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Old 04-02-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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I am wondering what other peoples thoughts are on this. I am fairly mixed about it. I do travel some on gravel roads and will be on the odd off road spot, but that would be a small part of the time. I have listed a couple of the advantages and disadvantages as I see them. I would love to hear some input from both those who have Escape trailers already, as well as those who have one in the works.

Advantages:
-Basically better clearance for the trailer

Disadvantages:
-More wind drag, a bit poorer fuel economy
-Higher to step in to
-Looks?

If you have the raised axle, are you glad you got it, or do you find it not to much of an advantage?

If you don't have the raised axle, are you glad you opted out, or do you wish you had got it?

All thoughts and opinions welcomed.
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:07 PM   #2
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Re: Lift Axle


My plan was to purchase a Toyota Tacoma, so I ordered the high-lift axle. I got the RAV because the Old Bag didn't like the climb up into the Tacoma and as she pointed out, we're getting older and frailer.

I haven't noticed that my 17B has the lift when it comes to entering and exiting the trailer. Can't say what effect it has on gas mileage since I don't have one without the lift to compare, but I suspect it's not that much.

I recall sitting at the camp waiting for a buddy with a 17' Boler ( or is the longer one shorter than that? ). I could hear him coming for several minutes as the Boler smashed its rear end on the rocks that formed the "road" in. He tore up some fiberglass.

So, I would think the high-lift is a must if you're not sticking to manicured roads.

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Old 04-02-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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Jim, HokieEscape has the high lift because I didn't know what kind of tow vehicle I'd end up with. I think is looks GREAT with the Frontier, and tows wonderfully. The step up seems very normal, not high. One big advantage, it puts the dumping mechanisms higher for some parks that have elevated sewer connection, like the one in the picture in Provo, Utah!!!!! Silly! I got a "sidewinder" hose holder the next day that would have solved the problem on my elevated camper, but wouldn't have helped a "lower" one, perhaps? The only downside is that I had to go buy a second set of blocks for Hokie. As you can see, if I tried to crank down the rear stabalizers without blocks, they would be pointing straight down, and most likely, not touching the ground.[img][img]
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:11 PM   #4
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Re: Lift Axle

Hi: Jim...We have a 2" lift to fit the fullsize GMC pickup under the pin. We too have had to use blocks under the rear stabilizers and the vinyl skirt for the screen room hangs short of the ground. The step in height is not bothersome. The only thing I find a distraction is more wheel well showing above the tires. :
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:15 PM   #5
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I didn't get the lift and only once ran into a problem - more to the point I suppose I backed into the problem. And by problem I mean "ditch". (it was dark, it looked ok, it wasn't).

Bent the step - bent it back and it works fine.

No other issues, and the trailer has been all over rough roads and through deep snow.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:18 PM   #6
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Re: Lift Axle

Hi Jim

I ordered the high lift axle because it is 22" to the top of the ball
according to Tammy and this will line up perfect with my Tacoma.
I don't think the added height will effect the MPG any measurable
amount, entering and exiting sites with any type of a dip or slope
will be easier on the trailer (if you don't tag the back end).
The only difference is 2" and that shouldn't prove to be to
much of a challenge at our age.....
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:42 PM   #7
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The 19 looks like it sits fairly high with the standard axle. I would hate myself if I did ground out sometime, though one could add skid plates quite easily. This avoiding bumping and scraping would really be the only reason to use a raised axle.

I did wonder about the look of the big gap above the tires in the wheel well. I would not be worried about the hitch height, as I would just be one with the appropriately sized offset to go in the receiver if I don't have one that is the right size.

Where did you guys buy your stabilizer blocks? I have always used short lengths of 2x6, and bring a few others along for blocking under tires if needed.

I will need to confirm soon, as it is only 5 weeks from tomorrow when I pick up my trailer.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:28 AM   #8
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What is the height of the hitch to ball on the standard 19 foot Escape ?
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:37 AM   #9
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I believe it is around 19". This is what I measured when I was there, and the trailer was fairly level.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:48 AM   #10
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Where did you guys buy your stabilizer blocks? I have always used short lengths of 2x6, and bring a few others along for blocking under tires if needed.

I will need to confirm soon, as it is only 5 weeks from tomorrow when I pick up my trailer.
Hi Jim,
You can get them at either WallyWorld or Camping World. They come in a nice carrying case 10 at a time. None of my hatches allows the size of the case when full, so I placed 10 up front, and 10 in my exterior (added extra) hatch under the bench seats, all loose. They all stack together and is MUCH cleaner, neater and lighter than the pieces of wood I used to carry!
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