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Old 05-01-2016, 12:33 PM   #1
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Has anyone that got the lift felt that they wish they hadn't? Has it proved helpful?
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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I got high lift on my 17B because I planned to get a Toyota Tacoma, but my wife reminded me that we are aging and it would be difficult to climb into the cab, so we ended up with a RAV4.
I have no regrets, however I suspect that gas mileage would be better without the lift.
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:24 PM   #3
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I have no regrets, however I suspect that gas mileage would be better without the lift.

I dunno Glenn. I'll bet there's not any measurable difference. Frontal area is basically the same.
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I donno either.
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:48 PM   #5
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I had the high lift axle on the 19, and often felt I really did not need it, and I did a lot of off-highway driving with it.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:00 PM   #6
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I would imagine dropping into a rut is the principle issue but the standard 19" seems higher than most out there don't you think?
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I dunno Glenn. I'll bet there's not any measurable difference. Frontal area is basically the same.
Yes, the trailer's frontal area is changed little by ride height, since the area under the trailer is clear; however, airflow through there is not all free, and doesn't line up with a clear flow under the tow vehicle. The drag of the vehicle combination is almost certainly worse with the trailer sitting up even higher above the tug.
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My RAV4 is going to hang up before the trailer ( high lift or not ).
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Old 05-01-2016, 06:58 PM   #9
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There are usually big differences in the roads that are regularly travelled by tourists and the less used logging roads and Forest Service Roads that aren't well maintained, but often lead to some great fishing destinations. I was especially uneasy going back to some of our favourite destinations with our Escape 21 because the foam insulation reduced our clearance.

Right now we are contemplating a trip to New Mexico and I am checking out the roads into some of the popular tourist destinations. We just watched some YouTube video of some guy driving the roads to Chaco Canyon. One road showed deep ruts with a high centre. Even with the lift kit we just added to improve our clearance, I wouldn't drive that road with the Escape. (There may be a better route in, or maybe it has been graded since the video). I worry about taking my beloved Escape down a road like this whose condition apparently changes after every big rain. (Yeah, I am a worrier!)

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That's what I was kind of thinking gbag. My ride has ok clearance but probably not higher than the standard axle height on the trailer.
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