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Old 07-16-2019, 07:56 PM   #1
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Upsizing or Downsizing

In trying to determine an ideal size for me,
I wonder if there is a tendency to always trade up in size
for people who have owned several Escapes over the years.

I am speaking of trailers bought both new and those bought used.

I have a feeling it is not as common, to see people move down
to a smaller size in an Escape, once they have owned a large one.

The insight of others is appreciated.

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Old 07-16-2019, 08:02 PM   #2
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A few have gone down in size, most have gone up. You'll never accurately be able to make a good decision based on someone else's experience. What are YOUR requirements for a trailer? E.g, how many people, pets, beds needed, etc.


What's your tow vehicle and what are the towing specs?
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Old 07-16-2019, 08:08 PM   #3
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....I have a feeling it is not as common, to see people move down to a smaller size in an Escape, once they have owned a large one....Herb

Herb,
I think that is an accurate observation. We've been on the Forum over 4 years, and have frequently seen application of the term "2 foot-itus", but with 2 or 3 exceptions, it's always been to the larger size.


In our case, we thought a lot about how we camp, what we do when camping, and what the future may require with the next-generation of family. We picked a 17 (it also just fits beside our driveway), and are satisfied that it met our criteria.


P.S. on the chance that it may be helpful, here's our posting of reasoning behind our choices, and a 1 year later analysis:

17 Build-one year later
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Old 07-16-2019, 08:22 PM   #4
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Herb,
I think that is an accurate observation. We've been on the Forum over 4 years, and have frequently seen application of the term "2 foot-itus", but with 2 or 3 exceptions, it's always been to the larger size.


In our case, we thought a lot about how we camp, what we do when camping, and what the future may require with the next-generation of family. We picked a 17 (it also just fits beside our driveway), and are satisfied that it met our criteria.


P.S. on the chance that it may be helpful, here's our posting of reasoning behind our choices, and a 1 year later analysis:

17 Build-one year later
Don and Teresa

Thank you for your response and the "one-year later" perspective.

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Old 07-16-2019, 08:41 PM   #5
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The 15B is a really good floor plan and size for camping. But I have thought about upsizing the frame. Building a new frame that would have a bit of a back deck, front deck, and even a wider footprint. Bike storage, a place for a mini split A/C, equipment for longer boondocking stints. Better suspension. This could also apply to a 17.
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Old 07-16-2019, 08:58 PM   #6
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Hi there,
We have actually gone up and down although not always in an Escape trailer.
Our initial trailer was a new 2004 Escape 17B with bunk beds for two little girls. As they grew up, we sold the 17B and purchased a 27 ft 5th wheel, Triple E Topaz. After 4 years, we sold that trailer and left the camping scene for a while. We have now purchased a 2018 Escape 5.0 TA.

17 to 27 and back to 21.

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Old 07-16-2019, 09:13 PM   #7
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Our first Escape was a like new pre-owned 17B; was not aware of the 17A. We quickly got 2'-itis(actually 4) and ordered a 21 as we liked the rear dinette on the 17B yet didn't want to have to convert to a bed daily. With the way we camp I wonder had the first trailer been a 17A would we have really wa nted the 21.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:27 PM   #8
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I think your feeling is correct. Iíve been on the forum for 5 years and my gut is more people move up in size.

In our case we were in a 19 and are moving to a 5.0 after 4 years experience. The key for us was the experience gained in 4 years really solidified our requirements. We looked long and hard at other manufacturers and sizes (we actually wanted to go smaller) and the 5.0 was the best for us in terms of what was most important.
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....a place for a mini split A/C
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:08 AM   #10
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In 2013, we purchased our 19' before the 21' had become available. Although the larger size of the 21' would have been welcome, the floor plan of the 21' does not work for me. However, we are considering a move to the 5.0 in a few years when I retire and have more opportunity for travel. In the meantime, 2 years ago we purchased a 15B and currently have two Escapes! Upsizing or downsizing? I guess we are just confused.
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