Originally Posted by steve dunham
I have never understood why we have these threads or why vehicle manufacturers waste their time and energy to have their engineers calculate limits for the vehicles they manufacture . I have never seen one of these threads where someone will not give confirmation to the notion that you can tow anything with everything.
This thread may be the exception, as no one has made any such suggestion so far.
Originally Posted by Bobnjudy
I was very concerned about the same thing when I was researching for commercial hitch connections for my Scamp 2016 19' gooseneck. They didn't/don't exist. My TV is a 2015 GMC Canyon XLT short bed.
The Scamp gooseneck uses an 2" ball mounted to bed platform that they installed in the plant when I picked it up last month.
I assume that this is Scamp's current rail-mounted ball mount
, which they call a "fifth wheel hitch", not the old thing that was screwed to the truck box. This is the frame (legs
) of a fifth-wheel hitch (I think it's a Reese), carrying a ball instead of a fifth-wheel head, and mounted to the truck by "industry standard" rails, which in turn mount to the frame with brackets under the box floor.
As far as mounting to the truck is concerned, this is just like any fifth-wheel, so the Scamp 19' experience is relevant to an Escape (although a Scamp 19' is the size and weight of an Escape 5.0, not the wider and heavier 5.0TA). As far as the ball connection is concerned, this is functionally the same as using the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection system, although Scamp uses a 2" diameter ball instead of the 2-5/16" used by Andersen and far more common in this sort of connection.
I suppose an Escape 5.0/5.0TA owner could use this (or their own home-brew equivalent), with Andersen's coupler (or equivalent). Scamp owners don't need the coupler - the Scamp 19' comes with a 2" coupler, not a fifth-wheel pin.
Originally Posted by Eddie_Escaper
Mine is a single axle 5.0...
Eddie, you might want to fix the trailer description in your profile from "1986 escaper" to whatever year of "Escape 5.0".