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Old 04-19-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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17 vs 19 and boondocking

I'm curious as to what peoples' experience has been getting their trailer into campsites at Natl Forests, State Parks, and off-the-grid sites. Those in 19s, how often have you wished your rig was just a little bit shorter (like 22"!)/smaller to fit into that perfect site? Trying to decide between a 17 or 19, leaning strongly towards 19, since I'll be full timing it in whatever I get. Just hoping to get as much input as I can before I put down a deposit in a couple of days.
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I'm curious as to what peoples' experience has been getting their trailer into campsites at Natl Forests, State Parks, and off-the-grid sites. Those in 19s, how often have you wished your rig was just a little bit shorter (like 22"!)/smaller to fit into that perfect site? Trying to decide between a 17 or 19, leaning strongly towards 19, since I'll be full timing it in whatever I get. Just hoping to get as much input as I can before I put down a deposit in a couple of days.
In my experiences, I don't think the length differences between the 17 and the 19 will effect fitting into sites. I'd go with whichever of the 2 most meets your other wants, needs,etc..
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:41 AM   #3
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Trust your instincts. We had a 17 now a 21, and we still get into tent sites in many National, State and County parks.
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We have been able to fit our Escape 21 into sites designated for 18 ft or less trailers at Yellowstone and Deception Pass parks. I think you would have no trouble with a 19 as the campgrounds we have encountered are generally over cautious when stating RV length.

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I recall only one site that might have been undoable in a 19 (and our newer TV) -
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You may have to pass up a campsite or two with the 19, but if you are planning to full time in it, you will really appreciate the extra room. Have you seen and been in the 17, 19 and 21? Cathy and I went to Chilliwack pretty much set on the 19, but in comparing the 19 and 21, the decision for the 21 was made in minutes. Also when trailers start to get bigger, the tow vehicle becomes a major factor. But remember, it's what works for you. Good luck on a tough decision. Loren
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:15 PM   #7
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Those in 19s, how often have you wished your rig was just a little bit shorter (like 22"!)/smaller to fit into that perfect site?
Never, never, never That would mean we wouldn't have all the features that made us choose the 19 over the 17. Despite an extensive range of travel I don't recall any site that I couldn't get into with the 19 but could have with a 17.

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There was a campsite in the North Dakota Badlands where we had to park the car along side the Escape 19 instead of staying hitched up -- we wanted to find a better site the next day -- We wouldn't trade in the Escape -- BUT if we didn't care about the bed size, we would have considered the 17. We have fit into some amazingly tight places with the 19.
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We wavered between the two and decided to get the "twofootitis" out of the way up front.

I look at every spot with "can I get the trailer in there" in mind. I don't think the length has ever been an issue; but if it has, it's the cost of having a little more space.
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17 vs 19 and boondocking

I agree with those who've said you can get the 19 into some pretty small campsites. The extra two feet in length (and minimal extra width) don't really pose a problem. And the extra interior space and queen bed are just great. Go with the size that suits your camping style and your need for comfort. Campsite size really isn't a factor, at least for us. Oh, and did I mention how nice a tandem axle tows?


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