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Old 07-05-2010, 10:47 PM   #1
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Dodge Ram 1500

Got a problem finding the right 5th Wheeler.
I have a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4X4 with a Hemi. (of course it's a short box too, but 6 foot 4 inches
Lots of power but the payload isn't very good. I can take up to 1360# in the box
tow about 7500#
Soooo, after looking for a 5th wheeler that has a hitch light enough for us, most people on RV.net say I need to find a very light weight 5th wheel. I found one that would be very borderline as in.. I can't carry much at all extra.
So here I stumbled the Escape 5.0
Looks really good I like the fiberglass idea.
Anyways, now I'm disheartened once again, it seems that the truck is too big for this.
Anyone tow the 5.0 with a Dodge Ram 4X4??

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Old 07-06-2010, 01:58 AM   #2
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Re: Dodge Ram 1500

By too big, do you mean the bed is too tall?
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:31 AM   #3
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Hi: All...There's one owner of a 5.0 in Texas I believe towing with a full size Dodge pickup. Tonka Truck yellow with matching graphics on the trailer. Don't know how new or if it's a 4X4...was a calender pin up pic. last month. Alf
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:59 AM   #4
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Re: Dodge Ram 1500

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By too big, do you mean the bed is too tall?
I wonder if it's too tall or the box too deep
4x4 on 20 inch wheels
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:16 AM   #5
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Re: Dodge Ram 1500

Boubou

Have a look at http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=267.0

As Alf said, there is a reference to Dayna Caldwell, and even an email address, dkaycaldwell@yahoo.com

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Old 07-06-2010, 12:20 PM   #6
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Hi: boubou... The major measurement is from the ground to the top of the box sides @ the axle. Our S/Bx. 4X2 V6 GMC is 51" and I think 53-54"'s. is the max. with a lift on the trailer axle. With a 4X4 and changing down your wheel size you'd be to tall, as the 5.0 is really designed for a Ranger, Dakota or Canyon. The alternative is to switch thinking and go with a 19' straight trailer. Not a bad option IMHO!!! Alf
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:52 PM   #7
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Re: Dodge Ram 1500

Alf's right (again)! The box height is too tall for the Escape 5.0. Alf's and Dayna's works because their Tow Vehicles are 2 wheel drive.
What to do? Sell the Dodge, get a Nissan Frontier and the 5.0, and you'll be one happy camper : - )
Or, all the owner's of the 19' trailers are (almost) as extremely happy : - )
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:58 PM   #8
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Hi: HokieEscape...YUP!!! Get outta Dodge and into the Frontier Alf
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:34 PM   #9
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Re: Dodge Ram 1500

Another option to consider is larger tires on the trailer with the high lift axle. Also, lower profiles on the truck would help to reduce the truck height. If i am correct the max measurement is at the back of the truck (tailgate), the measurement being 54". Another option is too use a fifth wheel hitch extender, which will push the trailer further away from the truck, giving more clearance as the trailer height tapers upward as you go towards the front.

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Old 08-01-2010, 10:36 PM   #10
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Re: Dodge Ram 1500

My Shirley and I just saw Dayna's setup today up in the Grand Lake, Colorado area. What a neat lady and such a sweet little girl. Got to meet Dayna's parents too, and they are also great folks. We really got a super tour of the 5.0 (Escape should hire Jacqueline (sp?) to film a detailed tour of the trailer. She is such a kick.

Anyway, our bell is certainly "rung" but we have to work through some issues first:

I have a Chevrolet 1999 Tahoe that we pull our Casita with. We'll have to switch to a Pickup and we are starting to look this week. The tips in this thread are a good start. I welcome any additional comments from you folks.

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