Definition of prototype:
A first or original example of something from which others have been or will be developed, a trial model.
First, I need to clarify that our ParkLiner is not technically a "prototype." The last we heard, Chandler possesses the actual prototype. Ours was the second one produced (according to our vin
number) so it is simply one of the earliest actual production models. The previous owner, who lives in WA state, made this very clear to us and gave us a great deal of info about the history of our particular trailer. However, in talking with Chandler after our purchase, he stated, "I kind of see your ParkLiner as a prototype due to the changes I have made since it came off the production line."
The differences between our PL and later models are merely cosmetic and our goal is to make our trailer up to the current PL standard. We actually like one of the features of ours that is no longer a PL component; we have spring-loaded hidden hinges on all of the cabinet doors and we like the look of these. Our potty cubby does not have the fiberglass door; it initially had a plastic curtain, but Chandler is sending us a fiberglass door which is what the current models have. Chandler has also made some changes in the way the bathroom door is framed and we are working on achieving that current look as well.
We also like our cushion fabric and curtain colors which are apparently no longer an option for current models. By the way, the quality of the foam and fabric used in ParkLiners is excellent and quite impressive. We don't have the 'magic' table which is an option in ParkLiner, but Pete plans on eventually creating that feature in ours as well.
We do own a 19ft. Escape
and love it! At this point, now that we are both newly retired, we are not sure how we will decide which to use. Not having had the opportunity to use either one very much yet, we can't really address that topic. It will be interesting to experience the differences and make some comparisons. We like the smaller size of the PL for ease of towing, while having the feeling inside that it is a much larger trailer. This is the most amazing feature for us.
If you are interested in photos, you can see earlier model photos on the PL Facebook page. We look forward to our future camping adventures in both of our molded fiberglass trailers.
There are distinct differences between our two trailers, but they both have their unique advantages. As with all other aspects of human existence, our feeling is that there is no "perfect trailer."