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Old 12-06-2014, 06:31 PM   #61
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On another post, I saw a reference to Dexter Axle's Service Manual. It says that when you store your trailer for an extended time or over a winter, you should jack up the trailer and place jack stands under the trailer frame so that the weight will be off the tires. Since I have had two trailers over the years (and will soon have an Escape 19) and both had a tire failure within the first 2 years, I have heeded this advice. Where would be the recommended place to put the jack stands on an Escape 19 and how would you jack it up?
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:38 PM   #62
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On another post, I saw a reference to Dexter Axle's Service Manual. It says that when you store your trailer for an extended time or over a winter, you should jack up the trailer and place jack stands under the trailer frame so that the weight will be off the tires. Since I have had two trailers over the years (and will soon have an Escape 19) and both had a tire failure within the first 2 years, I have heeded this advice. Where would be the recommended place to put the jack stands on an Escape 19 and how would you jack it up?
If you want to jack it up, I'd only do so on the frame -- never the suspension components.
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:46 PM   #63
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Where would be the recommended place to put the jack stands on an Escape 19 and how would you jack it up?
Jack stands should go under the main longitudinal frame, as close behind the rear axle(s) as you can get.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:38 PM   #64
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We take delivery of a new Escape 21 in about 3 weeks and I was thinking of getting the Andersen Levellers. (I expect we would have to get them cut to fit the trailer.) Now that they have been in use a bit longer, I was wondering if I could get an update from people who have experience with them:

1. How do they perform on pavement, as in lifting up one side to let you change a tire?

2. Have you found that they slip away from the tire under specific circumstances, like if a campsite pad's gravel is dirty.

3. Have any of you discovered any other problems?

4. Any regrets buying them over other solutions (plastic stacking levellers; wood)

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Old 04-24-2015, 05:37 PM   #65
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We take delivery of a new Escape 21 in about 3 weeks and I was thinking of getting the Andersen Levellers. (I expect we would have to get them cut to fit the trailer.) Now that they have been in use a bit longer, I was wondering if I could get an update from people who have experience with them:

1. How do they perform on pavement, as in lifting up one side to let you change a tire?

2. Have you found that they slip away from the tire under specific circumstances, like if a campsite pad's gravel is dirty.

3. Have any of you discovered any other problems?

4. Any regrets buying them over other solutions (plastic stacking levellers; wood)

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We have a pair of Anderson Levelers that we use with our 21. We had to cut them down about an inch or so, but it doesn't seem to have affected the operation. We have used them on pavement to level a trailer, but not change a tire. We haven't had any problem with them slipping. Overall, I am pleased with them.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:09 PM   #66
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We take delivery of a new Escape 21 in about 3 weeks and I was thinking of getting the Andersen Levellers. (I expect we would have to get them cut to fit the trailer.) Now that they have been in use a bit longer, I was wondering if I could get an update from people who have experience with them:

1. How do they perform on pavement, as in lifting up one side to let you change a tire?

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This is a lot simpler and safer:

http://www.statelinetack.com/item/tr...aid/SLT310123/
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:53 AM   #67
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I can see that the Trailer Aid looks very stable, but it isn't a solution for levelling the trailer at a campsite. I liked the idea that two of the Andersen levellers could serve both purposes.

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Old 04-25-2015, 01:09 AM   #68
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We take delivery of a new Escape 21 in about 3 weeks and I was thinking of getting the Andersen Levellers. (I expect we would have to get them cut to fit the trailer.) Now that they have been in use a bit longer, I was wondering if I could get an update from people who have experience with them:

1. How do they perform on pavement, as in lifting up one side to let you change a tire?

2. Have you found that they slip away from the tire under specific circumstances, like if a campsite pad's gravel is dirty.

3. Have any of you discovered any other problems?

4. Any regrets buying them over other solutions (plastic stacking levellers; wood)

Thanks,
Bob K
we use them alot with our 21,no issues.

you will need to trim them for use with the 21, so many people have asked anderson about this that they created a howto guide,
http://www.andersenhitches.com/uploa...%20details.pdf

on smoother surfaces i have had to put down a non-slip mat at first, the bottoms are well rough up not so that isn't an issue now
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:03 AM   #69
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We take delivery of a new Escape 21 in about 3 weeks and I was thinking of getting the Andersen Levellers. (I expect we would have to get them cut to fit the trailer.) Now that they have been in use a bit longer, I was wondering if I could get an update from people who have experience with them:

1. How do they perform on pavement, as in lifting up one side to let you change a tire?

2. Have you found that they slip away from the tire under specific circumstances, like if a campsite pad's gravel is dirty.

3. Have any of you discovered any other problems?

4. Any regrets buying them over other solutions (plastic stacking levellers; wood)

Thanks,
Bob K
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I can see that the Trailer Aid looks very stable, but it isn't a solution for levelling the trailer at a campsite. I liked the idea that two of the Andersen levellers could serve both purposes.

Bob K
First, Charlie is correct. The Trailer Aid is far safer. When the one wheel is in the cradle on the top it exerts downward pressure on the Trailer Aid. When a single wheel is on an Anderson leveler, there are lateral forces at play and the leveler could slip and "shoot" out of place. They have been known to do so. Additionally, on uneven ground the leveler may not provide enough rise to get the tire off of the ground. For that matter, neither may the Trailer Aid. While it may be a desirable thing to have one item serve both purposes, I can tell you from experience that I was once very glad (remote area, no cell coverage) that I had a hydraulic bottle jack and stacking blocks to raise the bottle jack to the proper height in my TV. I do have a Trailer Aid and would use it if I were on solid, even ground but trust me, there are occasions when ONLY a real jack will work.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:24 AM   #70
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I too am in the camp of not really trusting the leveller to allow me to work on the other tire. However, I looked into the Anderson levellers, as they sell them in town, but considered them way to bulky and awkward to carry, but have not actually used them. I do have the Trailer-Aid for use when removing wheels to work on the trailer, but it never comes along with me. I have no issues using a jack if needed, though have had no need in 6 years.
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