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Old 11-03-2008, 04:42 PM   #11
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

I will be pulling my 19' with a Kia Sorrento rated at 5000 lbs. I will aso be towing with my '52 Chev that has been upgraded with an S-10 pickup front suspension, power disc brakes, power steering and an upgraded and modified 6 cylinder motor.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:11 PM   #12
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

Along with the queen size bed, the tandem axle was a big selling point on the 19' for my husband and me. Aside from increased stability, if you suffer a tire blow-out you have a much better chance of safely pulling over if you have four wheels rather than two.

If 200 pounds is going to make a huge difference in pulling a trailer, I would think either a smaller trailer or a larger tow vehicle would be in order. JMHO.

At this point, we are planning to pull the 19' with an 18-year-old Dodge diesel pickup that is rated for 7500 lbs.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:18 PM   #13
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

I have a Ford F250 with a PowerStroke diesel in it I could use too, but that would be total overkill. I hope to do some trips of great distance in the near future, and want something more economical. This is one of the big reasons I went for the '09 Honda Pilot, one of the best towing capacities for mid-sized SUV's. The Ford is relegated to pull construction trailers now.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:08 PM   #14
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

So Rease, what will it be? Single or Double.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:30 PM   #15
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

If you look at the mold they are reshaping, it will show you that it is being built for a double. Though not absolutely necessary for that weight, I would prefer it.
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:54 PM   #16
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle


Escape is going with the double axle. The compromise available to my buddy is he gets a single axle and a skirt to cover part of the double well for appearance, but it doesn't change the interior space. It does reduce the weight a couple hundred pounds.

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Old 11-05-2008, 03:06 AM   #17
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

The info about tow vehicles is VERY helpful. I'm going to get mine soon. Is there any estimate of the weight for the 19 footer. That's the one I'm interested in. I'm thinking 5,000 lbs of towing capacity at a minimum should do it. Only things I've ever towed before were sailboats, and I'm sure there's a world of difference!

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Old 11-05-2008, 04:57 AM   #18
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

Base weight is projected at about 2,800 lbs I believe, so depending upon how you load it, 3,500 lb towing capacity and up will do it. I believe it is always nice to have a bit of a buffer. While I too prefer to have a good bit extra capacity, I opted for a V6 for fuel economy for both when towing as well as regular driving.
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:48 AM   #19
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

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Escape is going with the double axle. The compromise available to my buddy is he gets a single axle and a skirt to cover part of the double well for appearance, but it doesn't change the interior space. It does reduce the weight a couple hundred pounds.

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Wow! Escape is an amazing company to do that for a customer!
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:49 AM   #20
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

If you were always travelling on a smooth, quality pavement you could do with a single axle. Our experience is that we love to explore remote areas off the beaten path.Two years ago on the Old Denali Highway, a gravel road in Alaska, all three springs sheared off on the left side of our camping trailer. I would have pulled out a lot less hair had we had two axles. For work I trailer a 7000 pound boat on a double axle trailer over a substandard road with heaves and shears. Twice I have rolled into town with one bearing and spindle shot with the tire wobbly, about to fall off. The second axle allows you to make it to the next service station. It beats getting stranded. By opting for a single axle you are giving up that added margin of safety and security. In my opinion its not worth it to sacrifice the second axle to save 200 pounds. We camped last month at Cape Palmerston, just south of Cape Scott on northwest Vancouver Island. It seemed like 35 of the 70 km of logging road to get there was washboard. The trailer was shook half to death. Old trailer for sale - cheap!

We will be towing the 19' Escape with our GMC Sierra half ton. It has a towing capacity of 6000 pounds.
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