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Old 08-14-2016, 12:49 AM   #1
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High lift axle option

I have a 17B ordered for April and was fairly sure I wanted the high lift axle. I do travel plenty of gravel roads, but don't really plan on "off-roading" - the main reason I wanted it is because my Aliner has very little clearance, and I'm tired of the back bumper and stabilizer jacks hitting the pavement almost every time I come of of a gas station driveway (no matter how slow I go).

I was told by ETI that the hitch height on a 17B (2016 model) was 18.5", and 20.5" with the high lift axle. I have changed tow vehicles from an Xterra to a Sorento, where the hitch is much closer to to the ground.

So, a couple of questions - how far is the rear bumper off the ground in the 17B, and has anyone had problems coming out of gas stations, parking lots, etc.? And since the bottom of my hitch receiver in my tv is only 7" off the ground, is there any point spending the extra money on the high lift axle?
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Old 08-14-2016, 01:14 AM   #2
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Mine is eight years old so maybe not comparable with the new design. I have the high lift axle, but I also have a box on the rear. I've never come close to hitting anything, and that includes ferry ramps.
If your Sorento makes it through, the 17B will follow.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:33 PM   #3
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Thanks, Glenn. Any response from someone with a 17B without a high lift axle as to how high the rear bumper is?
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I don't own a 17B but do own a 17' Casita which has the same hitch height. I also bought the high lift kit for it - not for rough roads or dragging issues but for the dump connections in a lot of RV parks I visit. It seems that the RV parks like to install the dump connection so that it is about 6" above grade. Without a high lift, I would have had to walk the "stuff" down the slinky to get it out of the hose as the dump connection on the trailer would not have enough height to get things flowing downhill. With the extra height from the lift kit and a Camco Sidewinder, I don't have to do anything but open the valves and let it go.
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I have a 17B ordered for April and was fairly sure I wanted the high lift axle. I do travel plenty of gravel roads, but don't really plan on "off-roading" - the main reason I wanted it is because my Aliner has very little clearance, and I'm tired of the back bumper and stabilizer jacks hitting the pavement almost every time I come of of a gas station driveway (no matter how slow I go).

I was told by ETI that the hitch height on a 17B (2016 model) was 18.5", and 20.5" with the high lift axle. I have changed tow vehicles from an Xterra to a Sorento, where the hitch is much closer to to the ground.

So, a couple of questions - how far is the rear bumper off the ground in the 17B, and has anyone had problems coming out of gas stations, parking lots, etc.? And since the bottom of my hitch receiver in my tv is only 7" off the ground, is there any point spending the extra money on the high lift axle?
Thanks!
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I had the h/lift opt. on my 15a.My tv was a 4x4 tacoma.I travelled lots of gravel roads.That was a reason for the high lift,grader oper. ,always seem to leave the gravel high in the middle.But even with the h/lift.My MAIN reason was to get my wiring ,plumbing out of harms way.Seeing as how you have time.Do yourselve a big service & request that ETI.Not use nylon tie straps,to hold your wiring etc. up under the trailer.Both my 15 & 21 trailers have fallen victims of rocks hitting these tie straps.Then leaving your wires etc.,hanging in the breeze..
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Do yourselve a big service & request that ETI.Not use nylon tie straps,to hold your wiring etc. up under the trailer.
Has Escape offered to use an alternative, and if so, what is it? If they have not yet agreed to anything, what would you suggest?
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Really cable ties under trailer

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Has Escape offered to use an alternative, and if so, what is it? If they have not yet agreed to anything, what would you suggest?
I never considered that there would be long lengths of cables under the trailer and exposed to the elements. I'll have to look. We have the foamed bottom so maybe they are encapsulated in that (heaven forbid).

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I think nylon strapping can be a good solution if done correctly, IE. closely spaced and strong attachments. If you are looking for bulletproof and you have long lengths exposed then one good solution is tray. But it will be a dirt catcher, mud catcher and you will still have to find strong attachment points.

And when abrasion takes its toll over the years it will drop suddenly and it's 50/50 to drag at the back or t-bone the front.

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I never considered that there would be long lengths of cables under the trailer and exposed to the elements.
Where would these long lengths of cables be coming from and going to? The cable to the tow vehicle enters the trailer at the front and there are several cable ties between the front of the trailer and the hitch. They are holding the cable to the frame and they are strong and UV resistant.
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Where would these long lengths of cables be coming from and going to? The cable to the tow vehicle enters the trailer at the front and there are several cable ties between the front of the trailer and the hitch. They are holding the cable to the frame and they are strong and UV resistant.
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