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Old 04-23-2014, 04:00 PM   #1
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Towing the new 21'

I'm all level in the trailer and measured the truck to ground distance, 37.5 for the front and the rear is 36.5 so I have a one inch squat. Truck is filled in the bed and the trailer is packed and full and is wet, with water in the water heater and 10 gallons in fresh, grey/black empty. I was going to install the Andersen, but found out that they shipped me the wrong hardware for the 4" frame. So I'm going to leave the 1" difference until I get the correct parts. I think I'll be okay.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:17 PM   #3
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I'm absolutely sure that a one-inch rake over the wheelbase of the truck is not significant to anything. As long as the rear axle load is not excessive, there's no problem. Enjoy your travels!

Also, is there really a reference point about a yard off the ground which is consistent at the front and rear axles? Most vehicles don't have exactly the same height of fender openings on each end... but the Ram 1500 might be the exception.
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To your point Brian that's why when measuring ride height there is a specific procedure that in the gm world is referred to as the "Z" ride height measurement which uses frame height and not body heights as there is a lot of variance in body measurements
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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Just got back from a 12 hour tow from the Tennessee rally. I averaged 13 mpg and towed without the Andersen as they sent me the incorrect brackets. I met several forum members there as well some potential new owners. This was my first full hook ups with Blackjack, so I had to figure out the water heater bypass valve situation. All is well and I can say thankfully I had no problems what soever with the trailer as it came from the factory (except for that lock recall issue) no leaks, everything operated as it was suppose to and I'm a happy camper. I'm also glad to report that the refer did not blow out, it stayed on the entire trip on propane without any issues. Looking forward to next month's marathon trip to Osoyoos. Oh, I can not find the low point drains, but I'm sure I will find them next month.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:24 PM   #6
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Oh, I can not find the low point drains, but I'm sure I will find them next month.
Reace told me there was no low point drain on the 21 during our orientation - I would need to blow out the lines to winterize - but I noticed 2 drains on RickM's at the NOG Gathering this weekend (under the step ).
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Paul, I asked Reace about the drains under the step during my 21 orientation. If I remember right, he told me to ignore them. He puts them there because he has to, code I guess. I didn't ask any more because if I can ignore them, I don't have to find a place in my memory banks, and that's a good thing.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:48 AM   #8
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Just got back from a 12 hour tow from the Tennessee rally. I averaged 13 mpg and towed without the Andersen as they sent me the incorrect brackets. I met several forum members there as well some potential new owners. This was my first full hook ups with Blackjack, so I had to figure out the water heater bypass valve situation. All is well and I can say thankfully I had no problems what soever with the trailer as it came from the factory (except for that lock recall issue) no leaks, everything operated as it was suppose to and I'm a happy camper. I'm also glad to report that the refer did not blow out, it stayed on the entire trip on propane without any issues. Looking forward to next month's marathon trip to Osoyoos. Oh, I can not find the low point drains, but I'm sure I will find them next month.
Were you towing with the Ram or FJ Cruiser?
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The Dodge Ram….
Thanks for the reply. Do you feel that the FJ Cruiser would be adequate? The reason that I am asking is that I have a Tacoma 4X4, V6, w/ factory tow package (6,400 lb cap.) and was wonder if it would be ok with the Escape 21'.
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