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Old 11-23-2018, 04:44 AM   #11
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Very nice!

You mentioned the “crawl over” bed as a reason for going to a 21, but now went back to a 19, in part because of the bed. Can you elaborate?

Also, nice MagLight. That looks like the 3 cell adjustable beam model. I have the same one in black. You don't see them much anymore.
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:08 AM   #12
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Thanks Robert. I have been following your house posts here and the property and house look very nice. We will have to plan a visit to check it out.
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:14 AM   #13
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Very nice!

You mentioned the “crawl over” bed as a reason for going to a 21, but now went back to a 19, in part because of the bed. Can you elaborate?
My wife sleeps along the back wall side of the bed. Due to a shoulder and leg injury she had while on a trip the "crawl over" became very difficult. But as time went on with the 21 she (we) decided that the crawl over was less of an issue then not having the larger bed and being surrounded by windows. To us the 19, with the windows in the front and back just has a more open feel.

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Old 11-23-2018, 07:36 AM   #14
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Thanks for the report and welcome back to Texas!
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Old 11-23-2018, 09:56 AM   #15
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Could you tell me a little more about chosing the high lift axle? I'm coming up on my confirmation date and thinking hard about it. We have a lip where our driveway meets the road, about 5-6 inches, and I'm a little concerned about bottoming about literally just pulling out of the driveway. (Even though we are in the city, both the driveway and the road are gravel).
Nice colors, btw. Is there any pattern in the white of countertops, or is it solid?
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:45 AM   #16
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Keep in mind that the rear frame of a 19 steps up as seen in the photo below. I just measured our non lift 19 for you and the rear bumper is approx 19 inches off the ground. The hitch receiver in the middle hangs down another 2.5 inches.

If you think your bumper is going to drag on the ground and you are going to use a weight distribution hitch, I suggest that you do not attach the bars until you are back on level ground. They are only designed to be used on reasonably level surface.
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Old 11-23-2018, 12:49 PM   #17
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:13 PM   #18
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Could you tell me a little more about chosing the high lift axle?

Nice colors, btw. Is there any pattern in the white of countertops, or is it solid?
Actually we just decided to do something a little different in the hope of more boondocking and having a bit more ground clearance. I have not measured anything yet but the rear is visually higher than w/o the high lift. When we dumped the other day the difference in drain valve height was noticeable so if nothing else we are glad to have this.

As to the countertops there is a slight hint of pattern.

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Keep in mind that the rear frame of a 19 steps up as seen in the photo below. I just measured our non lift 19 for you and the rear bumper is approx 19 inches off the ground. The hitch receiver in the middle hangs down another 2.5 inches.
Well, disregard my first comment. I just measured the rear bumper (at the bottom) and it is 22 ½", in line with what Escape claims on the raised height I believe.

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Old 11-24-2018, 10:27 AM   #19
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Thanks for the input on the high lift axle. I started out thinking I wanted it, then I dropped it, and I'm edging back to wanting it again.

My principal intended use of the trailer is distributed camping in the Southern Rockies and Desert Southwest. My secondary use will be similar trips but to campsites with and without hookups in the national forests and state parks of that area. Past that, I'm open to all sorts of ideas on how to use the trailer, but am not particularly focused.

With respect to electrical upgrades, I've decided to go basic and see what, after a year of use, I want to change. Upgrade the batteries, solar and/or generator, all of that can be done in the aftermarket. With respect to an undercoating of foam insulation and the high lift option, I'm told by my sales person at ETI that the former is easy to do a few years down the road, but the latter is more involved and without trying to put a number on it, retrofitting the high lift axle on a trailer already in service would be considerably more expensive than doing it upfront. (Just a shout out to Linda--she's been incredibly patient, low key and helpful throughout this process.)

Reading over what I've written, I've about decided to go back to the high lift option. When I was looking hard at Casitas, it was a no brainer. On the Escape, it requires a bit more thought. But many of the trailers (not necessarily fiberglass shell) I've seen boondocking in places I'd like to camp, appear to have been lifted.

Okay, any reactions to that thought process?
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Old 11-24-2018, 10:47 AM   #20
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With respect to electrical upgrades, I've decided to go basic and see what, after a year of use, I want to change.

Just be sure to get the hardwired surge protector-invaluable IMHO.

Reading over what I've written, I've about decided to go back to the high lift option.

Certainly if it is in your budget the original cost will long be forgotten, especially if you regret not getting an option.
I think you are on track. My build philosophy is to get whatever I can at the build instead of trying to add later.

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