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Old 11-05-2016, 09:58 PM   #1
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19' or 21'

What did you choose and why? Working on a 19' order, but have only seen a 21' just weighing the pros and cons.
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:27 PM   #2
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Dan, There have been several previous threads on this, but for us, it came down to the 21' having a rear dinette, a larger bathroom and a bit more counter top space. But you can't go wrong with either one. Dale
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:30 PM   #3
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perhaps it am overthinking it
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:33 PM   #4
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we went for the 21' because:

the wider aisle makes the 21' feel bigger

we like the rear dinette... as on many camp grounds the rear will be facing the view, and also will be further from the road

more counter space in a 21'

bigger bathroom

not that much more cost.

and having the permanent bed by the door will not bug us..... the advantages above outweigh that (possible) downside.

and..... the #1 reason we picked the 21' over the 19'..... we won't get "2-foot-itis"

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Old 11-05-2016, 10:34 PM   #5
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Hi dan55,
Choosing the right size Escape depends on what kind of camping person/family you are!
Why we went with the 19?
The most time we spend inside is bedtime. -bed size.
Only half turn when using toilet. -bathroom.
Privacy. -bed in the back.
Do almost all cooking, brewing and dishes outside. -didn't care for larger counter space.
Only the two of us and our King Charles. -don't need big dining/lounge area.
Our King Charles. -more floor space coming in.
To sum this all up: we just love the layout!
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Old 11-05-2016, 11:12 PM   #6
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Try to see both of them in person. You'll get a pretty clear idea of which one you prefer.
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:08 AM   #7
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We were actually set on getting a 17' at first, but the permanent queen bed changed our minds. The ability to store inside at home made the 19'vs21' decision easy for us, since the 21' is too long to fit in our garage.

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Old 11-06-2016, 01:08 AM   #8
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19' or 21'

The only reason we considered the 19 was because of the queen-sized bed. But our previous trailer required one of us to crawl over the other and we didn't like it at all. We found that the 21's smaller bed seems bigger because you can lean against the wall a bit. We didn't consider the 5.0 TA because we need the truck bed for carrying a lot of fishing and camping gear. Loving our 21!


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Old 11-06-2016, 01:23 AM   #9
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And, of course, some people like me want the smallest trailer possible that will provide the comfort level they're looking for. For us the 17 was a tiny bit small in some ways, the 19 perfect but the largest trailer that I want because of a number of factors. Folks can argue the relative merits of the 19 and 21 all day but for some size is a consideration.

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Old 11-06-2016, 06:24 AM   #10
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I'm probably the only Escape owner here that had a 19' Escape, upgraded to a 21' Escape and now own the 2nd gen 19' Escape.
Having had both, there are pro's and con's to each model. You fail to mention your companions or the number of persons using the unit, pets, current tow vehicle and other items which would help us give you the information you are seeking. Either model will work and you will receive the Escape quality and personal service.
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:39 AM   #11
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Great feedback! There will at most times just be the wife, myself and sometimes our dog ( medium mix rescue). Our tow vehicle is a 2013 Mercedes ML350 Bluetec ( diesel/ and) rated maximum towing 7200 lbs. We are coming from tent camping which we had been doing less as tires of sleeping on the ground and occasional water in the tent during big storms.
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:58 AM   #12
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The size and weight of the 21 will be a little more when towing. The extra width will show up in your mirrors and may require add on towing mirrors depending on your vehicle. Our 19' is the same width as our truck. It's just the 2 of us. We have had bigger campers and for us bigger is not always better. It's mostly about the layout and which one works better for you.
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:10 AM   #13
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Rear window,larger b/room,perm.bed.
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:26 AM   #14
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So with this information, a couple with a dog and a tow vehicle with 7200 capacity. Not sure what your hitch capacity is but with this information I'd suggest a 19 Escape. You will have a queen bed plus a 4 person dinette. and 8 windows. The tongue weight will be around 400# and you will probably need a w/d set up to keep your car level. The nice thing about Escapes is (1) you will probably get another tow vehicle while owning your Escape and (2) they hold their value, so in a couple of years you can sell and move up to a 21 without losing a lot of money, if you so feel like it. I'd suggest you contact Escape and arrange viewing both models.
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:39 AM   #15
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We turned in our build sheet for our 21 last week. We chose the 21 for the layout, my wife and I are also coming from tent camping and found that after looking at trailers with the crawl over bed we simply weren't interest in doing that. The extra 2 feet are a bonus to us and the extra width simply does make the trailer seem SO much larger. When we went looking at the 21 there were 5 adults standing and sitting around and it never seemed crowded. As many as said before the choice of trailer is very personal and depends on your needs. As Donna D. says YMMV.
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:39 AM   #16
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I'll add my thoughts as a 17 owner for 5 years. I travel solo, and spend the winter months in the southwest in the trailer. While the bed in the 17 was fine size wise, I wanted a larger dinette (I have a permanent bed). I also replaced my RAV4 tow vehicle with a Tacoma. So, I went shopping.

I started out planning to replace the 17 with a 19 with the bed & dinette reversed. After I looked at layouts with the options I wanted (oven, microwave & full sized U shaped dinette) I found there would be little counter & cabinet space left in the 19. So, I now have a 21 on order.
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I'll add my thoughts as a 17 owner for 5 years. I travel solo, and spend the winter months in the southwest in the trailer. While the bed in the 17 was fine size wise, I wanted a larger dinette (I have a permanent bed). I also replaced my RAV4 tow vehicle with a Tacoma. So, I went shopping.

I started out planning to replace the 17 with a 19 with the bed & dinette reversed. After I looked at layouts with the options I wanted (oven, microwave & full sized U shaped dinette) I found there would be little counter & cabinet space left in the 19. So, I now have a 21 on order.
Hi: Vermilye... Con graduations!!! No twofootitis runs in your family Eh? Alf
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Yeah, lots and lots of previous thread discussing this choice. For us it was a no brainer, as we got one of the first 19s produced, the 21 was not around for a few years.

If it was a choice for us between the 19 and 21, the 19 would win hands down. Not that the 21 does not have a lot of great features though, it does. It is the layout of the 19 I prefer, as it fits our style better. We just did not want the bed front and center. I am an early riser, and my wife loved to be cozy in the bed away from the door and me going about doing what I do. For us, having the full queen bed as a completely separate area was very important. The very minor inconvenience of having to "crawl over" was no big deal at all. This was really only an issue with nighttime toilet trips, and what we found we most commonly did was to both get up and go at the same time.

I really liked having the dinette right handy to the door, as it is a nice part of the living area (as opposed to sleeping area). For us the living area is primarily outside the trailer, then the dinette and galley area, with maybe the bath thrown in too. I am going to miss the dinette by the door in our 5.0, but it will still be nice having it at the rear, plus we will have a nice separate bed area which is great.
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:14 AM   #19
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We spotted the Escape 19 online a few months after a visit to the Casita plant in Texas. We were pretty sure that was it but drove 2000 miles to Chilliwac to see all of the models that Escape had to offer. After seeing the 21, that was it. It was chosen for all of the reasons that the others have posted.

I wonder if Vermilye has any idea as to how much he is going to enjoy the 21. Loren
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Old 11-06-2016, 11:24 AM   #20
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The 19 layout is the one we personally prefer after going through quite a few trailers over the years. We'll be just a couple hitting the road and most of the full-timers we've met over the years keep telling us "less is more" when full-timing.
As long as you have seen or reviewed both models, you'll make the correct choice for your needs. Can't go wrong with any of these current model trailers.
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