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Old 06-17-2016, 12:41 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what the approximate tongue weight will be for the 19 including propane and two 6v batteries?
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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If you go here: http://lakeshoreimages.com/spreadsheets/Weight.xls
you will find trailer and tongue weights.
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:42 PM   #3
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If you go here: http://lakeshoreimages.com/spreadsheets/Weight.xls
you will find trailer and tongue weights.
Thanks, that is excellent info. Gives me a good idea of what to expect. Range for the 19 is from 220 to 480 pounds. I'm guessing that with full propane and two batteries it will be closer to the 480 number.
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My 19' tongue weight was around 425# and my 21' weight was 500#.....
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My 19' tongue weight was around 425# and my 21' weight was 500#.....
Did you have a two-battery setup?
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Yes in the 21 but not in the 19
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Ours comes in at 400 lbs with the storage box, Dual 6v batteries and dual tanks.

But of course, any cargo under the dinette benches will affect that, as well as how much gear in the box.


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If you go here: http://lakeshoreimages.com/spreadsheets/Weight.xls
you will find trailer and tongue weights.
These are measured in loaded condition: with everything the owners were carrying in the trailer, varying amounts of fresh water, varying amounts of waste water, varying amounts of propane and lots of variation in equipment.

It looks like chinaski has already figured out that in this list a 19' is shown as "dual axle".

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Gives me a good idea of what to expect. Range for the 19 is from 220 to 480 pounds. I'm guessing that with full propane and two batteries it will be closer to the 480 number.
It could be in the upper part of that range... but unless you are comparing everything in all of these trailers to your planned configuration, you don't really know.

480 pounds is not some sort of limit - it's just the highest value that was observed in this small sample of Escape 19' owners. If someone had not shared their 480 pound tongue weight in 2014, it would look like 460 pounds is the top of the range; for all we know one of the vast majority of owners who has never submitted their tongue weight is running over 500 pounds. If you choose the options that lead to the highest tongue weight (dual batteries is the biggest factor in that), don't have any fresh water in tank, have full waste tanks, and carry a bunch of heavy stuff in front of the trailer, you could certainly go higher.

220 pounds is not a limit either (although it is extraordinarily low for a 19'). If someone had not shown up in Oregon with their 220 pound tongue weight, it would look like 240 pounds is the bottom of the range. These values are already less than the trailer's tongue weight empty and with no options; someone out there may be teetering around the roads with even less on the tongue, probably due to a big box or cargo or stack of bikes on the back. If that 220 lb trailer had a single battery and empty propane tanks, and you did exactly what they did but added dual batteries and full propane tanks, you would be still be at about 310 pounds of tongue weight... and you could go even lower.

I think those actual loaded weights provide a good reality check for people who have unrealistic expectations (such as being barely over the dry and empty weight), but they don't tell you what your trailer will weigh.
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Can anyone tell me what the approximate tongue weight will be for the 19 including propane and two 6v batteries?
I wrote up the particulars on our 19 about a week ago. 450 on the tongue, 3680 on the trailer weight ready for a three week outing. This is as you describe with propane, dual 6's leveling and stabilization stuff in the box. I could lighten the front end some by moving some stuff to the right rear hatch but this load works good for us with the Highlander. We use a WDH and like the way the 19 tows with it. It's the standard WDH from Escape.
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:19 PM   #10
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I wrote up the particulars on our 19 about a week ago. 450 on the tongue, 3680 on the trailer weight ready for a three week outing. This is as you describe with propane, dual 6's leveling and stabilization stuff in the box. I could lighten the front end some by moving some stuff to the right rear hatch but this load works good for us with the Highlander. We use a WDH and like the way the 19 tows with it. It's the standard WDH from Escape.
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More great info - thanks! I can see that the WDH is going to be a must for our tow vehicle - a Nissan Xterra.
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