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Old 09-07-2016, 01:38 AM   #1
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Dual Gaucho Bunk option??

Hey all. I'm super excited about the prospect of owning an Escape trailer. I would like to get as small a trailer as possible yet still accommodate our family of five. We have maybe a handful of years while our kids will still want to camp with us so we don't want anything big. On the one hand we could go with the 17A and get the single gaucho bunk option and be fine, as our two boys could take up the double underneath it and our daughter sleep in the bunk. On the other hand, I always get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, so a bathroom is important to me.

This brings me to the 17B, but with the single gaucho bed, it would only sleep four. Does anyone know if a second gaucho bunk could be installed above the queen bed? This would be perfect for us, as once the kids are a bit older and either want to tent or not camp with us at all (sob) we won't need the extra space provided by the Escape 19. And we also want to have plenty of wiggle room for our SUV to tow it.

As a side note, we currently have a tent trailer without a washroom/shower. Do people use the shower very often or is it mostly just the toilet that people use? Anyhoo, I've got a lot more questions, but I'll keep on reading and post when necessary. Cheers,

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Old 09-07-2016, 06:04 AM   #2
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Dual Gaucho Bunk option??

James, I'm waiting for my dream trailer, my starter is an '87 Bigfoot. I use my shower regularly. It's a bit bigger than my 5.0's will be, but I plan to use that shower too.

Having said that, the luxury of not having to head across a campground to the bathroom in the middle of the night cannot be overstated. For me, having a full bathroom is one of the main reasons to have a trailer.

With a bathroom, boondocking is easy. I guess you could do that with just a port-a-potty, but a full bathroom makes your living accommodations as good as your view.

Lastly, as I age, I also very much like having the ability to pull over and "go" anytime I feel the need. No need to find a gas station with a "less than fastidious" bathroom. For my nephew, with three little kids, this can be a disadvantage. He stops about every five miles because he doesn't expect his kids to "go together".

But that's me... there seem to be many in this forum that don't user their shower. YMMV
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:11 AM   #3
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You could get the 17B with the gaucho bunks and maybe put your 2 older kids (or all 3 kids) in a tent which would free up room in the trailer for you and your wife. If it rains really hard, move them inside. One can always sleep on an air mattress on the floor if need be.
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:48 AM   #4
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I don't think dual goucho bunks would work well as the bunk folds down to essentially form a couch back but the 19 footer does have a $300 cot option that should work over the rear bed of a 17A or 17B model. Maybe someone with a cot could let you know about the pros and cons of the cot.
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Thanks for everyone's replies. I am pretty sure I'm settled on the bathroom idea. WRT the bunks, I think I misunderstood that the gaucho bunk and cot were different things as I'd seen a picture on here of the gaucho bunk which was actually the cot. Also if I recall correctly the weight rating for the cot is 200 lbs, whereas the gaucho bunk is less (120?). This leads me back to my first pondering - is it possible to get two cots installed in the 17b - one above the single bed and one above the queen? This wouldn't be used all the time, just on rainy days.

Does anyone have a picture of the gaucho bunk (the fold down one?).
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On the one hand we could go with the 17A and get the single gaucho bunk option and be fine, as our two boys could take up the double underneath it and our daughter sleep in the bunk. On the other hand, I always get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, so a bathroom is important to me.
If you're sold on the 17, the A model might still be your best option, despite the fact there's no bath. A portable toilet is a viable solution.

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..we currently have a tent trailer without a washroom/shower. Do people use the shower very often or is it mostly just the toilet that people use?
We don't use the shower that often, but it's very nice to have when we've been boondocking for a couple of days, or the full service campground has public showers that work poorly or are dirty.
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How about a 17a with the Dual Gaucho Bunk, a porta potty, and the hot water option for an exterior shower?
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I don't think you'll be comfortable using a porta potti in front of the audience you will have with you.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:51 AM   #9
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I don't think you'll be comfortable using a porta potti in front of the audience you will have with you.
Haha definitely not during the day, but when they're asleep it's fine as long as they don't wake up to my tinkling...

I think at this point it's trying to decide if we want to cram into a 17b or just get the 19 which may be a stretch for our Honda Pilot if we want to bring extra goodies. Thanks everyone for all the helpful input.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:58 AM   #10
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Hey all. I'm super excited about the prospect of owning an Escape trailer. I would like to get as small a trailer as possible yet still accommodate our family of five. We have maybe a handful of years while our kids will still want to camp with us so we don't want anything big. On the one hand we could go with the 17A and get the single gaucho bunk option and be fine, as our two boys could take up the double underneath it and our daughter sleep in the bunk. On the other hand, I always get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, so a bathroom is important to me.

This brings me to the 17B, but with the single gaucho bed, it would only sleep four. Does anyone know if a second gaucho bunk could be installed above the queen bed? This would be perfect for us, as once the kids are a bit older and either want to tent or not camp with us at all (sob) we won't need the extra space provided by the Escape 19. And we also want to have plenty of wiggle room for our SUV to tow it.

As a side note, we currently have a tent trailer without a washroom/shower. Do people use the shower very often or is it mostly just the toilet that people use? Anyhoo, I've got a lot more questions, but I'll keep on reading and post when necessary. Cheers,

James
We just picked up a used 17B with the bunks up front for our family of four (kids 6 and 3). It is tight with the four of us but we came from tenting in an Subaru Outback or borrowing a VW vanagon so it is a huge increase in space and convenience. As the kids get bigger they will get to sleep in their own tent outside.

Like you, I also wanted a smaller lighter trailer so that the tow vehicle wasn't maxed out when going through the numerous mountain passes around our house. I have done the Coquihalla Hwy a few times in a VW van going 50 km/h up the major climbs and that is not fun!

The bathroom gets used by the kids and wife all the time. We have yet to use the shower yet though.
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