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Old 05-24-2018, 04:48 PM   #1
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High Lift Axle (or not)?

So.......
We will be pulling the trigger on a new 21'er soon.
Our question:
High Lift Axle or not? We won't be boon docking or going off road - just not for us. Any pros or cons to the high lift?
Just wondering if the additional cost could be better spent on other options.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:12 PM   #2
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So.......
We will be pulling the trigger on a new 21'er soon.
Our question:
High Lift Axle or not? We won't be boon docking or going off road - just not for us. Any pros or cons to the high lift?
Just wondering if the additional cost could be better spent on other options.
The vast majority of Escapes have the standard lift on the axles and do just fine, even on terrain that is moderately rough. Unless you intend to get into a situation where you need more ground clearance, don't bother.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:15 PM   #3
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I have the high lift option and all it does is lift the trailer out of whatever slipstream there is behind the RAV4, impacting gas mileage I presume. I ordered it because my plan was to get a Tacoma, but my wife nixed that, pointing out that we are getting older and less agile. She was right.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:23 PM   #4
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We ordered ours with the high-lift option. We like to get offroad as much as possible, and enjoyed that with our Casita. It does help to lessen the odds of catching the plumbing on things while underway.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:08 PM   #5
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So.......
We will be pulling the trigger on a new 21'er soon.
Our question:
High Lift Axle or not? We won't be boon docking or going off road - just not for us. Any pros or cons to the high lift?
Just wondering if the additional cost could be better spent on other options.
We have the high lift option. We don't go off roading so that is not an issue. We do however tend to stay occasionally at RV parks with full service who love to put the sewer connections too high. Having to walk the slinky because the drain connection is higher than the trailer outlet is not something I like to do. So...., we ordered the high lift which puts the trailer sewer outlet a little higher than the standard lift. And it helps.

Oh, and we tow with a full size pickup truck so the small amount of lift extra doesn't matter. The Tundra doesn't even seem to notice that the trailer is back there most of the time.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:31 PM   #6
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Yes, the sewer connection situation is rare but when that is a problem, we have used the dump station instead. When we could. Not every campground has a dump station though.
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:05 PM   #7
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Can't see getting the high lift just to raise the sewer connection a couple of inches, but to each their own.
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