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Old 09-22-2016, 07:44 PM   #11
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Oh no. I will probably be asking a lot of question. Thanks
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:52 PM   #12
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Thank you all for the information. I think I will stick with the 19. Now to figure out all these options!
Laurah,
We originally ordered a 19, because that was all we had seen in 2014. We luckily were allowed to switch to a 21, with which we are thrilled. Checking on the owners' map on this site shows a 21 south of Detroit. If you haven't seen one yet, that would be my first priority, before finally deciding.
Also not knowing your tow vehicle, remember a 21 weighs about 500 lbs more, but we towed that fine with our 2003 4Runner.
Good luck. Keep active on the forum. Tons of answers here.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:15 PM   #13
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Oh no. I will probably be asking a lot of question. Thanks
Laurah,
I guarantee you won't set the record for number of questions asked. And there are a wealth of experienced people on this forum ready to help.

Oh, and don't be concerned about changing your mind on the items/options on your build sheet with ETI. We changed ours eight times before we finally signed our "final answer" sheet by the build-sheet-final-due-date. ETI staff are great to work with.
Enjoy. (And do happy-dances every so often, it helps)
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:30 PM   #14
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I ordered a 19' yesterday but am now thinking I should go with the 21' because I will be living in it full time with three dogs. The biggest reason I didn't go with the 21' is maneuverability. Right now I cannot back up a trailer at all but am sure I will learn quickly when I have to. I am wondering how much difference there is in maneuvering a 19' vs. a 21'
I too order a 19 3 weeks ago and then changed my order to a 21. I'm hoping to live full-time at least 5 years and decided the extra room and storage would be more important some loss of maneuverability. The largest trailer I have had is a 10 foot SilverShadow Teardrop and I admit to "internal" trepidation with backing up something of this size. But I suspect if we take our time we will become masters in no time.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:30 PM   #15
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The 21' has much more floor space, so for dogs, I would go with it. And it has more walking and other space for you. You are one person so I suppose a 19' could work but I would not usually want to recommend one for fulltiming. I just spent a few months in the 21' and couldn't imagine, or want to do that, with the 19'. My husband was there about half of the time.

As suggested, if you have not seen both in person, you can see them in your region by visiting owners. As for backing, I don't see any difference, but I think I would have to try the 19' at the same time as a 21'. It is much easier for me to back the 21' because I had practice with the 19'! For backing, just get out and go back and look at the path the trailer is taking, then adjust the steering wheel slightly accordingly.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:33 PM   #16
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Hi Bill,
I haven't picked out my tow vehicle yet. I was waiting to pick out my trailer first. I'm really thinking about a full size van to give me the extra storage.
I love the F150s (I work for Ford) but think a van is a better idea. Since I don't get my trailer until next November (Darn!) I have time to look around.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:37 PM   #17
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How long after you ordered did you change? I have so much going on that I didn't want to take the time to go see the trailers yet wanted to secure a date. I really need it in the spring of next year but know I want an Escape so will have to figure where to live with three dogs and two birds until November. (I forgot to mention I also have birds.)
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:40 PM   #18
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I haven't picked out my tow vehicle yet. I was waiting to pick out my trailer first.
This is likely one of the wisest decisions to make when choosing a trailer, as it will outlast a few different tow vehicles.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:50 PM   #19
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I have sent an email asking for the number to contact the family south of Detroit with the 21' so I can go see it.
Thanks for all your help
BTW It's fun to talk to people that understand how exciting this is. Everyone at work is probably getting tired of hearing about it
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:58 PM   #20
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Everyone at work is probably getting tired of hearing about it
They just don't understand.

I had a coworker once say about camping in an RV, "Why would someone go to all that trouble just to inconvenience themselves". I never even tried to explain.
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