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Old 06-03-2017, 01:56 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, my name is Richard, and I'm new to the Escape forums. We just sold our 16 ft. Scamp and looking at the 5.0TA and their 19 ft. 5er. The TA looks beautiful, and there are many differences. Which type of hitch is installed on the TV for the 5.0? I have a 5.7 ft. Bed, but a v8, so towings not a problem. I know Donna D. Has one from this and other forums, and find her very informative. Ty Donna!
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:06 PM   #2
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Hey Richard! Glad you found your way over here. Lots of good information and nice people to help you with any questions.
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:18 PM   #3
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You can use any standard 5th wheel hitch, just need to verify you can have it installed in your specific truck.

ETI has a company close to them that they use for customer installations if you prefer to go that route as opposed to either doing it yourself or having one installed close to your home.

Many folks are going with the Anderson, for it's much lighter weight.
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:34 PM   #4
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I haven't had a chance to call them,will have to wait till Monday. Is the hitch a ETI installation included in the price, or extra. So If it isn't, you say a Anderson fifth wheel is the choice? Any particular model number of hitch preferred? Any info at this time will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-03-2017, 03:50 PM   #5
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I haven't had a chance to call them,will have to wait till Monday. Is the hitch a ETI installation included in the price, or extra. So If it isn't, you say a Anderson fifth wheel is the choice? Any particular model number of hitch preferred? Any info at this time will be greatly appreciated.

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A 5th Wheel hitch is extra. You can install your own before you pick up your trailer. It's not something you'd want to wait to do on the day of pickup, because it involves drilling in the truck bed, bolting things down, etc, and can take some time. The Andersen is a different sort of 5th Wheel hitch than the others, in that it uses a ball instead of a receiver plate, and requires the installation of parts on the coupler side as well as the truck. There are also many on the forum that use the B&W Patriot with good success, and a few other brands.

If I were installing one, I'd probably go with the Andersen, only because it's very light but strong, and is very easy to remove if you want to use the truck bed when not towing.

I'd suggest doing your own research, first by searching the numerous threads in this forum on the subject.
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I'm a bit confused, not using a fifth wheel b4. Would a receiving plate be more advisable that a gooseneck? I've seen pics Of Anderson gooseneck. The TA accommodate s both? And thank you for you advice so far, I will do the research you suggested.
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Which type of hitch is installed on the TV for the 5.0? I have a 5.7 ft. Bed...
The trailer is designed and equipped to work with any industry-standard fifth-wheel hitch; however, for good clearance between the trailer and the cab of the truck in tight turns, most owners find that they need the hitch positioned further back than the standard installation. If you search the forum for threads about a 5.5' bed, you can see the details and the solutions people have chosen.

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... you say a Anderson fifth wheel is the choice? Any particular model number of hitch preferred?
The Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection system is a popular choice as an alternative to a conventional fifth-wheel hitch, but various brands and models of fifth-wheels will work fine.
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I'm a bit confused, not using a fifth wheel b4. Would a receiving plate be more advisable that a gooseneck? I've seen pics Of Anderson gooseneck. The TA accommodate s both?
I suggest avoiding the term "gooseneck", because it means different things to different people and in different contexts, and this is not a gooseneck trailer.

The Escape 5.0TA has a pin box with king pin for use with a conventional fifth-wheel hitch. The Andersen Ultimate system clamps an adapter on the trailer's king pin, so it works with any "fifth-wheel" trailer.

With a conventional fifth-wheel hitch, you back the truck into the trailer, so the pin goes horizontally into the hitch. The Andersen Ultimate system is a ball and coupler (just like a conventional trailer but in a different place), so you back the truck under the trailer then lower the trailer's coupler onto the ball (and then hook up safety chains).
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Old 06-03-2017, 05:03 PM   #9
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Richard,
It looks like you're in central Florida. This site has an owners map at the top gray bar.
I clicked on the two red markers in central Florida, and it shows two 5.0 TA owners fairly close to you. I'd get in touch with both of them an go see their set-ups.

Call the ETI office, and they can give you the two owners' contact info.
Better to see than to text.
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Old 06-03-2017, 05:50 PM   #10
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I have the Andersen hitch and love it! Solid, lightweight and when taken out, leaves the truck bed completely unobstructed. Takes less than 5 minutes to put in or take out of the truck.


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