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Old 12-19-2021, 01:25 AM   #1
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any extra jacks needed for hitching Escape

The Escape will be my first RV/trailer. Will

i need any extra jacks or hoists to remove and hitch up trailer other than what is provided by the factory?
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Old 12-19-2021, 06:12 AM   #2
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You do not mention your tow vehicle, but as long as you can get 19" height at the ball you should be fine....
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Old 12-19-2021, 09:41 AM   #3
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A comment on hitching.
  • At times my coupler can be sensitive to fore/aft alignment and I cannot get it to drop down on the ball. When this happens, I lower the jack putting a little weight on to the top of the ball. I then chock my TV and put it in neutral with parking brake off then go back to the coupler and bump the back of the TV with my shoulder. With little effort it drops into place and I then can lock it. After locking I always raise the jack a little making sure it is truly locked into place.
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The Escape will be my first RV/trailer. Will

i need any extra jacks or hoists to remove and hitch up trailer other than what is provided by the factory?
No, but what comes in very handy are a couple of blocks. Something like 2"x8" by 16". I carry 6 different blocks and use them primarily to level the trailer. One set is 1 1/2" thick with a 1/2" bottom layer for a total thickness of 2". Perfect for putting one wheel on leaving the other free to be removed.

But there are occasions when the tow vehicle and the trailer aren't on a level site or one's at an angle and the other isn't that some blocks can come in handy.

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Old 12-19-2021, 01:34 PM   #5
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The Escape will be my first RV/trailer. Will

i need any extra jacks or hoists to remove and hitch up trailer other than what is provided by the factory?
If you have a manual jack, you might want to consider getting a Fastway FLIP Automatic Jack Foot


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Old 12-19-2021, 05:15 PM   #6
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If you have a manual jack, you might want to consider getting a Fastway FLIP Automatic Jack Foot


We have the 6” version of this. Great except for parking on a steep driveway (manual actually says do not use on a grade greater than 3%) or if you land where the trailer tongue is nose down and vehicle is nose up. In the latter case the foot won’t come down without digging out some dirt. We are going to an electric jack but if we weren’t I would probably change to the 4” version. If needed you can keep the jack from folding down with your foot and rest the weight of trailer on the folded leg if you position a board properly to keep the flange on the base clear of the ground.
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We have the 6” version of this. Great except for parking on a steep driveway (manual actually says do not use on a grade greater than 3%) or if you land where the trailer tongue is nose down and vehicle is nose up. In the latter case the foot won’t come down without digging out some dirt. We are going to an electric jack but if we weren’t I would probably change to the 4” version. If needed you can keep the jack from folding down with your foot and rest the weight of trailer on the folded leg if you position a board properly to keep the flange on the base clear of the ground.
I have the high lift kit on my trailer so the 6" version is fine. In over 100 nights camping, I've only had to use the kneeling position once.
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I have the high lift kit on my trailer so the 6" version is fine. In over 100 nights camping, I've only had to use the kneeling position once.
Makes perfect sense since you are about 2.5” higher. So the 4” Fastway Flip is probably a better choice for those without the high lift.
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