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Old 09-04-2016, 02:32 PM   #21
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So it says on the website that the Escape is 8'6" tall. I'm assuming that means without the air conditioner, which would add another 5 inches (we have the polar cub).

Is that correct?
Yes, if the Polar Cub is 5 inches taller than the MaxxFan (which is presumably the highest item on the roof). That assumes that you don't have any other tall stuff (such as a TV antenna), and that your trailer has the standard suspension (axle), and no lift kit.

It is certainly wise to measure.
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:03 PM   #22
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Yes, if the Polar Cub is 5 inches taller than the MaxxFan (which is presumably the highest item on the roof). That assumes that you don't have any other tall stuff (such as a TV antenna), and that your trailer has the standard suspension (axle), and no lift kit.

It is certainly wise to measure.
Measuring is happening -- But so far Terry's measurements haven't agreed with the Escape specifications. So Brian, you think that the 8'6" includes the maxi fan? We've just been measuring to the top of the trailer. If 8'6" includes the maxi fan, that would explain why Terry has a different measurement from the Escape website. The Polar Cub is supposed to be five inches high, NOT five inches higher than the maxi fan. There are things that can be done in the garage -- and the doors open out to the side so there is no control mechanism -- just handles. Of course very exact measurement will happen before anything is taken apart.

Earlier posters to this thread talked about letting air out of tires, and that is what Terry thinks he will do. Also, it is plenty wide.
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:39 PM   #23
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Takes two, but I used a four foot level taped to an eight foot 2X4. I rest on end on the trailer high point and from a ladder I raise the other end until the 2x4 is level.
That's when my partner measures with a tape.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:13 PM   #24
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This looks a lot like two other recent discussions:
2017 Escape 19 Specs (the 2017 and previous designs appear to be the same height)
Our first trip in our new Escape 19 (height issue starting in post #6)
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So Brian, you think that the 8'6" includes the maxi fan? We've just been measuring to the top of the trailer. If 8'6" includes the maxi fan, that would explain why Terry has a different measurement from the Escape website.
Yes, the MaxxFan is standard equipment, and so must be included in an overall height specification; that's my assumption.

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The 19 is 8'6". The Dometic Air Conditioner adds another 4" and the Polar Cub, which we have ordered adds another 1" to that. This means that the total height of our trailer would be 8'11"...
I think this (from the first post of the thread) means that
  • the trailer is 8'6" tall in base form, including the MaxxFan (which stands about 6" above the roof)
  • the Dometic air conditioner is 4" taller than the MaxxFan (or about 10" above the roof)
  • the Polar Cub is 1" taller than the Dometic, or 5" taller the MaxxFan (or about 11" above the roof); thus the trailer with the Polar Cub is 8'11" tall

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Takes two, but I used a four foot level taped to an eight foot 2X4. I rest on end on the trailer high point and from a ladder I raise the other end until the 2x4 is level.
That's when my partner measures with a tape.
That's about what I would do... although since the trailer is less than 8 feet wide, you can use just the four-foot level without a board.
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Old 09-05-2016, 08:38 AM   #25
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The Plan: Instead of raising the doorway we're going to lower the floor. Details to follow.
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The Plan: Instead of raising the doorway we're going to lower the floor. Details to follow.
Hi: Ruthe... Good old "Plan B" Eh? Puts a hole new slant on things!!!Alf
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We store our 15 in the garage each winter here in Vermont. We lower our trailer by removing the wheels and replacing them with a set of rims I bought for $50. This reduces the height by 6" and the trailer fits with a few inches to spare.

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Great (and cheap) solution!
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:38 AM   #29
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We store our 15 in the garage each winter here in Vermont. We lower our trailer by removing the wheels and replacing them with a set of rims I bought for $50. This reduces the height by 6" and the trailer fits with a few inches to spare.

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I'm hoping that works for mine. I have to sell the Campster before there will be room in the garage, but I'll be able to see how close it is and whether a garage remodel may be in order. It would be fine to only store it in the winter if that works.
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Old 10-24-2016, 04:25 PM   #30
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Update on the garage

Terry just called to tell me that our Escape is safely bedded in the garage on our new property. I think the floor was lowered a foot -- It turned out that the wood planks were not in such good condition, so there was no problem removing them, digging down, putting in gravel and grading the outside of the garage.

Before he could do that, he needed to drain the system and put in the antifreeze and had a. Really hard time with the water pump, which wouldn't prime. Finally he read the manual, took it apart and cleaned the strainer,which he said didn't have much sediment. But when he put it back together it worked great.

So we've got mousetraps set out, smelly stuff recommended by the forum and we'll hope for the best this winter. It's a big relief not to have to back it into our very narrow driveway on a busy street and we won't be taking any trips until next summer anyway.

I'll update you next spring.
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