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Old 01-24-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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Question 5.0 or 19 decision again

I know this topic has been covered previously, but seeing how we are trying to make a decision between the 19 and 5.0 I thought Id kick off the discussion again. Your experience and ideas have been helpful as we have lurked around the forum for the last few weeks. So here is the way my feeble brain is running now:

The plan is to retire in a couple of years and take some long trips, Alaska included. High in the mountains, or out in the desert. Bump it down some dirt roads to out of the way NF and NP campgrounds. (Toroweap is probably out of the question with either one. But I've talked myself out of a truck camper) We like to hike and bicycle and will probably mix in a few overnight backpack trips.
We both have camped nearly our entire lives, pulled a pop up for over 20 years, and really dont like giving up tent sleeping. But the advantages of the Escape at my advanced age are compelling.

If there was no 5.0 we would have already ordered an Escape 19!

The permanent 80 bed is perfect for my 61 frame with size 11 feet. There were some problems with my feet on her side of the bed, when we rented a Big Foot truck camper with a 76 bed in Calgary last year.

The 19 has plenty of headroom.

The dinette has a nice size table, and room for a guest if the need arises.
Nice compact design, plenty of storage, yet more luxury than I ever expected.

The 5.0 has a wonderful floor plan in the same end to end length. Dividing the sleeping and eating areas is very nice. Even more luxury.

The 5.0 bed is 78 long. Probably long enough, but loosing that 2 inches is troublesome. I do like sleeping at window height in the 5.0. I like the skylight/vent over the bed.

Not sure I like giving up the bed of the truck. What if I finally finish the 1967 S-90 Honda project and want to take it to a vintage motorcycle rally? Or I want to go on a church mission trip and haul tools, and supplies, and my own bed and bath? Or I just want to protect the bikes on the Alaskan Highway? Throw the cross country skis in? Maybe there are kayaks in the future

I think the 5.0 will be easier to back in to tree filled National Forest campsites, our preferred place to camp. But the 19, with the tandem axles, and its length is probably easier to back than the old shorter Coleman?

Im over thinking this decision. Someone help us decide!!! Id like to pick it up in July and time is running out!

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard.
I too had considered both, as I am sure many other 19 and 5.0 owners have.

Bottom line, both are great trailers you will be happy with. If you first define how you would like to use it, then this might better help you make your decision.

For me it came down primarily to what I wanted as a tow vehicle. I wanted to use a vehicle that would fit well into all aspects of my wife's and my general use, as well as capably pull the trailer. I also looked at running around when camping, and how I would haul about my daily gear. This is where we opted for using an SUV. It has worked out great for us for use other than pulling a trailer, whereas a pickup would not have done so well. Hauling gear and people inside has been nice. When I picked out what SUV I wanted, I was not too keen on the third row seats, as I though seeing our kids have grown, we would not need them, and in fact have used them a bunch of times.

The 19 is also 4" wider which makes for a nicer aisle space.

We are canoeists, and could not bring one with the 5.0 without some major mods.

I really like the 5.0 for the bed orientation, and the towing characteristics of 5th wheel. The rear dinette can be nice in some campsites too.

As far as reversing goes, there is nowhere that a 5.0 can go, that I could not get my 19 into.

If Escape comes out with a larger 5th wheel trailer, especially a wider one. I would be definitely giving it a look.

No idea where Strongsville is, but if you could make it to a rally that had both, a side-by-side comparison would do you a world of wonders in making your decision.

But, like I said at the start, never one would be a wrong choice.

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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Where is Strongsville?

I'm always curious when I read a post where the poster is from. Maybe we could start posting City and State or City and Province.... for the curious.
Sounds to me like the 19' would work best for you SeldomSeen. It sounds like you need the truck bed space.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #4
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You can click on the persons name, ex. 'SeldomSeen' and then go to their 'Public Profile', then the 'About Me' portion. Most people have input where they are from. Some obviously chose not to input this information probably due to concerns about identity and possible issues with identity theft etc.
In this case Strongsville is in Ohio.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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Guess I better edit my profile. Strongsville, Ohio. A south suburb of Cleveland. I've managed to see both a 19 and a 5.0 but not side by side.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #6
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Personally, I carry a lot with my Tacoma (has a shell and racks) when I tow my 19. Look at what all you might bring along when you trailer camp. That will be the principle guide for your decision.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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I have some expensive bicycles, I like being able to carry them inside my SUV. At the same time I also have a tandem and have not found a way to put that inside. I think Jim puts it most eloquenty.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:18 PM   #8
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If you have not made up your mind by next September, there is a rally of Escapes planned in Niagara Falls, Canada with all kinds of Escape models.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:16 PM   #9
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I am sure those with 5.0's will have some good insight. Certainly a fifth wheel will always be a nicer tow than a tag trailer, however the I personaly have never towed a tag trailer that tows as nice as the 19Ft. I personaly would really miss the space in the box of the truck or in our case the back of the suv. I am also enjoying or should I say our daughter is enjoying the rear comfort of a suv.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:44 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 View Post
If you have not made up your mind by next September, there is a rally of Escapes planned in Niagara Falls, Canada with all kinds of Escape models.
Hi cpaharley, where can I find information on the rally in September?

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