We made the trip from NE Pennsylvania and bought our Prolite Evasion brand new at Caravane 201 in St. Clet, QC. We were able to get the rare tan/gray color that the Lounges have. I've never seen another Evasion like it...but to be honest we don't see too many Prolites in general. We spent so much time looking...
We made the trip from NE Pennsylvania and bought our Prolite Evasion brand new at Caravane 201 in St. Clet, QC. We were able to get the rare tan/gray color that the Lounges have. I've never seen another Evasion like it...but to be honest we don't see too many Prolites in general. We spent so much time looking at other brands - (Aliner, NUCamp, Safari Alto (super expensive!) Taxa, Scamp, Casita, Oliver, Falcon F-Lite, etc...) but it was hard to find a self-contained unit that was well made, light enough to tow with a Subaru Outback, 6'4" height inside (I'm tall), with a wet bath, while also at a reasonable price.
Over the next 2-3 years we travelled 60,000 miles coast to coast from Canada, to FL, to CA, Vancouver Island, BC, though the Rocky Mountains, back to the east coast, and finally settling in Arizona. Overall the experience was a great one. The Evasion is lightweight and easy to tow, but it does get tossed around a bit at highway speeds, so a sway-control bar is always needed. Our tow vehicle was okay, and the only complaint was that we needed more power. While this setup is doable, I suggest looking at a tow vehicle that is rated for AT LEAST 3500lbs (the Outback sits at 2700lbs). We've taken this combo boondocking on some really challenging rocky-rutted roads in Colorado and Arizona. While fun, I don't recommend this. Some scrapes and damage taught us to chill out. Try to stick to well-graded dirt/gravel roads. This thing is not meant for overlanding w/o modifications.
I'm impressed with the build quality of this unit, but again, we're talking about a stick-built home on wheels that's subjected to frequent "earthquakes". Tightening of screws and visually inspecting everything often is key to keep up with any repairs. There were a few problems (not caused by us) that I would like to mention:
1. Shower pan cracked. I was able to repair this with some fiberglass sealant.
2. Needed to install AC - it came w/o it from the factory.
3. Exterior fiberglass bulges in hot weather. This typically happens on both the passenger and driver sides of the camper. I know I'm not the only one with this issue. Many have reported this and have had it repaired at the factory in Montreal. I never fixed it since Montreal is now 3000 miles away from us.
4. The trailer sits low to the ground, so the A-frame jack almost always hits something. Always try your best to take it at an angle when entering parking lots with this camper, unless you replace it with one of those jacks that folds up into the A-frame.
5. Typical oxidation/fading of the fiberglass (mostly on the roof and front of the camper). Having lived and stored this camper outside in Colorado and Arizona, definitely invest in a cover and wax it frequently.
6. Expensive. We purchased ours in 2018 for $25,000, now they are more. Seems to hold value pretty well. NADA states that it's worth 20,000-23,000.
Overall a great lightweight camper with all the amenities that you need. If you find one. Buy it. I'm keeping mine until I die.