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Old 11-20-2017, 08:54 PM   #1
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Hey guys, thinking of upgrading our 2005 Trail cruise to a full fiberglass. Like many first time owners, we were taken for a ride by a crooked dealership in Ontario when they sold us a water dammaged unit. Made me realize how crappy the comon trailers were built. Anyways, just wondering if anyone has towed behind their 5.0? Looking at towing a 2700 lbs boat. Anyone have modified with a hitch?
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:05 PM   #2
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Welcome...so you want to tow your boat behind an Escape 5th wheel trailer if have got you correct...interesting. How many provinces is this legal to do this in and what would be your tow vehicle?
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:18 PM   #3
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It is legal everywhere but BC. As long as you Hauser 75ft or less. Some places, like SK, allow ball to ball. In MB, you need 5th wheel to the vehicle. My Sierra as 9500 towing. So it all fits. My current trailer is too heavy. I don't feel like getting a bigger truck, so smaller camper is the way to go.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:22 PM   #4
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Have we heard of anyone doing this with an Escape? I would ask ETI about it as they likely have had that question and know what they think.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:30 PM   #5
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Spoke to someone there, all they could tell me was the stock hitch (bike rack) was not strong enough.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:30 PM   #6
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There is a weight limit, I think it is 100# for the rear hitch on Escapes.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:35 PM   #7
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I was told by someone at ETI 150 pounds on the rear bumper, so I mentioned there is already a spare tire mounted there. They asked for clarification on their end and came back saying 150 pounds on the box hitch.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:37 PM   #8
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Hey guys, thinking of upgrading our 2005 Trail cruise to a full fiberglass. Like many first time owners, we were taken for a ride by a crooked dealership in Ontario when they sold us a water dammaged unit. Made me realize how crappy the comon trailers were built. Anyways, just wondering if anyone has towed behind their 5.0? Looking at towing a 2700 lbs boat. Anyone have modified with a hitch?


The hitch on the 5.0 is only suitable for a bike rack or storage box as its only rated for 150 lbs. think you would have to substantially reinforce frame. What would the tongue weight on the boat trailer be ? Wondering what ETI would think about putting that stress on the frame?


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Old 11-20-2017, 09:38 PM   #9
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Spoke to someone there, all they could tell me was the stock hitch (bike rack) was not strong enough.
You might ask for an answer specifically from Reace so as not to have them say later that you voided the warranty or some such.
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150 pounds on the stock 2 inch receiver. I think with the proper re enforcement it would be just as strong as any other RV that had a hitch stuck to it...not that I can recommend it. It will be interesting to see if some one pops up that has done this.
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