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Old 03-06-2019, 06:24 PM   #1
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My husband and I recently ordered a 19 foot trailer and are working on our build sheet. We have lots of questions. This is our first travel trailer.
1. Can anyone tell us some advantages and disadvantages of a high lift axle? We plan to boon dock off dirt roads but not off deeply rutted dirt roads.
2. Can anyone tell us some advantages and disadvantages of the U-shaped dinette? It looks like the table space might be smaller with the U-shaped dinette. However, it also looks like the table could be taken out and you would have a nice couch/lounge area with the U-shaped dinette.
3. Any advice about the roof mounted solar panel would be greatly appreciated.
4. Any advice concerning the usefulness of the (1) surge protector, (2) removable power cord and (2) inverter with a transfer switch and all outlets would be greatly appreciated,
Thank you,
Dave and Meredith
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:33 PM   #2
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You will get answers here, but you can also use the search function to look up previous discussions on all of those issues. Use the Google / search site box at the bottom.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:39 PM   #3
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The u shape dinette looks good and is great to lounge against. If there are just two of you then I would highly recommend it.
I always inform people to concider the raised floor in the dinette area. This raises you up so that you are looking out of the center of the windows and not the lower 1/3. If you are short, then this is a must in my opinion.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:58 PM   #4
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We have a 2017 19' and love it. We're getting close to 20k miles...

1. We've taken our trailer on some dirt roads and have no issue with the regular axle. But probably would not try really rough roads with any trailer. Center of gravity is a little lower with the regular axle I would think. Ours tracks really well.
2. We prefer having a larger table. There are only 2 of us and 2 cats.
3. I highly recommend the solar panel if you will do any camping other than hooked up to electric. I work at a music festival twice a year and leave the trailer there for a couple weeks with no hookups. The solar keeps my two 6 volt batteries charged all the time and that's with some trees blocking some of the sun. Without solar you might last a few days without running down the batteries. With it you never have to think about the batteries running down.

4. Surge protector is a safe bet. Some use portable ones but if it's raining and you're in a hurry you might skip using it and fry something.
Removable power cord in my estimation is asking for trouble. If you forget to bring it you're without power. I have a 25' 30 AMP extension I plug in with so only have to pull the trailer plug out a few feet and never worry about cord tangle in the trailer.

We didn't get the inverter, thought it was too expensive. If you have a laptop or something you can buy a simple inverter to plug into the 12v plug. We use our stove top coffee pot when not hooked up and skip the microwave.
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:38 AM   #5
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High-Rise Axel

I have a 17' Casita without a high-rise axel and plan to be ordering an Escape down the road a bit. Unless people can give me good reasons for NOT going with a high-rise axel, it will definitely be on my list for the Escape. We like those little out-of-the-way campsites too, and some of the roads in the Sierras are hilly and badly rutted. The last time I went up to a favorite place, it was downright scary! I'm really looking forward to the high-rise axel!
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:54 AM   #6
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There is the issue of fuel mileage with the trailer standing taller. I have the high lift axle. Raises the trailer 2 1/2 inches. The axle remains the same distance from the ground.

I ordered it because I planned to get a Tacoma. Wife nixed that and I got a RAV4. If the tow vehicle can get over the humps, so can the trailer ( even without the lift ). If it can't then then the high lift won't help.
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I agree with the advice concerning the roof mounted solar option. I also bought my 19’ as a first (and most likely a last) trailer. I agonized over the question of ordering the inverter. I finally ordered it. Up until last summer, I rarely used it. Last summer, I purchased a ro polisher to take care of removing black streaks and polishing the trailer. My trailer is stored off site with no power. I turned on the inverter, plugged in and was able to take care of business! So my thoughts, sometimes you add something “just in case - it’s only money.” Better to have and not need, than need and not have.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:17 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your advise. I guess we've already started out adventure.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:48 PM   #9
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Definitely get the solar with the 6V batteries. Consider adding a Zamp port to add a portable panel so you can have the trailer in shade while still charging the batteries. We went 60 days straight without plugging in thanks to solar. Definitely get the EMS. Add extra 12v outlets and USB ports in the trailer.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:23 PM   #10
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My husband and I recently ordered a 19 foot trailer and are working on our build sheet. We have lots of questions. This is our first travel trailer.
1. Can anyone tell us some advantages and disadvantages of a high lift axle? We plan to boon dock off dirt roads but not off deeply rutted dirt roads.
2. Can anyone tell us some advantages and disadvantages of the U-shaped dinette? It looks like the table space might be smaller with the U-shaped dinette. However, it also looks like the table could be taken out and you would have a nice couch/lounge area with the U-shaped dinette.
3. Any advice about the roof mounted solar panel would be greatly appreciated.
4. Any advice concerning the usefulness of the (1) surge protector, (2) removable power cord and (2) inverter with a transfer switch and all outlets would be greatly appreciated
1. The high lift package will not help with deeply rutted roads. We wanted a high lift on the camper, not the axles (they stay the same distance from the ground) so our trikes would not hit the hitch on the 5th wheel. This would not apply to you. If you go into places with flash flood gullies you might benefit from the high lift. If not, I'd save my money.

2. We have a u-shaped dinette with a 22" deep rear bench, 4" thick rear back pad, and both the seat and the back pads were split to make it easy to get into the storage under the bench (I split the plywood hatch). We also do NOT have a table, but use a smaller portable when needed. I'm sitting in the lounge area right now while I'm writing this post. We would definitely do all these again.

3. Don't know where you are going to get a solar panel, wiring, and solar controller installed for $850 (Canadian, $640 US). This is a no-brainer!

4. We have a surge protector. Had our power converter killed in our Casita because of bad power. If you ever have this happen you'll always filter power.
After having mice gain entry to a couple of campers by way of the power cord hole we will always have a removable power cord that eliminates critter entry.
We don't need an inverter, but others feel they do. That's dependent on what you need to camp.

Enjoy,

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