Escape Trailer FAQ

Before purchasing a new Escape trailer we want to make sure that all of your questions are answered. Below are a few of the most common questions that we receive. 

Frequently Asked Questions

A new custom built Escape is approx 4 months lead time, this would give you one month to lock in your configuration.  You can place an order (deposit) for a trailer anytime from 4 months to end of Dec 2020.

An inventory or pre-build is approx 2 weeks lead time.  We make a limited number of prebuilt units each year, with the option to change/add certain components.

No dealers.  

Escape is the fastest growing direct to consumer manufacturer for fiberglass RV’s in North America.  We do not have the typical dealer arrangement.  If you would like to  see an Escape trailer we can connect you with one of our customers local to you, they will be delighted to show you their trailer and share their Escape experience with you.  https://escapetrailer.com/view-an-escape-trailer/

You are also very welcome to visit us in beautiful Chilliwack, BC, Canada.  Google Maps Escape

Your vehicle must be capable of safely pulling the GVWR for your trailer.  It must also have a 7 pin connector, a brake controller, and a 2″ ball for the bumper pulls (the 7 pin enables the trailer lights, and communicates from the vehicle brake controller to the trailer brakes) 

Escape 17A and B = 4000lbs

Escape 19 and 21 = 5000lbs

The Escape 5.0TA = 5500lbs and has other considerations e.g., bed height and length.


Tow Vehicle Disclaimer

You the customer are solely responsible for the selection and proper use of the tow vehicle.

Escape Trailer Industries disclaims all liability with respect to damages  incurred by a customer or owner of an Escape Trailer Industries LP recreational vehicle as a result of the operation, use or misuse of a tow vehicle.

NOTE: ESCAPE TRAILER INDUSTRIES’S WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER DAMAGE TO THE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OR THE TOW VEHICLE AS A RESULT OF THE OPERATION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE TOW VEHICLE.

75% of Escape customers are from the USA.  We have refined the process to make it easy to deal with the distances.

  1. You place a deposit online in USD (or you can phone us) and book a completion date. Place a Deposit
  2. We will contact you to walk you through the configuration process.  We take as much time as you need.
  3. We lock your configuration a minimum 3 months prior to your completion date (unless you are purchasing an inventory unit).
  4. You arrange a trip to collect your trailer on your completion date.  You pay the final balance in USD on or before your completion date. Don’t worry if you can’t get to Escape exactly on your completion date, we will store your trailer for free for up to 3 months or until you collect which ever comes first.
  5. You come to Escape and get an orientation.  This will help you understand how to operate your Escape Trailer including the hitching process.  You will inspect your trailer and sign off on final paperwork.
  6. We export your trailer into the USA using our truck (you follow along behind us across the border from Canada to the USA).  It has to be Escape that transports the trailer across the border.  We do this to save you from paying Canadian taxes.
  7. You hitch up (you do this yourself, you will have learned at your orientation) on the US side of the border.
  8. You Take your Escape and begin the adventures.

Escape will export your trailer into the USA. 

You are required to title and register your trailer which includes paying your state fees/taxes etc.

Based on the feedback from previous Escape customers, the DMV in the USA have differing application of requirements for each state, and in some cases each county.  Some will permit you to register etc prior to export, and others will ask for a physical inspection of the VIN after export.  

We recommend asking advice from other Escape owners on either the Escape Trailer Forum and/or the Escape Travel Trailer Facebook page.  Neither of these are managed or funded by Escape.

It’s easy for Canadians.

  1. You place a deposit online in CAD (or you can phone us) and book a completion date. Place a Deposit
  2. We will contact you to walk you through the configuration process.  We take as much time as you need. 
  3. We lock your configuration a minimum 3 months prior to your completion date (unless you are purchasing an inventory unit).
  4. You arrange a trip to collect your trailer on your completion date.  You pay the final balance in CAD on or before your completion date. Don’t worry if you can’t get to Escape exactly on your completion date, we will store your trailer for free for up to 3 months or until you collect which ever comes first.
  5. You come to Escape and get an orientation.  This will help you understand how to operate your Escape Trailer including the hitching process. 
  6. You will inspect your trailer and sign off on final paperwork.
  7. You Take your Escape and begin the adventures.

Yes

We can arrange for delivery anywhere in North America.

The estimated cost for delivery is $3.00/mile for a single trailer or we may be able to combine your trailer delivery with another Escape owner reducing the cost to $2.80/mile per trailer.

We can arrange delivery directly to your door or a predetermined location such as a campground or large parking lot. All Escape Trailers are shipped using a truck and flatdeck trailer.

In Sumas, WA at Bob’s Burger and Brew parking lot.

One of our Escape driver’s will transport the trailer from our facility in Chilliwack, BC to Sumas, WA.  Usually the US customer will follow along behind.

Our driver will export the trailer across the border into the US through the Commercial Lanes.  The US customer will take the standard lane — not the commercial lane.

The Escape driver will meet the US customer at a predetermined location in Sumas, the trailer will be unhooked and the new owner will be able to hook up and continue on their adventures.

At this point the trailer is officially exported and the US customer can drive it back and forth from USA to Canada if desired.

No, US Customers are exempt from Canadian Taxes as the trailers are exported to the US once they have been paid for in full. However, US customers will be required to pay their State tax.

Escape Trailer Industries completes all of the paperwork required for the import/export of your trailer.

Once the trailer enters production, we will assign a VIN number to the trailer and complete the required documents. (Please note we do require a SSN at this time for one owner). A complete copy of the prepared documents is forwarded to both the customer and CPBSA where they are filed and stamped by US customs at the time of export/import.

Depending on the State and County, some customers are able to obtain full title, and registration before they pick the trailer at the border. This allows them to have a metal plate to put on the trailer during travel between Sumas, WA and their home State.

Yes, When we refer to the Dry Weight of our trailers we weigh a finished trailer with just the Standard Features installed. 

  • 17 Escape, Plan A has a dry weight of 2190lbs.
  • 17′ Escape, Plan B (Bathroom) has a dry weight of 2540lbs.
  • 19′ Escape has a dry weight of 3150lbs.
  • 21′ Escape has a dry weight of 3365lbs.
  • Escape 5.0TA Fifth Wheel has a dry weight of 3810lbs.

Follow the instructions on our “Winterizing your trailer” page! Click here for Winterizing

weight distribution hitch (aka “load equalizing hitch”) does just what the name says — it is a hitch that evenly distributes the weight of your payload. It works by using adjustable spring bars and tension to distribute the load of the trailer tongue to the trailer and vehicle axles.  All front wheel drive vehicles will require an equalizer hitch.  Customers with air suspension considering a weight distribution hitch should consult the vehicle manufacturer or their manual.  There is a lot of debate and difference between manufacturers.

17′ Escape

Black tank – 19 gallon
Gray tank – 26 gallon
Fresh tank – 20 gallon

19′ Escape
Black tank – 19 gallon
Gray tank – 28 gallon
Fresh tank – 28 gallon

21′ Escape

Black tank – 22 gallon
Gray tank – 28 gallon
Fresh tank – 28 gallon

Escape 5.0TA

Black tank – 30 gallon
Gray tank – 28 gallon
Fresh tank – 28 gallon

The 17′ Escape is equipped with a Dometic 3-way, 3 cubic foot with freezer compartment.

The 19′ Escape is equipped with a Dometic 3-way, 5 cubic foot with  freezer compartment.

The 21′ Escape, and the Escape 5.0TA are equipped with a Dometic 3-way, 6 cubic foot with freezer compartment.

 

Orientation Video

Take a walk through of the various features offered on Escape trailers.