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Old 10-22-2013, 03:45 PM   #21
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The 21 was still on the drawing board when we ordered our 19. If I had to do it over I would still go with the 19 because of the queen bed and its overall nice overall size.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #22
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The 19' was a better fit for us than the 21' (although 21' had not yet been announced when we ordered our 19'. I personally prefer small, and was really impressed by the 15B when we toured the factory. I also liked the 5.0 and am sure that I would love the 5.0TA. Maybe the thing to do is to get one of each.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:17 PM   #23
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Seems like most of you had a tougher time deciding than my wife and I! We're moving up from 4 person back pack tents to the 19'! The last few years my wife has camped with me less and less due to being uncomfortable with sleeping on the ground. We compared specs of the 17B & 19. Once we saw the 19 with the queen bed, it was a no brainer. Within 2 weeks, we had purchased the TV (Acadia) and 10 days later the Escape was on order. Almost 1 year from order date to when we start traveling with it, but we can't wait! To our eyes, the 19' looks huge!
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:21 PM   #24
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The 19' was a better fit for us than the 21' (although 21' had not yet been announced when we ordered our 19'. I personally prefer small, and was really impressed by the 15B when we toured the factory. I also liked the 5.0 and am sure that I would love the 5.0TA. Maybe the thing to do is to get one of each.


That's how I'm starting to feel!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:00 PM   #25
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One thing not often stated in the replies is how many occupants the trailer needs to hold. If it were just my wife and I, I think the 19's layout is perfect and I like the bed further from the door and to be queen sized. However, with a couple of young children coming along, we also need to find places to put all their stuff. Since we like hiking, mtn. biking, canoeing and fishing while we camp, there's a lot of stuff for 4 people! Also the larger dinette means more elbow room as well as a larger bed for the two kids to sleep on. That's why the 21 makes more sense for us, but I do get the sense that most here are looking for a trailer for 2 and again for that, I think the 19' would be ideal.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:46 PM   #26
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One thing not often stated in the replies is how many occupants the trailer needs to hold.
Quite true. When our kids were young and came with us, we had a 24' bunk model sticky. We never fully used all the storage in it, but it was nice to have their bunks separated off from the rest of the trailer. We did still have a dinette to sit at when they were in bed though.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:52 PM   #27
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For me the introductory pricing and other discounts made the 21' comparable to the 19' dollar wise. In addition after using the 19 for a year, I realized that I wanted some changes that could not happen in the 19', like the rear dinette with the 3 window view, less windows around the bed for better warmth in the winter, a bigger bathroom, a newer model refrigerator. Plus now an oven. I'm a happy camper.
The downside is the sales tax outlay for the exchange.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:57 PM   #28
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Everyone's great feedback really makes me re-evaluate my own decision. FWIW, I chose the 19', but I can still switch to the 21'. I think I'll note my thoughts here, get them out of my head, and see if they make sense once written down ( if they don't make sense to you, lemme know!)

- 21' kitchen is awesome! 19' kitchen is doable.

-21' bathroom is very big and very nice with the power fan. A tiny but important aspect to me is that the shower curtain overlaps the door closure minimally (2-3"?). With my family, and with the shower head also being close to the door closure, water would surely end up outside the shower on the floor and that would drive me nuts! The 19' bathroom is certainly fine enough (wish there was a fan option).

-One of our criteria is to have 3 separate sleeping quarters. 19' has this with the cot. Reace could alter the 21' front bed into 2 permanent bunk beds for me, so this is a push. Well, it would be awfully nice to tumble into those bunks!

-Another of our criteria is how liveable the trailer is inside. We'll be spending most of our time outdoors. However, we live in the rainy PNW, and we want to also explore colder weather camping, so we're considering what the trailer will be like to spend time inside. It seems like a U-shaped dinette in the rear of the 19' would be an extremely spacious and luxurious living area, particularly if the table and pedestals were taken down. The 21' is wider and longer which is very nice, but the rear dinette of the 21' is less spacious and feels that way to me.

- The making/unmaking of the dinette beds in the 19' could get tiresome, but if we're spending time in the trailer I think it would feel better without a large, permanent bed.

- The 19' is a smaller, lighter package. That appeals to us, we're minimalists.

- There are pros and cons for each trailer. I think my ideal would be a trailer with the permanent front beds and the giant rear dinette. Since I can't get both of those features at the same time, I decided I can live without the permanent beds of the 21' but I can't live without the giant rear living area of the 19'.

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Old 10-23-2013, 12:52 AM   #29
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Jamie,
I'll post pictures of the "U" shaped dinette in the 21' soon, to help you decide.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:50 AM   #30
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The rear area of the 19' is 60x80. The rear of the 21' is 48x86. I don't see losing a foot one direction and gaining six inches the other direction as much of a difference. At least it wouldn't be the main decision on which trailer I wanted to purchase since either can have a u-shaped dinette.
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