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Old 02-23-2015, 03:18 PM   #15
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hey ice breaker: where does the bunk go? I need a trailer for five, sounds like you like yours.
In the Escape 19', the optional bunk fits above the front dinette. My 13yr old daughter has used the bunk quite a lot in preference to the dinette bed, as she finds it more comfortable. My 19yr old son also finds the bunk comfortable for his 6' 4" frame. Escape puts a 200 lb weight limit recommendation on the bunk, but one of the employees at Escape told me they have confirmed with informal testing that it would hold much more than that.
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:59 PM   #16
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My ParkLiner has the bunk option. My wife and I have taken my 10 year old daughter and neice camping along with a big chocolate lab. There was enough room for us to be comfortable. The girls love the bunk bed! Also the wet bath is priceless.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:08 PM   #17
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We're a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 small kids 5&6) We camp in a 13ft Uhaul. We have dogs too. It's tight but we mainly use it just for sleeping. We setup a screen room outside where we mostly sit/eat. We only hang out inside when it's really cold or rainy. So it really depends on what your expectations are. Mine are to keep our children active and outside; not inside on video games/movies (though we do travel with portable dvd player for use during rainy times). We moved up from tent camping to have a more "permanent" tent setup ready to go at a moments notice for weekend trips. We rarely camp for more than 3 nights except for probably 1x per year.

From what I've seen most of the 16ft models are setup for 2 or maybe 3. Sounds like the parkliner and some of the larger trailers may handle more. I've never understood why there are not more 16ft sleeps 4 models out there. I'd be tempted to step up to one. But I don't want to have to buy a new bigger vehicle to tow with so a 19ft isn't in the cards for us as roomy as that might be.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:07 AM   #18
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..,From what I've seen most of the 16ft models are setup for 2 or maybe 3. Sounds like the parkliner and some of the larger trailers may handle more. I've never understood why there are not more 16ft sleeps 4 models out there...

Both Scamp and Casita offer 16' layouts that can sleep 4 or more. Scamp layouts 3, 4, and 7 all have front bunks. The Casita 16SD can be ordered with side bunks and/or front bunks (non-deluxe). The availability is there, but few are actually sold. The majority of new units are sold to couples. That's why you don't find too many family-oriented used fiberglass trailers for sale.

Why don't more families buy new fiberglass trailers? My theory is that in the McMansion generation, you can get a lot more space for the money in the world of stickies.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:36 AM   #19
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But even large stickies usually sleep four as a max.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:39 AM   #20
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That's good to know Jon. I always buy used (cars, house, camper...) so I just haven't seen many. You do make a good point. It's a shame that more families don't see the value of a smaller camper vs a "condo on wheels."
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:59 AM   #21
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But even large stickies usually sleep four as a max.

Possibly true, but another reason for the apparent preference for large stickies is the number of toys young families seem to want to bring, many of them motorized. During family camping season (as opposed to snowbird season) toy haulers predominate in local campgrounds.
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:42 AM   #22
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We camp with a family of 4 in a Scamp 13'. We all range 5'8" - 6'2". You can make it work and we like it. Other requirements will likely dictate your choice (how much space you want, tow limits on your vehicle, etc....).

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Old 02-24-2015, 03:02 PM   #23
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We THREE (Dad, 11 yr old daughter, 50 lb Aussie) are very comfortable in our Scamp 16. We could easily add another human to our camping bunch but they would have to sleep on the lower front bunk. The upper front is my daughter’s, the rear dinette permanently set up as a bed is mine, and the floor belongs to the dog. We leave the lower front cushions at home and use the lower bunk area as storage. If we need a table or tables inside we use light TV trays. I missed out on a 13’ U-Haul years ago at a fantastic price but am MUCH happier with the 16’ Scamp. It still tows very easily behind my old F-150 and is small but comfortable on rainy days. I even envision some long-term solo (well duo, me and the dog) when my daughter no longer wants to hang with Dad and go camping. I feel that the Scamp 16 will be ideal for that once I do the front dinette mod.
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One man's "cozy" is another man's "crowded . My wife ,I and our dog find our 17 ft Casita crowded at times , That's when I get banished to the great outdoors.
The 21 ft Escape is looking more inviting after every camping trip.
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One man's "cozy" is another man's "crowded . My wife ,I and our dog find our 17 ft Casita crowded at times , That's when I get banished to the great outdoors.
The 21 ft Escape is looking more inviting after every camping trip.
That 4 foot-itis. Best look at the 5.0 as well Raz
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That 4 foot-itis. Best look at the 5.0 as well Raz
We are planning a trip to the West Coast in September to view Donna's new Escape 5.0 TA "Ten Forward" . After my wife views Donna' s trailer, I already know what the next step will be. I am starting to save my pennies.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:05 PM   #27
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We are planning a trip to the West Coast in September to view Donna's
new Escape 5.0 TA "Ten Forward" . After my wife views Donna' s trailer,
I already know what the next step will be. I am already saving my pennies.
You may as well drive through Chilliwack on your way home. Best to place your order in person.
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You may as well drive through Chilliwack on your way home. Best to place your order in person.
That sounds like a good idea . I will need to get a passport for my wife and our dog over the Summer but it may simplify the whole process.
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