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Old 04-15-2012, 04:26 PM   #29
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Chuck, I am jumping over to towing on tongue weight.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:41 PM   #30
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Cathy, the inside looks beautiful. I am so glad you found one in such good shape!
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:55 PM   #31
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Mary, we don't have the trailer handy as it is in another town. Was over there a few days ago and took those photos.
There are some Escape owners in TX including of 19s and I know someone would be glad to show you theirs.
I will tell you that the exterior dimensions are 15'8'' x 7'. The bed is a queen and the dinette is good-sized so it is not as if there is much room in between. The small bath, closet and refrigerator are on one side with the door, sink and stove on the other. Walk two or three steps and you have walked down the center.
Thanks, Cathy - I've studied the layout (on Escape's site) and seen their 5.0 in person. While I thought it was beautiful, I think I'm not going to be a fan of the side bath... I realize all trailers (and boats!) are a set of compromises; we're just trying to figure out if we'd be happier sticking with our old Casita Liberty Deluxe.

Having said that, congratulations on your Escape. I know you're going to love it!
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:00 AM   #32
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Yes Mary, it's a trade-off, the sidebath allows a big ole front window.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:58 PM   #33
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Congratulations! Happy for you - Happy Trailering! We are still looking. First we considered a Casita. The more we look at it, the smaller it seems to be. We are checking out the 19' Escape. Spoke to a Veteran Rv'er today and he tells us don't get anything but a fifth wheel, much safer on the road. So now we're back to ground zero and confused. LOL. Interesting to read your back up issue...we've never backed one up either so I'm sure we'll be posting a similar story one of these days!
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:18 PM   #34
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We are still looking. First we considered a Casita. The more we look at it, the smaller it seems to be. We are checking out the 19' Escape. Spoke to a Veteran Rv'er today and he tells us don't get anything but a fifth wheel, much safer on the road. So now we're back to ground zero and confused. LOL.
Well the good news is that Escape also makes IMHO a very nice fifth wheel....
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:38 AM   #35
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Robert and Laura, my feeling is that being safe on the road depends a great deal on you, the driver. The following might be considered:
1. driving a reasonable distance and low number of hours
2. staying off of Interstates and similar
3. not driving at night
4. avoiding storms
5. being within the weight capacities for the vehicle and trailer and having proper weight distribution
6. not driving during rush hour
7. not driving tired
8. possibly using a weight distributing hitch and being properly hitched
9. not speeding or tailgating
10. and probably a few more such things

There are advantages to fifth wheels and advantages to bumper-tow trailers. You might as well get what you like best.

The Escape is new to us so I can only say that I know it by reputation. Looked into lots of FB and other trailers and also Class Bs for a couple of years before deciding on this one.
It certainly is very very nice so far.
Happy Shopping!
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #36
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Escape 19

How is it going with your new trailer? Any better with backing it up? Also wondering about the setting you were refer'g to on your brake controller.

We're still shopping although I think we've pretty much decided on an Escape - just not sure if we want a 5.0 or a 19' trailer. We have a Sierra 1500 truck. Would have Escape put in the hitch. It's been a great help to us reading all the postings. We visited a 19' Escape in San Diego, we like it a lot better than a Casita 17.

Just wondering - with the 5.0 - there is a narrower walkway. And if we get a trailer, we'd have the entire bed of the truck for storage. Tough decision! We like the idea of the 5.0 - with some of the length above the truck of course, instead of behind us. Any opinions would be appreciated...with the cost being almost double the Casita, it's a big decision for us. We have no doubt Escape is a quality product and worth every penny!
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Also wondering about the setting you were refer'g to on your brake controller.
I suspect she was referring to adjusting the brake controller in her tow vehicle which needs to be adjusted/set up to work correctly with the trailers brakes - every trailer is different as to what the best setting will be. She indicated she is using a Tekonsha P3 which is a popular controller and the Tekonsha has a good video that explains the process of setting the controller up.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:01 PM   #38
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Thanks, Carol - We'll watch the video. It's a big learning curve but we're up to the task! Can't wait to get on the road - feels like we're waiting forever. If we do order the Escape, pick up will be late Spring 2013/early summer.
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Way-da-go girl. Luv those dual axle eggs!
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:08 PM   #40
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Just wondering - with the 5.0 - there is a narrower walkway. And if we get a trailer, we'd have the entire bed of the truck for storage. Tough decision! We like the idea of the 5.0 - with some of the length above the truck of course, instead of behind us. Any opinions would be appreciated...with the cost being almost double the Casita, it's a big decision for us. We have no doubt Escape is a quality product and worth every penny!
Hi Laura, On our Escape 5.0, the most narrow walkway point is between the sink and the fridge cabinet. It appears to be at least three feet; I can measure it exactly if you want.


As to storage, we are still on our four-month Alaska trip and we are carrying everything we we need. Our extended cab F150 has a good bit of storage behind the seat and we have a truck tool box in the bed. We have never wanted for more storage space, and everything is secured.




Our overall length is 35 feet, as verified by the Alaska Marine Highway. That is about 5 feet less than if we had an Escape 19.



The cost difference is not quite as great as you might think. I believe the Escape is more like 150 percent of a Casita 17. Of course, only you can say if it is worth the difference.


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Old 08-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #41
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Laura, you probably know that you have a couple of PMs from me as that is where I happened to first see one of your posts to me.

Just for the record, our 19' measured 20'2" including the tire when we took the ferry.

No, can't back this thing up a bit. Any time we get it into a space, I assure you that it was purely by accident. Oh, we know which way to turn the wheel. I have read that people often turn it too much and we certainly have that problem, among others.

Marv, is it getting cold up there yet? Nice you were far up north as the Midwest has been blazing hot, never mind Texas. It is nice to know that someone can be in his Escape for months and be comfortable.

I do like those Casita exteriors. They are so round.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #42
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Marv, is it getting cold up there yet? Nice you were far up north as the Midwest has been blazing hot, never mind Texas. It is nice to know that someone can be in his Escape for months and be comfortable.

I do like those Casita exteriors. They are so round.
Hi Cathy,
Actually, we are back in the lower 48 now, at Grand Teton heading south. But you are right, the Alaska weather, especially on the coast, was "anti-summer." Nights were 40ish, days were 60s and rain all the time. An egg is the perfect trailer for an extended trip: everything you need, nothing you don't and economical to pull. I think the Casita and the Scamp are the best-shape eggs.
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