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Old 04-04-2014, 11:00 PM   #31
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Donna,
Don't make my mistake and order a cheap one online. The whole box is flimsy and is not very secure. I believe you can pry it open with a #2 screwdriver. Go touch them and get a good feel for the money your spending.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:06 PM   #32
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For me, there are 2 primary differences between the 5.0 and the 19. The 5.0 you must have a pickup with the 5th wheel king-pin to tow. Having that in the bed does somewhat restrict the use of the truck. That hardware is an effort to remove from the bed if you want to use the truck as a truck to carry something large, flat, etc.

Second, the 5.0 has the loft with a queen bed as the 19, but the 5.0's queen bed is oriented longitudinally, where the 19 is mounted sideways, so with a couple, you may have to climb over your partner if you need to get out of bed before they do.

You can't go wrong with either choice. Hey, if you have the resources, own both and have the best of both worlds.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:15 PM   #33
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Absolutely, postively think it through. Tow weight for your tug is paramont. Don't let anyone tell you what you own is exceptable, YOU must be comfortable and live with the liability... NO ONE ELSE.

The new 5er is going to be longer and wider than the current Classic...
Have you picked a new tug yet?
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:40 PM   #34
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Bart I love my 5.0 and I could be happy with a 19' as well. It's your money, spend it as you wish. You may get most of your money back from the sale of your 2013 Escape. The one thing you might gain is ordering one the way you wish you had done the first time. You will be getting a trailer that makes your overall length ( tow+RV) shorter. And likely easier to hitch and tow. However their new, untested, and some details are yet to come. I would give ETI time to build a few and enjoy your 19' during that wait time.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:15 AM   #35
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Have you picked a new tug yet?
I've picked out a dozen, but haven't made the purchase. :
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:20 AM   #36
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I think maneuverability and overall length gives the 5.0 a plus over the 19/21'. The separate loft locale for the bed can be a plus or minus, dependent upon personal preferences. Loss of bed use, while hooked or unhooked can be mitigated somewhat with a custom cover, but for those with a cap on the truck rear, that loss of space is detrimental. Complicated with no clear answer.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:57 AM   #37
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Donna,
Don't make my mistake and order a cheap one online. The whole box is flimsy and is not very secure. I believe you can pry it open with a #2 screwdriver. Go touch them and get a good feel for the money your spending.
David, I think something like this: Delta Pro Aluminum Tool Chests

I can get it locally, so I'll definitely do the touch test.

Thanks for your concern, truly.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:04 AM   #38
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I agree with Dave on some of those Delta boxes. I was keen on a hitch mount one, at a very good price, until I saw it in person. Heavy duty aluminum foil is nearly as thick. The do make a line that is much tougher though.

I do like the idea of these type boxes for storage when using a 5th wheel. Secure and weather tight.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:48 AM   #39
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If you want a good box I would recommend a Greenlee Box. I had one of these in a work truck years ago and they are solid and tough as nails.

Greenlee | 2448 Greenlee Storage Box | Home Depot Canada
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:52 AM   #40
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We remove the hitch from the truck when we're not camping. My 80 year old husband does it by himself, and it takes him about 2 minutes so it can't be that difficult! It's only the top part you remove.
I've not owned a 19' but I'm sure they're grand. This is our 2nd 5.0 and I like it because I can hitch it up alone - like Alf said, everything's at eye level. I like the position of the bed, the fact that I can use the bed as storage during the day without it looking an eyesore, and the fact that when I go to bed I actually feel like I'm in "another room"! But, as Donna said, only you can make the decision ...... Storage, I believe, is a non-issue in either trailer. It's all in the packing :-)
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