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Old 06-02-2018, 06:37 PM   #1
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Hitch Wheel or Hitch Foot Plate?

Pros/cons/recommendations for 21' Escape!

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Old 06-02-2018, 07:14 PM   #2
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The wheel is only good on smaller trailers where you can move the unit, doubtful with a 21 Escape, get the pad. I have 2 wheels in my garage from other units.
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:25 PM   #3
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On a two-ton double axle trailer, I think a hitch wheel would be of little value except maybe for very small side-to-side adjustments when hitching up, and those wouldn't be easy. With a foot plate, you better be dead on, side-to-side, when hitching because that foot plate doesn't like to move with 400+ lb of dead weight on it.
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:29 PM   #4
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You can always get a wheel later, probably at the free table at a trailer rally. The only time I've been able to shift my 17' trailer, using the wheel, was in my carport on a totally flat, smooth concrete slab. Even that took some considerable effort, and if it starts moving, you have to make some effort to slow or stop it.
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:58 PM   #5
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I always put a section of 2x6 under the hitch wheel and I can make the small changes needed to hitch up easily. A little bump this way or that is usually all it takes. I also have the hitch foot plate - with that on the trailer, you had better be expert at lining up the hitch!
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:10 AM   #6
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We have both .I know it would be very hard to move with either foot plate or wheel If an emergency happens and you need to move trailer a few in .or ft .the wheel will come in handy Jim
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:41 AM   #7
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Hi: vanwinkp... It isn't a "Big wheel" and avail. at most RV stores. I think I have a little used one in my garage that is nearing antique status!!! Alf
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I carried a hitch wheel with my 19 and used it a few times. Two guys on a firm packed surface (no loose stones at all) can fairly easily manoeuvre it around on level ground.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:25 PM   #9
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We have both .I know it would be very hard to move with either foot plate or wheel If an emergency happens and you need to move trailer a few in .or ft .the wheel will come in handy Jim
I second that. You need the wheel to move trailer up to a flat bed tow truck When your trailer breaks down due unexpected accidence. I keep the wheel in the storage box.

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