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Old 07-26-2013, 09:33 PM   #11
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Probably couldn't tow the wider one with a short bed like ours....Frontier Crew Cab with 5 foot bed...
I am only familiar with 5th wheels towing with a tractor/trailer, not an RV with a pickup, so am not real familiar with some of the limitations with this combo. Would it be that the corners would hit the cab on a short box on turns?
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:19 PM   #12
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How does one wear out a mold?
Hi: cpaharley2008... There's probably been enough running production changes like relocating the awning brackets, the over the bed "Moon" roof, the roof vent for the larger refer, and new windows etc...etc, that a new mold is warranted.
Reace could do as Scamp has, and just keep plugging along with the old... but that's not his style!!!
As long as the new 5th. can be towed by a Frontier sized pickup even I could be tempted. Alf
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:52 PM   #13
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Minnie...I am with you. I feel lucky to own a first generation 5.0. I tow ours with a Dodge 2500/Cummins. The truck is lowered to accommodate the Escape 5.0. The current height, width, and length is perfect in my opinion. Get to big and you face a host of issues that make small trailers so delightful to own.

And our non-towing vehicle is a Hybrid Toyota Camry to help reduce my carbon footprint.
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:54 AM   #14
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Hi: cpaharley2008... There's probably been enough running production changes like relocating the awning brackets, the over the bed "Moon" roof, the roof vent for the larger refer, and new windows etc...etc, that a new mold is warranted.
Reace could do as Scamp has, and just keep plugging along with the old... but that's not his style!!!
As long as the new 5th. can be towed by a Frontier sized pickup even I could be tempted. Alf
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I see, it is not literally worn out, but function wise becoming useless.
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I see, it is not literally worn out, but function wise becoming useless.
Hi: cpaharley2008.... LoL... You describe a lot more than trailers!!! Alf
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You are right, it is tough getting old. How many days to your retirement?
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You are right, it is tough getting old. How many days to your retirement?
Hi: cpaharley2008... I can't calculate that cause my batteries are running low. Officially Jan. 31 '14 but then there's holidays etc. to take. I probably won't work past Christmas Alf
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I am only familiar with 5th wheels towing with a tractor/trailer, not an RV with a pickup, so am not real familiar with some of the limitations with this combo. Would it be that the corners would hit the cab on a short box on turns?
Yes, that is the primary consideration. In order to have clearance for a complete 90 degree turn, the distance from the center of the hitch (the pivot point) to the back of the cab needs to be at least 1/2 of the width of the trailer nose. You can do less extreme turns and probably everything you really need, with a less than 90 degree turn and therefore less distance between the cab and the pivot point. Reace suggests at least 29" distance. BUT the hitch should also be mounted directly over the rear axle of the pickup. With the short beds that have crew cabs, the rear axle is quite close to the back of the cab. So ours is mounted about 9" behind the axle in order to get 29". Seems to work fine but it is probably at the limit.
See our hitch setup and the location related to the axle below:
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:02 AM   #19
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Thanks for the explanation. Is your box shorter than normal though? It sure looks short to me, with the rear wheels right near the cab.

It could be that I am used to my F250 crew cab, with an 8' box. They don't make 'em much longer.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:22 AM   #20
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Thanks for the explanation. Is your box shorter than normal though? It sure looks short to me, with the rear wheels right near the cab.

It could be that I am used to my F250 crew cab, with an 8' box. They don't make 'em much longer.
Hi: Jim Bennett... Nissan Frontiers come in 2 box sizes. 5 Ft. and 6ft. 1 in. Our hitch is slightly behind the axle an inch or so... and we have about 32" clearance and I still managed to rub the cab with the belly band I forgot the truck was pointed up hill at the time... reducing the space!!! Alf
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