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Build Sheet Complete!

Preparations continue for the arrival of Wild Thing as the countdown to delivery continues! 65 days to go.  I have signed off on the build sheet which means I have no more decisions to make regarding the options and customization for the trailer, Phew!

Escape Trailer Industries is the most accommodating business to work with you could imagine. Their philosophy is that the trailer they are building belongs to the customer and that said customer should be able, within reason, to make it their own from the very start. The build sheet is a list of specifications for custom options that will be installed on the trailer in addition to the standard features. It took me a fair amount of time and consideration to decide how best to configure the available options.

Thank goodness for the Escape Trailer Owner’s Community Forum. This online group is comprised of Escape Trailer Owners (and aspiring owners!) who are more than happy to offer guidance, advice, to share their extensive knowledge, as well as a chuckle or two!  The folks in the forum have provided me with answers to questions, they have shared their first-hand experiences, and continue to be a support system as I learn the in’s and out’s of travel trailer ownership.  It has been particularly valuable to have access to experts about this specific Egg Trailer.  What do Eggs have to do with Travel Trailers you ask? Well, Escape Trailers are a fiberglass style of travel trailer referred to as Egg Trailers in reference to the shape of their outer “shell” which are molded in two halves, a top and a bottom, from white fiberglass, then the two halves are put together to make a seamless shell  like an Egg!

You will find lots of pride among Egg trailer owners and with good reason. This design makes a very strong, lightweight, durable exterior that is impervious to the elements and unwanted “house guests”.  The folks on the forum were an invaluable resource as I made decisions about what options to put in my trailer. I must admit, I opted for most of the available customization. I plan to do this once and want to make this travel trailer a comfortable tiny home on wheels!

Here’s a link to the layout and standard options for the Escape 5.0TA Travel Trailer:

Escape 5.0TA Brochure

And Here’s my final Build Sheet Options list:

Oven with 3 Burner Cook Top(includes Bi-fold Stove Cover) High Lift Axle
External Fridge Fan Additional Exterior Hatch Rear Passenger Side
Microwave Built Into Cabinet 3- Counter Extensions (Kitchen and both sides Dinette)
2-Way Hot Water Tank (Propane & 12Volt) Custom Full Cabinet at Entry
Foot Flush Toilet Additional Interior Access Cabinet Door In Custom Cabinet
Toilet Shut Off Valve 2-Shelves in Wardrobe Closet
Winterizing T-Valve Exterior Propane Quick Connect w/ 12′ Propane Hose & adapter
Exterior Shower on Driver’s Side 2-12v Heat Pads with Spray Foam Insulation
1- Exterior 12V Outlet Custom Flooring
2- Additional 12V/USB Interior Outlets Custom Formica
Dual 6 Volt Batteries (225 amp hours) Custom Cushion Fabric
Inverter 1500 W including transfer switch to all outlets Convert Bench Dinette to U-Shaped Dinette
160W Solar Panel with Charge Controller Horst Black and Gray Water Tank Probes
Surge Protector Cell Phone Antenna Installation
Removable Power Cord Custom Front Graphic
1-Additional Exterior LED Light Near Front Hatch 5th Wheel Slick Disc
2-Additional Captain Reading Lamps in dinette area Mount Umbra Hooks
1- Additional Interior Switch for Overhead Interior Lights Extendable Wall Mount TV Arm
4 Additional 12v wiring drops for future use Interior Fridge Fan
LED Awning Light Strip Fridge Storage Bars
Air Conditioner with Digital Thermostat (Dometic 11,000 BTU) Set of 10 Leveling Blocks
MaxxFan 7500K with remote Large RV Mat
Wireless Back-up Camera with Display Monitor Set of 2 Sand Pads
Stereo/DVD with 4 Speakers Starter Kit with Tandem Chocks
Jack’s TV Antenna (including TV Ready with 120V) Step Cover
Extra Insulation and Frame-Less Thermal Windows with Opening Windows in Rear, Bedroom, Bathroom Water Filter
Aluminum Rim Package Wireless Temperature Gauge for Fridge

 

It is easy to see, that having several months to mull over these options was not necessarily a bad thing. I was fortunate to catch a very favorable exchange rate which allowed more options than I had originally planned.   I had been watching the Canadian/US Dollar Exchange Rate for months, waiting for the most favorable rate to lock in my options and payment.  The exchange rate hovered at USD 0.75 for weeks, then it dipped down to 0.73 and I hastily wired the bulk of the payment for the trailer. This rate allowed me to enjoy a hefty 27% discount off the Canadian Dollar price and add several dream options to the list! The rate has since moved up to 0.79 so I’m very glad I took advantage of the low rate while it was available.

It has been a long wait though.  Escape Trailer Industries is committed to building each trailer to order and they put quality above all. They are a small, family owned company who take pride in the product they produce.  It takes time, and attention to detail to craft a quality product and consequently, they have chosen to grow slowly. I did considerable research before choosing an Escape Trailer. There are many companies on the market producing a wide variety of products. After spending some time researching, it was clear to me that a fiberglass constructed trailer was my choice for it’s durability, strength, and weight. I then narrowed my search among the few companies that make fiberglass trailers and Escape was a stand out in reliability, resale value, and customer satisfaction.  I placed my order for this trailer in November 2016 and my current date of completion (affectionately known as my “Hatch Date”) is September 22, 2017. Escape Trailer Industries has undergone a planned expansion this year which allowed my completion date to move up 2 months from November 2017 to September 2017! This trailer is definitely not an impulse buy!

Now that the major decisions have been made it’s time to focus on the details.

In the next few posts, I’ll share my plans for the trip to pick up the trailer in Chilliwack BC,  the places I’m hoping to travel my first year, the things I’ve gathered in my “Trailer Hope Chest”, and some background on how I came to this adventure! Stay tuned!

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