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Old 07-26-2015, 10:37 AM   #15
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Sometimes it is more than price; it's a feeling of being home. ...
Yeah, I'm not really out to sell anyone on an Escape. Home-grown, made in USA should play into your considerations as well, plus travel time/effort to pick it up, and many other considerations.

My purpose for doing this comparison, and, now, for posting my results, was just to make folks aware that the current exchange rate makes these various manufacturers much closer on price, so don't discount one (Escape ) without really considering what they offer.

As a gentleman recently told me: It's not about which trailer you get, it's about the experience you have while using it. You can't make a bad choice. This is so true in many endeavors, we sometimes get stuck on the equipment instead of the experience - especially when we are new.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:44 AM   #16
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As a gentleman recently told me: It's not about which trailer you get, it's about the experience you have while using it. You can't make a bad choice. This is so true in many endeavors, we sometimes get stuck on the equipment instead of the experience - especially when we are new.
Perfect Lyle. Whatever brand, don't leave it parked in the driveway. Get out and make memories. It's ALL good.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:00 AM   #17
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Plus, the Escape comes standard with an awning, the others did not include one. I'm amazed, and very pleasantly surprised.

My point in all this, do NOT just look at the list prices, make sure to take into account the exchange rates.

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There are a number of items that are stock on the Escape 17 but are options you pay for on some of the other brands mentioned. Popular items such as:

Bike Rack Ready (2″ Receiver)
Interior LED lights
120 V exterior
12 Volt/USB Interior
Screen Door
Powered ceiling Fan & Maxxi Fan Roof vent cover
Stove range fan
Awning
2 outside LED lights
12,000 BTU Furnace
Powered Bathroom vent
Entry step
Mud flaps
Stove & sink covers
Microwave ready.
Full Over-Head Storage
sink in bathroom

to name just a few.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:01 AM   #18
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I wasn't aware of the 10% discount, that would have to factor in to some degree since so many of their options are a la carte.

Yeah, I'm surprised they do not point that out, and include a conversion tool on their site. My understanding, however is that they have as much business as they can handle right now, hence the 11 month wait time between order and pick-up.

See separate post regarding the 17'.
Where did you get 11 months? Not true according to my sources at Scamp.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:01 AM   #19
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Yeah, I'm not really out to sell anyone on an Escape. Home-grown, made in USA should play into your considerations as well, plus travel time/effort to pick it up, and many other considerations.

My purpose for doing this comparison, and, now, for posting my results, was just to make folks aware that the current exchange rate makes these various manufacturers much closer on price, so don't discount one (Escape ) without really considering what they offer.

As a gentleman recently told me: It's not about which trailer you get, it's about the experience you have while using it. You can't make a bad choice. This is so true in many endeavors, we sometimes get stuck on the equipment instead of the experience - especially when we are new.
For me this purchase is a lot of money . My house only cost me 25,500 . It now is worth close to a half million . The construction for your money is far superior in the Escapes which will translate to holding up better . It's your money . I work too hard for mine to not take that into consideration putting this much money out there . Pat
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Where did you get 11 months? Not true according to my sources at Scamp.
I believe the 10 per cent reference is to Scamp and the 11-month wait reference is to Escape.
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All good information to consider. I guess everyone feels different about each one.
Not that this is a factor when buying new but down the road when you upgrade or Chang plans. How would demand and resale value fit in to the picture?
It's my understanding the Casita's sell like hot cakes.
I knew the minute I stepped in a Casita Spirit Delux 17' yes this was it.
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PS: Crazy, but getting gas in TX a little bit after pickup I had someone stop me and ask if i "wanted to sell" the Casita' !
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It's my understanding the Casita's sell like hot cakes.
All brands of all molded towables are this way, even the orphan brands. The standard line when looking to buy used, You Snooze, You Lose
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For me this purchase is a lot of money . My house only cost me 25,500 . It now is worth close to a half million . The construction for your money is far superior in the Escapes which will translate to holding up better . It's your money . I work too hard for mine to not take that into consideration putting this much money out there . Pat
I work too hard to spend money if it does not really provide a return. It may, or may not be worth it from a purely longevity standpoint to spend more for an Escape. I doubt that it is. I would like to have an Escape, but because they build a model that I feel suits my needs that others do not, the 19.

I equate this to metal roofs on houses. I have worked construction my whole life and built several houses for myself. I have run the numbers on metal roofs and have never found them to add up. Two houses ago, I figured the cost of a metal roof doing the labor myself vs. paying someone to put on good 30 year architectural shingles. The metal was enough higher that if I put the difference in the bank I could easily pay someone else to put another shingle roof on in 25 years. Dang I hate working for nothing or a negative return!

I got my Scamp with 26 years on it. The only structural issues were a cracked frame and all the rivets needing replacing. I have repaired and reinforced the frame and started on the rivets. Buy what you like, can afford, and actually lay hands on and get out camping!
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I believe the 10 per cent reference is to Scamp and the 11-month wait reference is to Escape.
my bad, sure looks like you're right!
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For me this purchase is a lot of money . My house only cost me 25,500 . It now is worth close to a half million . The construction for your money is far superior in the Escapes which will translate to holding up better . It's your money . I work too hard for mine to not take that into consideration putting this much money out there . Pat
I don't see "superior", but I do see getting something you like at a price you can afford. Escapes are too large for me to enjoy the experience of traveling in one, and after only eleven years I am still happy to compare the construction of my Scamp with a new Escape.

History proves that your money is safe in any fiberglass trailer. Fact is, there are no Escapes old enough to judge whether it will hold up better, at least not by fiberglass standards.
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History proves that your money is safe in any fiberglass trailer. Fact is, there are no Escapes old enough to judge whether it will hold up better, at least not by fiberglass standards.
True, although there are a number of 17's that are now 10 or 11 years old and one I have spent a fair amount of time camping with appears to still be brand new.

The only issue I am aware of one 10 year old Escape I know ever having was just a few weeks ago and it was a simple matter of a hose to the water pump having become loose and dripping. The good news was due to the great design of the trailer with its fiberglass floor with weep holes built into it, the water dripping down to the outside of the trailer from the weep hole was noticed right away, alerting the owner to the fact they had a water leak problem. So no floor or other damage done, unlike some other fiberglass trailers with wood floors and no floor weep holes that allow small hose leaks to go unnoticed for a long time causing serious damage.

Suspect the odds of the Escape living up to other fiberglass brand standards of life are looking pretty darn good.
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Where did you get 11 months? Not true according to my sources at Scamp.
I was discussing Escape. The last I saw on their web site, they were taking orders for the next available delivery date of Last of May, early June of 2016.
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True, although there are a number of 17's that are now 10 or 11 years old and one I have spent a fair amount of time camping with appears to still be brand new.

The only issue I am aware of one 10 year old Escape I know ever having was just a few weeks ago and it was a simple matter of a hose to the water pump having become loose and dripping. The good news was due to the great design of the trailer with its fiberglass floor with weep holes built into it, the water dripping down to the outside of the trailer from the weep hole was noticed right away, alerting the owner to the fact they had a water leak problem. So no floor or other damage done, unlike some other fiberglass trailers with wood floors and no floor weep holes that allow small hose leaks to go unnoticed for a long time causing serious damage.

Suspect the odds of the Escape living up to other fiberglass brand standards of life are looking pretty darn good.
My Scamp is eleven years old and in excellent shape.
While I don't really think chronic neglect is the trailer's problem I have owned a few that were more than 30 years old and still solid.

I did see a Trillium with the wood floor rotted in spite of its being encapsulated in fiberglass and drains in the corners. That makes for a real mess. The Trillium is the closest thing I can find to an Escape ancestor.
While everything put together sooner or later falls apart, we both have products which are easy to maintain for a lifetime.
I do agree with your last sentence above, the odds of the Escape living up to Fiberglass standards looks pretty darned good!
As for being "superior"... that's either very subjective or premature at this point.
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