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Old 06-28-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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5.0 v. 19' Foot

I went to the Escape factory a few days ago and looked around at the various trailers on offer (there were quite a few people looking around, so business must be good!).

I initially went in thinking that I really wanted a 19' trailer, but the 5.0 seems to be slightly more liveable, and perhaps more stable on the ground. Hence, my (initial) questions:

1) For those who have towed both the 19' and the 5.0, are there any significant differences between the two in terms of trailering "feel," ease, or manuverability?

2) It seems, based on the drawings, that the overall length for the tow vehicle and the trailer is less for the 5.0 than the 19', even though the 5.0' and the 19' have the same total length, since part of the 5.0 is actually over the bed of the tow vehicle. Is this an accurate statement?

3) Although I don't plan on buying a trailer and immediately selling it, resale is something that I'm concerned about. It seems that a 19' would have better resale potential than the 5.0, since the 19' could be towed by a truck, van, SUV, minivan, etc., while a 5.0 can only be towed (I suppose...) by a truck. Thus, insofar as a 5.0 is concerned, are you unduly restricting or limiting your resale potential by going with a 5.0?

4) Is a 5th wheel hitch removable? And, if so, would removing it (and re-installing it) repeatedly weaken the hitch or compromise its safety?

5) Is there a list of trucks that could realistically tow a 5.0? Looking at the Ford line-up, it seems that the brochures don't even provide 5th wheel towing capability until you get into the Superduty line (F250 and above), and buying one of those trucks seems like a bit of an overkill to just tow the 5.0. I don't have a truck now, but if I were to get one, how would I be able to determine that it would be compatible with the 5.0 without having to contact the Escape factory?

6) The 5.0 model that I looked at had carpeting on the stairs and bedroom area. I'm not adverse to carpeting, but it seemed a little odd for a trailer and I was curious what the maintenance would be like, particularly with regard to the floor space on the sides of the bed. Has anyone had trouble keeping this area clean?

Thanks.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

I'll answer as many of your questions as I can. Others will chime in, I'm sure.
1. I've only towed a 17' Casita and our 5.0. I used a WDH with the Casita and find the 5.0 and Casita equally stable.
2. Your statement is correct. The 5.0 and tug are shorter overall.
4. The major portion of the hitch is removable, with mounting bars remaining in the truck bed. I don't see how removing the "removable" parts increase wear at all.
5. I tow with a Ford Ranger and it is adequate for our needs. Other use Frontiers and Tacomas with success. The F-150s (2WD) will fit with a raised trailer axle.
6. We camp with three good-sized dogs and don't find the carpeting to be a bother. We seldom venture onto the stairs or into the loft with shoes on, so tracked-in schmutz hasn't been a problem.

I can only guess at your #3, but suspect resale would be more difficult due to the size limitations for the truck itself.

HTH;
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

My answers are as follows:

Pretty much what Dave said.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:15 PM   #4
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Dave's dead on in his answers, in regard to the stairs we have had our 5.0 a little over two years. Like Dave we try not to drag too much dirt up in that area. I did recently clean the stairs for the first time with an over the counter product and it came out fine.

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Old 06-28-2012, 08:52 PM   #5
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Hi: RoadTripper... I can only second everyones answers. I don't think the carpeting goes under the mattress just around the edges...to cover the sub floor. Once a year vacuuming is all ours gets.
I think that truck mfg's figure when people talk fifth wheels they mean those huge behemoths that look like a 2 story house behind your Super Duty!!! We saw a fifth wheel so huge it made the 1 ton dually truck squat, but then it had central vac. to keep his wife happy. Alf
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

FWIW: My Grand Caravan and 17 foot Casita were 35 feet total. The fiver and Nissan Frontier (long bed) are 34.

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Old 07-01-2012, 11:34 AM   #7
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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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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Hey Alf,
That is a nice looking truck and cover, too bad you can keep the cover while towing!
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Hi: cpaharley2008...Thanks we really like the truck, and my wife lets me drive it sometimes too!!! Nice thing about the 3 folds forward Nissan tonneau is it can stay on the truck while towing. Just clears the hitch plate even on a 90* turn. Then when we unhitch it's just a simple case of folding it back and clamping down the rear clamps. The hitch stays protected from the weather most of the time. Alf
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Re: 5.0 v. 19' Foot

Hi RoadTripper,

Welcome to the Escape Forum.

On the subject of resale...It shouldn't be an issue. These little fiberglass trailers have a great resale. If properly maintained, they hold their value much better than the stick built trailers. I sold my 2003 Casita this for $4000.00 less than I purchased it for this year. It took me 2 weeks and I had two others buyers in the waiting.

I am willing to bet once you become an owner of the right fiberglass trailer for your wants & needs, you will not want to part with it.

As for me...I am on my way to take delivery of my new 5.0.

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