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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.
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.
Our proprietary Freerides Suspension (which is standard on our TOPO2 trailers) design swaps the rubber torsion style axle for a fully independent suspension. Our trailing-arm design with shock and coil-over setup means more clearance, maximum travel, and an incredibly smooth and capable ride. (Due to the required size of the spindle, this upgrade is only compatible with our standard 6-bolt hub pattern).
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.
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.
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 here: High-Quality Foam Mattress.
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.
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.
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.
This option is only set up on the trailer side. A brake controller will be necessary to install in your vehicle prior to use.
Although there are adaptors that can convert a class II (1.25” receiver) to a class III, we do not recommend this setup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
*For all orders placed in 2021, we also include:
- 2-Burner ENO Stove & 11 lb. Propane Tank
- Steel Storage Deck
- Built-in NOCO Genius-10 Precision Battery Charger
Additional favorites include: Door Screens, Window Covers, Propane Heater, Aluminum Tongue Box or Storage Cases, and our proprietary Upgraded Suspension.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both our standard axle and independent suspension can accommodate sizes up to 285/70R/17, or 33s in common terms if you want to make any after-market changes to your setup.
We’re always open to new ideas and want to hear what customers want, but since we are not a custom build shop, we cannot always adapt our manufacturing process to accommodate changes on a one-off basis.
We also are honored to extend a $500 discount to Military (active and veteran) and First Responders.
We do not offer seasonal sale 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Build Process
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.
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.
- 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.
Please refer to the following links for additional information:
- Escapod Essentials Document
- 9 Tips for Getting Your Escapod Adventure Ready
- How to Winterize Your Teardrop Trailer
- Our Maintenance Amazon List
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.
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 4:00 pm to pick up your rental.
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