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Old 12-03-2017, 02:52 PM   #1
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Towing 5.0 TA with Ram 1500

I have a 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie with the V8, which Im not worried about towing. But I want to upgrade from a Scamp 16, to the Escape 5.0. My question is which hitch would someone recommend to have installed in my truck that has a 6'4" bed?
Anyone that has a 5.o and would recommend a hitch would be helpful.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:16 PM   #2
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I have a 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie with the V8, which Im not worried about towing. But I want to upgrade from a Scamp 16, to the Escape 5.0. My question is which hitch would someone recommend to have installed in my truck that has a 6'4" bed?
Anyone that has a 5.o and would recommend a hitch would be helpful.

Thank you in advance.
Check your door jamb for bed carrying capacity, mine is around 1300#. Also check your spare, Ram installed temporary spares in their trucks and I had to go out and purchase a full size wheel and tire. I believe the pin weight for the new 5.0 TA is 700-900 lbs. Escape Trailers has a shop located near them, Trademasters that installs different hitches, they too can help with info.
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information... I will call them to get some info, I wont be picking it up, due to be cost effective to have it delivered half way to Florida and I can pick it up there than traveling to Washington and back.
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:34 PM   #4
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I have a 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie with the V8, which Im not worried about towing. But I want to upgrade from a Scamp 16, to the Escape 5.0. My question is which hitch would someone recommend to have installed in my truck that has a 6'4" bed?
Anyone that has a 5.o and would recommend a hitch would be helpful.

Thank you in advance.
Great results reported in multiple threads here in the forum..... for use of the Anderson Ultimate with a under the bed goose neck ball.

You can remove it when not towing and have a flat bed..... its lite weight compared to a standard fifth wheel. Easy to remove.

My wife and I went and saw a 2017 5.0TA which had and Anderson installed in a Tacoma. The owner was very happy.

Tradmaster has been installing them in pickups for Escape purchasers for a few years now.

This is what they ( Hupome - Trademasters Truck Accessories) propose in our TUNDRA:

https://andersenhitches.com/Products...k-version.aspx

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I have a 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie with the V8, which Im not worried about towing. But I want to upgrade from a Scamp 16, to the Escape 5.0. My question is which hitch would someone recommend to have installed in my truck that has a 6'4" bed?
Anyone that has a 5.o and would recommend a hitch would be helpful.

Thank you in advance.
I have the rail mount Anderson ultimate mounted to my F150 6 1/2’ bed. Hitch workers great with my 5.0 TA. 4 pins and I can lift it out 1 handed. Got the hitch, Reese mounting rails, bed mounted 7pin connector from Etrailer for about $900. Spent a Saturday installing it . I don’t mind the rails in the bed and it saved me some $$.
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Thanks Chotch, This is exactly what I needed to see, I can assume you have the attachment to go with it. Was that a problem attaching?
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Thanks Chotch, This is exactly what I needed to see, I can assume you have the attachment to go with it. Was that a problem attaching?
Yea the pin adapter comes with hitch, it's on the trailer. As long as you have the proper tools less than 5 minutes. Got a great lock if go this route.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:25 PM   #8
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They will put the pin adapter on your trailer at Escape during your orientation and then they hook up to your trailer to be sure it all fits correctly.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:28 PM   #9
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The Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection system is popular among Escape 5.0 and 5.0TA owners, and certainly works, although it's equally certainly not the only valid choice. I noticed that in this discussion no one has mentioned that the Andersen Ultimate - because it is a ball hitch - legally requires the use of at least one safety chain in most jurisdictions.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:52 PM   #10
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On safety chains with the Anderson it depends on who you talk to. Anderson says you can use them but you don't need to - their hitch is classified as a fifth wheel even though it attaches to a ball.. Etrailer says you only need them in one state in the US. Trademasters doesn't install them routinely with the Anderson because they are not required so if you want them you need to request them. But do your own research and getting them is always a good idea because in some areas of the US and Canada you do need to use them. I got them in case i wanted to use them i also think an extra step for safety is never a bad idea.
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