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Old 05-19-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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Question for taller folks

My wife and I have made the deposit on a new 17b Escape. We are fortunate to live near Leon in MN so we saw the trailer first hand. He was very gracious with his time and answered many of our questions. I am close to 6'2" and when standing in the trailer I am just barely touching the ceiling and ducking when under AC. At first I thought that would be tolerable but I may be having second thoughts. We have the opportunity to change the order to a 19. Do any of you taller folks out there who own a 17 regret not getting the 19 for the added ceiling height. There are other obvious pros and cons to the decision of which trailer to buy but we are just focusing on that issue right now.

We would appreciate your comments on this.


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Old 05-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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hmmm... I'm a bit short of 6'2, so can't really comment on the 17 vs 19 question. But I can say at whatever height, brushing the ceiling would drive me crazy. This is a big purchase. It's worth it to get it right.

The 19 isn't much more expensive than the 17 ($3000 extra), and in addition to the extra height you get a dinette for 4 and generally more space. As long as the extra towing requirements (4000lbs for the 19 instead of 3500lbs for the 17) don't mean you need a new tow vehicle, I'd seriously consider it.


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Old 05-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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I'm 6-2 and have the 19 footer. Ceiling head room is no problem. My head, however, just barely brushing the A/C unit (Carrier brand) and is NOT a problem for me.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:26 PM   #4
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I am 6'1-3/4 and clear the ceiling just fine in Rick's 19.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
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I have been shrinking slightly as the years go by so maybe I will settle into the 17b. Are there any 15 or 17 owners out there who are 6'2" or taller?
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #6
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How much time do you plan to be standing around in the trailer? I guess it depends on your trailer lifestyle. If you're the cook and will be cooking indoors most of the time, it would probably be an issue - nothing worse than being stooped over a stove. But if, when you're in the trailer you find yourself mainly sitting in the dinette or sleeping, it's probably not a big issue. What about the clearance in the washroom? Is there more headroom there in a 19? We have a 17B and don't have a problem but neither of us are vertically blessed! What about the bed length?
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:10 PM   #7
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The only time I seem to stand up straight is when I'm getting measured at the doctor's office . Truly, think about it. When you're standing at the sink doing dishes or at the stove cooking... you're often bend slightly at the waist and neck. If you're standing up perfectly straight you're not paying attention to what you're doing .

I would think choosing one size of trailer over the other would have more to do with bed size, layout, etc. YMMV
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:23 PM   #8
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I am just taller than 6'-2" and my new 19' is just high enough inside so that I am not scraping the ceiling. However I do bump the air conditioner. I am happy with the clearance in the 19.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:42 AM   #9
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I'm 6'6" (but I used to be 6' 7") and have crossed this continent with my 6' 2" wife in a 13-ft Burro, and then in a 16-ft Scamp, and we're still married.

My feeling is when you get into your travel trailer you usually sit right down, or you lie down. When you need something you reach for it, then sit back down again. If you are extra tall you have long gotten used to ducking your head, anyway.

Oddly, when in May I proposed yet aother big trip, dear one read me the riot act, and cut me down that full inch. This could, in fact, be why last week it was so easy to get permission to order a 19-ft Escape.

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