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Old 09-15-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Let's discuss hitches - specifically 5th wheel

It's Sunday or else I'd fire off an email to Escape.

Does anyone know what model Escape offers? I know it's a Reece.

Alf has posted he's using a Husky 16K EZRoller: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

and Fran & Dave use a B&W Patriot Hitch: 5.0 Hitch: Curt vs Reese

This 5th wheel stuff is all new to me. It's going to be big bucks over the <$40 it cost me to tow my 16' Scamp (all I had to buy was the stinker and ball.)

I've spent quite a bit of time looking on the web and it's making my eyes water. And folks talk about turning 90 degrees, I guess I don't understand why that's a concern unless you're pulling into some strange parking space. I know there's no possible way I can jack knife my Scamp without doing major damage to both the truck and tow... so I don't! So, why should I think I could/should do it with a 5th wheel....

Because I live in Oregon's largest city, I can buy locally and tax free. I'm just looking to get the best bang for my buck without buying in excess or going the other way and buying something not appropriate for the application needed.

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Old 09-15-2013, 12:37 PM   #2
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Some of your hitch decisions will be affected by your tow vehicle...bed material (composite vs steel) length (4', 5', 6' more), etc.
Do you know what you are going to get as a tow vehicle? (not sure what they used for the Enterprise )
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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Right NOW, I'm thinking Ford F-150 with Ecoboost. Love my current Ford! But, (isn't there always), the new Chevy Silverado is a fine looking truck too. Whatever, the bed with be 6' and it won't be a Honda or Toyota.
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Right NOW, I'm thinking Ford F-150 with Ecoboost. Love my current Ford! But, (isn't there always), the new Chevy Silverado is a fine looking truck too. Whatever, the bed with be 6' and it won't be a Honda or Toyota.
From what little I know of this, with that sort of tow vehicle you should have a wide open selection. And there should be no reason to get a slider hitch as a 6' bed should give you plenty of room for mounting over the axle and still having a great turning capability....probably 90 degree!

I'm sure others will chime in with information about their favorite hitches....
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Donna,
I believe F150 boxes are 5.5',6.5' or 8'.

I know mine is 5.5', hope it will work!
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I believe F150 boxes are 5.5',6.5' or 8'.

I know mine is 5.5', hope it will work!
Our Frontier has a 5' bed and we were able to make it work (without a slider hitch)...not standard but it works. 6.5' would be easier.
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You're right Vicki, don't know what I was thinking... D'oh.. Currently I own a SuperCab 6'5". I'll want to replace that with a new one!

I'll ask again, does anyone know the model of Reece 5th wheel hitch that Escape uses?
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You're right Vicki, don't know what I was thinking... D'oh.. Currently I own a SuperCab 6'5". I'll want to replace that with a new one!

I'll ask again, does anyone know the model of Reece 5th wheel hitch that Escape uses?
We seem to recall that Reace said they were using a Reece 15K. That was when we talked to him this spring.
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Here's my two cents Donna. Find a good truck accessory or hitch business and have them install your 5th wheel hitch. A 15K over the axle should handle it. As for me, I installed a Curt 16K with a frame kit myself that I bought online. Brackets that bolt to the truck frame add some strength to the install. Some 5.0 owners have hit their truck beds with the under frame on the 5.0 overhang during a dip or drop off doing damage to their vehicle. Escape Industries can help you get your pull level with adequate truck and trailer clearance. As like most anything, more money spent on the hitch equates to better quality. Look to spend at least $400 to $500.
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Escape sold me a Pro Series 15k 5th wheel hitch this summer. Here is the same hitch on etrailer. Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Slide Bar Jaw - 15,000 lbs Pro Series Fifth Wheel PS30093

I bought a nylon lubricating pad for it on my way back to New England after realizing that there should probably be some kind of lubrication between the metal-metal contact. I'm not sure why Escape or the hitch shop in Chilliwack didn't mention that. I don't know anything about the pros and cons of this hitch versus any other one except it seems to work OK.
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