And this bunk hammock: Does anyone know if the gaucho option mounts on the same brackets as the hammock? I think it's cumbersome: too heavy, too difficult to assemble install and remove, too low and awkward to store.
The gaucho option for the Escape 19 is a cot/hammock style bunk. The anchor points for the gaucho mounts are actually fiberglassed into the frame for strength. As a result, the 19's gaucho is rated for up to 200 lbs unlike the convertible couch gauchos offered in other fiberglass trailers so it can actually sleep an adult rather than being limited to small kids.
Personally, I think it is a nice design. I can set it up or take it down in less than five minutes. I can easily wrap up the poles with the cot material and hold it together with a bungee and then slide it under the queen bed for storage out of the way. As for weight, it certainly isn't as light as a pillow but calling it "heavy" is a subjective opinion. IMO, I find it reasonably manageable.
Note: The other Escape models have the more traditional gaucho option which comes with the corresponding lower weight rating.