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Old 03-12-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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My wife and I have had a small fold down travel trailer for years and have been wanting to upgrade to a hard side trailer. We have been researching via the internet and otherwise for quite some time, and have made a down payment on an Escape 19. I have been following the forum as it is a wonderful information source. I appreciate everyone's willingness to share information. I've been wondering about a wheel on the tongue jack. This seems like it could help provide some wiggle room when hooking up, but it doesn't seem like most people buy this option. What are the pros and cons?
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:18 PM   #2
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are you purchasing a tandem or single axle? I dont think it would help you much with a tandem.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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I've got the wheel. I have used it to maneuver the trailer in my carport, on smooth concrete. On gravel it's a struggle, and then you have to chock it to keep it from shifting ( easy to move when you don't want to, hard when you do ).
But, it was only $35 when I got the trailer.
So how useful, depends if you plan on parking on concrete pads in RV resorts or if you boondock.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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tongue wheel

We have large level concrete at home and when we had a single axle 17 and 18' trailers I could grab them and move them to the vehicle. With the 19' and now the 21' I don't even try, the camera does it for me or what's her name has to guide me or I guide her. I think I have an extra tongue wheel that I don't need.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:30 PM   #5
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Get better at hooking up? I consider hooking up adding to my exercise plan. You'd think after more than a decade I could nail it. Not so (sometimes), but it doesn't embarress me to pull forward, move back, pull forward, move back. That's just me. Wheel be damned. YMMV
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:49 PM   #6
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Lol! Donna D. You make me feel like everything is normal and will be alright!
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:55 AM   #7
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are you purchasing a tandem or single axle? I dont think it would help you much with a tandem.
We have the wheel on our 19 (tandem). It is not particularly useful for moving the trailer any distance, but we are really happy we have it; it lets you nudge the trailer a bit when needed. Our "pad" is gravel, but it is easy to slip a piece of board under the wheel in the direction you want to go, then slide the trailer into place. The 19 pivots better on gravel than pavement using this method. Note: we do use a cable come-along to fine tune it into position - this wouldn't be possible without the wheel on the tongue jack.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:27 AM   #8
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I too have the wheel, and have used it very little, But when I have had to, it has been very handy. You do need a hard surface to make it work with the weight of the 19, or have at least two people to help with moving it.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the responses. I have a boat/trailer combination that is as heavy as the Escape 19. I have a tongue wheel on this and although I really can't nudge this fore and aft, I can bump the tongue left or right an inch or so when hooking up to the TV. On numerous occasions this has avoided the move the TV shuffle. I also have a wheel on my fold down travel trailer. This can easily be moved by hand, but the wheel hangs too low and on occasion has been an obstacle. It has never hit hard enough to break anything, but it has concerned me.
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With a wheel you have the ability to nudge the trailer left or right when the ball is backed up for hitching but not right on target. Without the wheel the jack pipe is dug into ground, and no way you can nudge anything but the tow vehicle, like Donna sez.

I've always had one, but recently, after noting the wheel extends below the safety chains while towing, I removed my wheel, thinking if it should ever become unhitched while on the road the receiver cup might not nest in the safety chains. I keep it handy because the jury is still out for me on this.
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