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Old 09-18-2017, 08:46 AM   #1
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Upgrading from a 17B to a 19...help me pull the trigger

Hello. So I recently sold my 17B with the intentions of getting a 25ft Airstream. I have done loads of research on the AS and I have gotten some no BS answers to all of my questions from someone I know well who has been selling AS's for over 15 years. I have also looked at the Oliver but I just don't like the floorplan. I don't want to get into any debate as to why the Escape is better or worse than an AS. I really just would like to know if going from a 17B to a 19 Escape is it going to make a difference. The reason we sold the 17B is because we needed a little bit more room but is the 19 enough of a difference? Has anyone moved from a 17 to a 19? I have seen the 19 a couple of times and I am ready to put down a deposit on the 19 but something keeps holding me back. Thanks for your help and suggestions.
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:58 AM   #2
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I'm located in Portsmouth, VA and I hope to have my new 19 delivered here around the 27-28th of this month. We are a significant distance from you but if you'd like to take a look at it once I have it, you're welcome to do so. Safford RV off I95 in Thornburg, VA is on the way here from where you are located, and they may have a 25' AS on site. That would give you a chance to see both in a short period of time. I looked at the Airstreams, particularly the 25'. For me, it came down to not wanting to trade up to a vehicle that could handle the AS. Nice trailer though.

I too considered an Oliver but cost and interior choices just didn't work for me.

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Old 09-18-2017, 11:01 AM   #3
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Only you can make your decision, but we moved from a 17b to 19 and it is a major difference. We love the floor plan of both the 17 and the 19, which are very similar, but the gains on the bed size, bath size and dinette size are worth the price of admission. Also, gaining the dual axle was very important to us.
I hope this doesn't turn into a rehashing of the 19 vs 21 since you've specifically asked about 17 to 19 people, and I'm sure you're aware of that option.
We had our second owner 17b for two years before we ordered our 19 and now having the 19 for about two years we are very pleased we did move to the 19. It is a very noticeable and positive improvement for us and well worth the investment.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:23 PM   #4
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@ Ironhorsenva thank you for the offer but I have spend time in both the Escape 19 and the 25AS.

@ Greg A this helps. I'm not interested in the 21 because it doesn't have a front window. Your comments nailed exactly what we are thinking going from the 17B to the 19...ie dual axle, queen bed, larger dinette, larger bathroom.

About 10 minutes after I posted my original post I went ahead and put a deposit down on a 19 Escape. It felt good after I did it with no more hesitation.
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Congratulations!!! I didn't want to comment as we only had and have a 19. But the reasons mentioned before are exactly why we ended up with a 19.
You are gonna love it!!
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:06 PM   #6
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I think you will be well pleased with moving to the 19. We initially put a deposit down on a 17B, before we actually had a chance to be inside one. We had only been inside a 19 prior to ordering. About a month before our build started, I got a chance to get inside a 17B, and quickly realized that we would not be happy with that, and the 19 was much more to our liking. The 19 just feels so much bigger, and the permanent, queen bed is great.
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:07 PM   #7
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@ Ironhorsenva thank you for the offer but I have spend time in both the Escape 19 and the 25AS.

@ Greg A this helps. I'm not interested in the 21 because it doesn't have a front window. Your comments nailed exactly what we are thinking going from the 17B to the 19...ie dual axle, queen bed, larger dinette, larger bathroom.

About 10 minutes after I posted my original post I went ahead and put a deposit down on a 19 Escape. It felt good after I did it with no more hesitation.
It is my understanding that ETI can put a front window on a 21'

and if you want larger.... the 4" (i seem to recall 4") wider aisle - compared to a 19' makes a nice difference in how a 21' feels big.

also the longer kitchen counter is very nice, we find.

just something to consider.

I only say this as you were looking at a 25' "else"

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Old 09-18-2017, 01:18 PM   #8
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@Marry and @GregandTeresa THANKS! I'm ready to pick it up now...but I can't get out there until July though.

@Losangeles don't tell me that No we are set on the 19 and are comfortable with our decision.
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:23 PM   #9
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we are set on the 19 and are comfortable with our decision.
And, so you should be. We often camp with my buddy and his wife and his 19'.
We always end up in his trailer playing cards or eating dinner. If I didn't have to get a new tow vehicle as well, I would move to the 19'.
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About 10 minutes after I posted my original post I went ahead and put a deposit down on a 19 Escape. It felt good after I did it with no more hesitation.
Congratulations! You will enjoy the trailer immensely.
Now the real fun begins, the build sheet....
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