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Old 11-21-2005, 12:51 PM   #1
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I've been looking at the fibreglass trailer option since last summer and have viewed both the Casita and Scamp from happy owners of each. But, it is a long drive from Nova Scotia to pick up one these little darlings.

I have also come across the Escape Trailer made in British Columbia - and that's a long way off too. The promotional material has a number of desirable features but there's nothing like talking to an owner to get the straight goods. Apparently Esape is trying to establish a dealer network but don't seem able to keep their nearest dealer stocked, let alone move units to distant dealers.

Is there any first hand knowledge on the Escape out there?

Thanks ... Mike
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Old 11-21-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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This is not first-hand knowledge, but when the issue of Escape's dealer stock was discussed recently in this forum, the information (indirectly) provided from Escape was something like this:
  • Escape is going to a dealer-based distribution system
  • dealers are not available until trailer stock is available
  • the plant is in the process of making some upgrades to the design and construction of the trailer, so production has been paused.
The member who contributed the information the first time can probably correct these points.

The Escape Trailer home page currently has an announcement about the 2006 version, "coming in December".


British Columbia is a long way from Nova Scotia, but at least it's in the same country, which offers (in my opinion) some advantages. Bringing in a new trailer from the U.S. is certainly possible, and many have apparently done it without problems, but in anything bureaucratic I tend to be a pessimist. Besides, any real Canadian should look forward to driving most of the length of the Trans-Canada Highway!
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Old 11-21-2005, 01:46 PM   #3
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My wife and I looked at umpteen egg brands at the 2005 Oregon Gathering - the Escape was the only one we saw that caused us to contemplate upsizing from our 13ft UHaul. It appeared to be very well designed, very well constructed, and very good value for money. We ultimately decided to stick with our UHaul for size, convenience and character. But if I were shopping for a bigger egg, I'd go straight to the Escape folks.
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Old 11-21-2005, 03:20 PM   #4
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Originally posted by Brian B-P@Nov 21 2005, 03:29 PM
This is not first-hand knowledge, but when the issue of Escape's dealer stock was discussed recently in this forum, the information (indirectly) provided from Escape was something like this:
  • Escape is going to a dealer-based distribution system

  • dealers are not available until trailer stock is available

  • the plant is in the process of making some upgrades to the design and construction of the trailer, so production has been paused.
The member who contributed the information the first time can probably correct these points.

The Escape Trailer home page currently has an announcement about the 2006 version, "coming in December".


British Columbia is a long way from Nova Scotia, but at least it's in the same country, which offers (in my opinion) some advantages. Bringing in a new trailer from the U.S. is certainly possible, and many have apparently done it without problems, but in anything bureaucratic I tend to be a pessimist. Besides, any real Canadian should look forward to driving most of the length of the Trans-Canada Highway!
The member providing the information was Reace, who in addition to managing the company is also its owner. I'd take anything he has to say about company operations at face value. Since Reace doesn't visit here that often, its more efficient to get his response by emailing him.
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Old 11-21-2005, 07:20 PM   #5
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As for first hand knowledge we have walked through the Escape in Chilliwack, B.C., last year. Personally, I think it is a fine fiberglass unit. I've owned several of these eggs and currently drag a 17' Bigfoot around. I would certainly consider the Escape if we were in the market again for some reason.
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Old 11-21-2005, 07:34 PM   #6
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Originally posted by Benita@Nov 21 2005, 02:20 PM
The member providing the information was Reace, who in addition to managing the company is also its owner... Since Reace doesn't visit here that often, its more efficient to get his response by emailing him.
Indeed, the member profile for Reace says "Escape Manufacturer" for RV Type. I knew that, at some point in the past. I plead middle-age loss of memory.

I actually did submit a message earlier today via the Escape site suggesting that he have a look at the forum.

I plan to do the factory visit at my next opportunity, but passing through Chilliwack (east of Vancouver on Hwy 1) is not a really frequent occurence for us.
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Old 11-22-2005, 12:35 AM   #7
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Thanks for the heads up Brian!

Escape Trailer Industries is in the process of setting up a dealer network primarily in Western Canada with inventory arriving in early December.

Being a small manufacturer, we are trying to take small steps. I appreciate all the kind words and thanks to this chat room, the Escapes' reputation for quality is spreading faster and farther than we can easily reach.

At this time, if Eastern customer would like an Escape, a beautiful drive out West is the best option.

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Old 11-22-2005, 06:14 AM   #8
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Hi Folks,
Thanks for the positive responses. I've been driving my '97 Pathfinder around nearly 9 years now and am beginning to think that maybe I should modernize.
It just occurred to me, prompted by your responses, that I might fly to Vancouver from Halifax, pick up a new vehicle, grab an Escape and take a month to drive it back home ... say in June. That would make a nice pre-retirement trip!

I notice that most eggheads have "handles" (if that term is still around today). I do a bit of oil painting so maybe mine could be called "Escape Artist".
Cheers ... Mike
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Mike: The drive from Chilliwack east through the gorgeous Okanagan country and over the Canadian Rockies is spectacular (well worth putting up with the subsequent Big Empty of eastern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba ). We've hauled our egg from BC to NS in the past two summers, and enjoyed it all!
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Old 11-22-2005, 01:09 PM   #10
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Hi. I've been browsing and enjoying your site for some time. We had a new 2003 Trillium 13' and really liked it but found the size wasn't quite right for the amount of camping we ended up doing. After a fair bit of research, we decided on an Escape. Reace was very helpful and I was impressed by his factory and his committment to his product.

We picked up our new Escape this summer and have since done hot weather and cold weather camping. The trailer is great and I'm very happy with the layout, quality and performance. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

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Old 11-22-2005, 07:26 PM   #11
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I too can attest to te Escape line, not from first hand but from knowing Reace through his budding trailer company. He has done some minor mods to our 13ft. Trillium and in doing this I found out he has vast knowledge about Glass Eggs, having owned and modified a few himself in his younger years. I would take his word for gospel ANYDAY.

Friends of ours have just bought an Escape with plans on using it in their retirement. The trailer shows as all his units do, nothing but first class. I understand that if you plan to buy one, make arrangements with him beforehand and while its being built, he can make/do almost any mods you desire.

It would also be worth your while if you plan to come to B.C. to arrange to have your tow vehicle shipped here and YOU take the train!! The trip especialy through the Canadian Rockies is NOTHING short of spectacular. Reace has in the past even helped new Escape owners get their tow rigs set up to safely tow the trailer home!
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:46 AM   #12
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I think the Escape, Floorplan B is the ideal set up for a small family. The dinette/gaucho bunk in front has a higher weight rating than the side mounted Casita couch/bunk and can be separated from the rest of the trailer with a curtain. The outside shower option is a definite plus for hosing down the kids after a hard day playing.

The Escape has a larger bathroom than the Scamp and has a little more room for 4 people.

If you know anyone that is interestd in FG trailers and has one or two kids, I suggest you mention the Escape.
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Old 01-24-2006, 10:48 AM   #13
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The Escape has a larger bathroom than the Scamp and has a little more room for 4 people.
I love the Escape. I like the layout, the look, the quality, etc, so please don't think I'm being critical when I say this. While the bathroom in the Escape may be larger (or no smaller) than the Scamp with the side bath, it is considerably smaller than the front bath on the Scamp or the Casita.

When they first came out, I wrote Reace and asked it's exact measurements. This is the response I got from him: "The area size is 37" x 23" and 65" tall." Unfortunately, it was a tad too short and small for me as I do use my indoor shower a lot and I really prefer one I can stand in. Since I am 5'7" tall, the Escape bathroom won't work for me unless they increase the size of it.

As I said, I'm not being critical, just trying to make sure that the record is correct.
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Good catch on the bathroom size. I was only considering the side mounted bath on the Scamp since the front bath replaces the gaucho bunk. I am 5'10" and plan on being a bathroom hunchback because of the low ceiling but the wife and kids (4 and 5) will fit just fine.
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