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Old 06-10-2014, 08:14 PM   #11
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See Post 13 for a tonneau cover for a fifth-wheel tow...

Tonneau Cover with a 5.0
Thanks, that's cool!
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:36 PM   #12
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There are so many things to consider when deciding to purchase a towable. The biggest (to me) is layout. You can ALWAYS change tow vehicles, but the trailer is yours until you decide on something else. Tow vehicles are found on every street corner, a custom ETI build... get in line!

For those of you long time members... quit reading.

It's not bed size (I'm a single traveler), but where is the dinette? That decided it for me. I absolutely, positively need to sit at a rear dinette and enjoy the scenery while having a meal inside the trailer due to inclimate weather (or bugs). I know what my tug looks like! And as nice as it is... that view gets old. I typically back into a site, over the Pacific Ocean or over a stream/lake, etc. THAT'S what I want to see, why should my bed get the best view when I'm always eyes-shut-tight there?

Best of luck on your decision.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:33 PM   #13
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Those are my sentiments exactly, Donna. I originally thought the 19 was best for us, but the more I read the posts here, I realized that I really wanted a rear dinette, not a queen bed in its place. That leaves me a choice between the 21 and the 5.0TA. I love certain features of each, but I am leaning towards the 21. I just don't want to give up the storage of my Tacoma truck bed. Almost everything goes in there now when we travel, leaving the back seat for our Labrador. I know I probably won't like the double bed and hope I get used to it.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:50 PM   #14
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know I probably won't like the double bed and hope I get used to it.
You really need to follow Norm and Ginny's travels on FiberglassRV. They have a standard 16' Scamp and are out traveling about 11 months of the year. They sleep in a 48" wide bed, Norm is 6'5" tall. They have a King Size bed at home. Good reading, and they are as happy as CLAMS.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:40 AM   #15
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True Donna, but Norm is SLIM, we decided we could not give up a queen bed, there would be no room for the dog
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:30 AM   #16
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I love the setup in my 19. I have a rear dinette which allows me the best views and i had ETI make the front dinette a permanent bed. Its not a queen but there is more than enough room for me. And my head is not next to the fridge. Plus, I also pull with an F150, have a cap on the bed, and have all the storage I need. The best of all worlds!
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:36 PM   #17
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Fiberglass Trailer Junkie

Just joined the forum. I ordered a 17B a couple of weeks ago to be finished in January. I live in Bandon, Oregon, home of the fiberglass forum annual July outing. I've noticed the Escape population growing every year. This will be my 4th (and hopefully last) fiberglass trailer. I had a Scamp 16, a Bigfoot 21 and a Scamp 13. I love look of the Scamp but hate the fit and finish. The Bigfoot was fantastic, but I had to tow it with my 3/4 ton truck. I plan on pulling the Escape with my 6cyl 255 HP Subaru Outback. Tongue weight is a little high, but I fitted the rear springs with overloads and it will work fine. I added a 2" receiver and brake controller. I towed the Scamp 16 with a smaller Subaru Forester and it worked great.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:46 PM   #18
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Not sure about that plan.
I weighed the tongue on my 17B when I got home from Osoyoos. Came in at 325 #.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:45 PM   #19
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Ah, a naysayer. Actually hooked up a friend's 20' trailer 300# tongue weight and it towed just fine. I ordered my 17B with a single propane. I'm sure the tongue weight won't be anymore than that plus a much lighter trailer. Anyway, I could still fall back on my truck if it's too much. I'll probably do the pickup and maiden voyage with the truck because I've towed more with it, but I'm pretty confident that the Subaru will work well. My 16 Scamp had a 250 # tongue weight. I towed it with my old Forester, no load springs. It handled it no problem.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:47 PM   #20
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Whatever. Out of curiosity, why did you post? For approval?
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