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Old 06-14-2020, 10:21 PM   #21
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Well Floyd, you’ve got me on that one. I never would have equated the term burning love with Elvis. As I said, I was never a fan and I consider his recordings to be noise pollution. My normal reaction when Elvis comes on when I’m driving is to change the station or turn it off. I do the same for Alanis Morrisette.

As to your advertising jingle “rerun”, sorry. I only find one of those three likable, and that is Sara Lee. I have never found any redeeming qualities in the other two.
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Old 06-14-2020, 10:42 PM   #22
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Hi there,
I'm a complete novice, have never towed anything. I have a Toyota Highlander 2017 with trailer weight rating of 5000 pounds.
I'm deciding between a new Scamp 16 standard or Escape 17B. Although both trailers fall within my tow vehicle's stated capacity, the Escape is longer and heavier.
I live in Oregon and would use on mountain passes and forest service roads.

My question is: Is it significantly easier (or safer) to tow the Scamp 16 (not sure what GVWR is, but dry weight is 2000 pounds) as opposed to Escape 17B (dry weight 2500 or GVWR 4000)? Should the towing differences factor into my decision making process?

Any advice appreciated.
Paul,

I've towed a Casita 17D and an Escape 21, which are not as similar as the two options that you are looking at. However, I'll go out on a limb here and say that I think there's always a balance to be found between travelling a bit lighter on one hand, or alternatively living with a bit more room and storage when you arrive.

Additional to being heavier, the current second-generation Escapes are boxier and will have more wind resistance than the Scamp, but the Escapes are consequently equipped with nice, large, square upper cabinets, and have a more spacious feel. Both companies enjoy good reputations and are very accommodating. In either case you will need to study and select from a large number of options if you are ordering new.

Your tow vehicle has a good reputation for accommodating even heavier trailers than you are looking at, such as the Escape 21, so I think you can focus your attention on which trailer would seem to offer the kind of experience that you would like to have.
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Old 06-15-2020, 09:21 PM   #23
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Your tow vehicle has a good reputation for accommodating even heavier trailers than you are looking at, such as the Escape 21, so I think you can focus your attention on which trailer would seem to offer the kind of experience that you would like to have.
Thanks, that seems to sum it up. Appreciate all the advice.
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:42 AM   #24
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2 1/2 years ago I sold my Scamp 16 and bought an Escape 17B. I tow it with a 2016 Chevy Colorado (with tow package) and I think the Escape tows better than the Scamp did. I don't use any anti-sway bars or levelers and it sits behind my pickup very nicely. Even in high wind situations, it does very well.
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Thanks Rick, nice to hear from real world experience.
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