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Old 02-10-2018, 04:34 PM   #1
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Up sizing or downsizing?

Hi all,

We had a wonderful 10 days at Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park in Florida, just south of Gainesville. Great response to the bat acoustic mini-course and the following week graduate seminar.

Eeee now an additional Bolivian Ph.D. student working on bats added to the new Costa Rican Ph.D. and the Peruvian I have been working with for a few years. Time to retire? Gotta keep the mind functioning.

Wow at one point at Payne's Prarie there were 4 yes F O U R! Scamps in the campground and an Oliver Elite II!

Ok, the Oliver is WAY to heavy to tow with our Ford Flex. All the other Scampers with 13s were happy as clams.

So we are still in the mode (at least I am) of upsizing to a 19' Escape. Scamp's 19 is a 5th wheel and I do not want to buy a new pick-em-up truck. Besides our Flexy is just over a year old, OK with 23K miles on her, most pulling the Scamp she is reliable... almost.

Some aspects of Ford's proprietary navigation system leave a lot to be desired as it rarely finds state camp grounds. Well as wi say in Belize "Dot be "El Torro poopoo" Fo tru Mon.

Downsizing seems out of the question for 4-4.5 months of "part-time" Full-Timing.

I just saw this:


Ok, Not an option!

Hoping that Scamp Camp at Sebring will have a 19 Escape that Carolyn can look at. There is a new 2017 Escape owner in Venice Florida where we will be in a few weeks that also may be an option for her to see one up close and personal.

Now we are in St. Augustine and Monday heading to Lake Louisa State Park for 4 days, then the SKP park in Wauchula to visit Norm and Ginny and likely the Scamp Camp.

Then for a month in Venice at a commercial site with elec. & water but no sewer. Guess that is what one can expect with lack of planning in advance.

Well, we have 90 days reserved for next winter on Jekyll again but hopefully will come to our senses and head to the SW again rather than the SE US.

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Bat Dude and Co.
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:59 PM   #2
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LOL, after the ice storm you're going back to Jekyll ??? We cancelled all our future reservations there. Today we were wandering around the historic district and met a lady that was in the campground, and of all things is on our old site. Told her she could have it as long as she wanted but she isn't staying long. Will your Ford Flex be big enough to tow an Escape? Time to trade for an Expedition??
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:14 AM   #3
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Jekyll?

Hi Bob & Mary,

At the point risking TMI, Jekyll is currently just a "Place holder."

Next winter away from Mich. we may try to do the same as you planned and rent a condo and park whatever rig we have at the time. Or perhaps we will head to SW U.S.

FYI we are not even close to giving up on FG traveling.

We met some great people this year through the Jekyll Island Arts Association. Apparently, there is a great yoga group there that we were unfamiliar with in years past. Also, a meditation group that discovered and joined only weeks before we continued to pull south.

We do not want to ever repeat an ice storm with all those old trees at JI Campground. Seems every year with wind something bad drops on top of someone's rig or TV.

I did join the JIAA and had 4 paintings in the gallery last year. Carolyn thought there were a number of interesting classes offered as well.

After 3 years at the JI Campground, we remain outsiders of the "old timers clique" who have been coming for 15+ years. However, we really love the island. We did meet Hal and Dorothy again during our last stay and had lunch.

Yes, the Flex can tow 4,500 w/o an issue so a 19 Escape will be fine. An Escape 21 would be possible but on the cusp of the tow limits and would have to be loaded very carefully.

When we replaced our old FreestyleTV (2,000 tow limit) in 2016 we looked at the range of Fords. Only the FS had the interior space we needed once the 3rd row of seats were removed. Even the humongous Expedition, while having the bigger engine had less interior space. Also, there was no easy way to remove those fully automated folding seats on the other Ford options.

I think the extra 3' of interior space in the Escape 19 would be great. Looking at the other FG rigs; Oliver, Big Foot, Parkliner in the 18-22' size range all will exceed tow capacity so only the Escape is in the acceptable range.

Bummer that if we order one the potential delivery is now ~ July 2018!
May not be a big issue as we like the Mich. summer so it would just a question of how to get one home and sell the Scamp. Now sporting new Fiamma awning, factory mounting brackets, bathroom and kitchen faucets and other replacements etc. While we maintain the small is beautiful mantra, after many years of 4+ months living it does seem that the interior space has shrunk and marginal for the 3 of us

Sure we will cross paths again in the future.

CHeers,

B. C. & E
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:49 PM   #4
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Yes, the Flex can tow 4,500 w/o an issue so a 19 Escape will be fine. An Escape 21 would be possible but on the cusp of the tow limits and would have to be loaded very carefully.

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I think the extra 3' of interior space in the Escape 19 would be great. Looking at the other FG rigs; Oliver, Big Foot, Parkliner in the 18-22' size range all will exceed tow capacity so only the Escape is in the acceptable range.
I heard rumors that Parkliner would be coming out with a 20' with the new ownership, but hadn't heard any detail, and see none on their (still old) website. Did you get specs & numbers someplace? The only 15' in the "real world weights" data is 2650 lbs IIRC (although that could be optioned out but mostly empty) and I think there was a statement that they expected another 1-200 lbs on the 16', so I wouldn't think you'd expect to max the Flex with a 16' if an Escape 19 would pose no problem.

Just curious.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:01 PM   #5
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Bummer that if we order one the potential delivery is now ~ July 2018!
If they're offering July delivery on a 19 ordered today, that's a historically short wait. I'd jump on it. Ours took 9 months back in 2014/2015, and just awhile back before the factory expansion the wait was over one year!
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:02 AM   #6
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I started with an EggCamper, 17 foot, and upsized to an Escape 19. The dinette in the EggCamper converts to s bed for one but is too short for an adult. My son and his dog sometimes go with me. He/they had to sleep on the floor. FWIW the EggCamper does not have a door on the bathroom and the fridge is tiny. In my Escape 19 the dinette seats 4 and sleeps 2. Has a decent size fridge and a door on the bathroom.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:06 AM   #7
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just right

our 13f scamper is just right. nothing more wanted or needed here!

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Old 02-22-2018, 09:08 AM   #8
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camper length

somewhere I read a guy was tugging a 40f 5er and wanted to do boondocking I guess anything is possible

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Old 02-22-2018, 09:19 AM   #9
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If you don't want to upsize don't go looking at the new Escapes. Their beautiful Fiberglass work is so nice it will suck you in and not let you go. Its a big piece of eye candy. If I had a pot of gold at the end of my rainbow I would order one.

Out west here it seems to be a trend for the last couple of years, Casitas owners to sell off and start buying Escapes.
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:38 AM   #10
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If you don't want to upsize don't go looking at the new Escapes. Their beautiful Fiberglass work is so nice it will suck you in and not let you go. Its a big piece of eye candy. If I had a pot of gold at the end of my rainbow I would order one.

Out west here it seems to be a trend for the last couple of years, Casitas owners to sell off and start buying Escapes.
We own a 17 ft Casita and have long been thinking of getting a larger trailer.. The choices in FG trailers above 17 feet are rather limited and the cost to gain a couple of feet would be an additional $20K to $40K. + taxes .
Due to health issues our time camping has dropped dramatically so buying an expensive trailer just to have it sit in our driveway does not make sense.
Everytime we get to the edge of buying a bigger trailer , common sense pulls us back to safety.
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:43 AM   #11
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steve I see those nice rigs I get dreams about them then yes common sense kicks in at 76 I would never get all that much use out of it. maybe that much money resting on the drive way camping wouldn't be so much fun any longer.


if I had my way I would still be in our cabella s alasken guide tent but my back wont handle it! so the 13f is close.


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Old 02-22-2018, 11:17 AM   #12
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Bob. I bought my Escape 19 three years ago. Spent one AZ winter in it, have travelled a lot with it. I have back issues too. Iím 81, old enough to be your elder brother. Not gonna quit until mind or body force it. My younger son will inherit my Escape.
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Old 02-22-2018, 02:53 PM   #13
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3rd trip

3rd trip to the back mechanic 2nd trip rods and bunch of stuff, a year later lost another disc above the rods so 3rd trip do it all over again longer rods this time not so good.

I just renewed my drivers license for another 5 years hope I last but I want if I can get in shape again one more tenting trip to Europe. lots of bending and stopping with that set-up but oh so worth it!

thanks for the comments

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Old 02-23-2018, 07:59 AM   #14
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Done upsizing (I hope).

Great comments all.

We are on trailer # 3 over 8 years.

#1 Casita 17SD
#2 Escape 19
#3 is a Bigfoot 25 rear queen.

We happened upon #3 last year in Phoenix on Craigslist. Sold the Escape 19 and this is the end of the line for Molded Fiberglass. We werent looking for it per se, had just taken # 2 to Chilliwack for some upgrades and repairs. But it was too good to pass up.

More space is nicer, and we really like the dry bath, walk around bed, no more climbing over, and BIG tanks. We can dry camp a long time between fill ups/emptying.

But there are drawbacks too. We felt the F150 was "capable" but too small. Had to add Timbrens to the rear suspension and the mileage went way down. Towing near a tug's limit is harder on the drivetrain. Something we didn't consider. Pulling up hills it did fine, but downhill was a lot more braking. Gearing down had less effect on the heavier trailer. So we ended up getting a bigger truck, mo money.

It is not really harder to manuver but took getting used to. I am hoping this is the last one, but I've learned not to second guess myself on thse things.
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