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Old 07-27-2013, 10:48 AM   #21
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Don't go busting anything now, Alf.

Though it would extend the wheelbase, if Escape was to extend the frame moving the hitch forward, or using one of the aftermarket extensions. This would extend the weight loading point forward, allowing for the hitch to remain close to centered over the rear wheels.

Again, just throwing out thoughts in a effort to better educate myself.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #22
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Decades ago, 8 feet was the "standard " box for a full-size pickup (with nothing longer available), and anything less was a "short box". With the popularity of ever longer cab configurations, 2 metres or 6.5 feet has become the new standard, with shorter and much shorter boxes to handle the longer and really long cabs without having an overall length approaching that of a house.

Only an 8 foot box, which typically means 5 feet from cab to axle, allows room to turn a wide 5th wheel a full 90°. Everything else is a combination of cab-to-axle distance, trailer width, and pin position to be individually evaluated.

A commercial tractor/trailer rig needs even more cab-to-axle space because the trailer's pin is well back front the trailer front edge, but the fit is a more efficient use of the space.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #23
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I wrote Kim at Escape yesterday, she said she believes the plan is that the new 5.0 will be an addition to the existing, and not a replacement...good news as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:41 PM   #24
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Everything I was lead to believe talking to Reace over a year ago about it, was that it was just an additional model too. Not sure why some folks were thinking it was a replacement, unless they were told this.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #25
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So, I guess the mold is not worn out!!
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:31 PM   #26
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Moulds do wear out, and just get rebuilt from a new plug. I know it at least works this way for other moulded fiberglass products.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:36 PM   #27
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They stick too. Remember the 17 mold a few years back.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #28
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I know that many folk like the lengthwise sleeping arrangement, which prevents having to crawl over your partner to get in or out; however, my vote is for sleeping athwartship, or across the trailer. As my mobility decreases, I find the "sit and pivot" exit and entrance to the sleeping area in my centre stair Bigfoot to be a lot less work. Not having to crawl in and scootch out is the reason the 19' looks so good right now. A wider 5.0 with spanwise sleeping arrangements would make it the choice.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:46 AM   #29
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Just remember in the 5.0, if you choose to sleep athwartship, your head will be in one window and your feet in the other. That's my major complaint about the Scamp 5th wheel.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:46 PM   #30
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Just to chime in, the new 5.0 will replace the old one. The goal is to have a new 5.0 on display at the next Escape rally in June and production to begin late summer (2014). Once it comes into production, the single axle 5.0 will be retired.

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