(yes, I already posted this a few months back, just putting it here for reference...)
1. What do you tow/have (makes and models are helpful)?
Thats a 2014 Escape 21', from Escape Trailers in Canada... Its an all molded fiberglass trailer, 21' overall (hitch to bumper), 4500 lbs GVW rating. Has wet bath(shower, toilet), large fridge/freezer, 28 gallons fresh water, plenty of holding capacity, dual golf cart batts, 160W solar, nearly-queen bed (RV beds are notoriously undersized, this one is actually a modified FullXL). Nice dinette, 3-burner stove with oven.
2. What made you choose this one?
Our 2nd fiberglass trailer, the first, a Casita 16', was just too small for the two of us. We looked at Escapes and Bigfoots, and decided we liked the size and layout of this one the best. having a semi-walkaround bed was a big plus, so one of us doesn't have to climb over the other to make a midnight bathroom run.
3. Any makes/models/brands that you would suggest I avoid completely (and why)?
Almost all of the "stick built" mass market trailers are very poorly made. We looked at a lot. Settled on Fiberglass, where you have only a few choices, Casita and Scamp for tiny trailers, Escape for midsized, and Bigfoot and Oliver at the high end.
4. Any tips/tricks to purchasing (i'll go in there already having my ducks in a row as far as financing is concerned)?
pay cash. buy used direct from someone selling on a model-specific forum.
5. What are some mistakes you made that I can learn from as a rookie?
Our first fiberglass was just too small for us. was fine when I was solo.
6. Any trailer/camping extras that you have now that you wish you would have purchased originally?
I wish this one had the outside shower sprayer option, and eventually I'll add it. Otherwise, all we've added is gear we're carrying, like a hand grinder for making coffee off grid. a 10x10 popup awning for extra shade when we're camping in exposed areas, etc.