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Old 04-05-2014, 06:04 AM   #21
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With the current 5.0 and the new 5.0 drawing it's great to see that such great improvements are being made in the 5th wheel offerings from ETI. No major plug molds needed. Simple, beneficial improvements in the RV.

Interesting observation Larry, but you missed my point by a kilometer.

Looking forward to owning a 19 and maybe a 5.0 in the future.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:04 AM   #22
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Hi: MarksAlot... I hope by "Mature" you mean grown up!!! Having had the distinct pleasure of owning one of the first few 5.0s and learning to travel after a 13' Boler; we are again looking forward to owning one of the first few 5.0TAs. Knowing reace's investment in this design he has looked at "Both sides now"...more than once, and I have every confidence in his ability to build a superior trailer.
My first reason to buy a 5.0 has always been the ease of hooking it up. Every thing is at eye level. Alf
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:34 AM   #23
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I'm not concerned in the least about getting one of the first 5.0TAs built. If you were to compare the very first ETI 5er built to the last, you wouldn't see any significant differences. Yes, appliances change, etc. But, that's not an ETI decision as much as it is the appliance manufacturers.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:35 AM   #24
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Perhaps Marksalot was referring to the initial frenzy created when people start selling or trading up to the newer model, that after awhile will calm down, that time being more mature?
In addition I recall Reace did make some interior changes to the 21 as well the 19 after production started, due to using the trailer and finding issues with certain items, so Escape does make interior design changes.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:35 AM   #25
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Was the wheel wells change on the 19 a mould change? What was the advantage of the change, from one large on each side to four individual.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:43 AM   #26
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Yes, Reace & Tammy took the very first 21' out on an extended camping trip. It was due to their experience and input from viewers the rear dinette changed. (no more storage behind the cushion... drivers side). Since the new 5er is identical from the door back to the 21, the chance for changes to that part of the interior are now nil. What kind of changes could someone make to the loft when there's nothing up there but two overhead cabinets, some lights and a bed?

What I've thought about, is what does the future hold for Reace & Tammy as owners of ETI? If it were ME, as soon as I became an empty nester... I'd be looking for a buyer of the business and enjoy the fruits of my labor.... I'm glad I'm getting a trailer now.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:52 AM   #27
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The 5.0 had a few minor changes along the way. Escape hatch, cabinets, refrigerators, cubbies, mud flaps, and added options. The 5.0TA has a different axle set and other changes. Tammy and Reace were going to do a shakedown cruise to Texas with the 5.0TA until production delays nixed that. I have all the confidence that they will get it right, let's see.
Dealing with a Mom & Pop company can always be risky and could take on a completely new direction. I too am happy to get what I got before...
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:35 AM   #28
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That looks so sweet. You are so lucky. Let some major memories begin that will last a lifetime.

I'm so close to buying the demo 5.0, but am custom ordering my 19. Maybe when the 5.0 TAs are mature, I'll trade up. I can always look, admire and derive pleasure from the owner's enjoyment of these 5.0s. Gotta pace myself.
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MarksAlot, IADR, what are you expecting in the 5.0 TA maturing? Do you have any idea of the cost of designing, manufacturing the plug and then the moulds for a new trailer? Do you think there will be a Version 2 or 3 of plug and moulds? Unless ETI has lost it and one wouldn't think so, based on their track record. Has there been any previous revised moulds for any of the previous line of trailers? Maybe some mods internally, but no "game breakers". Are you expecting that ETI would produce a trailer that would "dog track" down the highway?

Your comments imply that those of us with trailers slated for production should have concerns about ETI's initial product.

Well... I think not!!!

Larry
Take a deep breath Larry and relax. Escape has enough experience building trailers and has released sufficient numbers of new models over the years that you can be assured that if you buy one of the first of the line, you will be getting a great product with great quality. I suspect what Marksalot intended, was that with any new product, and as the number of trailers produced increases, the manufacturer may find better locations to position items, or improved ways to route wiring, or some other change to the design. Doesn't mean they will be reworking the mold or that the previous products were crap, just means that the product is constantly evolving.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:16 PM   #29
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ice-breaker, JFTR... a NEW mould was made for the 5.0 TA. Reace picked up the bottom mould last week and the top this week. So Donna D something should be "cooking" next week.

HAVE A GREAT DAY...

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ice-breaker, JFTR... a NEW mould was made for the 5.0 TA. Reace picked up the bottom mould last week and the top this week. So Donna D something should be "cooking" next week.

HAVE A GREAT DAY...

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Of course there is a new mold for the new 5.0TA, it is a totally different trailer from the previous 5.
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