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Old 06-22-2014, 11:46 PM   #21
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Great report!

Oh that must be the road....white knuckle road with sheer cliffs that is a no no! We couldn't make it to Yellowstone due to the snow...but we knew what road not to take on the way out ...if it meant back tracking

On your maiden voyage....consider yourself skilled! Any road ahead will be a piece of cake!
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:40 AM   #22
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I look forward to more posts from CADreamin on how you like your trailer and tow setup. I too have a 2004 Tundra (access cab) with tow package and am getting ready to try an dget a 2015 spot for an Escape trailer build but am bouncing back and forth between a 19 and a 21!

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Old 06-23-2014, 09:58 AM   #23
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Having had both models Sherry, I can honestly say the extra size really makes a huge difference.
Your tow vehicle will change over the life of the trailer, so get the trailer you want vs the one that suits your tow.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:13 AM   #24
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Having had both models Sherry, I can honestly say the extra size really makes a huge difference.
Your tow vehicle will change over the life of the trailer, so get the trailer you want vs the one that suits your tow.

I appreciate that input. I think the tundra will handle the 21' fine and I was looking also at the $$ but honestly I think I want this to be my last RV (I've been thru 4 now) so what you say is very true!
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:19 AM   #25
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I'm on my eighth trailer in 7 years, I have never had one long enough to refill my propane tanks…..!!!

ps.
Montana and upper Idaho were the prettiest states we just traversed recently on our trip to Osoyoos, which by the way was also very nice.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:58 AM   #26
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Hi Sherry - I know what you're going through. We had put our down payment on our 19' when we read about the 21'. We went back and forth before deciding on the 19'. As you read through the past messages in the forum, one theme that jumps out is: choose the model that best fits your lifestyle. There's no "one size fits all" ... unfortunately ... and that's your best guide. We are not "campers" per se. We don't go out, off the grid for a week or two just to sit and read, fish or ponder the meaning of life. We like to see things so our trailer is used as a base camp to allow us to move about, visiting historical sites, hike, or find the nearest brew pub. Plus, we are first time trailer owners so don't tend to compare this trailer to others we've owned. (We do, however, own a houseboat that we hope will soon be a fond memory ... ).

Some reasons we chose the 19: 1) We wanted "wiggle room" with the weight without sacrificing too much space as we were a little hesitant about the towing performance of an older Tundra. 2) We liked the overall size and layout of the 19'. 3) We liked the queen bed in the 19'. I made a "pro/con" checklist to help us with our decision but the differences ended up being minor.

Even though you want this to be your last RV/trailer, the resale value of the Escape means that it doesn't have to be. We had a pad poured for our trailer and, when the guy was measuring out the space, my husband instructed him to make it a bit larger. When I questioned him, he smiled and said ... "Have to think about two foot-itis."

With regard to the 2004 specifically, we had the WDH installed so don't know what towing would be like without one but towing is easy. We get very little movement when passing or being passed by large trucks. Wind doesn't seem to be too much of an issue (and we had some fierce winds on this trip) but when going over rough roads we can 'feel' the trailer. I will also mention that, in going over the Teton Pass, at the top of the pass, we were pulling in the lowest gear.

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Old 06-23-2014, 12:00 PM   #27
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Jim - You've NEVER filled the propane tanks!?! Wow!!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:09 PM   #28
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Yes, sorry to say. I also have not bought any tires nor brakes on any of my vehicles for past 20 years.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:31 PM   #29
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Jan,
Thanks so much for your response. I'm still waffling for sure between 19 and 21. Probably will for a while yet but have been offered a chance to actually see a 19 this summer which I think will help my spacial issues some - LOL.

I hear you on the WD hitch - I've had 3 trailers and would never tow without one for sure. Too much wind in these parts. As for th weight - honestly that is probably the biggest part of my waffling. The space in the 21 for sure works best for how and with whom (okay the dogs) I travel. You'll laugh but I bought a 16' Scamp as my first trailer - went to ONE dog show where it rained for 4 days and at the time - me and 6 dogs (various sizes) drove me to sell it. Someone local got a smokin good deal. I moved up the a 19' Wilderness but that required a 3/4 vehicle to tow with any comfort (again live in mountain pass country).

I hear you about resale! Jim's comment indeed has rang true for me - only 1 of the 4 I've owned had to have propane put in it. Sad but true! LOL

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Old 06-23-2014, 05:13 PM   #30
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We get very little movement when passing or being passed by large trucks. Wind doesn't seem to be too much of an issue (and we had some fierce winds on this trip) but when going over rough roads we can 'feel' the trailer.
I can say the same, and I have only towed without a weight-distribution system. Of course, my trailer is lighter (needs WD less) and single-axle (needs sway control more) so it isn't exactly the same situation; my point is just that individual situations should be considered, rather than just assuming that WD is needed for good towing. Jan's input is helpful, especially for those with a similar tug/trailer combination.
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