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Old 12-08-2012, 11:52 AM   #99
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When I was buying I read the same "Escape will do anything you want" comments only to find for one reason or another that that was not the case. Raz
Raz, I'm considering an Escape. I haven't gone as far as talking exact options with them yet, but I've also been under the "will do anything you want" impression (with the exception of anything that just doesn't work with their molds). I'm curious: what did you want that they wouldn't/couldn't do?

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:03 PM   #100
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Hi: dbailey...Some time ago Reace finally accepted that many people wanted a window in the bathroom. Up till then he said NO!!!
Our 5.0 has a S/S surround around the sink/stove. Reace really dislikes working with it 'cause if you kink or dimple the sheet it's no good. He priced the modification accordingly!!!
A lot of things that are std. equip. or options now weren't avail. when our trailer was built. It has been fun watching the evolution of Escape.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:23 PM   #101
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Raz, I'm considering an Escape. I haven't gone as far as talking exact options with them yet, but I've also been under the "will do anything you want" impression (with the exception of anything that just doesn't work with their molds). I'm curious: what did you want that they wouldn't/couldn't do?

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Jalousie windows. We seldom camp where there is power so no air conditioning. Our last trailer had slider windows. When it rained they had to be closed. The trailer quickly became uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable. We swore the next one had to have windows that could be left open when it rained. At that time they would not install jalousies. Nor would they install a front window of any type. that would open. We bought the Trillium instead because of the windows. Ironically the front window is one of the few parts of the trailer that has not been a problem. Raz
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:33 PM   #102
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Ironically the front window is one of the few parts of the trailer that has not been a problem. Raz
Hey, Raz!

I remember all the problems you had with that trailer- did Trillium ultimately make it right with you folks?

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:41 PM   #103
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P. Raz,
I am amazed at your patience, you have really stuck with your trailer through all those problems over the years. I don't know if I could have done the same.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #104
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Hey, Raz!

I remember all the problems you had with that trailer- did Trillium ultimately make it right with you folks?

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:50 PM   #105
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Raz: Thanks for the info. I agree -- windows that can be opened in the rain are very important. Like you we won't be using air conditioning. We currently camp in a tent trailer, and most of the time the only reason we put out the canopy is so that we can leave some of the windows (under the canopy) unzipped. But we're also aware that being able to open the tent trailer right up is important for our comfort on occasion. I was/am worried about having a stuffy trailer when the weather is warm.

On the other hand, jalousie windows look like they'd be terrible in cold weather -- no real way to make sure they're sealed. Admittedly that comes from no real experience -- just looking at a few pictures.

You imply they will do jalousie windows now, but it's not clear to me that for the type of camping I plan that they're a great idea. I was hoping that between the fan in ceiling, a window in the bathroom (where water shouldn't be a concern), the sliding window(s?) under the canopy, and the extra insulation package, that it wouldn't be a problem.

Regardless, it's good to have a bit more perspective on arguments against the customizability of escape trailers.

Alf: It is interesting to see how companies evolve. It sounds like Escape is going in the right direction.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:21 PM   #106
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The credit card company charged you close to 4%, that's consistent with my experience. Did you check the exchange rate on the day of your final payment. I bet it was lower than what you were charged. I was told you never get that advertised rate. Large banks get reduced fees that you and I are too small to get. Banks don't do anything for free. Two years before I was shopping the rates were quite favorable for US customers. Eighty five cents on the Canadian dollar. A good deal for us. When I was looking things were about par. It's a little like the lottery. Sounds like you were a winner! Since you are happy with your purchase that's all that matters.
Raz, I did some investigating of charges and alternatives before I did the deal and determined that everyone was going to take a cut of my transaction if I let them. I did a $500 deposit on my card and that cost me over 3% but it wasn't that much money; about $20. When I paid the balance...almost $30k, I went to my bank and had a cashiers check in US dollars drawn at no charge because I carry a high checking account balance then asked Tammy to get the best exchange rate from her bank when she cashed the check and they converted it to Canadian dollars. She was able to get prevailing exchange rate with no additional charge because it is her business bank...no charge cards were involved (they will cost you 3% minimum no matter what)...strictly cash. I saved a lot of money doing my homework before the deal. I figure I saved around $1,200.
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It could be where I camp, but I have never needed much ventilation whenever it rains, as temps cool pretty good, and cracking a window under the awning along with the Max fan on low is plenty enough.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:28 PM   #108
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It could be where I camp, but I have never needed much ventilation whenever it rains, as temps cool pretty good, and cracking a window under the awning along with the Max fan on low is plenty enough.
I'm glad that works for you, but for myself simplicity of arrangements is key to my philosophy that my trailer must serve my requirements.

Having to deploy an awning and use electricity seems like an overcomplication when the design of the window will provide a satisfactory result.

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My trailer has sliders. So my solution was to have the dealer include a MaxxAir covered vent fan over the bathroom vent, and a Maxx cover over the forward vent. That way I could have ample ventilation even with all windows closed.
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......my trailer must serve my requirements.
Mine too, that is why why I got one with batteries and an awning, it serves my requirements. Besides, as we are talking about rain situations, this is why I like to use the awning, it gives us a nice dry entry area, and most other folks we camp with do the same. The awning is set up every time the trailer is, unless it is a quick overnight stop. Not only for rain, it serves well as a sun shade for us and the trailer. The fan being on when it rains happens about 2% of the time, max. I just mentioned it as an option.

I don't for a minute think my choices are right for everyone, just an opinion of what I like,ad what works, for my own use.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #111
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Each to their own... We'll use an awning regularly, usually more against showers than sun given our camping habits. I'm looking forward to one that deploys easily rather than the zip-on pain-in-the-backside I deal with now. (Though I admit I look at the thing and wonder how often it causes problems at highway speeds...)
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Doug, I hear you on those bagged awnings. I had one on a tent trailer years ago, and though they would do the job, deploying them was a bit of a pain, and eventually the zipper goes, making it a real hassle to use until fixed.

I have never had an issue on the road with the roll up awnings I have used for the past many years now.
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