Originally Posted by Gord W.
Escape has a sale on now. This is a real sale - about 10% off if you order for winter. We looked for a used Escape before deciding on a new one because the used prices were approaching new (with out warranty and with out our personal choice in options). The 17b which we will pick up next week, is close to the limit for most of the small SUVs you seem to have your eye on. The 15b, which we did order before "2-footitis" set in, may be just what you are looking for.
The Alto, which we were interested in last year, does not (did not???) have any kind of distributor/warranty network west of Quebec. New, they come close to $30K with shipping etc. Cool design though - really screams "LOOK AT ME!!!"
The R-Pods seem to be plentiful and inexpensive. Search the internet though to find out for yourself if there are issues involved with them.
Why do you like brand-new shiny cars (>$30-$40K) but want to cheap-out on the trailer???
Yeah I noticed that sale as well and given that used prices (as you mentioned) aren't substantially lower, we may just go that route. Have to see what prices are doing in a year or so. The 15 would be nice but just doesn't have the sleeping capacity we'll need for little rug rats plus us.
Nixed the Alto's from the list for the reasons you mentioned...
R-pods I think going to be a cheap last resort if we can't find what we need/want for a decent price in an Escape or...
I've also come across Camplite all aluminum trailers (not fiberglass, sorry). They're aluminum frames, floors, walls, cupboards etc so nothing to rust or rot and seem to be built like $h1t brick houses (pardon my french), are light
and fairly priced as well. I'm also chatting with them on doing a custom plan (depending on costs involved etc) similar to this:
CampLite All Aluminum Travel Trailer Overview by LivinLite