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Old 09-03-2015, 09:51 AM   #11
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Likewise, I was 99% sure we wanted a 17a. Then I found out that ETI would make a 19 without a bathroom and we figured we'd get the twofootitus out of the way up front. My avatar and wife both appreciate it, they aren't laying on top of each other.

All of the trailers you list are reasonably good, you just need to decide which price/performance/layout/weight works best for you. Waiting a year stinks; but most folks here have done it. The ability to "have it my way" was worth it. to me.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:10 AM   #12
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For those of us on the northern part of the continent, rushing to order for the remaining spots on the 2016 schedule is not such a big deal. I imagine once they come to grips on the schedule, and reopen ordering early next year, you could still get a spot for early 2017, and not much camping happens up here during the winter anyway.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:33 AM   #13
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Wow, thanks for all of the replies! So much good advice. I think putting a deposit down NOW is the way to go. It will a lot of fun deciding what options, etc to get. We do most of our trips to the Sierra's in the summer and the coast in California in the winter. We have taken long trips as well though. Sacramento area to Banff, through Crater Lake and Nelson BC. Back through Glacier and Yellowstone. That trip was in October and we have never used our furnace. We don't have AC and have never wished I had it. (Must be the dry heat). We do enjoy dry camping, so solar is very attractive. I'm anxious to pour through the threads to learn more.

I guess I do wonder how the 19' tows compared to the 17'. Does the dual axle effect the maneuverability? I assume the ride is better.

Thanks again to all. I'm open for any advice and feedback!
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:37 AM   #14
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I guess I do wonder how the 19' tows compared to the 17'. Does the dual axle effect the maneuverability? I assume the ride is better.
Towing forward manoeuvrability is just fine, tight corners reversing see the tandems scuffing a wee bit, but this is not much of an issue. I prefer the ride of a tandem, but the single axle will still do just fine.

I would base your decision on how the specific model best works for you.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:41 AM   #15
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I guess I do wonder how the 19' tows compared to the 17'. Does the dual axle effect the maneuverability? I assume the ride is better.

Your'e going to love how the tandem axle tows. Very smooth. As for maneuverability, its actually easier (at least for me) to back in to a site with a tandem axle trailer, because the trailer doesn't react as quickly to steering inputs.

Sounds like we convinced you to take the jump. So let me be the first to say, welcome future Escape owner.

Oh, and you're going to love the exchange rate right now. It's like getting thousands of dollars worth of free options for US buyers.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:00 PM   #16
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Jim: You better get your deposit in if you're still dreaming about that 2016 5.0 TA
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:24 PM   #17
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You can also bet on another price increase for 2017 production dates.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:31 PM   #18
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Jim: You better get your deposit in if you're still dreaming about that 2016 5.0 TA
Not a bad idea.
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I guess I do wonder how the 19' tows compared to the 17'. Does the dual axle effect the maneuverability? I assume the ride is better.
Another former T@B owner ... I find the Escape 19 to tow much nicer than my T@B ever did. It tracks perfectly behind my Tacoma at any speed, with no noticable sway and backing it up is considerably easier. I've never pulled a 17 and have no idea whether the dual axle factors into that.

I do need to watch curbs closely on tight corners; but it seems a small price to pay for the backing ease.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:31 PM   #20
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Steve,
You are not too far from the NorCal Gathering starting in a week.
Northern California: Nor Cal Roundup | Scamp Owners International

Trailer tour time is 1-3:00 Saturday Sept 12, and Earl the host said come on down.
There will be 3 Escape 19's, 1-Escape 17, 1 Escape 21, and 1-2014 5.0TA
This makes all the current models available to see.
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