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Old 10-07-2015, 11:30 AM   #1
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21 lift kit option

I received this from Escape about a lift kit for the 21.
The standard height for a 21’ Escape Trailer is 19”. We can add a lift kit to the trailer for you for $300, which would increase the trailer height to 21 ˝”, 2 ˝” higher.
Do any other 21 owners have this option (pics would be great) or do most feel it to be unnecessary? Is the stock height adequate?
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:23 PM   #2
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Is there an option for a lift kit for the 19' Escape.

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Old 10-07-2015, 12:44 PM   #3
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I'm not aware of any 21' with the lift option but you would have to definitely get a second step as some find the stock step very high. I have had no issues towing at the stock height, have you given any thought to the impact it may have on towing other than the step??
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Jim Thanks, yes I have thought of those things. I am not locked in on this option. Just doing my homework. I am just trying to be thorough. I value the opinions and comments received from this forum. Thanks, Kevin
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:20 AM   #5
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Definitely want to hear more about this and whether or not you choose this option.....it seems we get one decision made and then there is a new one to make....anyone out there with 21 who would recommend or not this option....
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Is there an option for a lift kit for the 19' Escape.

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Yes, I have that option set for my 19 build. Also $300. Also debating whether I really need this. I do plan a lot of boondocking.

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Jeff, I see your trailer ready date is March 21st. Ours is March 15th. I think Craig in Petaluma is picking up a 21 with the lift option this month. Maybe he can post a pic of the trailer and give us his thoughts.
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He should already have some pictures, would be interesting to see....
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Does anyone currently have a 19' Escape with the lift kit?
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Lift Kit

Are you talking about raised axles ?
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Lifting the trailer is mostly advantageous for going up abrupt inclines, such as steep driveways, humps, or elevated cattle guards, where you want the front and rear to be a little higher off the ground. The axle heights remain the same, so you still need to be mindful of rutted roads and obstacles you're going over.
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I think they mean raise/lift the frame above the axles.
Raising the axles would require a larger tire diameter?
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Yes, getting axles higher requires larger tire diameter, but then one has the wheel well to consider.
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Raising the axles would require a larger tire diameter?
Or a different down angle on the axle.
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Or a different down angle on the axle.
And I don't believe that's an ETI option, is it?

If you're going to be going over obstacles that require substantial trailer lift, you also need to consider the length of what you're towing. I was camping last week-end with my cousins, who were towing a stickie longer than my 19, and they barely made it over the cattle guard we had to cross.
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Are you talking about raised axles ?
I'm not sure what is meant by "raised axles", but the current "lift kit" offered by Escape is a set of spacers which go between the suspension (axle) brackets and the frame, so all of the suspension or axle hardware stays the same height above the road, but the trailer's frame and body sits 2.625 (two and five-eighths) inches higher.

The kit is Dexter's #10 Torflex Lift Kit (K71-707-02)

Trailer height is also affected by tire diameter, suspension arm angle, and suspension bracket height... but there is no choice in any of those among Escape options.

Recent discussions covering this option:
Lift kit for Escape 21
High Lift Axle vs Steep Driveway
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