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Old 12-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #31
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I too am happy with the Aero, but I'm looking for some way to stiffen the plastic shroud on the RAV's mirror where the Aero attaches. I'm hoping to eliminate the slight vibration.
Have you tried mounting from the bottom? If there is room it might be thicker. I also had better luck when I moved the clips to the extremes of the shroud.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #32
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I did try the bottom, mainly to keep the screw-knobs from being in my line-of-sight. Not sure why I reverted to the top. I shall try moving to the extremes.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:29 PM   #33
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Fifth wheel hitch

Can a few of you please tell me what type of Fifth Wheel Hitch you are using to pull the 5.0, and are you happy with it. My delivery date is not until Oct. 2014, but I need to buy before that of course. Does the slidebar type make noise on the small 5.0, or should I just pay extra for the dual jaw.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #34
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Are you getting the newer tandem axle model, different specs than the single axle.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:07 PM   #35
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Can a few of you please tell me what type of Fifth Wheel Hitch you are using to pull the 5.0, and are you happy with it. My delivery date is not until Oct. 2014, but I need to buy before that of course. Does the slidebar type make noise on the small 5.0, or should I just pay extra for the dual jaw.
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On our Classic 5.0 we are using the B&W Patriot 15K hitch and it seems to be working just fine. The feature of that hitch that made us choose it is that you can make adjustments to the pivot point...moving it 2 inches forward or backward. It is not a slider...you can't change the pivot point while towing...you have to set it in one of the 3 positions before you hitch up. But it gives you a little flexibility if you have a short bed and are having trouble mounting right over the axle.
Don't know if there are different requirements for the 5.0TA.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:16 PM   #36
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Don't know if there are different requirements for the 5.0TA.
The new 5.0 TA is about 8 inches wider than the original, all the way to the front corners (no tapered nose). Assuming a similar relationship of pin position to the front of the trailer, it will require more clearance from the back of the cab to the hitch to be able to reach the same turning angle. It would be 4" more if you want 90-degree turns, but many people settle for much less angle, and the difference would be smaller.

This is one reason that it seems to me that the change to the new 5.0 TA is the end of towing Escape fifth-wheels with compact trucks... think mid-sized at least. The Frontier is mid-sized, but still the longer wheelbase (which comes with the longer box) seems advisable, especially with the crew cab. I believe that Fran & Dave have the short version, and Alf the long version - both with crew cabs.
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Thanks for the quick responses. I am getting the new 5.0TA, and right now have a 2008 Ford F-250 Diesel which is way to much truck. Thinking of Tundra with 6.5' bed with 4.6L V-8, so whatever hitch I use will fit. I have always had small trucks before the Ford, and just can't go back. Love the sound and power of a diesel, but the fuel bill and maintenance will eat ya up. The 4.6 seems fairly economical for an 8, so what the heck.
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There's been lots of discussion on tow vehicles, 5.0 pin weight, hitches, bed height, and such. Searching the archives and talking to ETI about the tow requirements for the new 5.0 TA should be of help.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:36 AM   #39
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Haven't gotten mine as yet, but come spring I'll be ordering the Patriot like Fran uses. I asked over on the big rv forum and the B&W products are highly recommended although most of those folks go with the bigger model.
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Thanks for the quick responses. I am getting the new 5.0TA, and right now have a 2008 Ford F-250 Diesel which is way to much truck. Thinking of Tundra with 6.5' bed with 4.6L V-8, so whatever hitch I use will fit. I have always had small trucks before the Ford, and just can't go back. Love the sound and power of a diesel, but the fuel bill and maintenance will eat ya up. The 4.6 seems fairly economical for an 8, so what the heck.
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I'd keep the diesel, a lot better towing a larger 5th TA than the smaller v-8 and your mileage will be about the same, maybe even better with the diesel. I have the Dodge Ram Hemi and I get 12 mpg, towing or not. I'd trade it for the new 3.0 Ram diesel if I can find one. Plus you will save some $$.
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