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Old 03-25-2006, 07:52 PM   #43
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That's not the fantasy, Brian. I don't necessarily want a longer trailer. I like the 16-17 ft length...
Sorry Benita, I was thinking of Roger's comments about a conventional towing option for a fifth-wheel, and I realize now what you were clearly referring to...
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I'm really like the thought of a trailer with a 5th wheel's space and separated sleeping compartment that's towable by an SUV. The loft as a slide or a cantilevered projection?
To me, the real restriction on size is not length, but weight. I'm not at all convinced that "transformer" designs result in a significantly lighter trailer than a conventional fixed box. It works for tent trailers, and to a lesser extent for the hardbody/tent hybrids, because they only have fabric walls. Rigid slideout extensions work to provide a wider and thus perhaps more liveable interior than otherwise legal for the road, but folding or sliding out the ends doesn't have the same benefit.

According to the TrailManor specs, their smallest unit is 19' long overall and has a 23' body when open, but to do that they remove all potential for storage under the ends or full-height storage in the main body area. Although they claim this model (the 2619) is equivalent to a 26' travel trailer, I'm not convinced it is more liveable than a similar weight (2673 lb dry and empty) conventional design of the same width, especially for those of use who don't need three sleeping areas or want to climb over one of them (the dinette) to reach one of the main beds.

In the end, it just seems that moving body parts that need to seal together is opposite to the one really nice feature of the egg: a nearly seamless shell.
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Old 03-26-2006, 08:33 PM   #44
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To me, the real restriction on size is not length, but weight. I'm not at all convinced that "transformer" designs result in a significantly lighter trailer than a conventional fixed box.

In the end, it just seems that moving body parts that need to seal together is opposite to the one really nice feature of the egg: a nearly seamless shell.
I agree on the seams.

Here is a neat "transformer" design that might fit the bill. Just seen it on ebay. Add a couple of pop in or fold out triangular fiberglass side panels and one would not need any canvas.

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Old 04-19-2006, 12:19 PM   #45
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That's not the fantasy, Brian. I don't necessarily want a longer trailer. I like the 16-17 ft length. Actually, my wildest dream would be for a garagable model that fits a standard sized US garage - with the loft/sleeping area separated.

Hmmmm? Frank X Ferry's 16ft with a slide comes to mind.
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Old 04-20-2006, 02:53 PM   #46
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Hi Reace,

Thanks for the opportunity to make suggestions. Something I have not seen anyone mention is optional door assist handles at the entrance and in the bathroom. It may mean beefing up the attachment areas but it would sure be appreciated by the not so agile buyers.

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Old 06-11-2006, 05:54 PM   #47
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I second the idea for comfortable seating, over just more sleeping space. One of our big beefs. Option to leave it out and add our own.
Keep it light. Gas keeps going up. And not the tiniest of refrigerators. Preparing our own meals, keeps cost down, one of the perks of camping.
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:00 PM   #48
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I second the idea for comfortable seating, over just more sleeping space. One of our big beefs. Option to leave it out and add our own.
Keep it light. Gas keeps going up. And not the tiniest of refrigerators. Preparing our own meals, keeps cost down, one of the perks of camping.
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Having read this forum, I feel that comfortable seating and a little more open space are the most important things that I'm looking for. I have a 13 ft casita with a front bathroom. The bed/table combo is very uncomfortable as both a bed, and a table/ seating area. Since it butts up against cabinets at either side, you also have to be a contortionist to get in and out of either bed or seating area. I also like to read indoors, and what I have is just not comfortable for that. I would gladly give up some cupboard space for a little open space.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:40 PM   #49
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Hi Kathy,

This thread is over 4 years old, and the Escape 5th wheel is already available for sale.

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Hi: All...Thanks for the memories. I was part of this thread and watched with interest as the Escape 5.0 took form. We are so glad it came about and we're so lucky to have been able to purchase one. With several extended trips under our belt, and three years of camping, I have yet to find anything...that requires changing in this design. We did add a few thro pillows to the dinette for comfort and find the sliding table offers ease of entry/exit.
We are now waiting out the stormy months with a new pickup to get ready for towing duty in the spring.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:40 AM   #51
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Reace,

Looks GREAT! I think that you probably already have a handle on most of the issues; each customer wants that "something" a little bigger, smaller, more accessible... but there's only so much space and so many things you can do...

Having JUST completed a 1600 mile trip in a Scamp CD 5th wheel, and being 6'5" tall, the full queen fore/aft bed is an excellent idea. I second the idea of Nancy's bedroom mods to her Scamp. If you can find a way to make the bath just six inches larger in both dimensions, you'll have a real winner!

There's one design/engineering feature that is worth of consideration. I have both a 16' Scamp CD and the 19' fifth wheel right now. I like the room and features of the 19', but the versatility of being able to tow the 16' on a conventional hitch. I would undoubtedly keep the fifth wheel if there were some way to convert it to a conventional trailer tongue and still keep the tongue weight manageable. That's a tall order, but like Bob, I haul 'stuff' in my pickup when I go, and I'm not sure that my 4WD Tundra isn't too tall for the Scamp, which is now installed in an S10 bed, and I also have an Excursion with a conventional hitch that I occasionally tow it with.

I understand that there are three Scamp owners who have done home-built tongue conversions on their fifth wheels. The concern, however, is a seven or eight hundred pound tongue weight. Perhaps a tandem axle might help the weight distribution? All I'm asking you to do is just accomplish the impossible!

How about a modular interior that could be rearranged (within the constraints of plumbing and electrical) to suit the buyer's current whim?

Sorry, Reace... you DID ask...

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I've just read this whole thread with great interest cause I've drooled over the Escape 5.0 more than a few times. However, we have a 2008 17' Casita Liberty Deluxe (that's the plan with a king-sized sleeping area at the rear), and have tried to work with what we have to get the comforts we prefer. As others have said here, the dinette seats have never been particularly comfortable, and I prefer a recliner for sitting. At home and in the trailer, I use a lap desk to both eat meals on and to use my laptop so I have no real need for the (uncomfortable) dinette areas many trailers (of any size) have. If we had room, I WOULD have 2 small recliners tho with a small folding table between. Over the last 2 yrs, I've changed the large bed area around in numerous ways to find my "perfect" arrangement, initially sleeping on a queen-sized air mattress. It took up room both physically and visually, so when it started leaking, we put memory foam between two sleeping bags to provide a firm but surprisingly comfortable bed. And now it can be rolled up easily (instead of needing to be deflated) & "stacked" at the back of the Casita to provide a very comfortable "recliner back" to stretch out on. And since we made a movable base for the small table top, it can be positioned in various ways or simply removed also. Thankfully, not having a separate sleeping area isn't a problem. When I'm ready to go to sleep, nothing keeps me awake. And whoever gets up first is quiet enough making coffee to not wake up the other. When light is a problem for one of us still sleeping, we've hung a large bath towel over a curtain rod hanging from the top cabinet knobs to block the light.

Anyway, this is how we've gotten most of the comforts we want in a lightweight, single-axle fiberglass trailer and still have access to the storage space in the pickup camper shell. Here's a photo of my "lounger" conversion: Picasa Web Albums - Glenda Laine - AtchisonState...
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