Originally Posted by Freebird
Why did you pick that over the fifth wheel??
Freebird, you're going to get a dozen different answers when you ask a dozen different people.
The nice thing about the Escape trailers is they come in different sizes and will fulfill different needs of their users. And, as you might have read in some other threads, each size has their own cheerleaders that stand strongly behind/beside/in front/inside their choice of trailer. You'll probably never get them to change their mind, which is kind of funny reading all those posts with someone defending "their" size trailer and others stepping in defending theirs.
Anyway, getting a bit off track (as usual). What you need to decide is HOW you're going to use the trailer, when and if you decide to purchase one. Decide what is important to you and what you can compromise on the stuff that's not as important. View the different sizes and sit on the dinette, flop on the bed, pretend you're using the kitchen and bathroom. That way you can see how you fit inside the trailer. If you're going to be sharing it with someone else, bring that person along to see how the two (or three, or whatever) of you will fit in there.
For us, we were fortunate enough to view a 19, a 5.0TA and two 21 trailers, all within a fairly close time frame. I took bunches of photos to refer to later. I was pretty sure I didn't want a 19 as I like to hang my feet over the side of the bed and that would be hard to do in a 19 (a 17 was never in the running). But I wanted to see it before I made that decision. And even though we knew that wasn't "our" size, we did learn from the owners, so we're thankful for that.
The 21 was the first and last trailers we viewed. The first one had the regular dinette and the second had the u-shaped, which I was very interested in seeing. We now have that style on order.
Originally we were going to get a 5.0, but after seeing how the hitch fits in the bed (someone sent me a photo), we decided to go with the 21 so I could have full use of the Tundra's bed (yet to be purchased).
Now my reasons for that probably aren't the same as everyone else's. I vend with my rubber stamped crafts (coasters, clocks and magnets) at local craft shows. However, I want to expand outside my area and that's one of the reasons for getting this trailer (among others). The coasters and clocks are stamped on ceramic tile, so they can (and do!) break. I didn't want them inside the trailer where they could get flung around like Galloping Gertie, so they need to be stored in either the truck's cab or bed. I also vend with 5 to 6 foot high wire grid panels, as well as large folding plastic tables. It was determined they would not fit in the bed of the truck with the 5th wheel hitch.
So, after you view some of the trailers (and there should be some within a reasonable driving distance of where you live), think about how you want to use it and go from there. While we don't have our trailer, we're really looking forward to getting it and using it for many years to come (knock on wood).