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Old 07-01-2015, 11:40 PM   #11
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Labels within the merged post would help, but I don't think they're necessary.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:33 AM   #12
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:19 AM   #13
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Hi CateW,

We have a 2005 17B and love it. It is perfect for one person (and a dog!). We have a 19 on order but only because the 17B bed, while plenty big for one, is too small for 2 of us plus 3 dogs (small... but still...). We have a 4th dog (big) and in the 17B there isn't really any good place for him to lie down without being in the way (unless we make the front dinette into a bed for him... which we do at times). The 19 will have more space for him.

We have spent weeks at a time in the 17B... other than the issues mentioned above, it has been just great for us. We tend to spend most of our time outside when we're camping.... after all, that's why we camp! My partner and I have discussed that if something were to happen to one of us, the 17B would be perfect for the surviving partner. But hopefully we have many more years of traveling duo, and we're planning on heading away from Maine (Rangeley) for at least a couple months every late winter/early spring to miss mud season... so we figured it was a good time to upgrade.

If you want to have a look at a 17B, let me know and we can arrange a time for you to come see it. Rangeley is about 3 hours from Portland.

We'll be selling the 17B either this fall or next spring. Watch this forum because we'll be posting it on here.

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Old 07-02-2015, 12:21 PM   #14
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Hello again from Cate

Hey Donna...no worries. thanks.
Cathy...appreciate your advice re the 21' with larger tanks. My budget may interfer with my ideal size, however, I'll keep that at the top of the list.
I haven't towed yet or driven an RV but I drove my own 19ft moving van twice. Does that count?
I will take a look at the Escapees forum for info and help as I plan my RVing/retirement future and rig choice.
Is it ok to continue asking questions here?

Happy 4th everyone,
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:26 PM   #15
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See 17B in Rangelly

Hi Dolly,

I would love to see your 17B! That would be great. Are you taking it out a lot right now on weekends? My only options would be Friday-Sunday to come your way.

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Old 07-02-2015, 12:49 PM   #16
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Hi Dolly,

I would love to see your 17B! That would be great. Are you taking it out a lot right now on weekends? My only options would be Friday-Sunday to come your way.

Thanks,
CateW

Ok great! We've got houseguests for the next several weekends. For some reason, no one visits us in winter, but everyone wants to visit in July and August!! Imagine that! Let me get our schedule figured out and I'll PM (personal message) you via this forum. Will be in touch in the next week or so, after firming up upcoming visitors.
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:34 PM   #17
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Hey Donna...no worries. thanks.
Cathy...appreciate your advice re the 21' with larger tanks. My budget may interfer with my ideal size, however, I'll keep that at the top of the list.
I haven't towed yet or driven an RV but I drove my own 19ft moving van twice. Does that count?
I will take a look at the Escapees forum for info and help as I plan my RVing/retirement future and rig choice.
Is it ok to continue asking questions here?

Happy 4th everyone,
CateW
Ask all of the questions you want, Cate! We have lots of answers. They might not always be right but we have them.. I also sent a pm.

Yes, your moving van counts!

Of course, budget restricts most of us but you can get likely get something that is perfect for you.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:12 PM   #18
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Hi Cate

I made the decision to get the 19ft. Initially, I was going with 17b. But as I added the options I wanted, like perm bed, etc. the price just kept going up, so I started looking at the other models. The 19 seemed perfect for options I wanted; had 4 tires rather than two under it, queen bed, larger dining area, more cabinet space, fit the weight limits for my Ridgeline. all in all just a better fit for me...

Everyone has their own reasons, whether tv limits, or need to have easy access out of bed, or bigger bath, or who knows...

I would be interested to see who all has purchased a 19 and gone to 21 or 5.0 TA. I would think more common to move up from 15 or 17.

Who knows a few years or so, i might want to move up! 5.0 TA is sweet!
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:06 PM   #19
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Cate,
I realize budget is a restraint factor but my advice would be to stretch it as much as possible to get the trailer that will make you most comfortable, particularly since you plan to full time. You don't want to find yourself wishing you had a bit more space when all is said and done.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:12 PM   #20
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I agree with Carl. I would get a used one to save a few thousand to get something bigger for full-timing. Even with the great exchange rate for Escapes, you may save some thousands more and also possibly save on a trip to the factory. Also on sales price tax.
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