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Old 12-06-2012, 03:46 PM   #15
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I have RAV4 with the V6 and Escape 17B. My 12V battery is on the rear bumper, and I have an aluminum storage box on a cargo carrier inserted into the hitch receiver at the rear ( it has axe, sledge, some tools, water hose etc..). Dual propane tanks at the front. My tongue weight is about 320.
I just shift cases of beer forward or aft of the axle to adjust the weight.
You will have no problem climbing hills with your Tacoma as long as you don't fill the trailer with cast iron pans.
What is your water tank / grey water setup?
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:56 PM   #16
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Hey ya'll!

I'm hitting the road this spring for a 10 month book tour promotion. Should be pretty amazing! And I have the budget to get a trailer. After a ton of research and reading, I'm going with the 17' Escape trailer, Floor plan B. Unless ya'll convince me other wise!

I originally thought I would get a Scamp. I see them on the road and I've always been a fan. But after adding up the options I'd want and seeing that the Escape weight is similar, with an extra foot of length, I think it's the ticket!

Why Escape over Scamp:

The Casita looked nice, but the tongue weight of 365 was too much.




check this out I think there is one near you . lighter weight and less expensive HOME and this Small Travel Trailer: Camper: Smoakin Concepts Composites two links home and small t.t.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:14 PM   #17
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check this out I think there is one near you . lighter weight and less expensive HOME and this Small Travel Trailer: Camper: Smoakin Concepts Composites two links home and small t.t.

Thanks for the lead! It's cool to see other folks making trailers.

But I'm not sure their design/layout is deal for 2 adult friends traveling together for 10 months. What I like about the Escape is that it has 2 separate and adequate sleeping spaces.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:39 PM   #18
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"check this out I think there is one near you . lighter weight and less expensive HOME and this Small Travel Trailer: Camper: Smoakin Concepts Composites two links home and small t.t."

The head room seems unnecessarily restricted at the front. I think this is based on the idea that if you taper the front there will be less wind-resistance.
But look at any aircraft. They are fat at the front and taper to the rear to reduce drag.
This trailer will afford better mileage if you drive in reverse.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:44 PM   #19
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If IF we were to replace our Scamp 5er, it would probably be an Escape 19' bumper pull, not the Escape 5er

I have a 17ft Casita and when and if I ever get another glass trailer it will be the 19 Escape! Beautiful trailer................. The one I tour'ed in Sept the owners had a 17ft Casita and she said it really wasn't much different than the Casita towing wise. 2 ft extra and a world of difference on interior space........





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I have a Tacoma 4x4 with the 3.4L V6. I've read a few threads about this engine and the 17' Casita. Some folks say it's Ok, while other want more power up hills, along with being further away from the towing limit of the truck.


I tow a 17ft Casita with a Tacoma and it does fine! Not as well as my Chevy Z71 did, but for a mid sized truck it works well, got enough ump to get up the hills of CO. I can blow past the slow pokes and do fine till some moron jumps out in the passing lane in their underpowered vehicle and I have to back off. Then it takes time to get back up to speed, but still enough power to handle the Escape. You will be fine!
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:49 PM   #20
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What is your water tank / grey water setup?
Black and grey are forward of the axle. The fresh water is at the very rear, aft of the the axle. The hot-water tank is another 6 gals. and is on the driver side, aft of the axle.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:57 PM   #21
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Something tells me we're about to veer off course into a knockdown dragout over Snoozydynamics....

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #22
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Probably.
FGRV is likely where I picked up this bit in the first place.
Notice how this sentence tapers off...
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #23
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Thanks for the lead! It's cool to see other folks making trailers.

But I'm not sure their design/layout is deal for 2 adult friends traveling together for 10 months. What I like about the Escape is that it has 2 separate and adequate sleeping spaces.
In that scenario, I'd be looking at the 19' myself. Much more space for not that much more weight. My buddy tows his with his Hyundai Santa Fe and has had no issues ( not that I'm recommending that ).
My wife wants the 19, or her own trailer.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:15 PM   #24
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In that scenario, I'd be looking at the 19' myself. Much more space for not that much more weight. My buddy tows his with his Hyundai Santa Fe and has had no issues ( not that I'm recommending that ).
My wife wants the 19, or her own trailer.
Yeah! I hear ya! I did live in the back of my pickup with a camper shell for all of last year. I figured the 17' would be like a dream house.

I like the single axle. The maneuverability. Feels closer to minimalism. If I ever build a house one day, I'd love for it to be around 800 square feet.


This is me, not really to hype myself, just to share:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com...eron-humphrey/
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:19 PM   #25
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Ok, here is a solution. Glenn, you sell your 17' to the OP, get a new 19' for the wife and a new tent for your self with a larger cooler for your beer!!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #26
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My wife wants the 19, or her own trailer.
It won't be long then.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:51 PM   #27
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Front dinette in 17B.
19 seats four people.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:12 PM   #28
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Escapes are great trailers. If I ever can afford better than my cheap knockoff....
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