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Old 05-06-2015, 04:45 PM   #1
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5th wheel or 19?

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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Old 05-06-2015, 05:18 PM   #2
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They are quite different trailers. Layout wise, the only similarity is that the bed is nicely out of the way.

The first thing to consider is the tow vehicle. If you have no need for a pickup, and could make much better use out of interior storage of an SUV, both towing and on a regular basis, then a bumper pull like the 19 wins. If you have a pickup, and are willing to not have a topper (though you can still have a tonneau cover), then you can choose between the two.

The 19 is light enough to get away with most 6 cyl SUVs, whereas the 5.0TA is a fair bit heavier.

When I bought my 19, I had considered a 5.0 single axle, but was not willing to forgo an SUV at that time. I bought one of the very first 19s, and we have enjoyed it immensely.

I really have no desire for the 21, it does not fit our style with the bed front and center, but we do think about the 5.0TA for a few years down the road, when we retire. Then we always think back to what we have with the 19, and without a storage box at that, and find it works great for us, so why change? Only time will tell, maybe pining over a few of them at the rally later this month will "egg" us on to get a 5.0TA.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:01 PM   #3
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to me it is the 5.0 TA vs the 21 or vice versa......
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:20 PM   #4
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We had a 19, sold it, and got a 5.0TA. We couldn't be happier. We had to get a truck which we happen to like as much as our 4-Runner that we sold, so that is good.
What we like about the 5.0 TA: the bed that is more separate from the living space, the bed is fore and aft and we don't have to crawl over each other, the storage is far better (much more easy to reach places to store pantry items and more room for our clothes), more space and more head room, no more weight distributing hitch and bending over to hook up the trailer, and it fits our needs better.
The 5.0 is slower to respond when backing up into a camping spot, but I think that will get easier with more practice. We have found that the storage area in the front of the 5.0 has more room than we had in our front box on our 19ft. There are no batteries in the way and we are able to access everything more easily in that storage compartment. There is also a long, deep storage area to the right of the door of the trailer and longer items go in there. We have found that it is much easier to access everything overall in our 5.0TA than it was in the 19. I think the interior storage in the 5.0 TA (especially in the kitchen area) is quite similar to the 21ft.
It really is all about personal choice. You just have to look at what your own needs are and which model suits you better.
Good luck figuring it out!
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:31 PM   #5
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Thank you very much,Linda...your comments are very helpful
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:34 PM   #6
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Thank you very much for your commnets,Jim....very helful for 2 indecised!!!!!
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:59 PM   #7
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But Linda, you are on your fifth Escape! Are you sure you have it right this time? What is next? Could be the 21' you really need (batteries under a bench). Or whatever is in the works. Heard any rumors??
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:02 PM   #8
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to me it is the 5.0 TA vs the 21 or vice versa......
I agree. If a 19' would meet your needs, why consider a much bigger trailer? If more space is desirable, why not include the 21'?

If the desire is for a trailer roughly the size of the 19', but in a fifth-wheel configuration (perhaps for better towing behaviour), then a logical alternative is the original 5.0 design (narrower, single axle)... but that's no longer made, so it would have to be used.

Keep in mind that for the trailers named by length, it is the length of the whole trailer with rear bumper and tongue - the body is roughly three feet less. There is a big difference in body length between a 19' and a 5.0TA (or even an original 5.0).
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Are you sure you have it right this time?
I think this is it! Sure hope so, anyway!
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:17 PM   #10
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First, the 5.0TA results in a shorter overall length than a 19, or even a 17, because 4+ feet hang over the bed of the truck. Makes it easier to maneuver in crowded areas. But the real joy of a 5th wheel is in the towing. Once you tow a 5th wheel you will find it difficult to go back to a "conventional" trailer. Granted, the TV options are limited (you need a truck), but my F150 is more comfortable on a long trip than my wife's Honda CRV. The only down side is gas mileage, but I accept that as a necessary part of doing what I want to do.
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