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Old 01-25-2015, 11:37 PM   #1
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Southern Oregon 5.0TA

Hello,

Randie and Trenton here from Medford Oregon. Last month we put our deposit down on a 5.0TA . This will be our first trailer and we are really excited . We looked at a 17' and 19', but wanted a little more space for the dogs, so we decided on the 5.0. We haven't actually seen the 5.0, but I'm sure we will love it. We are anxiously awaiting our trip to ETI in September to pick up "Olaf". So much to do between now and then. It will be here before we know it.

The forum has been a great help as we ponder the build sheet. It's nice to see others who are excited about their Escapes and have so much insight.

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Randie & Trenton
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:51 PM   #2
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Randie and Trenton,

Now that you've come to the right place, get in touch with the right person: Donna. She's a 5.0 TA owner in Portland.

http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/me...nna+d.-70.html
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Escape Family If you get a chance head up to Chilliwack and take a look at what ETI has, you'll be impressed. Oh, and the Best Western is next door to ETI and they accept dogs.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:06 AM   #4
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Randie & Trenton, welcome to the Escape crowd. You are a little way out from having to get your build sheet in and being that close to Chiliwack, you might consider a trip there before turning it in. You might even change your mind on the model like we did after we went up there and compared side by side. Plus you get a good idea of all the options and Reace and Tammy are great folks to work with. Trips like that make for a great vacation in themselves. Loren
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:21 AM   #5
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Hey Randie and Trenton, welcome!

As Robert said, I'm in Portland. The last weekend in April, there's will be a large group of us camping at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park. There's going to be a number of Escape trailers in attendance, including two 5.0TAs! Come on up! I believe there's cabins to rent if you'd like to stay for a night or two or three.

I don't know how much of the information you can see at this CasitaForum post: 2015 Spring NOG - Northern Oregon Gathering - Casita Travel Trailer Forum

If you have any questions, let me know!
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:21 AM   #6
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I drove through Southern Oregon on my way to pick up my Escape and for the Bandon gathering. It's a beautiful state and I was very impressed with what I saw.

I bought an Escape 19 and the 5.0 was a very close 2nd. It's a great trailer and you'll be very happy with your choice. I know I love my 19.
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:53 AM   #7
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Welcome, Randie and Trenton,
I don't know how a trailer gets the name "Olaf" but I like it.
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Old 01-27-2015, 08:20 AM   #8
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Thanks for the warm welcome. We'll put some thought into the possibility of going to Chilliwack before our build sheet is due. It would be nice to see some of the available options in person. We may be able to coordinate the trip around the NOG in April too.

We came up with the name "Olaf" after the snowman in the movie Frozen; both are white so it just made sense.

We also need to purchase a tow vehicle so we've been reading related posts on here as well. We want to go with a full size pickup. Where we live any place you go is "up" so we'd rather have too much truck than just enough. And not to mention the greater interior space of a full size. We're Toyota fans but the Tundra gets the worst mileage & is a little more expensive compared to Ford & Chevy. But you get Toyota quality. Decisions decisions...

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Old 01-27-2015, 09:48 AM   #9
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Trenton, we too were recently at the same decision point(s) as you: what to purchase? After 18-24 months of study, we decided on getting a 5.0TA and a Tundra. The 5.0TA decision was a relatively easy decision: easier to tow, queen size bed, my wife liked it! The truck was a more difficult decision. We really liked the Ram 1500 for comfort and mileage. Chevy and Ford were not even options for us. After looking at Consumer Reports and talking to several mechanics, we chose the Tundra: reliability, reliability, reliability. One mechanic even told me that he wanted to send Ford and Chevy 'thank you' notes for sending him so much business! The mileage difference on all trucks is terrible. So we get a couple less miles/gallon with the Tundra. We purchased a 1794 Tundra (made right here in Texas) and love it. In the long run, reliability of the Tundra will pay for itself. Besides, we have two other Toyotas: 4 Runner (2006) and Camry (2000). Good luck making your decision(s).
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:12 PM   #10
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There are many tow vehicles out there, new and pre-owned. I was originally looking for a good certified pre-owned and drove all of the 2014 half ton trucks. The one I got was the 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel.

Rated at 19/28 MPG, 240 HP/420 foot lbs of torque at 2,000 RPM. All this from a 3.0 liter V6 turbo charged diesel engine. It pulls my 19 like it's not even back there.

All of the current generation trucks are nice, well built and excellent tow vehicles. It took me over 2 months to find mine. The ecodiesel is in very high demand now.

What was the determining factor for me was when I sat in it, drove one and took into consideration how the interior is laid out, I was most comfortable with the Ram and don't regret my decision at all. It ain't your daddy's pickup.

Best of luck in your search.
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