Originally Posted by Artlady
In reading the recent comments here, I'm now wondering if a dedicated bathroom space even warrants amount of room it takes up. I'll have to search the other threads of the merits of the 17 A versus the B now!
Sooooo, another column added to the spreadsheet!
Great info, everyone!
Many, many years ago we went to ETI when they were starting up and were in an old chicken barn or something.
At the time we asked if they could make us a 17B without a washroom and instead use the space for a much longer counter for the sink and stove. We didn't want the work of tank draining and such. We never carried through with that purchase, got a truck camper instead.
Fast forward 10 or more years and just this year we bought a used 17B. Well, we love the toilet and the shower. And others are right, for us the sink is just a thing to have the taps on to control the mix to the shower.
We like to camp when it is hot out and a short shower at the end of the day is very refreshing.
So that is my opinion to add to your spreadsheet. If I buy another camper it MUST have a toilet and shower.
As to 'why an escape?' is more of a 'why a fiberglass trailer?' question. I have two answers, thirty five years ago I owned a corvette (fiberglass) and it has been the only car that I sold for more than I bought it for. They hold the value because they don't fall apart because of rust and rot. Most of your maintenance is on actually broke or worn out things, but it is never as bad as 'the whole car needs to be replaced'. I put that reasoning into he fiberglass trailer. Probably unfounded reasoning, which leads to...
Answer two; because of fiberglass's ability to be less harmed by water. Most Campers and Trailers have water damage, you just haven't looked for it if you think there is none. It seems that with the right amount of dehumidification the fiberglass trailer can overcome moisture damage because it should just be from cooking and exhaling and condensation, not from rain.