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Old 05-06-2015, 08:16 PM   #11
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Once you tow a 5th wheel you will find it difficult to go back to a "conventional" trailer.

Maybe so, but I gotta tell you -- my 19 tows like a dream behind my F150. And, 26 mpg not towing and 16 towing ain't bad.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:31 PM   #12
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It's about layout to me more than size. For instance, the kitchen counter in the 5.0TA is huge in comparison to the 19'. So, if you like to cook inside, you'd really like the extra space. The 19', while a queen size bed, is still a crawl over. Some folks like that , others really don't. The 5.0TA also has a queen, no crawl over, but there are stairs. Folks with marginal knees, don't care for that. The 19' has a front window (love lots of windows!), the 5.0TA obviously does not. And other differences as well.

I made my decision, now it's your turn. Best of luck.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:42 PM   #13
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. The only down side is gas mileage,
For *us* the deal-breaking downside of a fifth wheel trailer would be losing the cargo space in our cargo van. We tow our Escape to have a place to eat/bathe/sleep in whilst dirt and/or mountain biking. The bikes *must* be with us, or chances are we won't be out hauling the trailer....

Obviously, everyone's situation is different, and that is part of why a fifth wheel isn't "best" for everyone.
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For *us* the deal-breaking downside of a fifth wheel trailer would be losing the cargo space in our cargo van. We tow our Escape to have a place to eat/bathe/sleep in whilst dirt and/or mountain biking. The bikes *must* be with us, or chances are we won't be out hauling the trailer....

Obviously, everyone's situation is different, and that is part of why a fifth wheel isn't "best" for everyone.
You lost me, granted that's not tough to do. Why can't you bring the bikes if you have a 5th wheel? You put them on the bike rack of the FW then move them to the truck bed when disconnected.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:56 PM   #15
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You lost me, granted that's not tough to do. Why can't you bring the bikes if you have a 5th wheel? You put them on the bike rack of the FW then move them to the truck bed when disconnected.
You missed the dirt bike part

Bicycles, yes, you could carry on the back of the trailer. A pair of motorcycles - no!

Our trip to Moab, UT in March we had three motorcycles and two bicycles, along with the piles of associated gear, shoehorned into the back of our van.
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You're right, makes sense now.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:13 PM   #17
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Once you tow a 5th wheel you will find it difficult to go back to a "conventional" trailer.
There is no doubt there are some towing advantages to a 5th wheel, but there is absolutely nothing difficult with towing a proper set up bumper pull trailer. I would never hesitate to pull an Escape bumper pull trailer if desired, even if I had pulled the 5.0. Just sayin' this to point out that the 19 pulls like a dream.

Other than parking a few, I have never pulled a 5th wheel RV, but I have driven plenty of tractor/trailer combos with 5th wheel attachment.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:35 PM   #18
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Hi,
we can't make up or mind:5th wheel or 19 anyone went through that and was happy after all with their choice
Thank you for your help...
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Maybe so, but I gotta tell you -- my 19 tows like a dream behind my F150. And, 26 mpg not towing and 16 towing ain't bad.
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For *us* the deal-breaking downside of a fifth wheel trailer would be losing the cargo space in our cargo van. We tow our Escape to have a place to eat/bathe/sleep in whilst dirt and/or mountain biking. The bikes *must* be with us, or chances are we won't be out hauling the trailer....

Obviously, everyone's situation is different, and that is part of why a fifth wheel isn't "best" for everyone.
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There is no doubt there are some towing advantages to a 5th wheel, but there is absolutely nothing difficult with towing a proper set up bumper pull trailer. I would never hesitate to pull an Escape bumper pull trailer if desired, even if I had pulled the 5.0. Just sayin' this to point out that the 19 pulls like a dream.

Other than parking a few, I have never pulled a 5th wheel RV, but I have driven plenty of tractor/trailer combos with 5th wheel attachment.
Sorry, all. I'm hoping I didn't offend anyone. It appears that I may have. My comments were really intended to answer the question posed by the OP, and I was merely trying to state why I have a preference for the 5th Wheel. I have towed bumper mounts and some tow very well, but I find the 5th Wheel more stable, and I also like the fact that I have the space of a 19 or 21 foot trailer, with the towing footprint of a 15. And actually, as far as the gas mileage is concerned, I used to get 28+ mpg towing an Aliner with a Honda Odyssey. Getting 15 mpg doesn't bother me given the added convenience, space, and features of a non pop-up. But I strongly believe in the philosophy of "each to their own."
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Sorry, all. I'm hoping I didn't offend anyone.
Gosh Carl, not offended at all. You raise good points for the OP to consider. My only concern was to make sure the OP understood that the 19 is very easy to tow too.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:21 PM   #20
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Guess what, Brigette, the folks with a 5.0 like theirs best and the folks with the 19' like theirs best. We did not want the pick-up or the steps of a 5.0 for personal reasons so the 19' suited us. Hoping the 21' will suit us also. The 21' may be the more comparable to the 5.0.
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