rv was a Class B which fitted them just fine when that time came along. Their rv's changed as our camping style as a family changed. Then of course after they got to the point that a big 5th wheel was too much hassle they bought a really cool ClassB.
I believe my in-laws had 6 or 7 different rv's through out the years.


I don't believe my parents or in-laws changed rv's because they weren't "perfect" but more due to finding something that worked better for the moment in time............ That has been the same for us as well.........




Now if a Whillerby came along, that might just be my perfect trailer!
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