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Old 06-28-2015, 07:44 AM   #31
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How tall are you? The 17 has a lower ceiling, and that's another consideration that really impacts the feel and function of the interior space.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:22 PM   #32
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Also dual axles give you twice the braking power...
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:44 PM   #33
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We purchased the 19' as this was the first time we had towed anything. As it is, the 19' is still "challenging" to us, no matter what any one says. (So many experienced campers have told us that a double axle is much harder to back up/park than a single.) That said, after our two week camping trip in Oregon with our two dogs (one small, one medium) we decided that a larger Escape may be in our near future, even though it may mean a bigger tow vehicle. (We had a bit of rainy weather so spent a fair amount of time indoors which really gives you an appreciation the space you have.) We're not going to do anything about going bigger right now, but I'm certainly glad we didn't go smaller. You need to do what feels right for you, but I have a feeling that you'll be very happy with the 21' after you get the hang of it.
I actually find the 5.0TA easier to back up/park than the Scamp 19 (single axle 5er) I previously owned. The Scamp seemed to swing rapidly with the slightest turn of the TV's steering wheel. Still, any trailer with a short wheel base in relation to the TV's rear wheels will be more difficult to back than one with a longer wheel base. If you want to get proficient backing a camping trailer, practice backing a dump cart attached to a lawn tractor.
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:58 PM   #34
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Also dual axles give you twice the braking power...
...but 880 more pounds to stop.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:34 PM   #35
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...but 880 more pounds to stop.
Agreed!
The weight is one of the reasons for the additional axle and brakes.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:34 PM   #36
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I actually find the 5.0TA easier to back up/park than the Scamp 19 (single axle 5er) I previously owned. If you want to get proficient backing a camping trailer, practice backing a dump cart attached to a lawn tractor.
Or better yet, a lawn cart attached to your Z-turn mower, in the dark,with a storm coming,while slightly under the influence.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:44 PM   #37
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Fwiw, I got 'sized out' of an Escape when they discontinued the 15 because I didn't feel a 17b would be fun to tow with my V6 3500lb tow rated Jeep. As other said, YMMV.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:48 PM   #38
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Isnt that matching a trailer to your TV? Not the best way to choose is it? Dont ask how I may know this.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:49 PM   #39
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Or better yet, a lawn cart attached to your Z-turn mower, in the dark,with a storm coming,while slightly under the influence.
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Now who would do that?
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:53 PM   #40
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Isnt that matching a trailer to your TV? Not the best way to choose is it? Dont ask how I may know this.
If you're suggesting I'd drive a vehicle other than a Wrangler, I say..... um...... no.

I'd forgo the trailer entirely before I replaced the Wrangler! My 13' trailer suits me just fine!
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