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Old 03-30-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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It Fits!!

We picked up our trailer last week and we finally attempted to move it into the garage yesterday. Our garage door opening is only 94" high. The trailer is 98" per specification. We ordered the axle lowered, smaller tires, and a removable Maxx Fan just in case. And I am happy to report that it fit! Thanks to our mildly sloped driveway, I guess.


The roof vent made it!


The Maxx Fan made it!


Nice and snug. And we won't be winterizing the trailer...



With the reduced closet and the flush-mount stove, the interior is surprisingly spacious for the 4 of us. We spent couple of nights in it already and we are absolutely loving it! We tow with an old (2000) Pathfinder and we emptied the 16-gallon tank on a round trip to the coast, which is about 200 miles so we are at about 12-13mpg.

The only bummer is that the tongue, while still hitched to the tow vehicle, is too low for us to install the hitch wheel. Since we do rely on a mobile tongue to manipulate the trailer inside the garage we are looking to purchase a dolly on caster wheels like the one ETI use at the factory. Does that dolly have a proper name for googling?
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:47 PM   #2
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Youza!!! You're braver than I...nonetheless a very good job.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:52 PM   #3
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Check Harbor Freight, our son bought a dolly for the tongue of his trailers there.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:54 PM   #4
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Youza!!! You're braver than I...nonetheless a very good job.
LOL! Thanks Karen! As you can see I was on top of the ladder the whole time while hubby inched in the trailer. I was ready to scream bloody murder if anything shall came into contact.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:11 PM   #6
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The only bummer is that the tongue, while still hitched to the tow vehicle, is too low for us to install the hitch wheel. Since we do rely on a mobile tongue to manipulate the trailer inside the garage we are looking to purchase a dolly on caster wheels like the one ETI use at the factory. Does that dolly have a proper name for googling?
I think that there's an easy way to get around that without buying a dolly. Depends on how much more height you need to put the dolly wheel on. If it's not more than a few inches I'd:

-measure to see how much more height you need
-undo the 3 bolts holding the jack on
-cut 3 spacer tubes the length you need
-use 3 longer bolts if required

Without seeing your setup this is just my best guess. But I've previously done some re-positioning of the jack to meet a specific requirement.

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Old 03-30-2015, 01:26 PM   #7
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Hi Ron, thanks for the idea! We haven't thought of moving the jack...sounds like it need more muscle than I have, though.

Since we also use the Andersen hitch, we have to raise and lower the jack couple times to unhitch. Currently we use a pair of jack stands and have to raise and lower the trailer one more time to install the hitch wheel. Doable but fewer steps is always better!
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:31 PM   #8
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Don't get the wrong impression. We are not much of risk taker.
Let's say one of us has better ears, the other has better lung...
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:34 PM   #9
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Hi Ron, thanks for the idea! We haven't thought of moving the jack...sounds like it need more muscle than I have, though.
Maybe I stated it poorly, because no muscle is required. All that is required, after determining how much more clearance you require at the bottom end is to undo the 3 bolts holding on the jack. You'd lift the jack up, put 3 spacer tubes in place and using longer bolts if required bolt the jack back on. That's it, you use it like that. No bridges burned. In the future it can be returned to original in minutes.

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Maybe I stated it poorly, because no muscle is required. All that is required, after determining how much more clearance you require at the bottom end is to undo the 3 bolts holding on the jack. You'd lift the jack up, put 3 spacer tubes in place and using longer bolts if required bolt the jack back on. That's it, you use it like that. No bridges burned. In the future it can be returned to original in minutes.

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Ok thanks. I will take a closer look to the jack next time we hitch up (hopefully this friday...) When the word "bolt" shows up I just have the picture of the Andersen hitch in my head.
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She can also get a shorter jack, they are not that expensive, start at $20 A-Frame Jack Trailer Jack | etrailer.com
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:44 PM   #12
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Well done. Your planning was accurate and paid off. It is the AC that adds the additional 4".
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:25 PM   #14
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Could also just cut the amount req'd off the bottom of the tube. Wouldn't seem to make sense to me to buy another one when the present one can be used.

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Could also just cut the amount req'd off the bottom of the tube. Wouldn't seem to make sense to me to buy another one when the present one can be used.

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Careful. My trailer is in the driveway and the jack is fully up in order to level the trailer ( to cool fridge prior to a trip ). I've even got 4x4 and 2x6 blocks under it. ( The yellow bag is my version of a traffic cone )
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:21 PM   #17
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We are trying to stay away from doing anything irreversible. I like to try reposition the jack but I think hubby wants a dolly. He did mumble something about "slope".
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:26 PM   #18
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Bought our first Escape- a 2010 17B 9/13 in Bend from a gent who garaged his. It was like new and a reason we decided to buy it vs a 2013 demo from ETI.
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Bought our first Escape- a 2010 17B 9/13 in Bend from a gent who garaged his. It was like new and a reason we decided to buy it vs a 2013 demo from ETI.
I think I remember seeing that trailer on sale.
I don't think our trailer will stay pristine with the kids traffic. I did, however, tell my 7-year-old that "Tody" will last a very very long time that if she helps taking care of it now, she may get to tow it someday.
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Wow, that's close... like it was made for the garage (which, of course, it was )

Adding spacers to move the jack up (or changing it out for one which sits higher) adds clearance to install the wheel, but it also limits the height the tongue can be lifted to, and causes tailgate/hatch interference for some tow vehicles. A clever alternative which I read about in a FiberglassRV forum discussion is the Ultimate Jack. The body slides vertically and can be pinned at various heights, to suit the requirements of the moment. I haven't personally tried it, but if well made it could be a good solution is the conventional jack doesn't quite work for someone's situation.
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