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Old 06-09-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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5.0 Hitch: Curt vs Reese

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?
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:19 AM   #2
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We have a Frontier Crew Cab Short bed (5') and will be using the B&W Patriot hitch for our used 5.0. We will have to mount it a little behind the axle but we have our Scamp 5er hitch there now and it tows beautifully. The Patriot allows you to move the pivot point 4" back from the center of the hitch. We think this will give us the 29" we need between the crew cab window and the hitch center. I suspect your bed is larger than ours - you might be able to use this and not have to get a slider.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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Hi: driessa... We have a 6'1" bed on our Frontier and had a 6'6" bed on our shortbox Sierra. Neither one requires the slider but we have it any how. Never been slid and the way it was set up wouldn't work any way!!! Only when we changed trucks did we discover it wouldn't have worked. Ours is a Husky 16K EZRoller and is overkill. Hitch shops outside of the one that Escape uses don't seem to understand the concept of light weight fiberglass. Alf
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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Fran and Dave,

I too have a Frontier (short bed) V6. How well does the 5.0 tow and break with the Frontier. I am seriously considering the 5.0 and would like to avoid buying a new truck if at all possible.

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Old 06-10-2013, 04:23 PM   #5
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H Mike,
Well, we will know after we pick up our Escape in Chilliwack on July 15th. Our local trailer shop guys, who are REALLY good, thought it would be fine. They deal in B&W hitches although Amazon was cheaper and they said that if it were them, they would order it from Amazon. It arrived in less than a week. Planning to have it installed sometime next week. They have seen our Scamp and we told them the Escape is similar in size and weight. Reace also thought it should work. Our Frontier tows the Scamp 5er really nicely so we are hopeful that it will do well with the Escape also.

Our dilemma is that we still have our Scamp and need the Scamp hitch to move it around. So we are waiting and hoping the Scamp will sell before we need to put in the Escape hitch.... The trailer guys said they could rig something up for us but we'd rather just get the Scamp sold!! Know anyone who wants a really lovely 2005 Scamp 19' Deluxe
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:04 PM   #6
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Hi Fran & Dave,

Thank you for the information, and would love to hear your thoughts once you pick up your 5.0. I just love the floor plan and placement of the queen size bed as sleep is very important to me. I am retiring at the end of the year and moving into a home that has gated side access for parking my 5.0, which I will order after the first of the year. Did you go to Chilliwack to order yours? That's my plan.

Currently, I'm not aware of anyone looking for a Scamp, but will keep my eyes and ears on alert!

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Old 06-10-2013, 06:30 PM   #7
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Hi Mike,
No, ours is a used Escape (2008)...came up on the Escape Trailers website a couple of weeks ago and we bought it. Having a few things added to it by Tammy & Reace before we pick it up. We're looking forward to actually SEEING it!!
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2008 not sure where the smiley face came from!
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #9
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That's okay, appreciate the smiley face. Good luck with your 5.0, no doubt you will have lots of fun days in it!! And, I still would like to know your experience towing and such, if you don't mind.

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Will do!
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