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Old 11-12-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Increase trailer clearance?

I'm about to inherit a 13 foot Escape and since I camp in some pretty rough places I would like to add some clearance underneath.

Would flipping the axle raise it much, and has anyone done this?

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Old 11-12-2013, 02:04 PM   #2
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Lucky you!
I know a lift kit is available.
I don't think flipping the axle is the answer.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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I believe that they use a different axle for the lifted models. Not sure how easy it would be to add a lift kit. I would suggest firing an email off to Escape Trailers to see what they suggest.

Bigger rims and tires might be another idea. This also raises the axle up half the additional tire diameter. The axle is almost always the lowest point on a trailer.

I have the lift axle on my 19, and I really don't think I needed it. I also travel off pavement, on backroads.

Are you certain you will need to add clearance, especially with a short trailer like that.
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I do have the lift on my 17B, but I don't think I need it either. The limiting factor in my case is the RAV4 clearance.
Also, with the 13, you're not going to have much rear overhang, which I think is the main problem would likely have with longer trailer.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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Would flipping the axle raise it much, and has anyone done this?
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I don't think flipping the axle is the answer.
I agree - the term "flipping" refers to a change in a leaf-sprung beam axle which just doesn't apply to the rubber "torsion" axles used in all current (and past) Escape models.

The "lift kit" is essentially a spacer between the axle/suspension assembly and the frame, so it lifts the trailer, but as others have mentioned it doesn't change how far the axle parts are off the ground... so it will help clearance only if the clearance problem is the body or frame, rather than the axle itself.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies.

This came up because the PU I'll be using to tow the trailer is lifted for off road and I'd like the trailer to come a little closer to the same clearance. I've never looked closely at the axle (trailer's on family land some distance from here)- I didn't realize it's torsion and not leaf. It sounds like a combo of lift kit and bigger tires might get me closer to where I want to be.

Since the price is right I guess I can invest some in changing the suspension.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:49 PM   #7
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This is picture posted several times before of my 17B which has high lift axle and 15 inch wheels.

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Old 11-13-2013, 04:15 AM   #8
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Here is a photo of our Escape 13 which shows the clearance at the back.

Ladybug at Deception Pass S.P. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

We have a regular lift axle and not found it to be a problem.
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:34 PM   #9
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Thanks for the pics, guys, especially of the 13er. News flash: I just saw another pic of Brian's trailer in a thread about awnings and guess what? It looks smaller than I remember the trailer I saw up on the property. I've only seen it a couple of times and based the size on someone saying it was Escape's smallest model.

Now I'm not sure what model it is, and since we haven't yet found the paperwork for it I guess I'll have to wait until I get up there the last weekend in November to find out for sure.
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Thanks for the pics, guys, especially of the 13er. News flash: I just saw another pic of Brian's trailer in a thread about awnings and guess what? It looks smaller than I remember the trailer I saw up on the property. I've only seen it a couple of times and based the size on someone saying it was Escape's smallest model.

Now I'm not sure what model it is, and since we haven't yet found the paperwork for it I guess I'll have to wait until I get up there the last weekend in November to find out for sure.
It is quite possible that you have an Escape 15' rather than the 13'. I do not believe that Escape makes many (if any at all) 13's anymore, as the demand for them was quite small. The 13's do not even show up on the Escape website.
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