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Old 02-08-2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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Determining which Escape is right for you

To some, this will seem like a lengthy statement of the obvious, but our experience might be instructive for a few prospective Escape buyers, especially those who live a long distance from Chilliwack.

Four years ago, my wife and I had viewed a 17-foot and a 19-foot Escape, and finally ordered a 19er by phone last September for completion in May. We were aware of the recent introduction of the Escape 21, but from the factory website specificatons and the talk on this forum we assumed it wouldn't offer us much advantage over the 19er. As so often happens with assumptions supported by insufficient data, we were wrong.

Fortunately, we happened to be near Chilliwack two weeks ago and decided to visit the factory to finalize our 19er build list. While my wife and Kim from Escape were chatting in the model 19er on the lot, I casually peeked into the 21er parked next to it.

I saw right away that the few potential limitations of the 19er (for our needs, at least) had been solved in the design and dimensions of the 21er. I nonchalantly asked my wife to have a look inside the 21 and she immediately came to the same conclusion. (Others who have been married for a few decades will realize what a rare and pleasant occurrence such synchronicity can be).

After a reassuring talk with Reace about the relative ease of towing a 19er vs. a 21er with our TV, we changed our order.

The total cost increase for a trailer that will meet our needs better was $1115 CAD, tax included. The only negative about changing models is that we don't get the 21er until September.

We offer three conclusions:
1. The Escape 19 and 21 are both excellent designs, and buyers can't go far wrong by choosing either;
2. The flexibility, patience, and customer-driven service ethic of the Escape owners and staff are remarkable, and much appreciated;
3. Prospective Escape buyers, especially those new to camping, as we are, will accelerate and bring certainty to their decision-making by viewing various models in person, either at the factory or an Escape rally, or by using this forum and the Escape staff to find owners living near them who are willing to show their trailers.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:32 AM   #2
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Nice write-up and totally agree with your thoughts. Especially item three. What astounds me, is folks that are not wanting to give up a crawl over bed (19') for the 21' because of the bed size. The difference in width between a queen and a double bed is the width of a dollar bill... between a queen and a king is huge! The older I get, the more often I get out of bed at night, not less. I believe undisturbed sleep is very important.

Best of luck creating a NEW build sheet! 8)
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:10 AM   #3
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True story about seeing Escapes in person! Before we ordered our 21, we saw a 19 in person--and today we willl travel about 2 1/2 hours to see a 21 in person! Woo hoo! We have been planning and planning, so it will be so great to see a 21 today!

Congrats on your change to a 21--the planning and anticipation is great fun!
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:29 AM   #4
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Heavy sigh.... It was enough to consider the 19' over the 17'. I have yet to see any in person. My short wheel base TV leads me to think 21' is too long. This forum is great, but right now it's killing me! Somebody please erasure me as to how great my 19' will be!
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:44 AM   #5
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Heavy sigh.... It was enough to consider the 19' over the 17'. I have yet to see any in person. My short wheel base TV leads me to think 21' is too long. This forum is great, but right now it's killing me! Somebody please erasure me as to how great my 19' will be!
It will be perfect! Yes it will and you'll make just as many great memories as anyone else with any other size of Escape. You go girl!
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:14 AM   #6
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Heavy sigh.... It was enough to consider the 19' over the 17'. I have yet to see any in person. My short wheel base TV leads me to think 21' is too long. This forum is great, but right now it's killing me! Somebody please erasure me as to how great my 19' will be!
I sent you a p/m, having had both models I may be able to alleviate some of your concerns, give me a holler….
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:22 AM   #7
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Don't let buyers remorse creep in. You will love your 19! The 21 wasn't even born yet when we ordered our 19 last year but I think we still would have gone with the 19. If anything we still think the 15 would have worked for us. We like having the bed on the other end away from the door. I can get up early, make coffee and let the dogs out without disturbing my wife as much. We also find that the table near the door is a nice staging area for cooking outside which we do most of the time.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:39 AM   #8
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The difference in width between a queen and a double bed is the width of a dollar bill...
I believe it's the length of a dollars bill not the width. After 35 years sleeping in the same bed together that can be a lot but who's measuring.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:39 AM   #9
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Bigger is not necessarily better, as it all depends on camping style, personal preferences, what type of tow vehicle you have (or want to have), etc. We tow with a Tacoma and could easily tow one of the larger Escapes, but find that our 17 meets our needs perfectly right now. Might we want a larger one sometime in the future.. who knows? There are lots of us who love our 17's, lots of others who love their 15's, and many who love their no longer made 13's.

But regardless of size, one of the many benefits of an Escape is the way they hold their value, so that if things ever do change it is relatively easy to sell one to move to another....right Jim?
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:56 AM   #10
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I believe it's the length of a dollars bill not the width. After 35 years sleeping in the same bed together that can be a lot but who's measuring.
It's only six inches, my hand is bigger....
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