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Old 06-05-2014, 04:50 PM   #11
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No one here will install a fixed hitch...
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They are thinking of a 'normal' sized fifth wheel not the Escape or Scamp.....most hitch shops have never seen one of the fiberglass 5ers... You should have brought them a picture.
I agree that the hitch shop may be keeping their client from getting a hitch installed too close to the cab to clear the expected width of the trailer, and the Escape is narrower. Other small fifth-wheels have been just as narrow as an Escape, but they were uncommon.

Escape is creeping up on those big trailers, though...
2.00 m / 80" - original Escape 5.0
2.24 m / 88" - current Escape 5.0 TA
2.44 m / 96" - traditional full-sized RV
2.60 m / 102" - maximum legal RV (now common "widebody")
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:57 PM   #12
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Yes, I love my truck, and I certainly don't need one longer...I'd never get a parking spot!
I note that Vicki doesn't say what keeps her from getting a longer truck into a parking spot.

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I think they mean you need a wider lane for approaching the parking spot because you have to swing wider to turn into the parking spot with a longer vehicle that has a larger turning radius. The parking spot is not the problem, it is turning into it...
This is a reasonable guess, and maybe Vicki's only concern.

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Sure you would, if you have room for a wide turn the long bed truck fits in the same spots yours will. It's the turning radius that's the problem. I've got to do a "K" turn just to park
Then this could mean that the turning concern can be worked around, and that once turned the truck length doesn't matter.

Aside from the fact that the ability to turn in the available space does matter, I just noted that in some cases the length actually is a problem.
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