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Old 10-11-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Why did you buy 19 instead of 21, or vice versa?

Hi, hope this post isn't repetitive. I saw other comparison posts, but not 19v21.

Why did you buy 19 over 21, or 21 over 19? I realize it depends on your unique needs. The 19 obviously saves weight and space, but the 2 prices are very similar and either size might work for me. I was just wondering what people thought when shopping and comparing?

For me, on the 19 I would get a rear u-shaped dinette, and the cot option up front. I think the rear dinette would create a very nice living space, but there's the issue of always making/unmaking the bed.

The 21 has more counter space in the sink/stove area, which is nice. The 21 is very spacious inside compared to the 19.

I was contemplating if the 21 could be made with 2 permanent bunk beds, oriented as the original bed is, instead of the original bed, . If possible, what would you think of that layout?

Thanks for your time! j

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Old 10-11-2013, 06:05 PM   #2
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Although I seriously considered a 21, I chose the 19 because I could get the U Shaped dinette in the rear with my bed up front. I don't cook, so I didn't need a larger kitchen space or refridge. So I was able to get exactly what I wanted without spending the extra dollars which I spent on options anyway.

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Old 10-11-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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With our Tundra (regular cab and 8' bed) tow vehicle the 21' Escape would have exceeded the 40' overall maximum length specified in our favorite National Lakshore and National Park campgrounds.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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I was planning on the 19, like the less weight but there is more floor space for the dogs with the 21. Actually, I would have liked the 17 if I were critter free.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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We would have preferred the 21 for extra storage space but wanted a full queen-sized bed more.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #6
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My wife and I were seriously looking at the 17B, but when we saw the 19 with a queen size bed, we were sold! We were fortunate that we needed a tow vehicle. 2 weeks after seeing the 19', we had a new TV, and 10 days later, we put a deposit down. Escape will be completed on Jan. 2, and we will pick it up in early May wirh a two month break in trip.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:58 PM   #7
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Went with 21 for the following reasons:
More space for four people to move about if stuck inside.
Dinette would have more elbow room for playing games at the table.
Larger dinette also means larger bed for the kids.
More counter space.
The dresser at the end of the permanent bed has more counter space, a place for me to toss my camera bag and leave my laptop (for photo editing) on the charger.
More storage space: mountain biking, canoeing and fishing gear for four takes up a bit of space.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:11 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the input. I really appreciate it. Any more feedback would be much appreciated. j
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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It's nice to have five attractive Escapes to choose from.

We chose the 19' because it has the same 6'5" headroom as the 21' (I'm tall), plus a bigger bed. Also, the additional weight of the 21' would have put our 4Runner closer to its 5000# towing capacity.

There are only the two of us, so we didn't feel the need for the extra elbow room in the 21'.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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Not sure yet

My wife and I came here from a 17' Casita that we loved, but like so many others, wanted more room. We saw our first 19' Escape at a rally and fell in love, again. With the queen size bed, the always up 4 person dinette, and the extra space, our dreams had been fulfilled. After much procrastination, (we don't make decisions quickly) Escape announced the 21. Now we had more to think about, and of course more delay. We like the location of the bed in the 19 and the fact that it's a queen, but we like the kitchen better in the 21. My wife has always missed an oven since we moved from stick built to fiberglass and that option works much better in the 21. The 19 still feels like the perfect size for national parks and the smaller locations we seem to visit, and we know our Honda Ridgeline will tow it, but that kitchen in the 21 and that extra space is soooooo enticing. So what was our decision and did we make the right one? I don't know if we made the right decision, but our 21 will be delivered next week, production trailer #3. We may never know if the 19 would have been better for us, but we're committed now, and plan on having fun with our choice. We've already booked the fiberglass gatherings in April (Oregon) and May (Washington). The few gatherings we've attended have introduced us to some very nice people with the same interests - fiberglass trailers/5th wheels, and of course the great outdoors. It just adds another dimension to camping that we love. Hope to see you all there and continue this great adventure.
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