Welcome to the board jrw.
We're new here also.....and to the whole fiberglass trailer thing. We first learned about the Casita and went to look at a few. While looking at one of those, we also got to see a Big Foot. Much wider but also much heavier. The more research I did, the more brands we saw. Once I saw the Scamp 5th wheel we both immediatly decided on the 5th wheel however, the bed in the Scamp definately wasn't going to work for us (I'm 6'4").
Couple that along with other things (the option for all season insulation and dual pane windows of the Escape, and the ability to have the factory do personal modifications while it's being built, etc.)....it ended up being the Escape 5.0.
Alf played no part in the decision
however, the photos that he sent to us and answering our quesitons certainly helped us feel much more confident in our decision. Working with Tammy and Reace at the factory has only clinched it for us. They sure make you feel like you're the only one that they're making a trailer for and nobody else counts. That's spelled....unequal, one on one customer service!
We were looking at the 19 originally and like anything, they both have pros and cons as it relates to their different styles. For the 19' you have a much broader choice of tow vehicles from vans, to SUVs to trucks all with more storage space in the tow vehicle. For the 5.0.....it's strictly a truck.
For us (just the two of us, getting ready to retire) the advantage of having the bed out of the living area and the ability to put a small curtain across the steps for when one of us is still up at night or one of us is up earlier than the other, in the morning....so just a bit more space and seperation. At the same time, another deciding factor was the over all length of the truck and 5.0 is a bit shorter than the truck and 19'. There were many other deciding factors and you'll learn about them as you read here, talk with owners, etc.