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Old 10-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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I'd rather not run the risk of a wheel on a trailer that is unhooked from my tow moving in the wrong direction. I move the tow vehicle vs the unmanned trailer. In addition your trailer will also rock more with a front wheel as it is no longer a stable jacking point as it would be without a wheel. Even using one of those donuts for the jack wheel is not as stable as the foot pad.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:27 PM   #12
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I have always had a swivel wheel on my trailers. They never rolled wrong even if the wheels were un-chocked on unlevel ground. Of course I always turned the wheel perpendicular to the slope and avoided spots over 15 degrees. Rocking the corners would certainly be an issue if the corners were not supported with auxillary corner jacks. I got mine at the junk yards.

My Escape had a wheeled tongue jack on it, right up until the moment Dennis removed it at the Sumas Shell station. Whoa, I exclaimed, with great surprise---What the heck are you doing?!! Dennis said that was the factory wheel.
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Hey now, JohnB....we'll be baack.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:15 PM   #14
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:00 AM   #15
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I have used mine on the 19 a few times. You do need smooth hard ground, and a fairly flat area, and the two of us can move it around. All we really ever have done is to spin it though.
If you do this again, you might try cranking the tongue down as far as possible; if the jack lets you get the tongue low enough, the trailing axle will be substantially unloaded. It may be easier to spin with the trailing axle tires sliding more easily, almost making the trailer a single axle.

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Old 10-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #16
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Some great ideas in this thread - thanks!
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Here is what I saw during the factory orientation. The swivel wheel for me is not for pushing the trailer around it's parking area, but for its speedy nudge factor. I'm a big fella but without the wheel no way I can nudge that straight jack pipe over when the cup isn't lined up with the ball and the pipe dug down into dirt. In Bellingham went to two stores carrying RV stuff. That big hardware store sold me a $35 swivel the wrong diameter, which I returned, and the other place had no clue.

Should also mention how surprised and pleased I was to see they added those neat vinyl skirts for protection from road crud. They served well on my recent see trials.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:27 AM   #18
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I've used one of these for filling the water tank from 5 gal. jugs for 5 years and it works great. I cut off the short down turn on the end so it fits into the fill opening. There is just "flex" in the funnel that it will stay upright in the opening without being held by someone.

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I use one of these for water with my EggCamper. Do you think this spout would would work with an Escape?
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I use one of these for water with my EggCamper. Do you think this spout would would work with an Escape?
It has for me, Ray. A bit of spillage, but not too bad at all.
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