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Old 05-26-2014, 05:18 PM   #11
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If I was willing to buy a new tow vehicle, I would go with the 19 for the extra 4" width in the aisle ( so you can pass somebody working in the kitchen area ) and for the four seat dinette ( we leave the bed at the rear as a bed, leaving only a two person dinette in the front ).
Any time we're with another couple who have a 19', we end up in their trailer for dinner or cards in inclement weather.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:05 PM   #12
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Larry & Liz,
I think your build sheet is terrific. Is the gaucho bunk ready different from the gaucho bunk? We are interested in the gaucho bunk option but would prefer to have the regular front dinette setup without the back rest gaucho cushion against the front wall and only take when needed, otherwise leave it home.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:43 PM   #13
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Larry & Liz,
I think your build sheet is terrific. Is the gaucho bunk ready different from the gaucho bunk? We are interested in the gaucho bunk option but would prefer to have the regular front dinette setup without the back rest gaucho cushion against the front wall and only take when needed, otherwise leave it home.
Maureen
Of course the caveat to my answer is that I could be wrong (I may be an idiot pretending to be someone buying a 17b etc) and you really should get your answer from ETI. That being said here goes:

We want the option to take our grand kids (when it doesn't rain out camping). However putting in the gaucho means we would loose a few inches over by the dinette plus you have the gaucho slab up against the front end. We don't want that since the kiddies won't be with us very often at all.

Gaucho ready costs 50.00 and are built in little supports to hold the bunk. When we decide we want the gaucho bunk we slip out to ETI with the extra custom material we've purchased and the factory will put in the bunk and make the necessary adjustments to store the bunk against the front wall. Going out to ETI may not be an option for people living a great distance from the factory. But we are less than an hour from ETI so it works for us.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:54 PM   #14
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I had asked for the toilet shutoff valve addition for my 19' completed this past January and Reace no longer installed the valve as an option. From what I understand, and have confirmed by looking at my trailer, he is now using flex line to connect the toilet to the water supply so he believes a shut off valve isn't needed.
Liz emailed ETI and it is still an option. Perhaps overkill but only $25 which when considering the total cost of this project seems like nothing.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:03 PM   #15
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If I was willing to buy a new tow vehicle, I would go with the 19 for the extra 4" width in the aisle ( so you can pass somebody working in the kitchen area ) and for the four seat dinette ( we leave the bed at the rear as a bed, leaving only a two person dinette in the front ).
Any time we're with another couple who have a 19', we end up in their trailer for dinner or cards in inclement weather.
Glen. Liz and I went around and around between the 17b and 19. I bet for many people that is the biggest issue. We finally decided to stay small for a variety of reasons: lighter, smaller trailer. I think it will be easier to navigate through cities, easier on the highways for us since we have never towed (we had a stick trailer at Cultus for years but never towed it ourselves. It leaked and now we want an egg). We decided to stick with the original vision of having something small enough not to be a huge bother but something with a bed we wouldn't have to put up and down, eat in and bathroom. Open highways here we come. I can hardly wait to retire but have maybe 2 1/2 years to go. Till then it is vacations and wknds.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:13 PM   #16
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Thanks Jim for your suggestions. We've added the toilet shut off valve, the EZ winterize to the sheet (costs total of 60.00). We'll add the digital thermostat when Liz confirms with ETI that we won't have the AC knobs protruding from the unit. We are skipping on the easy lube wheels cause we are so close to ETI that we will be getting the factory to do all the maintainence (plus I suck at mechanics and Liz would probably not want to do it).
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:39 AM   #17
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Hi Larry & Liz,
Did you give any thought to a battery isolator switch?
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:30 PM   #18
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One thing to think about is getting the two burner stove and then having it rotated 90 degrees. This option give you a little more counter space.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:00 PM   #19
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Did you give any thought to a battery isolator switch?
Maureen
I didn't know that such a thing existed much less gave one any thought.

I did a bit of web searching using the phrase. Nothing showed up on my Escape forum search. It looks like something we can do later. I think we may be experiencing trailer research fatigue.

Can you help understand what it does.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:05 PM   #20
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One thing to think about is getting the two burner stove and then having it rotated 90 degrees. This option give you a little more counter space.
We thought about that but learned the large burner is near the wall, so Liz nixed that idea. Plus we went to the BC EGG Rally this wknd in FT Langley and saw some nice couple's 17b escape that had a 3 burner which they like. So we r staying with the three burner.
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