Escape 5.0TA Towing Questions - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Towing and Hitching
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-29-2016, 01:23 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Arizona, Arizona
Trailer: n/a at this time
Posts: 4
Escape 5.0TA Towing Questions

We are seriously considering the Escape 5.0TA. Looks like it may be an awesome fit for our needs.

Couple of questions:

1. Our tow vehicle is a short bed (6.5'), double cab, '12 Tundra. We're giving some thought about installing a gooseneck ball and using the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel hitch. Has anyone used this arrangement with an Escape?

2. We would like to use the 2" receiver on the back of the Escape 5.0TA to bring our PWC (jetski) along on trips. The jetski and trailer combined weigh approx. 1050-1100 lbs. Tongue weight is 75 lbs. Is the Escape's 2" frame/receiver up to the task?

Thank you!!
__________________

FunBound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2016, 01:33 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Woodland, California
Trailer: 1961 Airstream and a 2017 5.0 TA
Posts: 42
I wanted to do the same thing with a boat. It would save using two vehicles or trips to get to the lake but was told by eti it wouldn't work. Bummer! It would make a nice team. I am still considering anyways. Nice unit.
__________________

RicVic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2016, 01:38 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
PGDriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southern Alberta, Alberta
Trailer: 2015 Escape 5.0TA
Posts: 1,436
I think you need to talk directly to Escape Trailers on this one as I believe the rear hitch is only rated at 150lbs and only they could tell you for sure wether your request is doable.

Cheers
Doug
__________________
Doug & Eileen
2015 Escape 5.0TA
2015 GMC Sierra Crew 4X4 6.2 8 speed
PGDriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2016, 01:42 PM   #4
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape 19' PRAIRIE SCHOONER pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 13,654
Welcome Kal,
Each state have their own rules on double towing as well as total length. As far as the trailer, it is a 100# weight limit, but you will be pulling which the hitch may not be designed for. More of lateral motion versus static weight. What you do after acquiring, is up to you.
__________________
Jim
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why………..Mark Twain
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2016, 01:57 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,930
I have a gooseneck hitch in my truck, and the Anderson Ultimate in my spare room, but am awaiting the build of my 5.0TA.

You could not pull a trailer with the standard receiver mounted on the Escape, but would co like other say, and contact Escape to find out. As well, like pointed out, there are some provinces, like BC, that do not allow double towing, even with the primary trailer being a fifth wheel.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2016, 08:37 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,036
All the above posts provide good information, and explain why this idea is not likely viable. To add one more: if you could install a more appropriate hitch receiver on the 5.0TA and if you could convince Escape that it is safe and if the place you're towing allows double trailers... you will probably find that (as in Alberta) the leading trailer must be a fifth-wheel (see Arizona 28-1095, subsection G, 3a), and once you convert to the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection it is no longer a fifth-wheel (it is a ball hitch located in the truck bed) so it wouldn't be legal even here.

I think the two-trailer setup would be a great solution in some cases, and there are lots of places it's legal, but aside from legalities travel trailers (and specifically the Escape 5.0TA) are just not designed for it - the proportions are wrong, with the axle to rear bumper distance being far too long. These are not the trailers you would use in a big rig train configuration.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2016, 08:20 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Trailer: 2015 5.0 TA, 2014- RAM HEMI 8 spd
Posts: 447
I use the Andersen bed rail version. I love it, its super light and doesn't not make any noise, requires no lubrication or any other maintenance. By comparison, my Reese slider version weighed 150 lbs, the Andersen weighs 38 lbs and is rated higher. You can reverse the direction of the ball to obtain more clearance for short beds, if needed. They are a superior design in my opinion...
Scuba55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2016, 08:27 AM   #8
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape 19' PRAIRIE SCHOONER pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 13,654
But does not the Andersen require a bolt on attachment piece? I'd like to save weight over the standard 5th set up but a little leery of bolt on changes.
__________________
Jim
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why………..Mark Twain
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2016, 09:19 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Trailer: 2016 21'
Posts: 139
Jim, when I was looking at the 5ta I as considering the Reese hidden 5th wheel hitch. No rails in the bed, you have a "Puck" style attachment. Nice looking hitch if you want to use your truck bed for hauling and not have the rails.
Don W. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2016, 09:22 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Trailer: 2015 5.0 TA, 2014- RAM HEMI 8 spd
Posts: 447
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 View Post
But does not the Andersen require a bolt on attachment piece? I'd like to save weight over the standard 5th set up but a little leery of bolt on changes.
Jim, I'm not sure what you mean by "bolt attachment piece". Do you mean the coupler for the king pin? I can tell you that the rail version drops into any standard bed rail. I've added a few photos for your viewing.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0003.jpg (195.7 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0008.jpg (164.3 KB, 31 views)
__________________

Scuba55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.