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Old 07-03-2012, 02:46 PM   #11
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

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As for me...I am on my way to take delivery of my new 5.0.
I believe that I may have seen yours being built.

During the little factory tour, I was told that there were several Texas-bound Escapes being constructed and were soon to be sent on their way.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:49 PM   #12
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

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Hi: RoadTripper...IMHO here's a pic. of what I think is a compatible truck for the 5.0. Many others on this forum think so too!!! Alf
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From the picture, it appears that the hitch is not in front of the rear axle. Correct?

If so, do you use (or did you need to get) a special kind of hitch to keep chances of "binding" or jack-knifeing to a minimum?
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #13
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

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Hi: RoadTripper...IMHO here's a pic. of what I think is a compatible truck for the 5.0. Many others on this forum think so too!!! Alf
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From the picture, it appears that the hitch is not in front of the rear axle. Correct?

If so, do you use (or did you need to get) a special kind of hitch to keep chances of "binding" or jack-knifeing to a minimum?
Hi: RoadTripper...Our hitch plate is directly over the axle. A special hitch isn't necessary with the Nissan Frontier long bed truck. We do however have a double pivot 16K Husky EZRoller hitch www.huskytow.com which is overkill but we bought the trailer with a short bed GMC Sierra truck as a package deal. The hitch was transfered to the new 2010 Frontier because we already owned it!!!
We use a Teflon plate over the pin to lube the hitch plate. I just replaced it, (ten bucks at my local RVdealer), for the first time.
There's plenty of clearance 2 1/2"s so no chance of a major crackup and I can swing a full 90* and then some before contact of the cab/trailer. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie p.s. At the moment there are no used 5.0's on the market...that I know of.
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:39 PM   #14
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Hi: RoadTripper...Here's a pic of the hitch pin and plate ready to connect and one of a normal turn. If I jack knife the rig far enough the marks on the truck cab won't buff out!!! Alf
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:28 AM   #15
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Hi: RoadTripper...Here's another shot of our hitch in the Frontier box. The EZRoller hitch was adjusted down to allow for the shallower box, and the hitch pin was extended out to achieve a level tow. My RVTech used the same tiedown plates, hitch, rails, and wiring from the GMC. An extra wire harness was required to be plugged into the pass. side kick pannel under the dash. That completed the wiring thru the truck to the rear bumper. Now its just hitch plug and tow!!! Alf
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:15 PM   #16
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Greetings,

I'm also interesting in how towing a 19 would compare to a 5.0. Having never towed anything I have nothing to compare it to. Any pro/con info would be appreciated.

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Old 07-29-2012, 04:03 PM   #17
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Ni: davel...The only comparison figures I've ever seen were from Tammy& Reace. Similar trips to Bandon Or. in the same truck with their family gave a slight mpg. advantage to the 5.0. Where I find a big advantage is in hooking up the 5.0 and the more positive tow with the fifth hitch right over the axle... but alas I have never towed a 19'er... only a 13' Boler!!! Alf
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:21 PM   #18
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Hi, Dave!
Do you have your tow vehicle already? If not, the 19' can be towed with a mid-sized SUV such as a Pilot or 4Runner.
The 19' will track right behind your TV whereas the 5.0 is going to cut in more on turns. That said, these are such small trailers that it may not be much of an issue. The obvious reason that many people with pick-ups want a bumper-pull trailer is to use the bed area for a boat or other things.

Others love their 5.0s and, as Alf says, like the pivot point where it is. I don't know all of the steps in hooking up a 5.0 but it may be less trouble than a bumper-pull. We have a weight distributing hitch and would not be without it.

Besides the towing, the interior situation is often what makes the decision. The bed in the 5.0 doesn't require one person to climb over the other but has steps. We really don't find the climbing over matters much.




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Old 07-29-2012, 07:41 PM   #19
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

I voted for the 19. As far as I'm concerned it tows like a dream. On April 10 Dave did the receiver hitch adjustments to mate up with my 09 Ford Escape. Reece looked her over and we decided this particular combo didn't need an equalizing hitch. Except for two weeks away for work I've been camping in it every night since. Tonight in the PEI Nat Park Cavendish Campground on the east coast. Sure was a great feeling knowing I had 4 relatively lightly loaded wheels back there as I was trying by best to dodge all the road hazards you encounter crossing North America.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:56 PM   #20
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

We're also shopping. No decision yet. It's a mass of confusion on our end. LOL.
Hubby likes the dual axle on the 19' trailer but also likes the idea of the 5.0 for less of a sway situation. We both like the 5.0 bed set up and the feel of two different areas in the 5.0. But the 5.0 does not have the 4-wheel set up.

We're at a crossroads...and no one's crossing the street yet as we don't know which way to go - 19' trailer or 5.0 fifth wheel. It's a boatload of money so a pretty major decision. kinda wish we liked the casita but we feel claustrophobic in it, not enough windows like the Escape has. But it sure is friendlier to the wallet and the Liberty has a king size bed. We like the Escape 17B but the bed is a bit too small for us.

Going to see someone's 19' Escape this week. Can't wait. We've only seen a 17A (no bathroom) so we're looking forward to it.
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