Originally Posted by hermenator01
We have a 19 ft. and our tonque weight was with the storage pod up front and dual batteries over 500 lb. Which is way more than need be. We got rid of out 1/2 ton truck and will be towing with a new Audi Q5 diesel. I had an aluminum box build put the batteries in it and mounted it on the rear bumper. Now the tonque weight is approx. 300 lb. I drives nice and no sway.
That is actually very interesting to hear. It is my understanding that Escape made a recent decision not to construct any new 19' trailers with the batteries inside the front dinette. Although my 19' has the batteries in the front dinette, it is one of the last ones that they had allowed this. I really like having the batteries under the front dinette, as it really opened up the storage box for other items.
Apparently, the reason for the change in battery location policy, is due to some type of incident/accident that occurred involving a 19' with poor load distribution, and for which the trailer had the batteries in the front dinette rather than in the front box. Following that incident, all 19's are now manufactured with the batteries up front on the frame or in the front storage box.
"Hermenator" has now indicated that he has moved his batteries to the rear bumper, which would be a much more severe location than the front dinette, and has suffered no apparent unfavorable effects. I have wondered about the real differences in hitch weight having the batteries in the front storage box as compared to being under the front dinette. Until now, I have been avoiding taking measurements and trying to calculate the effect, but maybe it would be worthwhile to do so.