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Old 09-04-2016, 03:32 PM   #11
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Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
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We really like the way the interior is laid out in the 21 versus the 19. On the 19 all the cabinetry is lined up one wall. With the 21 when you enter you view the bed in the far corner with the window over the bed and the end table at the end of the bed providing a feeling of space.

We have a custom bed made by Southern Mattress and it fits wall to wall (we have no condensation issues). At home I sleep in a king but on the road our full size bed in the 21 is always big enough. I think the comfort of the bed in more important than the size of the bed.

If I was back home in Williamsburg and not out camping on the Tetons I'd have you over to look at ours.


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Old 09-04-2016, 03:53 PM   #12
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The "no crawl over" bed argument drives me nuts. I've had RV's with beds like the 21 and I'm not the least bit convinced that the crawl in from the end of the bed is any more convenient than the 19 side entry.

Think about it, to get out you first have to move the covers down aways. Then you have to crawl down to the end of the bed or, as some seem to do, "scoot" Presuming the 19 has two occupants, one of them gets a free ride getting out of bed and maybe, in some cases, only one of the occupants needs to get up during the night. Sorry, used both types extensively and I don't believe crawling in from the end is superior.

I like the layout of the 19. Period, full stop. The only way I could be tempted by a 21 would be if it was a stretched version of the 19 layout.


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Old 09-04-2016, 04:03 PM   #13
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We've had two campers in which one person had to crawl over the other person to get in and out of the bed. HATED IT! That's why we have a 5.0 TA. We liked the 21, also, because of not having to crawl over, but liked the layout in the fifth-wheel better.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:07 PM   #14
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My two cents: It all depends on what type of camper you are. Do you like to spend time inside or outside.
Are you planning on making meals, doing dishes and read your book in the trailer, go for the 21. Bigger countertop, bigger dinette, nicer view in the back with the lower windows.
Are you more the outside type, then I would recommend the 19. The flow of the floorplan, not having to pass the person in the kitchen ayle going to the dinette, is for me the big plus for this layout.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:17 PM   #15
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We headed for Chilliwack 2 years ago this month with us being sure we were going to order the 19. But we wanted to be sure to order the trailer that was correct for us and that meant comparing all of the models side by side. We were in the 19 first and then looked at the 21. I think it was the extra counter room and wider isle that made the difference. We also like the bigger bathroom but had to compromise for the smaller bed. I also wanted less behind the truck but told myself, what is 2 more feet. It's what works for us but everyone has different wants and needs and has to choose what will work for them. How about one of those huge fifth wheel trailers that weigh over 13,000 pounds? Loren
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:30 PM   #16
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This will never been 100% one better than the other when comparing sizes of beds. It's more about who you are and what is important to YOU. Comfortable sleeping is really paramount when buying a trailer... of any brand. Who wants to camp and sleep uncomfortable? May as well sleep in a tent on an air mattress (done that) or car camp (done that too).

I looked beyond that.... I knew whatever trailer I bought, I'd figure out comfortable sleeping. What WAS important to me, was the kitchen counter space because I knew I would be fixing food inside due to NOT wanting to worry about the weather, nor drag extra cooking implements from home to cook... when everything was available inside the trailer.

Aren't we all glad ETI builds different layouts for the wants/needs of different people? I am...
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Old 09-05-2016, 08:12 AM   #17
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19 vs 21

We also picked the 21 because we would like to use this as our get away from the Florida Humidity and heat in the Summer months .We wanted about a 20 ft trailer to maneuver in our yard but an extra ft. is not going to matter . Having had the 18ft. Lil Snoozy we figured a few more feet would be just right (sleeps 4 instead of 2)
Also we loved all the counter space and all the cabinets in the 21 . If we just wanted to use for weekend use and a few weeks at a time a 19 would have been fine but for extended periods the bigger the better and to each his own . good Luck in your Quest for the perfect trailer for your use JIm
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:01 AM   #18
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I did consider the issue of having to crawl over someone, especially with the 19 and that may be more of an issue with extended use. I think for us, it would be ok though. Most of our trips will be for a weekend and occasionally a week and between the two of us, I'm the only one who gets up more than once a night. Later on when we retire, I could see the desire for more room and comfort for much longer trips and maybe even full time, if life permits. Our last RV was a Winnebago which had the walk around bed but that and the additional space we had elsewhere came with all the added drive train maintenance and worries which I am really looking forward to be absent in the next unit.

If we do end up with the 19, I'm sure we wouldn't have a hard time selling it and moving into a 21 since demand is high for these units.

I'll review this thread more than once, along with all the other good information on this site, so I appreciate all of of you for your input.


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Old 09-05-2016, 09:12 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by John G. View Post
On the 19 all the cabinetry is lined up one wall.
John, can you help me understand what you mean here? There's cabinetry all around on the 19 (unless you're not counting the kitchen cabinets, etc).

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Old 09-05-2016, 09:57 AM   #20
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We had an EggCamper where you, (make that I), had to crawl "over" from the side; now, in our 21', I have to crawl up from the foot of the bed. I prefer the side entry to the bottom entry, but the difference in effort and convenience really isn't significant. The width of the bed isn't an issue with us either. Personally, I like the layout of the 19' better than that of the 21', but my wife, being somewhat claustrophobic, found the 19' too "tight" for her comfort. The extra 4" of overall width, combined with the end bath gave a feeling of openness that made all the difference to SWMBO.

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