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Old 04-16-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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A long wait!

Hello all! Nancy and I just joined and ordered our 21' a couple of weeks ago. It will be a long gestation: we won't be picking up until March 22, 2017. So lots of time to put way too much thought into options! It's been great looking at everyone's pictures and reading all your thoughts on what goes into the ideal rig.

One question that I'll also post in the appropriate specific category: would anyone have an opinion as to whether the regular axle or the High Lift would be ideal for towing behind a 2016 Tacoma? Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2016, 01:00 PM   #2
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congratulations and welcome to the group. This long wait is going to go by quicker than you think. Before you know it you will be up against the build sheet deadline. In the mean time you get to have lots of fun pondering how to make your trailer the best ever for you!
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Old 04-16-2016, 01:10 PM   #3
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The majority of Escape owners tow with a standard axle vs the high lift....
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Old 04-16-2016, 01:51 PM   #4
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The looking forward part is so much fun, you are going to miss it once it's over! Congratulations on your order, best wishes for the pondering, and many happy trails for the future!
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Old 04-16-2016, 02:07 PM   #5
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Our 17' casita has a somewhat low ground clearance,as stock

So we decided to get the high lift on it

At a glance the stock 21' escape looks higher than the stock casita

Does anyone happen to know?

Thanks. :-)
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Old 04-16-2016, 02:56 PM   #6
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Might help. ^^
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Height of 21' WITH HVAC
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Old 04-16-2016, 02:59 PM   #7
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The stock 21 is maybe an inch higher than my Casita LD was and the Casita had the high lift axle. I put the same double-step on both, otherwise I don't know if I would have noticed it.
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Old 04-16-2016, 03:40 PM   #8
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Congratulations on your purchase, Lee and Nancy. We tow our Escape 21 with a 2005 Tundra, which is very similar in size and power to one of the new Tacomas.

What became apparent to me when we took delivery of our 21 was that the spray foam insulation decreased the clearance even more. It looks to be more that an inch thick in places (maybe even 2 inches?), which is why I am getting the lift kit installed ($500 after delivery vs $300 during the build). The extra 2 5/8" may prevent us knocking off some of the foam insulation or a jack on rough roads. Though the equalizer hitch helps reduce the up and down motion, there is still enough bobbing to worry me that the trailer may be damaged if we don't get additional clearance. Then, of course, there are dips in the road that reduce clearance at front and back, another situation where extra clearance would help.

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p.s. I started a thread on the Escape 21 lift kit just the other day:
Lift kit for Escape 21
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Old 04-16-2016, 03:57 PM   #9
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congratulations and welcome to the group. This long wait is going to go by quicker than you think. Before you know it you will be up against the build sheet deadline. In the mean time you get to have lots of fun pondering how to make your trailer the best ever for you!
I couldn't have said it any better. That time just seems to get away from you. The year we spent waiting for our trailer was no wait at all. Loren
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Old 04-16-2016, 04:06 PM   #10
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It really depends on which end you are looking from. My 5.0 TA is eleven months away and from here it seems like along time.
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