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Old 01-08-2015, 06:30 PM   #51
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I guess this may all be moot if there isn't a shock solution available in time for our build sheet deadline.
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I will be interested to hear what Widget Wizard comes up with.
Since there is no shock absorber option offered by Dexter Axle for the Torflex, I think it's a choice of custom-build, aftermarket, or nothing. I have not seen any indication that ETI is interested in including shocks at build time. In all of those cases, I don't think that there is anything to arrange with ETI: I agree that you can just look at what's available when you get the trailer, and decide what if anything you want to add. Fortunately, the proposed aftermarket shock kit is designed to be installed later.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:38 AM   #52
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Since there is no shock absorber option offered by Dexter Axle for the Torflex, I think it's a choice of custom-build, aftermarket, or nothing. I have not seen any indication that ETI is interested in including shocks at build time. In all of those cases, I don't think that there is anything to arrange with ETI: I agree that you can just look at what's available when you get the trailer, and decide what if anything you want to add. Fortunately, the proposed aftermarket shock kit is designed to be installed later.
Sorry for the delay in responding - not been around on this forum for a while.
What Brian says is right - whatever we come up with will be an aftermaket add-on. ETI will not be offering them as part of the build.

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RE: Road Damage... I was reading that thread on chrome pitting.

Good news/bad news: Had not given it a prior thought, so then went out to look/see for chrome pitting. Good news is, my chrome's looking just as good as new. The bad news is, my inspection found something unexpected, a busted front curb-side marker lens. Have no clue when it got busted. We just did 2,300 mile trip that included dirt roads. Never heard it happen.

Guess I should be happy that rock hit the lens instead of the gel coat.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:42 PM   #54
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Better than losing the fog light lens on a RAV4, which requires hours of re and re, costing about $400.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:12 PM   #55
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... the best fishing spots don't have paved roads.I also have noticed some pitting on the front of the trailer from flying rocks. I was thinking of getting some of that protective clear film you can get for cars ,put on the front.
We ordered the front storage unit for our Escape 21. ETI said that it served to protect the trailer from flying rocks. Can anyone with one of these storage units and with extensive gravel road experience tell me how they handle the flying rocks? Would you recommend putting additional protection on the front as Woodie describes on the front of his Escape 15 or does the unit already have rock protection on the front side?

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We ordered the front storage unit for our Escape 21. ETI said that it served to protect the trailer from flying rocks. Can anyone with one of these storage units and with extensive gravel road experience tell me how they handle the flying rocks? Would you recommend putting additional protection on the front as Woodie describes on the front of his Escape 15 or does the unit already have rock protection on the front side?

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The front storage box protects the lower 1/2 of the front of the trailer quite well from rocks. The upper 1/2 of the trailer is not protected at all, however, most of the rock hits occur lower down. We have not towed too much on gravel (enough to get a feel for though). However, the box itself is covered with a fairly rough textured protective coating, something like a bed liner in a truck. It seems to stand up quite well to rock hits, but because of the rough surface, is sometimes quite difficult to clean the bugs and tar off.

I am happy that we have the storage box, as it does seem to add a significant amount of protection to the front of the trailer itself.
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Thanks Dave. I didn't remember the durable finish on the storage unit.

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Old 02-09-2015, 07:37 PM   #58
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I believe they just started putting the "rougher" finish on the storage boxes. My 2012 17 had a smooth box, the new 19 has the rough finish. I can see where the rougher surface will be a little more difficult to clean, but it won't show a ding as badly as a smooth surface.
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Here's the next best thing you can do... love a serious mud flap. Guessing for high flying objects nothing works as well as keeping far far away from that big truck in front of you.
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I believe they just started putting the "rougher" finish on the storage boxes. My 2012 17 had a smooth box, the new 19 has the rough finish. I can see where the rougher surface will be a little more difficult to clean, but it won't show a ding as badly as a smooth surface.
Our 2011 has the rough finish on the box. We scrub it with a stiff brush.
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