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Old 05-16-2014, 06:29 PM   #11
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I suspect the 15 was designed with a single propane tank and a single battery - maybe even without the bathroom initially. But with the bathroom and kitchen in front and the addition of a second propane tank, a second battery, and now the storage box, it might be worth reevaluating the balancing act of the dry weight trailer.
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So, should the axle be moved further forward to compensate for the options that add more weight to the tongue ? Adding weight behind the axle to decrease tongue weight does not seem like a good strategy and could cause sway.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:39 PM   #12
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So, should the axle be moved further forward to compensate for the options that add more weight to the tongue ? Adding weight behind the axle to decrease tongue weight does not seem like a good strategy and could cause sway.
Definitely. You did get the moveable wheel well and the slider axle options, right?

Seriously, that is one of the issues with any trailer with variable options and loading.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:33 AM   #13
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Yep, I'm spending too much time reading the forums. Reace et. al. have it under control.

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On the 15’, the axle is pretty close to the center point on the body which makes it fairly easy to incorrectly load it and have too little on the hitch. Depending on the vehicle, an EQ hitch may be necessary to balance the hitch load, however this is far better than having it sway on the highway.

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Old 05-23-2014, 04:16 PM   #14
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Hello Jim,
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.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:43 PM   #15
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Hello Jim,
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.
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I would expect the difference between front dinette and storage box to be minor, since you're only moving the battery(s) a few feet. But front storage box to rear bumper is another matter.

I'd be a tad nervous with only 300lbs on the hitch, in a trailer the size/weight of a 19.
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I measured my tongue weight today, trailer is loaded, with 10 gallons in fresh, still need to put in food. Scale said 460#, so I may be approaching 500# once loaded with food and 8 gallons drinking water in containers on the bath floor.
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