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Old 04-05-2016, 11:39 AM   #21
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Does the 5.0ta pull easier and more efficient than the travel trailers?? Don't want to feel the drag,
Especially doing some serious traveling
Hi: Freebird... Having pulled a small 13' Boler then a 5.0 Escape, and now the 5.0TA all I can add is the positive tow characteristics of the fifth wheel and the sleek low profile make pulling a breeze. Sure the V6 truck feels some weight there but then so did our V6 wagon with the 13'er. I prefer the hook up being at chest level than at bumper height. No reverse camera required. The fact that we have a dedicated tow truck is fine even for 4 passengers. Alf
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:58 PM   #22
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:00 PM   #23
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Thanks escape
I got the 5.7 v8 tundra
So it should pull the 5.0ta real easy
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:19 PM   #24
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Does the 5.0ta pull easier and more efficient than the travel trailers?? Don't want to feel the drag,
Especially doing some serious traveling
This was recently discussed in the thread Fuel efficient tow vehicle., starting at post #23.

The 5.0 and 5.0TA are taller than the corresponding conventional trailers (to provide headroom on the sleeping loft) which adds frontal area and therefore drag, but they are also tucked up closer to the truck which reduces drag. There shouldn't be much drag difference (and it could go either way). I don't know if anyone other than Reace has pulled both a 5.0TA and a 21 Foot with the same truck to make a direct comparison, and I don't know if Reace really had the same conditions or how closely he checked fuel consumption.

I agree that other factors (tow vehicle type required, carrying space, where trailer weight is carried by the tug, hitch type, trailer layout and size) are more significant than drag.

Most fifth-wheel RV trailers are in that format because they are very large and a reasonable tow vehicle couldn't handle a conventional trailer of that size. This is not the case with Escape-sized trailers.
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