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Old 09-22-2016, 01:28 PM   #1
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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'
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:37 PM   #2
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I am wondering how much difference there is in maneuvering a 19' vs. a 21'
Two more feet in length and a little more width won't make much of a difference in maneuverability. Go with the trailer you like.

Having said that, there are a few places, very few, where a 19 will fit into a camping spot while a 21 may not. Chisos Basin in Big Bend NP comes to mind.



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Old 09-22-2016, 01:40 PM   #3
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I would not be concerned too much with either one, with practise either can be manoeuvred equally as well. Maybe a slight edge to the 19 being near 2' shorter and 4" narrower, but not much.

I would make your choice by what layout works best for you. Are you travelling solo? if so either would be more than big enough, even with three dogs.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:07 PM   #4
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In order to effectively back a trailer, you need to be able to see the sides of the trailer in your mirrors. The 21 is four inches wider than the 19 foot Escape. Depending on your tow vehicle, you may need to purchase wider (extended) mirrors.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:24 PM   #5
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If you're concerned about not being able to back up, there is a truck driving school practically next door to ETI. You can take lessons from them after you get your trailer (and bring it back across the border since you have to get it in the States).

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Old 09-22-2016, 04:02 PM   #6
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Having owned both models, I can honestly say the 19 is a little easier to maneuver, but you fail to mention your tow vehicle, that can make a big difference with either model.
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Hi Laurah, welcome to the Escape family!
Whatever trailer you choose, you will learn how to back up and park. Most important is that you pick the trailer with the most suitable floorplan for your and your dogs need. There is quite a difference in the 19 and the 21.
Then there are costumizations you could do, like switching the bed to the front for the 19.
We chose the 19 for its floorroom by the door. Gives the dog(s) lots of space to jump in and out. And we love it!!
Lots and lots to ponder.......
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Old 09-22-2016, 04:22 PM   #8
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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!
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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!
Figuring out all of the options that are listed isn't to difficult. ETI will do so much for you that the difficulty is in figuring out the options that aren't listed. Loren
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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!
And there are even more options then there are on the list.
Good luck with everything! And questions: fire them away at the forum!
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