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Old 11-01-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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Location of 6V batteries on 2017 19 foot

Anyone know where dual 6's would be located? I have been very happy having them on the back bumper on my 17B, since they don't take up any interior space or increase my tongue weight, which is fine as it is. Is this an option on the new 19?
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:23 PM   #2
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Anyone know where dual 6's would be located? I have been very happy having them on the back bumper on my 17B, since they don't take up any interior space or increase my tongue weight, which is fine as it is. Is this an option on the new 19?
They are in the storage box, or without it on the tongue I believe. Some of this has to do with weight distribution too.
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:47 PM   #3
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The batteries have always on the back of a 17' for balance, because the trailer is relatively long in the front; they have always been in the front of the 19', which is differently proportioned.
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Wow, batteries and propane up there? Seems like a lot of weight right there. But I can only assume ETI knows what they are doing. Right?
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But I can only assume ETI knows what they are doing. Right?
Right.
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Wow, batteries and propane up there? Seems like a lot of weight right there.
Most travel trailers have both the propane and the batteries on the tongue. With dual batteries and dual propane tanks it can get quite heavy, which is a problem for some owners, because a tow vehicle which would otherwise be suitable may not be able to handle the high tongue weight. This is a common issue with the Casita 17, which is proportioned like the Escape 17' (long in front), but has the battery in front; the Escape 19 design isn't as front-biased as that Casita.
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:45 AM   #7
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This is a common issue with the Casita 17, which is proportioned like the Escape 17' (long in front), but has the battery in front; the Escape 19 design isn't as front-biased as that Casita.
The battery in a 17' Casita is in the back.
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The battery in a 17' Casita is in the back.
Escape manages the tongue weight on the 17 better than Casita with thoughtful design and execution. Based on pictures Escape appears to have the fridge partially over the axle similar to Casita 16. The Casita 17 has a larger fridge that is positioned in front of the axle. That combined with other layout differences and more weight forward of the axle results in the higher tongue weight. Always trade offs.
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The battery in a 17' Casita is in the back.
Interesting... and yet it's still too front-heavy. Thanks for the correction. That excessive tongue weight is one of the major reasons that I bought a Boler instead of the Casita.
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Interesting... and yet it's still too front-heavy. Thanks for the correction. That excessive tongue weight is one of the major reasons that I bought a Boler instead of the Casita.
Way excessive tongue weight on the Casita. 100 lbs more than our 19 Escape.

Fridge, bath, closet, door, black water, 2 propane tanks, microwave are all in front of the axle. Ours weight was around 450 lbs.
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