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Old 08-04-2015, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hi. I am currently a tent camper. In the past I have trailered larger runabouts, but that has been years ago with my husband's help. However as a widow and empty nester-- most of my travels would be solo. I must admit, I am a tad intimidated by the towing. How much more difficult is it to tow a 21 or 19 vs a 17b?

It may seem excessive but I think I would prefer the 21 because of the larger tanks, but worry it may be too big to fit into the national forests or dispersed camping sites I love.

Will the larger escapes fit in most american national forests or BLM sites?



Thank you all in advance for any and all thoughts shared
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:03 PM   #2
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I had just posted on another thread yesterday how much I admire single gals that purchase and tow trailers on their own. I think towing a trailer for the first time for anyone can be a little uncomfortable until they get used to it. As for the length of the trailer, we thought it was the 19 but ended up ordering the 21. I just stood there thinking, what the heck is several more feet to tow around. Anyway, you are in good company on this forum with a lot of other single gals, probably the senior member being Donna D. Just go for it. Loren
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to our little Escape world. As far as sizing, some trailer manufacturers do not include the tongue in their numbers, others do. The Escape 21 is 17.5 trailer and the balance is tongue and rear bumper. So even with a 20" site limit you should fit.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:16 PM   #4
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Kathy, I'm a solo traveler and could collect Social Security if I wished. I look at life as having choices. My choice could be stay home or GO. No way I'm staying home. Life is getting shorter all the time. Make memories!!
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:17 PM   #5
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Thank you both! So, consensus is the larger size is negligible with regards to towing or backing in solo?

Cpaharley thanks for the reminder that tongue and bumper are included in size.

--Kathy
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:19 PM   #6
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Oh Donna I will make memories! I'm just unsure what size to make them in . Although I am leaning more and more to the 21.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:24 PM   #7
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Kathy,
Contact Escape, I'm aware of several 21' owners in Tennessee and maybe close for you to view. You do not mention your tow vehicle. Another route is to attend a rally, next month in Niagara Falls, On there will be at least a dozen Escapes, all different sizes. Gives you a good excuse to travel for the weekend.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:25 PM   #8
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Kathy, the 21' (shoot all of them) is wonderful. You'll figure out which will work best for you. You really need to see an Escape and do the sit/lay test.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:27 PM   #9
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We picked up our Escape 19 in May of 2014. Neither my wife nor I had ever towed before. By our second tow, my wife gave it her first shot on I5. Just 15 minutes the first day and white knuckles. Within a few days, we were sharing the driving. She never back it up, but if it was necessary, she would have learned and done fine. You'll do great - go for it!
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Hi Kathy,
We spend most of our time in small campsites on out of the way places. Our Escape 21 fits easily in all but the tent only campsites and is much lighter than the stick trailer we sold last year.

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