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Old 07-12-2015, 09:46 AM   #31
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Incredible bad luck, Fran&Dave! If you need an extra hand for the install/repair please let me know.

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Old 07-12-2015, 09:57 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by MyronL View Post
Incredible bad luck, Fran&Dave! If you need an extra hand for the install/repair please let me know.
Thanks Myron! I think we've got it far anyway!

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Old 07-12-2015, 01:46 PM   #33
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It looks like we've run out of observations about the effect on an Escape of rough roads, and suggestions for managing the effect of jolting on trailer contents. An obvious remaining topic is reducing the jolting with suspension improvement. There's no need to reopen the discussion here, but I suggest a look at previous discussions of adding shock absorbers, which would reduce the jolting.

Also, the washboard question was the subject of a previous discussion: Washboard roads
There is also the previous extended discussion of rough roads in general: Any Damage From Driving on Rough Roads?
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:26 PM   #34
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Coming in from the 59, which is what we did, wasn't that bad. But exiting out toward Zion from the "campground" was terrible. I'm serious, DON'T do it. Very steep grades, washboards, huge dips and rocks. The only passerby I saw looked at me like I was nuts. It should not be classified as 1. It's worse than it looks.

Did you have any clearance issues? The pictures show similar areas to where I expect to travel, but mostly in BC.
If there are seriously sharp corners to back out of or turn around in, I have found disconnecting the WDH worthwhile as they tend to fall out anyway. I'll likely be disconnecting them in any slow or low speed backroad travel as the likelihood of me having to turnaround at some point in a less than ideal area is high-as my ever suffering wife has discovered.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:19 AM   #35
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I did not have clearance issues, and I do not have the high lift axle. I disconnected the WDH springs because I was concerned about too much strain on the hitch receiver and frame. But, the trailer seemed a lot less stable. I'm not sure that it was the right decision.

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