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Old 10-03-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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Rich and I ordered ours. Those of u who have one-- what made u decide on the 5?
Do u think towing and maneurability are improved?
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Old 10-03-2015, 10:51 AM   #2
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Welcome Lorry and Rich,
Although not a 5.0 owner, I have heard that they tow better and can turn tighter than conventional pull trailers. But you can not go wrong with any Escape model.
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Old 10-03-2015, 10:58 AM   #3
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Rich and I ordered ours. Those of u who have one-- what made u decide on the 5?
Do u think towing and maneurability are improved?
Towing is better as the sway chance is removed.
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:18 AM   #4
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Welcome, Lorry and Rich.

I don't have my 5.0 yet, but will have next spring. There are some advantages to the 5.0 TA, for sure. Included is the better towing characteristics of a 5th wheel, however all the bumper pull models are a breeze to tow too.
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:27 AM   #5
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We had a 17 and now have the 5, although the 17 towed really well, I find this one better - it really feels like it is part of the truck as opposed to the pull type. It is a lot easier to hook up for sure, and I do find it a little easier to level.
Inside we chose it for the separate areas - the bed in the loft makes it feel like it is completely separate from the living space.
We stayed in it for 4 months in a row and have no regrets, the added width is a blessing...we love it.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:00 PM   #6
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Rich and I ordered ours. Those of u who have one-- what made u decide on the 5?
Do u think towing and maneurability are improved?
It seems generally accepted that 5th wheels tow better than trailers and that was a major factor in our first choosing a Scamp 19 and then upgrading to 5.0TA. We have no experience pulling travel trailers, but found both of our 5th wheels quite smooth, no sway or bounce.
The biggest negative of a 5th wheel is the reduction in the use of the pickup bed. The hitch takes up quite a bit of space and whatever is in the bed must be low enough for the trailer's overhang to clear.
Whatever camping method you choose, there will be some compromise. If you drove a Prius and slept in a nylon tent, you'd get better gas mileage and driving maneuverability. All in all, we are happy with having chosen the Escape 5.0TA.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:49 PM   #7
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Can someone chip in on the off road ability of the 5er?

All things being equal, it seems like the bumper pulls have an advantage there? Yes-no-maybe?
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:01 PM   #8
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Can someone chip in on the off road ability of the 5er?

All things being equal, it seems like the bumper pulls have an advantage there? Yes-no-maybe?
Hi: BCnomad... While not off road... it wasn't much of a road. Our GPS said turn at the next T intersection so I did That's when I noticed the sign "Road unimproved in winter"!!! It wasn't winter but we were climbing up the Bruce Escarpment on a washed out gravel road at about a 45* angle. I was too busy with my hands to reach down for 4wd hi!!! No place to stop and take a pic either.
I'm not fussy about dragging my trailer through that, but what else was a guy to do? Alf
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:10 PM   #9
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Having owned a 19 and a 5.0TA I can honestly say that depending on your definition of off road they are equal. I would not take them places I took my old 4X4 truck with a winch and camper.
Both units would be susceptible to bottoming out, catching the axle on rocks and things. The biggest issue with off-roading your unit whatever it maybe is when you stop and open the door and find the fridge and cupboards opened and everything is al over the floor (this will not impress your wife as I found out more then once).

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Old 10-03-2015, 02:28 PM   #10
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I think some stretches of our turnpike here qualify as "off road" as I seem to find things more in disarray than normal.
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