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Old 06-14-2013, 04:55 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by FMLNM View Post
2008 not sure where the smiley face came from!
You didn't do anything wrong. An "8" immediately followed by a ")" is interpreted as the code for one of the smiley faces: 8)
Put a space between them and there's no unintended symbol: (2008 )
It's an annoying characteristic of the crude coding of most discussion forums.

Now back to hitches...

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Old 06-14-2013, 05:20 PM   #12
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An Escape 5.0 is so light that any fifth-wheel hitch is likely to be more than strong and solid enough - certainly any of the mainstream "15K" (15,000 lb) designs will be. As long as the hitch includes side-to-side tilt, it should just be a matter of convenience:
  • ease of mounting and dismounting the removable head
  • are mounting rails or pads left on the box floor obtrusive
  • ease of latching and unlatching
  • method for sliding position, if desired
  • et cetera

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Old 07-02-2013, 11:00 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by driessa View Post
Our Escape 5.0 is to be delivered in about 2 weeks (in Texas) & we are getting our F-150 Super Crew Cab truck (with short bed) outfitted with a hitch. One trailer shop is recommending a Curt 16K slider over the Reese 15K slider. Any comments as to the differences and/or experiences with either brand?

noticed that you traded your Scamp 5r for an Escape 5.0. We are thinking of doing the same thing....primarily because we want a larger bath (currently have a side bath in the Scamp) and a more comfortable seating area. The look of the steps into the queen bed in the Escape looks like a good plan for us too.

Why did you decide to switch? would you do it again? There aren't many 5.0 in our area (CO) so would have to buy new.

Did you sell your Scamp quickly?

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Old 07-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #14
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Hi katinfo,
Yes, we did sell our Scamp 5er. We really liked our Scamp. It was well made and towed beautifully with our Frontier short bed. It was the deluxe model so the queen bed was positioned side to side and could not be rigged to run front to back like you can in the standard Scamp 5er. My husband is 6'2" and we wanted a little more comfortable bed arrangement for him. Plus we had been watching the Escapes and liked their approach and features. When a used 5.0 (2008) became available we jumped on it (you are right, they don't come up very often) and are having Escape add a few things, like solar, a bathroom window and an escape hatch over the queen bed.

Our Scamp 5er sold in about a month. Most of the serious inquiries came from Craigslist listings (and some wackos too!) The 5er is harder to sell than the tow behind Scamps because you do have to have a buyer who has a small to mid-sized P/U. We had several folks who were very interested but either had a tow vehicle issue or the person had a height issue and then we found a really nice couple in Albuquerque and it was a perfect match. They will get lots of used from it as they are frequent campers.

We won't know if we would do it again until we pick up the Escape and try it out!

Fran & Dave

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