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Old 07-18-2017, 11:29 PM   #1
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outside height of 21 ft.

Have a 21 ft on order, and we're planning on getting a car port to store it in, the Escape 21ft specs say outside total height is 8ft 7" . wanted to make sure before ordering the car port, so called Escape , they said add 10" for the ac so that comes to 9' 5" the 21 ft Escapes we've looked at didn't look that high, has anyone ever measured their 21 ft? if so would like to know what you came up with, I would think that Escape would have included the ac in their 8' 7" maximum height specs on their website?
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:21 AM   #2
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The AC is not included in the height dimensions, and yes, they are that high. Allow for a 10 foot clearance on your carport. I'm building a new home soon with an RV garage for my 19, and I specified the door height of 10 feet.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:44 AM   #3
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To get a rough appreciation for how tall a trailer must be, consider that you take a couple of good-sized steps up to get to the floor, the ceiling is above that by the interior height, and there's some stuff on the roof (vents, etc).
18" + 6' 5" + 6" = 8' 7"
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... I would think that Escape would have included the ac in their 8' 7" maximum height specs on their website?
The air conditioner is optional, so it's not included in the specified height. There's also an optional suspension lift kit (which they list as "high lift axle") which would add another 2-5/8"... but again, the standard trailer would not include that, so the specified height doesn't include it.

It's the same as the weight. The specified weight isn't the most that any Escape could weigh, it's the weight of a trailer with base equipment, and dry (nothing in the tanks); to get the weight of your trailer (before cargo), you need to add the weight of anything optional that you choose, plus the water and propane that you carry.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:52 AM   #4
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I use 9 1/2' as the height of the 21' with A/C. I would recommend a height for a carport of 12'. If you get up there to do something on your 21' at the roof, you have little space with 10' with a trailer that is not much lower than that. You could manage but you would like 12' much better, if you plan to do anything up there, or at least 11'.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:17 AM   #5
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I'd go taller than 10'. The nice part of having the trailer under cover is the ability to work on the top, in the shade. Waxing and repairs, etc. I've washed and waxed my Scamp under the carport. Nice!
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I would recommend a height for a carport of 12'. If you get up there to do something on your 21' at the roof, you have little space with 10' with a trailer that is not much lower than that. You could manage but you would like 12' much better, if you plan to do anything up there, or at least 11'.


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I'd go taller than 10'. The nice part of having the trailer under cover is the ability to work on the top, in the shade.
Both good points. In my case, since it'll be an RV garage and not a carport, the 10 feet is just the door height, and the ceiling height will be much higher. With a carport go taller if you want to access the roof.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:17 AM   #7
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Jerry, When we ordered our 2017 21' with A/C on top and standard suspension underneath, ETI told us the height would be 9' 1". We purchased a carport 26' long x 18' wide with 9' side walls giving us 11' 8" at the inside peak. The angle braces from roof to wall (for greater stability in high wind) keeps us a little further away from the side walls than I had anticipated, but it turns out that's just enough distance to open the entry door with no obstruction from the side wall. In retrospect, if I were to change anything, I would have made it 20' wide to more easily accommodate something else (tow vehicle, fishing boat, etc.) parked under roof beside it. The original location we thought about would not have accommodated the 20' width, but we changed our minds before the carport was delivered, and the final location would have.
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Old 07-19-2017, 12:13 PM   #8
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and then there is BC Nomad's garage, build for a giant classA motor home, it can hold both the Escape 21 and his Ram tow rig.....with full hook ups also.
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Old 07-19-2017, 12:53 PM   #9
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and then there is BC Nomad's garage, build for a giant classA motor home, it can hold both the Escape 21 and his Ram tow rig.....with full hook ups also.
Very nice, but I'm guessing the OP is not in the market for constructing something that high-end before their new 21' arrives. Give them a year or two! By the way, does that have a door on both ends so you can drive through? Or do you have to back in? My wife (and I) would opt for the drive through!
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By the way, does that have a door on both ends so you can drive through? Or do you have to back in? My wife (and I) would opt for the drive through!
We did just that Dale. The RV garage at our new place will have doors on both ends. Yes, my backing skills are less than perfect.
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Nice to have a drive through. I don't have the space but even if your pretty good at backing in its always a chore when you are tired after a long drive!
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:36 PM   #12
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Wierd, but I always find that when I drive through the trailer is never positioned as well as when I back in. Maybe I get lazier or cockier when it's a pull thru.
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:37 PM   #13
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Hey, thanks everone for your input on this , it relly gives me a better Idea of what size I need to get, thanks so much . JL
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:47 PM   #14
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The question is not whether I can back something into a tight spot or not. I can get it done. The questions are: 1) how much time do I have, and 2) how much patience do you have with me taking my time.
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The question is not whether I can back something into a tight spot or not. I can get it done. The questions are: 1) how much time do I have, and 2) how much patience do you have with me taking my time.
And I'll add, how much patience do I have with my wife watching and shaking her head.
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:33 PM   #16
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and then there is BC Nomad's garage, build for a giant classA motor home, it can hold both the Escape 21 and his Ram tow rig.....with full hook ups also.
There's another idea in the floor of the photo: a floor drain. You can wash the rig inside, and never have to worry about the sun interfering with precision drying, for no water-spotting.
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I'd love to have a sani-dump at home. I can drive a kilometer down the hill to Capilano RV, but they want $21 to use theirs.
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That's one advantage of living in the country with a septic tank that has a 4" clean-out pipe. Makes for a great dumping station.
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Watched the National Film Board video "The Caravaners" ( actually, I bought it on DVD ). It follows about 300 Airstreams as they tour BC.
Breaking camp, they had sani-marshals with flags directing each trailer and assisting them as they dumped into what appeared to be a water drain. I've never seen a sani-dump with a manhole cover.
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That's one advantage of living in the country with a septic tank that has a 4" clean-out pipe. Makes for a great dumping station.
Except every 3-4 years you have to pay the "big honey dipper" to come and clean out your home system.
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