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Old 11-02-2008, 03:21 PM   #1
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Escape 19' tandem axle


I'm sure we'll hear from Reace on this. My buddy, Keath, is on the list for the new 19' Escape. He's been grilling Reace about the tandem axle. After all, it takes up more interior space than a single axle. It also adds at least 200 lbs. to the trailer. And, Reace admits that a single axle is plenty adequate. The problem is marketing. It seems that customers want that extra axle.
A compromise, that deals with the weight issue is to use a single axle and close in the wheel wells with a skirt. So, you get a lighter trailer, but you don't gain any interior space.

So, anybody want to explain to me why they really, really want a tandem axle?

Reace did a photoshop version of a single axle and maybe he'll post that.

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Old 11-02-2008, 04:52 PM   #2
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

Safety, it helps to prevent the trailer from swaying around. I will not buy the 19' if it is single axle, we would end up going with the 17' instead. And also it looks better for a trailer of that length to have 2 axles.
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:57 PM   #3
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

A tandem axle trailer can be easier to back up since the tires tend to scrub through a moderately tight turn, and this makes the trailer tend to track in a straighter line. This can be a false advantage as it restricts your ability to back it easily into a tigh spot.

I like the single axle 17' Escape, I can put it almost anywhere I could park a car and I can move it easily by hand into a tight parking spot in the backyard.

I think either a single or dual axle is fine.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:35 PM   #4
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

hi all
So - I'm the guy that's been giving poor Rease the gears about the tandem axel - sorry Rease.
My biggest concern is the overall weight. I have this new Santa Fe that is rated for 3500 Lbs and I need to account for all the odds & sods including wife and dog and I really don't want to have to get a different/bigger tow vehicle to make it all work.
Some of the other concerns I have are the lost interior space - I think interior storage is very valuable.
Current thought is that a part of the wheel well will intrude into the shower box - not a big deal since it is directly under the corner sink anyway.
The second axel is about 200 lbs as Glenn says - so it's a significant chunk of the weight equation.
I appreciate the comments on sway and turning - thanks.
At the end of the day I'm sure it's going to all work out. Rease and Tammy are certianly very accomodating and extremely patient.
Had a look at the 19' - it's at a preliminary stage now but is really exciting to see it start to take shape - a facinating process to watch.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:23 PM   #5
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

Hi: Keath...I would think that along with the stability issue, weight distribution over the two axles coupled with the added length necessitates the dual axles. Our 5.0 is so well balanced if I step on the rear bumper my 200+#s will raise the trailer off the front landing gear!!! What I wondered about was the 13" tires Then again bigger tires mean bigger wheel wells.
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

I have also ordered a 19 from Reace due to the extra room and double axle.
IMHO a double axle sways less, is more forgiving in how you load it weight wise etc.
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle


Have to ask. Those of you who have ordered or plan to order the 19, what is or will be your tow vehicle?

My RAV4 V6 is more than adequate for the 17.

Also, I think the tires on the 19 are larger than 13 inch. Could be wrong. I have 15 inch on my 17.

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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

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Have to ask. Those of you who have ordered or plan to order the 19, what is or will be your tow vehicle?

My RAV4 V6 is more than adequate for the 17.

Also, I think the tires on the 19 are larger than 13 inch. Could be wrong. I have 15 inch on my 17.

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I plan on using my 09 Honda Pilot with a V6, which is rated for 4,500 lbs. I like to have a fair bit more capacity then what I will pull. Pulling anywhere near your rated capacity is always problematic, especially if you need passing power, or plan to drive in hilly country.

I noticed that the latest tire size for the 19' moved up to a 14" from a 13".
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:41 AM   #9
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

I will be towing with my wife's '06 Grand Cherokee with the Hemi which is rated for 7300 lbs.
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Re: Escape 19' tandem axle

I will be pulling the 19 with a 07 Toyota Tacoma, rated at 6500.
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