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Old 01-13-2019, 12:17 AM   #1
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Escape trailers and bad roads

Hello all, I will appreciate any candid thoughts or honest appraisals on this issue.

I have visited the factory in BC and have been very impressed with the apparent quality of the trailers. I am seriously considering ordering a 5.0.

My one concern has to do with how robust these trailers may be on bad roads. I like to travel the backroads of the Pacific Northwest, including little-used logging roads on national forest and BLM lands and others that are in pretty poor condition in remote areas.

Some manufacturers offer some pretty stout four-season trailers with high clearance, tough suspensions and heavy duty wheels and tires. While I can see the Escape trailers will be very capable on paved and primary gravel roads I wonder about your experiences on the type of roads I have described here. I enjoy the paved roads in National Parks but don't want to miss out on the benefits of living where we have a lot of quiet, remote countryside that begs to be explored.

Thanks for any insight you can offer.

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Old 01-13-2019, 07:14 AM   #2
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Welcome Matt, to our Escape world. Escapes have a torsion suspension to soften the impact. Although designed for highway use, some members have taken theirs off the beaten path. Other than a 4" lift, that seems to be the only suspension option. Not sure what type of trailers you have used before but other than suspension I'm sure you are aware of other limiting factors such as your tow vehicle and hitch.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:07 AM   #3
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We live on a very rough road and travel here in the northeast on our logging roads which I would bet would be similar. We've found that the issues are more with what's inside the trailer, screws loosen, things jump out of cupboards etc. We even had the stove come out of its holding clips. But if you drive slowly, really, really slowly all seems fine. You just need to check and tighten anything that's come loose. We do have the high lift and that helps. The other issue is tree limbs, some roads are just not passable due to low hanging limbs that would scrape at our roof, solar panel and vent covers. We give our 19' thumbs up on back road travel if used with care. I know someone on the forum drove the Labrador highway as well.
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What TallyHo said. I've been on a few bad roads. Drive slow, watch out for low branches, hard turns, deep gullies, concrete ruts, and maybe have only one issue....
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:41 AM   #5
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There are several threads that discuss your question. Here’s one

Escape Durability and Off-Road Capability
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:42 AM   #6
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What TallyHo said. I've been on a few bad roads. Drive slow, watch out for low branches, hard turns, deep gullies, concrete ruts, and maybe have only one issue....
Looks like the road to Chaco.
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Myron, you have to stop keeping the toilet tissue with your dishes....................
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Myron, you have to stop keeping the toilet tissue with your dishes....................


As my dad used to say, it all ends up in the same place eventually.
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I think the question of off road and inside issues is what happens when a on road vehicle is taken off road. Most off road trailers are designed and normally have different suspensions and are not top heavy. See here
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Notice the suspension is different, leaf spring suspension and high clearances.
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