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Old 12-07-2012, 08:46 AM   #57
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A couple of things on the Escape 17B. While the dry weight is 2100 lbs, my actual weight packed for a long trip is 3100 lbs. This includes many options, dual propane & dual 6V batteries (on rear bumper), AC, etc. I travel with 1/3 a tank of fresh water & empty black & grey. I do have the front storage box. I have to work at keeping tongue weight under my RAV4's limit of 350 lbs. With full propane tanks I'm at 340 lbs.

As to the choice of trailers; I spent over a year researching what I was going to buy & the Escape 17B came in well ahead of the others. After 33,000 miles towing, I'm very happy with the choice!
Good info! Thanks.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:51 AM   #58
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If the Casita's actually are $16,000 out the door I'd be interested. I'll give 'em a call here soon
Donna D. posted a price sheet not long ago. I think there is an additional discount if you take one "off the lot". There was a recent post but I can't find it.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:50 AM   #59
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Donna D. posted a price sheet not long ago. I think there is an additional discount if you take one "off the lot". There was a recent post but I can't find it.

Casita Prices 2013

As of today, Casita has 8 Spirit Deluxe's in stock. Not sure how many 16' vs 17's though.

For me, the Escape 17B has a leg up on layout. Having the sleeping arrangements separated is a stronger design for my needs. But it's also $5000 more. Tough call!
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:35 PM   #60
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Where did you get the information that the Escape used a Trillium mold?
Escape did have a plan to build the Trillium for Trillium and to market it ( as well as the established Escape line ) a couple or three years ago, but that obviously didn't go anywhere.



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Old 12-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #61
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They do kinda both look like the Boler.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:44 PM   #62
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It is my understanding that Escape, Outback/Trillium, and TrilliumRV all have their roots with the original Markham Ontario Trillium. As Francesca's picture shows, the similarity is obvious.
Also obvious is that some changes have occurred. Trillium never made a 19' trailer.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:53 PM   #63
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From Tammy at Escape:

The 15 foot Escape mold was created from the 17 foot Escape. Measuring of a trailer is different in Canada than the US so our measurements do not include the hitch as someone mentioned. If you look closely at our shells you will note there are several difference between the Escape and Trillium. However, if you start comparing the Escape to the Triple E, and Surfside you will also see similarities. We researched several of the fibreglass trailer that had been manufactured over the years and incorporated their strengths into our 17' trailer when it was first introduced and designed.
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As of today, Casita has 8 Spirit Deluxe's in stock. Not sure how many 16' vs 17's though.

For me, the Escape 17B has a leg up on layout. Having the sleeping arrangements separated is a stronger design for my needs. But it's also $5000 more. Tough call!
Some of that $5000 is Canadian manufacture and some is the Escape including as standard what Casita sells as option. Compare apples to apples. Also I would call the companies and arrange to visit with an owner. Look before you leap. Raz
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I came very close to buying a used 17' Casita, only to have a faster buyer beat me to the seller, literally as I was driving to him! They sell very quickly in the second-hand market. I now consider it a blessing to have missed the opportunity, since I then discovered the Escape and started comparing what was important to me. I liked that the Escape has a window in the front, and that there is no carpet on the walls. And I liked what I heard about the customization available from the person who showed me his Escape 17. I considered one of the used Escapes that that the factory will show for people, but it wasn't quite what I wanted, either. Yes, I winced a little at the price compared to a new Casita, but considering how much input I was able to provide to "have it my way", it seemed the better way to go for me. To get this much personal attention from a company building you a major investment is a rarity anymore.
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Even $80,000 Airstreams will not change anything for the customer, but Escape will and does make changes.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:11 PM   #67
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I came very close to buying a used 17' Casita, only to have a faster buyer beat me to the seller, literally as I was driving to him! They sell very quickly in the second-hand market. I now consider it a blessing to have missed the opportunity, since I then discovered the Escape and started comparing what was important to me. I liked that the Escape has a window in the front, and that there is no carpet on the walls. And I liked what I heard about the customization available from the person who showed me his Escape 17. I considered one of the used Escapes that that the factory will show for people, but it wasn't quite what I wanted, either. Yes, I winced a little at the price compared to a new Casita, but considering how much input I was able to provide to "have it my way", it seemed the better way to go for me. To get this much personal attention from a company building you a major investment is a rarity anymore.

The front window on the Escape is a great feature! And I agree over all that the Escape is a better trailer, from a web browsing perspective.

But at nearly 1/3 more in cost is something to still consider.
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Just to add to the chaos, have you looked at the Parkliner?


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Old 12-07-2012, 01:21 PM   #69
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Just to add to the chaos, have you looked at the Parkliner?


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Ha! I'm still standing by the Escape for the best sleeping situation for 2 friends. But you're right, those are worth looking at for folks too.


The amazing thing about researching this industry is it seems like no one invests in a killer website or photography.
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Last time I looked, the casita has a bathtubbed in wood floor. The escape wood floor sits up on pontoons. Any undetected Casita water leaks that move down the interior wall behind the insulation gets trapped with the wood at the bottom. Reace designed his floor for water to drain via weep holes. You can search "spongy" floor on casita forums to read more if that one design point is important to you.
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