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Old 07-27-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
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Towing the new 5.0TA

Now that some of these are on the road and people have traveled some miles, could some of the owners of the 5.0TA share info and insight on the towing and hitching experience?

Is it easier to hitch and unhitch versus a bumper pull?

Ease and or difficulty backing in?

Pin weight? any concerns and did you make any changes to your tug?

How did you calculate overall payload of your stuff and Pin weight?

Towing, any insight here would help me just be more patient till my winter build date.

Hope you all are enjoying your rigs and we look forward to hearing about your experience

Don, Brenda, and Maceydog
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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Now that some of these are on the road and people have traveled some miles, could some of the owners of the 5.0TA share info and insight on the towing and hitching experience?

Is it easier to hitch and unhitch versus a bumper pull?

Ease and or difficulty backing in?

Pin weight? any concerns and did you make any changes to your tug?

How did you calculate overall payload of your stuff and Pin weight?

Towing, any insight here would help me just be more patient till my winter build date.

Hope you all are enjoying your rigs and we look forward to hearing about your experience

Don, Brenda, and Maceydog
Hi: Don W... I'll take a stab at some if not all of your ??'s.
#1... Much easier to hitch IMHO!!! Wife pushes the up/down buttons, I aim the tug.
#2... Dual axle seems much easier to reverse into my driveway...off the street.
#3... No weights yet, but the truck didn't squat as much as our 5.0 made it. Adjustment to hitch plate only, dropped one bolt hole.
#4... Not done yet. Refer to #3
#5... Towing a 5th. wh. IMHO is far superior to a bumper pull. Weight directly over the rear axle!!! Minimal loss of length due to bed loft over truck. Alf
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:08 PM   #3
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I find hitching/unhitching more difficult than a bumper pull. I have no husband/wife or SO to help with aligning, working switches, leveling, etc. Tugs down the road very well, but so did my 16' Scamp. Backing into site/parking space.... turns VERY quickly. Much quicker than the Scamp. It's not difficult, just different. I don't have any weight info either, but not concerned at all as I don't pack much "stuff," no outdoor grill, propane firepit, dutch ovens or outdoor cooking equipment. I have four overhead cabinets completely empty!

MPG is about the same as towing the Scamp too, so I'm happy!
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Is it easier to hitch and unhitch versus a bumper pull?
Backing up to it is roughly the same, takes nothing to latch it though. No more hand cranking the front jack to get the WDH set, same goes for unhitching. So yes, it's considerably easier.

Ease and or difficulty backing in?
Just need to get used to the different pivot point, no trouble so far.

Pin weight? any concerns and did you make any changes to your tug?
No and no. I bought a full size truck with 2200 payload and 8' bed so I wouldn't need to be concerned with such.

How did you calculate overall payload of your stuff and Pin weight?
Not sure what you are asking for but I have yet to take it to the scales cause I'm not concerned with the weights.

Towing, any insight here would help me just be more patient till my winter build date.
It really is a beaut to tow. After being very skeptical of folks saying of "don't even know it's there", I now know what they mean, even if they were exaggerating. If it wasn't for the extra pedal you have to give it and the way it feels like someone is tailgating you when you glance in the back window, I really wouldn't know it is there, at least when under way.

Will know more when we get back in Oct after towing it 6 or 7k miles. A couple small overnights doesn't prove much.

If my long trip turns out like the short trips, I'm going to be very happy with this setup. Time will tell.
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