Originally Posted by Jim Bennett
The one thing about getting too much larger in size, is that though there are many advantages to the moulded fiberglass trailer, the main reason that most folks buy for is the light weight and ease of towing with a smaller vehicle. Once you start getting into larger fiberglass trailers, you begin to have to move away from this category, and will be marketing to a smaller segment of RV' purchasers. Bigfoots are great trailers, but anything 19' or larger requires a V8 engine to tow. For many, that would mean a new tow vehicle that would not fit their lifestyle beyond RV'ing.
As Alf says, I seem to recall that Escape wants to compete for the people who have big stickies and are downsizing. They already have the tow.
Of course, there are those with small FGs who will want to go bigger and some of them also already have a suitable TV.
As far as the layout, if many simply want a bed in the front, the 19' could have the bed and dinette reversed. I assume that there is not a wheel well problem.
Many want the width of a Bigfoot but the towing does not have the same ease.
As you say, they are really into another category now. I expect that they can be successful because they make so few units. They can probably find enough buyers for whatever they make, even present Escape owners. So I doubt it is any gamble for them. If they should not sell as big a number as expected, they can simply keep on selling the smaller ones.