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Old 07-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #61
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I didn't know a larger 5.0 was in the making? Where did you read or hear about the new 5.0?

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Maybe gossip posts like this from Tammy.....

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I guess we will be seeing Vicki next Spring then when the new tandem 5.0 comes out . Lol

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.....or the fact that Reace has been talking about it since the 2012 Escape Rally. Rumoured to be only a bit longer, but also a bit wider I believe, and capable of being towed by a full sized pickup.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:40 AM   #62
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Wow,
Perhaps a new 21' Escape 5th to match the new Escape 21' trailer. That 2 foot "itis" is catching.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:00 AM   #63
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Jim,

Thank you, this is very exciting! I know the new 5.0 will be very expensive, but it will be hard to say no...

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Old 07-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #64
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Does anyone have any experience with the Jeep Grand Cherokee towing a 19’? According to auto show reports, they will apparently include a diesel option this year.
I have had a look at the Grand Cherokee Diesel and have been impressed but it a heavy vehicle with reasonable mileage and available air suspension for self leveling. This one is quite pricey.

Also looking at Mercedes GLK250 with loads of torque and better mileage and less pricey. Does not have air suspension but equalizing hitch goes well. I have had several experiences with this engine in Europe and was very impressed by power and smoothness. This engine will replace the V6 diesel in the Mercedes E class cars and wagon in 2014. The E class wagon has same weight and towing capacity as the GLK for 20 grand less.

Currently towing a loaded 19" with an 99 Mercedes 5L coupe (had it before the trailer). Once I got a hitch modified there were no problems with the unit body and self leveling was standard on that model. I am using a Hensley trapazoid hitch, I can tow at 120 kph no problem and on three lane hills in Virginia mountains have zipped up between two transports with no wind buffeting or other movement on the car--I like the hitch. No movement in strong cross winds or heavy rain storms.

For stability don't let the towing suspension take all of the leveling load. Generally there is too much bounce without some Tension on leveling bars and take some of the concern about load distribution in trailer.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:49 PM   #65
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Also looking at Mercedes GLK250 with loads of torque and better mileage and less pricey.
A recent magazine article compared the Grand Cherokee to the Mercedes ML 350 BlueTEC - that is a closer comparison. The GLK may be a fine match for many Escape trailers, but it is significantly shorter (in wheelbase, the critical dimension for towing) than the ML, and somewhat lighter. The smaller size of the GLK is presumably why it gets the 2.1L 4-cylinder diesel, while the ML gets the 3.0L 6-cylinder; the 2.1 may have "loads of torque", but the 3.0 has substantially more.

Mercedes Canada shows the towing capacity of the GLK at only 1588 kg (3500 lb). I do not want to start a discussion of how some RV dealer can set up a vehicle to tow far beyond its rated capacity - that's always an unproductive debate - but the rating is an indication that the GLK may not be comparable to an ML or Grand Cherokee for towing ability.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #66
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Scuba, like you I too have the 2011 Frontier short bed (6 cyl/4x) and before I decided on a 19' Escape (which we just picked up a few weeks ago) I too had 5.0 on the brain in a big way. After comparing the required distance from the back of the cab to the centerline of the rear axel to what Tammy told me in an email was the minimum, it just wouldn't work. I'll confess to being somewhat cautious (maybe overly so), but decided that the additional cost of a slider or an extender (not to mention the loss of the truck bed) just wasn't worth the risk. But I'm here to tell you, the 19' is a dream to pull and with an Andersen WDH is a snap to hook and un-hook to the TV. I'm a first-timer but after Dave's orientation, Dennis' education on the hook-up & towing (and hours on this Forum), I found it a breeze to operate the 19'. For what it's worth...
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With Diesel, It is important to note the relative equality of the MB V6 and the new dual turbo Four.
European towing ratings are based upon the braking capacity of the tow vehicle since they "assume" that the trailer has no brakes. I have had two european vehicles with fluid or air suspension and each end of vehicle is individually controlled and more recently with independent suspensions all round, each corner has a valve mostly now with electronic control like the after market air suspensions sold for american trucks and cars.

Diesel manufactures are all interrelated. Mercedes and Cummins. I believe Audi/VW related to MV in Italy -- they all have a history of durability. Having driven two diesel MB maintenance is not more expensive than with a comparable gasoline engine. European drivers have a almost an equal preference for diesel and gasoline, and not necessarily driven a fuel price differenctial.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #68
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Zardoz,

Congratulations on your new 19"! The 19' is a very possible option for us, and thank you for letting me know it tows nicely with the Frontier. Fran and Dave are picking up their 5.0 today and towing it with the Frontier short bed. If it does not work well for them, I certainly am going to consider the 19, it too is a very nice trailer. I am going to Bandon this weekend to view all of the Escapes. I have never seen one in person, am really looking forward to seeing them.

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #69
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I think Fran and Dave towed a Scamp 19 with their short bed Frontier. Pictures made it look like they were just aft of axle on the pivot, but I was just looking at their pictures. Since neither the 19 Scamp nor Escape 5.0 has a really heavy pivot weight ,I expect to hear that they're having no problem with their new (to them) 5.0.

Of course if they do have an issue, my long bed Fromtier is waiting for a good deal to show up. :-)
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:18 PM   #70
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Lenard,

Very funny, but I think you're right, Fran and Dave most likely will not have a problem, that's my hope!

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