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Oregonian 12-15-2014 11:41 AM

17B with Gaucho Option
Hello all. I am seeking input/advice regarding my ongoing trailer search. I had narrowed my search to either an Escape 19 or Bigfoot 21. Recently I was made aware of the Escape 17B with the Gaucho option, and that is where I am seeking input.

Our criteria:

Must sleep four (2 adults and 2 boys- 10 & 11) in relative comfort;

We want to stay as light and small as possible, but our tow vehicle can tow 10k pounds, so the weight is not an issue in that regard;

We will frequently eat and sleep outdoors as weather permits, but we live in the PNW so sometimes it is cold and wet for a few days and indoors will be the ticket;

In short, I want as little trailer as we need, but not too little!

What say you, particularly from owners with two kiddos...

Thanks, Jeff (anyone near Central Oregon owning a 17B that we can look at let me know)

gbaglo 12-15-2014 11:53 AM

We have 17B without gaucho and kids don't camp with us. About the age of 12 they have no interest in sleeping in the same room as parents. If they camp at all, they move into their own "room", a tent.
If you went with 17B and gaucho, you will spend a lot of time converting rear dinette to bed and vice versa ( so four can eat at the table ).
We have friends who have a 19, permanent rear bed and four-person front dinette. In inclement weather, we gather in the 19 to eat or play cards.
If I was able to do-over, I'd go with the 19 and either a Highlander or Pilot tow.

santacruzer 12-15-2014 12:00 PM

We had a 17B for two years, although no gaucho bed, and it was great for two adults and a 60 pound Elkhound. Still, we wanted a permanent bed and larger dinette, so now have a 19, and are loving it after the first trip. We tend to eat outside also, but the extra room does go a long way.

Jim Bennett 12-15-2014 12:17 PM

The Bigfoots are great trailers, but you would have to go to a 21', or larger, to sleep 4. Their smaller ones just don't have the room on the two beds, unless you really want to sleep tight. At least with the 17A, you do have the gaucho option, which will let you sleep 4. Of course the 17 is even better, but then longer, wider and somewhat heavier. There is usually just two of us, and our dog, and we love the 19.

Loren & Cathy 12-15-2014 12:24 PM

With your tow vehicle, you have all of your options open. I think the advice given on the previous posts is spot on. There is a huge difference between the 17 and 19, and with 4 people I think the extra room in the 19 would be very appreciated. But things change. We changed our mind from a 17 ft. Casita to a 19 ft. Escape. And after seeing the 19 and 21 Escapes side by side, we ordered the 21. And it was a 13 ft. Scamp that first got us interested in fiberglass trailers. I would suggest going to ETI and comparing every model they have. Being in them physically shows everything in a way that no picture or brochure can do. Good luck with your decision and you want it to be the correct one. Loren

Oregonian 12-15-2014 01:59 PM

Thanks all, some very good points to consider. I am trying to be as flexible as possible, particularly if shopping for a used trailer. I have looked at Bigfoot, Casita, Escape, Oliver and Scamp and I think they all make a really good product, with pros and cons for each. There is a really nice 2011 Casita 17 Deluxe that is for sale 20 minutes from me that is very tempting, but I think it might be too small for longer trips. For long weekends and in fair weather I think it would be really nice, but we plan on taking many longer trips during school breaks and summers. That's why I'm thinking 19' or 21' as a minimum. I agree with several of the posts that having a permanent bed is a great idea, less hassle and convenient for those quick naps that sometime happen after a long day outdoors! I also need to look at the issue of adequate storage and the 19's and 21's seem to shine there. Headroom is also a consideration, as I am almost 6'3".

gbaglo 12-15-2014 02:03 PM

19 is also wider than the 17, which makes a difference in the kitchen area, one person trying to get past another.

LeonW 12-15-2014 02:19 PM

If you are serious about doing longer trips and having 4 people stay in the trailer, I would strongly point you toward a 19 or 21. We had a 17 which we really liked for just the two of us. But due to some inclement weather and some minor health issues on our spring get-away, we ended up spending much more time inside the trailer than we anticipated. So we upsized to a 21. When we spent 3 weeks coming back in the fall, we really appreciated the extra space.

GBaglo's advice about the kids moving out is sound. We used to go on family vacations in our westphalia, but about the time the kids hit 12 or 13 they preferred the second tent to the attic of the VW. But even so, you will find that 4 people inside a 17 will be "tight".

tractors1 12-15-2014 02:19 PM

I'm 6-1 and the 21 headroom works good, particularly with the digital thermostat so there are no knobs protruding on the bottom of the AC. Bed is also plenty long enough, at 80 inches long. Tend not to spend much time vertically anyway unless the weather truly sucks........

jamie beers 12-15-2014 05:04 PM

I would expect the bathroom height in the 17b to be too small for you.

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