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Build Specifications

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What are the exterior dimensions?
The exterior length of an Escapod from tip-to-tip is 154”. Widest exterior point is 84” (fender to fender). The tallest point on the base model is 76”. The tallest point with a rooftop tent is 88”.Cabin/body external dimensions are 108” long x 60” wide x 48” tall. The sleeping quarters are 92” long x 56.5” wide x 42” tall. The mattress is 80” x 56.5” x 5” thick. Standard clearance is 18” from the ground to lowest point on the frame. Counter height in the galley is 40” from the ground.
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Will it fit in my garage?
The base model (without the rooftop tent) is 76” tall by 84” wide by 154” long. This will fit in most standard 7’ garages, but please measure everything before you commit to a purchase if you have storage limitations. If you include the tent the height goes up to 88”, which exceeds a 7’ garage, but would fit fine in an 8’ garage. We only offer one size tent as of 2020, but there are more low profile options on the market that you could add post-build.
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How is the frame constructed?
Escapod teardrops are minimalist, rugged, four-season trailers. We build them from the ground up at our shop in Coalville, Utah starting with the 5’ x 8’ frame welded from 2” x 2” x 1/8” thick tube steel. The A-frame tongue is constructed of 2” x 2” x 3/16” tube steel, with two angled members and one center tube welded across three cross members of the frame.

Four 2” receiver points are welded into the frame: one on the tongue to allow for various hitch setups, one in the rear for accessories during travel, and two as the rear supports for each fender that provide step support as well as basecamp accessory mounts.

Fenders are laser-cut and bent out of 1/8” thick mild steel, firmly bolted to the frame, and weight-rated to stand on. An angled fender step connects the fender to the frame making roof racks easily accessible. This step also houses water inputs and outputs for the water tank.
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How do you protect the frame?
All of our frames are welded, prepped, sand-blasted, and powder coated by Powderkeg in Salt Lake City. Back at our shop we tape off and reinforce certain areas of the frame that see excess road debris or rock chips with a bed liner reinforcement to make it both more durable and easier to touch up down the road.

The fenders, as well as the tongue deck and boxes, are pre-coated with a durable base coat and rust prohibitor, then top-coated with the same bed liner product for a rugged look and durable finish.

Grip tape is added to the fender step to ensure a non-slip surface.
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What kind of suspension does the Escapod have?
All Escapod trailers come with an independent suspension Dexter Torflex torsion axle rated to 3500 lbs.

Our upgraded suspension design swaps the rubber torsion style axle for a fully independent, axle-less suspension. Our proprietary trailing arm design with shock and coil-over setup means more clearance, maximum travel, and an incredibly smooth and capable ride.
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What bolt pattern do the stock wheels come with?
Our trailers come stock with a 6/5.5 bolt pattern. This means there are 6 bolts on the hub, and the measurement from the center of the bolt at 12 o’clock to the bolt at 6 o’clock measures 5.5”.
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Can you match the bolt pattern of my vehicle?
Trailer hubs are different than vehicle hubs, and we don’t always have the flexibility of matching your vehicle’s bolt pattern (especially if you have a metric pattern). We prefer to stick to our standard 6/5.5 pattern (compatible with many Toyotas).
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Does it come with full-size wheels and tires?
Standard wheel is a Mickey Thompson Sidebiter II alloy wheel, measuring 17” x 9” with a 6/5.5 bolt pattern. Our standard tire is a 265/70R17 (31.6") Dick Cepek Trail Country EXP all-terrain tire. The all-terrain performance tire features an aggressive mud-terrain style with two-ply casing and high-tensile body cord to enhance sidewall strength while improving ride quality, and two high-strength, steel belts support the tread area and aid durability through puncture resistance.
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What’s the max tire size? Can you fit 33"? 35"?
The Escapod’s fender design is built to comfortably house the stock, full-sized 31.6” diameter tire as well as tires up to 285/70R17, at 32.7” diameter. Larger tires can be accommodated if the upgraded suspension option is chosen, which adds up to 4” to the overall clearance.
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What materials and processes are used for the cabin construction?
Our cabin structure touts a completely mortise-and-tenon construction, with 100% CNC-designed components that fit together perfectly, auto-squaring the frame, and firmly reinforcing the structure.

The Cabin structure begins with a 2 x 4 wood frame wrapped in durable woven RV underbelly fabric, and insulated for warmth. The floor in the sleeping area is 1/2” pre-finished baltic birch wood, and 1/2” HDPE (high density polyethylene) in the galley area. Onto that we install the 1.5” thick insulated sidewalls with 5/8” pre-finished baltic birch for all the cabinet dividers and faces. The interior walls are finished with 1/4” pre-finished baltic birth (1/2” HDPE in the galley), and the ceiling with 1/8” pre-finished baltic birch to smoothly match the curve of our teardrop shape. The roof is finished off with 1.5” insulation and 2x3 roof spars for crossmember support.

The exterior of the cabin features .060” anodized (black or clear) or painted (white) aluminum. The aluminum is adhered to the sidewalls and the roof, edge seams sealed with vinyl tape, then butyl tape and anodized aluminum trim, and finally with a silicon edge to both sides of the trim. This process fully seals the edges from water and dust.
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Does your trailer leak? How is it waterproofed?
We’ve fully considered all aspects of our trailer to ensure water tightness and reduce penetration by dust. The underbelly is fully sealed by a heavy-duty RV underbelly fabric that wraps around the base frame and up the exterior of the sidewalls (in between the wood and aluminum) to create an impenetrable barrier. The seams along the cabin construction are triple sealed with vinyl tape, butyl tape, anodized trim, and a silicon edge along both sides of the trim. Doors and windows are sealed with high quality butyl (putty tape), and proper water management systems with weep holes are build into the side door windows. The rear hatch has a drain on each side that exits unwanted water collection above the hatch hinge. Should any water enter the galley area during use, the HDPE construction of the walls, floor, and drawers prevent any damage, and make the area very easy to clean.
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How do you prevent condensation?
Any small camper will generate some level of condensation inside the cabin during sleep. This effect of temperature differential is greatly reduced by a few techniques: First, always have the cabin vented. This is important not only for oxygen flow, but also for removing the humid air from inside the trailer so it doesn’t collect on the walls and ceiling. Each trailer comes with a high-quality, four-speed MaxxAir exhaust fan. The lowest settings are hardly audible, and highly recommended to run year-round during sleeping. In addition to using the fan during all conditions, the optional insulated window covers are easily adhered with magnets around the stargazer and door windows. Implementing these aid in keeping temperatures up in cold weather, but also creating a barrier between the air inside the camper and the glass windows and aluminum trim (areas most likely to condensate). Additional tips include making sure no damp clothing is inside the trailer during sleeping, and sleepers inside are capped at 2 adults or 3 children. If you do notice any condensation in the morning, just keep a towel handy and wipe down the walls, doors, and windows upon waking. Once up and about, keep the doors open and the fan on to air out the cabin for an hour after waking.
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How is your kitchen / galley set up?
Our galley is designed for simplicity and efficiency, without compromising utility. Beginning with the HDPE construction, the galley is not only water-resistant, but incredibly easy to clean, and less affected by exposure to sunlight than traditional wooden galley materials. The hatch opens with 90 lb gas struts and offers 78” of clearance to the lowest corner. The stainless steel countertop sits at a convenient height of 40”, making it comfortable for people of all heights.

The optional recessed stainless steel, two-burner stove is built by ENO and constructed into the counter for full use of various pot and pan sizes, and all tightly secured and rattle-free for off-road travel. The unit comes with a piezo ignition button and 8000/6500 BTU burners.

Beneath the stove are two locking drawers (only one if the propane heater is opted for install), made of 1/2” HDPE, and a 65L Yeti Tundra cooler on the right side, situated in a cooler tray with full extension, 500 lb heavy-duty locking drawer slides. The Yeti can be upgraded to a Dometic CFX3 35 12V fridge/freezer. This is the max size unit we can fit in this space for both models.

The cabinets behind the countertop feature various width and height cabinets, all with a depth of 12”. The cabinet faces themselves are multi-use, with the larger face on the left removable to serve as an exterior mounted table with adjustable leg-height, and the right face serving dual purpose as a cutting board.

The galley features overhead warm LED lighting.
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Can you build a sink into the kitchen area?
We do not offer a plumbed sink into the galley. We’ve done this in the past, and feel strongly that the compromise in space and risk of water damage over the long term is not worth the added cost and slight increase in convenience. We provide a table that can set up directly beneath the on-demand hot water heater on the exterior of the trailer. When used with a wash basin this gives all the same utility, with less cost and risk of damage.
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Will I fit in the cabin? How long is the sleeping area?
The sleeping area is build around a 56.5” x 80” x 5” high-quality foam mattress. This mattress is a single piece, with no seams, and no folding points to maximize comfort while sleeping.

The interior cabin height is 42” at its max point, with 17.5” of clearance at it lowest point (the foot of the bed, under the cabinets), measured before mattress install. The design of the cabin is optimized for sleeping, but offers plenty of storage, and a very comfortable setup for sitting and relaxing during the day.

The headboard is designed at a 110 degree angle to both maximize sleeping space, as well as provide a backrest for lounging, with the top of the headboard offering opportunities to rest your elbows. The addition of this feature plus the stargazer window included in every build considerably reduces the claustrophobic feeling that some campers have. Combined with two doors, and tiered cabinets for more knee room, the cabin of our trailers offers considerable space and comfort for customers up to 6’7”

Mattress specs can be found at https://www.foambymail.com/hd36-hq-foam-sheet.html
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How do you insulate the trailers?
All trailers are built with insulated walls, floors, and ceiling. Floors and ceiling have 1.5” R-Tech rigid foam insulation (5.78 R value), and the walls 3/4” polystyrene panel insulation (2.65 R value). The 5” foam mattress adds considerably to the overall comfort and warmth of our cabin. The stargazer window is an double-pane window, designed to reduce heat loss, and the doors we use have a 1.5” insulated foam construction.
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Do you have environmental specs for the materials you use?
Our mattress is CertiPUR-US® certified (manufactured without formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals, ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, or phthalate softening agents, and have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million).

The baltic birch plywood we use is sealed with a ‘low VOC’ (36 grams/liter) sealer and top coat of ‘zero VOC’ (<3 grams/liter) semi-gloss finish.

We use as many materials and vendors as we can locally to reduce the cost (environmental and financial) of domestic and international freight. While it is not always possible to use local and highly environmentally friendly processes and suppliers for all of our components, we do the best we can, and care about these issues ourselves and on behalf of our customers.
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What kind of battery do you use? What kind of system does it power?
Escapod’s base model power system is a 12V system wired directly to a SRM 27 deep cycle RV battery. The battery type is wet, lead acid battery from Interstate. Our standard system that draws power from this battery is: one 36” warm, recessed LED cabin light, two directional LED porch lights, one warm LED galley light, a 4-speed MaxxAir exhaust fan, four USB chargers, and one 12V cigarette outlet style plug.
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What is the max storage capacity?
All trailers come with the base storage capacity of: 16” x 56.5” x 8” cabin headboard storage, three 19” x 16” x 12” interior lockable cabinets, three 19” x 7” x 6” interior cubbies, one 22” x 3” x 13” galley drawer, one 22” x 6” x 13” galley drawer, and 56.5” x 16” x 12” of enclosed kitchen cabinet storage.

Storage options for the tongue include a custom 2’ x 2’ x 4’ aluminum storage box with optional cooler drawer slide and l-track on top for exterior tie downs, a 160L Roam Rugged case, or a 95L Roam Rugged case.

The 95L case is also sized to fit perfectly on the roof, with max space available to accommodate two units.
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What is the dry weight? Wet or loaded weight? Tongue weight?
The dry weight of our trailers is ~ 1700 lbs. Wet weight, when factoring in a full water tank, tongue storage, and a rooftop tent, can increase the weight of the overall unit by as much as 500 lbs.

Tongue weight on our standard unit is ~ 130 lbs. This weight can fluctuate by as much as 100 lbs when add ons like tongue storage and rooftop storage or tents are added.
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How much can I load onto the trailer?
All axle and suspension options are weight rated to 3500 lbs max load. Tongue storage as well as rear hitch accessory storage should not exceed 250 lbs. Roof rack storage should not exceed 200 lbs when mounted to the cross bars, or 600 pounds of combined weight of deployed tent (175 lbs) + occupants.
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What is the clearance to the lowest point of the frame?
Clearance of our standard model comes in at 18” from the ground to the lowest point of the frame. The axle bar in our base model sits at 15” of clearance. If the water tank is added to the build your clearance at the lowest point (which will be just behind the axle) is 14.5”. If you choose the upgraded suspension your clearance will increase by as much as 4”.

Towing Requirements

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Do I need electric brakes?
Electric brakes come as an optional add-on to our trailers. With the average weight of our trailers under 2000 lbs, electric brakes are always a safer and more convenient option, but may not be necessary for all vehicles. Check your vehicle’s tow capacity, and if it’s under 3000 lbs then electric brakes may be a good option for you. Regardless of your tow vehicle, electric brakes will extend the life of your vehicle, and make your trailer more manageable to tow.

This option is only set up on the trailer side. A brake controller will be necessary to install in your vehicle prior to use.
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Will the Escapod exceed my vehicle’s max tongue weight?
Our trailers are recommended for towing with a Class III hitch, which is another way of identifying a hitch that has a 2” receiver, 8,000 lbs max towing capacity, and 800 lb max tongue weight.

Although there are adaptors that can convert a class II (1.25” receiver) to a class III, we do not recommend this setup.
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What kind of hookup do I need for the trailer hitch?
Towing an Escapod requires a 2” ball to pair with the stock coupler that comes with the unit. The ideal height for our standard trailer is to have the top of the 2” ball sit 20-22” from the ground.

If you’re towing with the optional Max Coupler Fully Articulating Hitch, you’ll still need the hitch setup to your vehicle at the proper height, but instead of the ball coupler we’ll help you install the vehicle side portion of the Max Coupler onto your hitch with a large bolt. This means you need to come set up with the proper hitch, where the top of the unit sits ~ 20” from the ground for level towing, then we’ll help you with the rest.
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Does the Escapod use a 4-pin flat, or 7-pin round connector?
Standard wiring for the Escapod is a flat 4-pin connector. If you’ve chosen to have electric brakes with your trailer, you’ll need a round 7-pin setup. Don’t stress too much about what you have, there are always adaptors that can be used to convert one to the other.

Please note: not all vehicles come with a trailer wiring hookup. Especially if you’ve had your hitch installed aftermarket by a company like U-Haul, please double check that you have wiring that is set up for a trailer connection in the rear of your vehicle. Trailer wiring is vehicle make and model specific, so the easiest way to get the right setup is to talk to your local dealership.
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What is the dry and loaded (or wet) weight of the trailer?
When checking the tow capacity of your vehicle be sure to consider both dry and loaded weight. Our trailer clocks in at 1700 lbs dry (unloaded with an empty tank), vs. as much as 500 lbs more once it has a full water tank and all he optional add-ons. If your vehicle maxes out at 2000 lbs tow capacity, you may want to consider a lighter trailer, or upgrade your vehicle. Our trailer is meant to be taken on difficult and varied terrain, and if you’re at max tow capacity and find yourself on loose or steep terrain you may have difficulty.
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Will my vehicle be able to tow it?
We are not familiar with all the varieties of vehicles, their engine design, or tow capacity. Best to speak with your dealer directly about the tow capacity of your specific vehicle.

To get the most our of your Escapod we recommend towing it with a vehicle that is rated to a tow capacity of 2500 lbs +. Anything lower and you will notice significant MPG reduction and difficulty in more technical or steep terrain.
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Do you have any tips if this is my first time towing a trailer?
If you’re new to towing I have three main pointers: First, Always take turns wider and stop earlier than you think you should. It never hurt to give yourself a little extra space. Second, always scope out where your going before you commit. Nothing is harder than getting out of a small parking lot or a narrow road without an exit. Third, when backing up, turn towards the mirror you see the trailer in if you want to straighten out.

Other than those three, just go slow and practice. If you’re a customer and you have many trips ahead of you, rest assured that it’ll feel like second nature in no time. Practice makes perfect.

Optional Add-ons

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What does your base price come with?
The Escapod was built to provide an impressive level of features right out of the gate. For $16,995 you get an incredibly well built, comfortable and capable trailer with the included features:
- Steel Frame with Structural Fenders + Step
- 18" Standard Clearance
- Fully Insulated Walls, Ceiling + Floor
- Double-Entry Doors with 15” x 30” tinted, vertical-sliding windows with screen
- 5-Inch Queen-Size Foam Mattress with cover
- 88 Amp Hour Interstate Deep Cycle Battery
- USB & 12V Charging Stations
- LED Lighting Throughout
- 4-Speed MaxxAir Exhaust Fan
- Double-Pane Stargazer Window
- Lounge Angle Headboard with Interior Cabinet Storage
- Roof Rack Aero Crossbars
- Roam Adventure Co. 6.5 x 8 ft Awning
- Durable composite HDPE + Stainless Steel Galley with Integrated Table and Cutting Board
- YETI Tundra 65 Cooler on 500-lb Locking Drawer Slides
- 2" Rear- and Side-Accessory Receiver Tube
- 3000-lb Rated Rear Leveling Scissor Jacks
- Full Size AT Tires with 17" Aluminum Wheels
- 3500-lb Torsion Axle Suspension
- Option of Three Base Colors and 7 Vinyl Color Schemes to Choose From
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What are the most popular add-on options you see customers choosing?
Every trailer is different, but the add-ons we see again and again can be added and still keep the overall price of the trailer right at $20,000. Those include: Propane Tank, Two-Burner Stove, Water Tank, Water Heater & Shower, Solar Panel, Battery Charger and Steel Storage Deck.

Additional favorites include: Door Screens, Window Covers, Propane Heater, Aluminum Tongue Box or Storage Cases, and our proprietary Upgraded Suspension.
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What are some basic add-on options that don’t come with the base price?
Utility add-ons are available to upgrade the functionality of your trailer to meet the demands of your personal camping style. Utility add-ons like hot water, built in cooktops, screens and window covers, air compressors, and cooler upgrades allow you to customize your setup to meet your needs. Mix and match freely - our trailer builder will alert you if something you’ve chosen has a dependency on another add-on (like the propane tank to run the propane heater), or is in conflict with other options.
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Do you offer options for cabin heating and air conditioning?
For those living in 4-season climates, the option to add heat and/or cooling to your unit is crucial. For heating we offer a forced-air propane heater from Propex. Their HS2000 model is compact, and fits in the galley drawer space. It comes fully setup with an in-cabin thermostat, and blows in clean hot air at the foot of the bed. Combine this with the insulated cabin and you can stay toasty no matter the climate. Estimated run time for this unit on a full tank of propane is 95 hours.

Hotter and more humid climates can opt in for the Air Cooling Unit, made by Fresair. This unit runs efficiently on 12V power, and uses a built in 3 gallon water reservoir to saturate an integrated mesh that air is pulled through and cooled. While not an artificial cooling unit like your home A/C, this unit can be relied upon to drop the interior temp of the cabin by as much as 30 degrees. This, combined with the 12V power and full integrated into our trailer has made it an exciting option for those in more demanding environments.
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Do you just offer 12V power, or 110 outlets as well?
Our standard 12V power setup with USB and 12V outlets will work for many of our customers, but those who demand more options can upgrade to a fully integrated 1000W inverter 50 Amp charger, built by Xantrex. This unit is located in the headboard and seamlessly converts the 12V power from the on-board power supply into 110 house power GFCI outlets (3-prong). This allows you to run that coffee maker or charge your laptop while on the road. 


The unit also comes with a built-in shore power port to hook up to power supplied at some campsites so you can not only run your whole system indefinitely, but simultaneously recharge your power supply for getting back off the grid.
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How long will the battery last? Are power upgrades available?
Base model Escapod’s come with an 88 amp hour Interstate Deep Cycle Battery (model SRM-27). There are many, many factors at play in “how long will my battery last”, but what we aim to do is get you a solid 3-5 days on a single charge with a basic system, and that single battery. What this means is that the more you add on to your build, the more power supply you’ll need. So, want that fridge/freezer or plan to charge 3 phones every night for 8 hours? Consider the upgrade options below:

Double Battery Bank: Swap out your single 12V battery (88 amp hours) to a double 6V battery bank (225 amp hours).

Solar Power: Our 100W Solar Panel from Lightleaf solar is highly efficient and fully integrated to easily mount to the hatch and charge while you drive. It also has 12’ of extension and a built-in stand to set off the trailer and follow the sun all day at basecamp. While it varies greatly from location to location, and on the type of features you have, it’s possible that the solar panel can, on average, produce enough power to run your system indefinitely.

Inverter: This is not a power upgrade in the sense that it creates power, so much as it allows you to use different kinds of power. Pick this if you have more 110 vs 12 volt needs (3-prong house power plugs) for the appliances you plan to bring with you. Also, if you go to a lot of campsites with shore power, this is a great way to take advantage of endless power supplies by simply plugging your trailer in and using all your features and devices without worry of running out.
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Does it come with a roof rack? Can I add my own rooftop tent?
We build in a roof rack system that is flexible to mount whatever you want to it. The bars are firmly fixed into 4 2x3 roof studs, and when evenly distributed can hold a considerable amount of weight. See below for the stock accessories we offer:

Rooftop Tent: Options come in 55” and 63” High Country Tents from Freespirit. These are fold-open tents that double their size, and have the ladder to climb up them support 50% of the weight. We offer 3-season and 4-season (insulated) options. If you have your own rooftop tent and plan to add it, please make sure that the overall closed length of your tent is less than 72”, and that when mounted your fan vent still opens wide enough to allow for proper use without stressing the motor.

Extra awning: The Escapod comes with one 6.5’ x 8’ awning. Add a second to have both doors open up to dry, protected areas for outdoor enjoyment.

Storage: ROAM Adventure Co. offers a perfect 95L Rugged Case for low-profile, water-tight storage options. Gas struts on the lid and tie downs to the roof included.

Recreation: Add a bike or kayak rack to the roof to get maximum use of your truck-bed while traveling.
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What tongue storage options are there?
Tongue storage comes in 3 levels of accessory add-ons. Our basic trailer comes with just a support for the single or double battery bank. You can upgrade to an integrated, welded-on steel deck with ample tie down points (and ROAM storage cases built to fit perfectly on top), or a custom designed .100 aluminum tongue box. Our tongue box has two locking side doors, an optional cooler tray with heavy-duty drawer slides, and L track on top for additional tie down storage. All boxes are treated with a base coat of POR 15 then multiple top coats of Raptor brand bed-liner spray for durability.
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What is the fully articulating hitch?
A 2” locking ball coupler comes stock with every trailer, but we do have the option to upgrade to a Max Coupler Fully Articulating Hitch. This option allows you to tow your trailer in highly technical terrain without fear that steep approach or descent angles, or being off-camber from your trailer will cause stress on your connection.
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Will I need a spare tire?
Additional towing accessories involve a spare tire mounted to the passenger side fender (strapped down for security, but a cinch to remove and replace in the event of a flat), as well as mud flaps that mount over your receiver tube on the rear of your vehicle (this is to protect the trailer from excessive road debris being thrown back from your tow vehicle tires).
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Do I need the suspension upgrade?
We offer two suspension options: our standard 3500 lb Dexter Torflex torsion axle, and our proprietary trailing arm design with integrated shock and coil-over suspension. This upgrade is built specifically for our trailer, with all the geometry and ratings to maximize travel and smoothness of ride no matter the terrain.

This upgrade might be good for you if you plan to take your trailer on a significant amount of unimproved or off-road travel, with technical terrain that could benefit from a more capable suspension. Even those that mainly stick to pavement will notice an increase in the overall smoothness of the ride with our suspension upgrade, and the ‘rise’ or ‘drop’ bracket used in installation means adjustable ride height.
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Can you match my wheels and tires?
Stock tires are more than capable, but if you want us to match your tire setup we’re happy to spec you a price. With our standard axle we can accommodate sizes up to 285/70R17, or 33s in common terms. If the upgraded suspension with a ‘rise’ bracket setup is selected we can fit tires with a diameter up to 35”.

We shy away from matching wheels due to the complexities of sourcing wheels with specific bolt patterns, offsets, and back-spacing.
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Can I customize the color?
We offer 7 color variations on our graphics for you to choose from. We no longer accept requests for custom graphics.
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Do you do customizations?
We do not accommodate customizations beyond what is listed in our extensive list of add-ons. With a trailer like ours everything has to fit perfectly for it to be compatible with everything else, and the list we have is currently very dialed. If another company has something that we do not, then we have a good reason for doing so. We’re happy to explain our decisions, but please do not ask us to create a Frankenstein of our trailer with options a competitor offers.

We’re always open to new ideas and want to hear what customers want, but we are not a custom build shop, and cannot adapt our manufacturing process to accommodate one-off requests.
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Do you offer any sales or discounts?
We offer a rental program to test our trailers, and are happy to offer three night’s fees as transferable to the cost of a purchase.

We also are honored to extend a $500 discount to Military (active and veteran) and First Responders.

We do not offer seasonal sales prices. What you see on our site now is our set price, until a new model comes out, at which time prices may be adjusted.

The Ordering Process

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How do I get an order started?
The first step to ordering is to submit a quote on our ‘Order Now’ page (or at the bottom of the ‘Topo Series’ page). Once we receive your quote we’ll reach out to schedule a time to chat and discuss options as well as send you formal paperwork (invoice and purchase agreement).

Once you receive the paperwork, a 25% non-refundable deposit, along with signed purchase agreement is due upon receipt to secure your position in build queue. Your invoice and the desired add-ons are adjustable until the second 25% non-refundable deposit is collected 30 days prior to the build start date, as listed on the invoice. Remaining balance is due upon delivery.

Personal or cashier's checks accepted. 3.5% processing fee charged for all credit card transactions. $15 charge for all bank wire transfers.
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Do you have any inventory for immediate sale?
We are a personalized build shop. We do not have any inventory for immediate sale. All customers are required to place a deposit and wait the duration of the current build queue. No cut-zies.
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What is the best price you can offer?
We do not negotiate price of our trailers. As a manufacturer we are very dialed into the cost of our product and the margins we need to make in order to successfully operate and grow our business.
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Do you offer any sales or discounts?
We offer a rental program to test our trailers, and are happy to offer three night’s fees as transferable to the cost of a purchase.

We also are honored to extend a $500 discount to Military (active and veteran) and First Responders.

We do not offer seasonal sales prices. What you see on our site now is our set price, until a new model comes out, at which time prices may be adjusted.
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What is the deposit structure?
A 25% non-refundable deposit, along with signed purchase agreement is due upon receipt to secure your position in build queue. Your invoice and the desired add-ons are adjustable until the second 25% non-refundable deposit is collected 30 days prior to the build start date, as listed on the invoice. Remaining balance is due upon delivery.
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Can I customize my order?
We do not accommodate customizations beyond what is listed in our extensive list of add-ons. With a trailer like ours everything has to fit perfectly for it to be compatible with everything else, and the list we have is currently very dialed. If another company has something that we do not we have a good reason for doing so. We’re happy to explain our decisions, but please do not ask us to create a Frankenstein of our trailer with options a competitor offers.

We’re always open to new ideas and want to hear what customers want, but we are not a custom build shop, and cannot adapt our manufacturing process to accommodate one-off requests.
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Do you finance?
We do not offer in-house financing, but we can supply you with a VIN number, and will gladly work with your preferred financial institution to secure the right type of loan for your trailer.
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What is the lead time for a new build?
Lead time fluctuates based on the time of year and our production capacity. Visit the 'Order Now' page for an up-to-date estimate listed at the top of the page.
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I don’t live in Utah - Can you ship my trailer domestically?
We prefer handing off trailers to customers at our shop in Utah, but if that’s not possible we can arrange third party shipment. We will shrink wrap your trailer, load it onto a flatbed, secure it, and send it your way for door-to-door delivery. Pricing for this is dependent on time of year, travel route (if the driver has to dead-head back it’ll be more expensive), and overall distance. In our experience, domestic shipment has ranged from $2000-3000. Another reason we prefer customers to come visit and pick up their trailer if at all possible!
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I don’t live in the US - Can you ship my trailer internationally?
We are not set up to ship Internationally at this time. We have had customers from Canada, but they have traveled to Utah to pick up their own trailer. See below for Canadian import requirements.
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I’m Canadian - what are the import requirements?
DUTY — As long as the trailer is manufactured in the US or Mexico, no duty applies when you import a travel trailer to Canada, but there is an “import fee” of approximately $300. Usually, this must be paid by credit card at the border, but if you are allowed to cross without paying it, it must be paid within 10 days of bringing the trailer into Canada on-line though the RIV website, in person or by mail.

GST — You will be required to pay the GST (5%) by credit card or cash upon arrival at the border. The amount is calculated on the Canadian dollar equivalent of the purchase price. You will need to present an official receipt.

Insurance — You’ll have to insure your trailer before you register or license it. You might have to pay PST (based on the Canadian equivalent of the purchase price) at this point.

Canadian Inspection — Buyers must have their travel trailer inspected within 45 days of importing it into Canada. Canadian Tire and a number of independent centers across Canada have been authorized to perform these inspections. Once the vehicle has passed the inspection process, the inspection center will stamp your "Vehicle Import Form - Form 1". You print these from the RIV website. Keep the stamped copy of the form, as it will be required for registration and licensing of the vehicle. The Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) will send you a Canadian Statement of Compliance (SOC) label with instructions on where to affix it to your vehicle.

Registration & Licensing — You must present your stamped Vehicle Import Form – Form 1, along with the bill of sale, title and proof of insurance to a licensing office in your province/territory of residence. You will also be required to pay PST.
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What if I need to cancel my order? Will I get a refund?
All deposits are non-refundable. If extenuating circumstances arise, contact us directly and we will work with you to come to a amicable solution for both parties.
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How can I see one in person?
The best way to see if an Escapod is right for you is to take the trip to visit our facility. We prefer not to burden past customers with showing around their unit to potential buyers, and often this is not the best way to see our most recent developments. We’re always building new and exciting things into our trailers, and if you want the most accurate example of what you’ll get when you purchase an Escapod, best to see it from the source.
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Can I rent before I buy?
Of course! Another benefit to visiting our facility if you’re considering a purchase is that your can try one out for a weekend first. During peak season we usually book up on weekends 4-6 weeks in advance, so plan ahead, and book directly from our website on the ‘Rentals’ page. If you decide to buy a trailer after your rental we’ll transfer three nights of the rental fees to the cost of your purchase.
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Do you ever sell your rental trailers?
We typically sell our rentals after two seasons. Our current fleet of four trailers that were built in early 2019 are set to go on sale in November of 2020. We do not take sales ahead of time, as we don’t know what kind of condition they’ll be in, and thus haven’t set a price. If you’re interested in this please sign up for our newsletter - sales will be first-come, first-served once posted.
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Do you sell pre-owned/scratch-and-dent models?
We don’t carry stock of used trailers, but we are in close contact with all past customers, and in the event that one goes on sale we’ll communicate it to our newsletter audience. Sales of any used models are first-come, first-served, and ‘as-is’ — Escapod cannot offer any adjustments or modifications to these models.

The Build Process

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What is your current lead time on new orders?
Lead time fluctuates, and is based on our level of interest and how we scale our production process. Please visit the 'Order Now' page for an up-to-date estimate located at the top of the page.
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How long does it take for each build once it’s started?
Once each build is started it goes through a six week cycle from frame welding to final assembly.
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Do you guarantee delivery deadlines?
We have always taken our deadlines very seriously, and we do our very best to hit every deadline. As 2020 has already proven, there’s no way to predict everything that may effect our ability to complete trailers in the time promised. We request a +/- 1 month forgiveness from our customers. As a result, it’s highly recommended that customers not make concrete plans for using their trailer with months still to go in the queue. We do our best to communicate frequently, but if you’re ever in need of an update, please just reach out and see how we’re tracking against our planned schedule.
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How often do you change the design?
A core part of our business has always been to improve the product continuously. We’ve never introduced a model and then shifted into heads down production mode for the next 12 months. We’re always iterating and evolving. This means two thing: one is that over the course of waiting through the build queue we will make advancements on our trailers, and the trailer you get will be better than the one you purchased. It also means that we’re constantly introducing new prototypes into our builds. We would never send a customer away with something that wasn’t functional, but it does mean that while some developments in your trailer may be in the polished phase, others might be more in the prototype phase. This is integral to making a better trailer over the long term, and we value our customer’s willingness to be with us on this journey of always improving our designs.
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Is the price guaranteed once I make a deposit?
Broad price adjustments are made once a year in November or December. This is the time of year where we reflect on all the developments and upgrades we’ve made in our product over the past 12 months, and evaluate whether things need to change to keep our business running on a successful model. Smaller interim price changes may happen if we notice a flaw in an add-on we’re currently offering, and the only way to fix it is to buy a more expensive component, take on a design change that leads to more cost, or if a vendor of ours (for example, the tent or awning makers) raise their prices mid-year, then ours will update as necessary. We do our best to stay committed to the prices we quote for our customers, and only raise them if not doing so would cause us to lose money based on product changes.
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When are new models released?
Escapod has never followed a rigid model release schedule. We build in developments and product improvements when we see opportunities for them. This means that our ‘new model’ schedule is only aligned with our price adjustment schedule, which is re-evaluated at the end of each calendar year.
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Can I adjust my invoice after I make a deposit?
For customers in queue the options chosen on your invoice are not finalized until we take the second payment. This means that any new features introduced during your wait will either be implemented as part of your build, or you’ll be given the option to add new features. Once the second payment is taken we cannot make changes to your build as it goes through the six week build cycle.

Ownership

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I’ve never towed a trailer before, any tips?
Escapod teardrop trailers are lightweight and thoughtfully designed to tow extremely well. That said, there are a few things you should expect.

1. Always take turns wider than you think you need to.

2. Backing up takes some practice and may initially cause for some stressful situations. It’s best to always have a spotter. Don’t rush your maneuvering even if it means making someone wait. Also, be sure to look for an exit before pulling into a parking lot so that you can avoid needing to back up when possible.

3. Give yourself more time to brake. The added weight of a teardrop trailer will make your braking a little slower.

4. Obey posted speed limits and be predictable on the road. This will help others negotiate around you.
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Should I insure my trailer?
We offer a VIN number for each trailer that makes it easy to acquire both financing and insurance. Insurance for our trailers should be thoroughly discussed with your provider to ensure you have the protection you need. While some coverages may crossover from your vehicle to trailer coverage, there are many aspects of insurance that are specific to the type of trailer, location and nature of usage that affect whether or not you’ll be covered.

We strongly recommend you have a detailed discussion with your provider to ensure that your experiences towing an Escapod are fully covered for both ‘comprehensive and collision’ insurance, and a separate policy for ‘towing’ as trailer towing is rarely covered in standard vehicle or trailer policies.
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What kind of warranty do you offer?
We offer a 12-month warranty on all of our trailers to cover craftsmanship and manufacturing defects. We’re happy to discuss details of this in more detail one-on-one.
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How and how often should I be maintaining my trailer?
Like all vehicles, the Escapod will require maintenance as an owner to make sure your investment is in tip top shape, and remains safe and in aesthetically good condition. Here are a few tips:
- Check all fasteners before, during, at at the end of every season. Hand tightening bolts and screws can help your trailer feel newer longer.
- Ensure lug nuts are torqued regularly (torque wrench setting of 90-100 is ideal)
- Grease your hubs, leveling jacks, and tow ball once per season
- Use WD-40 or comparable lubricant to ensure all drawer slides and zippers move freely and without unnecessary stress
- Keep battery charged and in a warm place when not in use
- Cover your trailer if you plan to keep it outside in the off season
- Plan to refinish areas of your trailer that receive high debris damage every couple years with aerosol Raptor bed-liner finish
- Replace overly compressed gaskets - Replace gas struts every few years
- Treat surfaces with appropriate cleaner so as to maintain the best look and not degrade the material
- Properly winterize your trailer well before the first freeze is expected
- Adjust latches to ensure proper closures
- Replace vinyl insert and other components that react to prolonged exposure or damage from frequent use

The more you take care of your trailer the better it will serve you, and the more you’ll be able to sell it for if you ever decide to upgrade to a newer model down the road.
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How should I secure my trailer if I leave it at camp?
Escapod are build with a removable coupler on the tongue. If you plan to leave your trailer at camp, simply remove the coupler and take it with you in your tow vehicle. This will prevent easy theft of your trailer. Increase precautions can be: lower your stabilizers, use wheel locks, and use a locking 5/8” hitch pin in the front receiver tube.

All doors and openings are lockable on the trailer, and add-ons like the propane tank, solar panel, and roof rack all have locking options to secure your investment.
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Will Escapod help me resell my trailer?
Resale of an Escapod has not happened often, but when put on the market they go quickly. If your unit is in good condition we’ll gladly help find a buyer for your used unit. In our experience there is enough interest in used models that they sell within a few days, and for 70-80% of the purchase price.

Rentals

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Do you rent trailers?
Escapod offers a rental fleet of trailers with a basic set up of add-ons for customers without the need for their own trailer, or for those looking to try before they buy.
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When should I arrive for pick up?
Our standard pickup time is 1:00 pm. If you’d like to get on the road early we offer an early pickup option for $50 that allows for pickup as early as 10:00 am. Please do not come later than 3:00 pm to pick up your rental.
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Will my vehicle be able to tow an Escapod?
All vehicles must have a tow capacity of over 2000 lbs, and a hitch capable of 300 lb tongue weight. Trailer wiring for our rentals is a flat 4-pin connection. Please check your trailer wiring before you arrive to ensure no corrosion will prevent all signals from working properly. Our rental trailers tow with a 2” ball, and for even towing, please have a setup on your vehicle that has the top of the tow ball at ~ 20” from the ground.
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Where can I rent a vehicle to tow with if mine isn't capable?
There are some car and truck rental companies in Salt Lake City that offer vehicles equipped to tow, but the recommended provider is to search the vehicle sharing platform Turo.

www.turo.com
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Does the pod come fully stocked?
Yes, we offer a fully stocked kitchen with cookware, utensils, serving dishes, and even stock it with camp coffee from High Side. There’s bedding fully made in the cabin, and a comfy foam mattress in the optional rooftop tent that works as the perfect base for your sleeping bags.
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What is the deposit and payment schedule for rentals?
All renters are required to put a 20% deposit down to reserve a date. The remainder is scheduled for payment on the same card used for the deposit 7 days before your reservation begins. One day before your reservation begins a $500 security deposit will be collected, and then promptly returned when you delivery the trailer back to us in good condition.
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What is your cancellation and refund policy for rentals?
75% refund up to 7 days before pickup, then 50% refund for remaining days.
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How much do rentals cost?
Trailers rent out at $125/night
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Does the rental come with a tent?
The tent does not come standard with the rental, but can be added to house two extra guests for $50/night
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Are there any extra fees associated with the rental?
Insurance is required for all rentals, and is charged at $17.95/night for the basic package. Additional taxes are collected at Summit County, UT rates. If the trailer is brought back excessively dirty there may be a one-time cleaning fee, reflective of the time needed to prepare the trailer for re-renting.
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Do you have recommendations on where to camp?
See our blog post here for some great ideas in and around our shop in Coalville, UT: https://escapod.us/blog/5-great-camping-spots-near-coalville-utah-escapod-headquarters/
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Do you charge mileage fees?
No extra mileage fees
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Do you ever sell your rental trailers?
We typically sell our rentals after two seasons. Our current fleet of 4 trailers that were built in early 2019 are set to go on sale in November of 2020. We do not take sales ahead of time, as we don’t know what kind of condition they’ll be in, and thus haven’t set a price. If you’re interested in this please sign up for our newsletter - sales will be first-come, first-served once posted.

Company Info

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Where are you located?
627 S Main St, Coalville, UT 84017
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What are your hours?
Shop Hours:
M-F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Showroom Hours:
M-F, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Do you offer factory tours?
We do not have the capacity to handle drop-ins, but would love to show you around if you schedule a tour of our facility. Please email nikki@escapod.us with your requested appointment time and date and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can to set something up.
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Are you hiring? How do I apply for a job with Escapod?
We are always looking for qualified applicants. If you think your skills, personality, and work ethic align well with the kind of company we’re building here, please email us at jen@escapod.us with your personal background, work history, and type of job you’re interested in.
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Do you work with dealers?
We do not work with any outside dealers at this time.
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I can’t find the answer to my question here. How do I contact you directly?
Please read through all of the above questions to find answers before you contact us. We are a small team with limited capacity to answer questions that can be answered by the considerable amount of info we have on our site. If your answer is not here please submit a contact form below and someone will get back to you as soon as we are able. If you’re interested in getting your build started right away please submit a quote on the ‘Order Now’ page and add a comment to highlight your request to begin the purchase process asap.

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