Hi, I'm new to the forum - looking for info on an armadillo or Escape - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-31-2020, 10:17 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to the forum - looking for info on an armadillo or Escape

We are just beginning our adventure into the RV life! Right now we tent camp. We are looking for a small fiberglass trailer (ideally Canadian made). Does anyone have first hand experience with either Escape or Armadillo? We would need a trailer that sleeps 4 (3 - 5'+ in height) and is capable of being used in the late fall/early spring.

Many thanks!

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Old 08-01-2020, 09:17 AM   #2
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What size and what are you going to tow it with? I had an Escape 19 and currently have a 21. While they are both wonderful, the older 2015 19' was actually a better trailer. Fewer glitches. What ever you do, get the manual awning if you have a choice.

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Old 08-01-2020, 09:26 AM   #3
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A 17' Escape with the bunk bed option would be a minimal but quite nice fit to those specs. It Will sleep 4 6 scooters and the table Will Seat 4 in reasonable comfort. The bunk bed comes as a permanent installation but it's an easy mod to drill out the jingle pins and replace them with quick release pins and leave the bunk bed at home when not needed.

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Old 08-01-2020, 11:09 AM   #4
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Hi! I am towing with a RAM 1500 with the Hemi - think I am good til 12500 lbs or so.

Thanks for the responses on the Escape trailers!
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:38 AM   #5
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I read about a cot option with the Escape (I think)? Does anyone have experience with it for a 100lb+ person?
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:39 AM   #6
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Thank you for the pointers!!
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:30 PM   #7
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Escape all the way baby!

In 14 years have had a dozen trailers and the Escape has been the best so far. Easy towing and aerodynamic design makes driving in windy areas easy. Good luck 👍
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Old 08-05-2020, 02:01 AM   #8
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Hi, we were in a similar position. I had posted about debating between a Casita vs. Armadillo a few weeks ago, and we actually ended up with an Escape 17A! I think the Armadillo Backpack was our first choice, simply based on how it looks--much more modern, loved the color choices, lighter weight. My 3 young kids loved the idea of a triple bunk. The used Escape happened to be for sale and in a city where it could be shipped up easily to us. And most importantly, it was available NOW (versus the 6 month wait for building a Backpack). So, we decided to go for it. We just got it a few days ago, and we've enjoyed hanging out in it in our driveway. My kids are small, so the 5 of us fit in it fine for now. Can't wait to take it out!

There's a small FB group of Armadillo and Backpack owners that you can join to get a better feel for them. Definitely more limited than Escape, but seems like a happy bunch of folks. One of the more recent builds included a HUGE bed (king size, for a trailer), an overhead bunk, an enclosed toilet (not sure if it is a wet bath), and front kitchen with window.

Enjoy the research process!
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Old 08-06-2020, 07:12 AM   #9
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Thanks for the link to the Armadillo FB page! I am thinking that we might be more in the market for a used FG trailer. There doesn't seem to be too many on the market in Ontario right now. Maybe once September comes people will decide they want to sell? Just a thought. Thanks again to everyone who replied to the thread
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Old Yesterday, 09:50 PM   #10
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You could join the Escape forum and start reading up on them. Look at their website and figure out which floor plan works for you. When we were trying to decide (rather me, Dirk didn't care) if we wanted the U-shaped dinette, I laid it out in the living room with boxes and the couch, to replicate the size of their dinette. You could do the same either inside or outside your home, to see which size fits for walking around and sitting, etc, etc.

You can also ask the Escape company, as well as on the forum, for anyone that's willing to show you their Escape trailer that lives near you. Not sure how it'd work, or if folks would be willing, during these COVID-19 times.

We looked at the 19, 21 and 5.0TA when we were trying to decide which size we wanted. This was before we headed to the factory, as I didn't want to drive 3 hours north unless I was really serious about getting one.

By looking at different sizes you can whittle down what you're interested in, esp when looking for a used trailer. If possible, take everyone with you, so you can see if you can all fit inside the trailer comfortably.

I don't know anything about Armadillos, so can't give you any information there.

Good luck with your search.

Laura and Dirk, and Spike, Sam & Jasper (the cats)

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