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Old 05-08-2018, 12:06 PM   #1
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Sell me and others on a fiver - 5.0TA

Keeping this generic so as to be useful to others asking the same question -- what the heck is so good about a fiver?

Entering my 4th season with a 21' TT, my mind is slowly turning over the notion of just how green the grass is on the other side with the 5.0TA. In several conversations fireside, the idea seems to be that fifth wheels are 'the gold standard'.


My pro's
. Better towing in wind conditions as the shape cuts front wind
. Slightly more interior storage
. Higher ceiling
. Weight over axle makes truck feel more planted, increases towing comfort
. Shorter overall rig length
. Full queen bed with some room at sides
. Bed out of view while retaining rear dinette layout.


My con's
. Higher price
. Perhaps some very rough roads (forestry) would cause contact between truck bed and trailer
. Truck bed is open to some cargo, but also thieving eyes
. Wind might pick up light cargo from open bed
. Smaller bathroom
. Climb up into bed versus flop into. Say a sore knee that won't do stairs
. Wider backing radius might limit camping spot selection in older parks
. No ETI front storage box like on my 21
. It's been 365 days since I last teased Reace about a 25' model



My own thoughts would be to customize the dedicated tow by removing the factory tailgate with netting type tailgate, and potentially going with a permanent hitch like some here have done. Also perhaps a low rider tool box in the front of the truck bed for jerry cans, tool box etc.

Looking forward to the conversation from the experts here. If you bought one, why over a TT? I didn't see a prior thread of this topic.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:14 PM   #2
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Nothing is better than any other. And none are the best... no matter the brand or build type. Deciding on a particular 'model' or brand, it's always about the buyer. What is better for you and what's best for you? We've seen 2-foot itis to going to the dark side.. to buyers making multiple buys. It truly is about you, your camping style, layout, tug limitations and budget.

All I knew, is once Reace posted the first Photoshop picture of the to-be-built 5.0TA and a layout drawn on a 'cocktail' napkin... I absolutely knew THAT was the one for me. And I've had zero regrets since then... okay, two regrets. It's too tall to park under my carport and it didn't come with a Cabana boy.

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Old 05-08-2018, 12:20 PM   #3
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i bought it because it tows beautifully and its easier to hook up. Also lots of interior room but less length. Draw back for me is climbing out of the bed, I do miss the front storage box but the 5.0 has a lot of outdoor storage -still working on organizing it all. Also draw back for me was i needed a truck. I don't have anymore issue backing up then i did with the bumper pull but i have backed goose neck trailers before. i am very glad to give up the weight distribution hitch that i used for my bumper pull. And did i say its a dream to tow.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:23 PM   #4
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oh yea I'm still looking for my cabana boy that was promised!!
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:37 PM   #5
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Interesting topic!
Question: I always wonder about the awning size on a 5.0TA. Is it shorter, lengthwise, then on the trailers or not?
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:57 PM   #6
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We went through many of the pros and cons you have listed and decided on a 5th wheel. We bought a small stick and tin 5'ver in 1999 and had many wonderful years traveling extensively in it. The ease and stability of towing and smaller overall length for fitting into small campsites were the biggest factors for us and we have been very happy with our choice. It was 23', a bit longer than the 5.0TA, with a very similar floor plan. That rig eventually became unfit for the road due to repeated roof leaks over the years, a common "sticky" fate.

We had been looking futilely in recent years for another small 5'ver. The sticky companies stopped building them years ago, having focused on more profitable big rigs. When we discovered Escape and the 5.0TA a few months ago it was like we heard the angels singing....exactly the kind of small, high quality 5th wheel we had been dreaming of. Now we are in the process of planning for a 2019 5.0TA and a new tow vehicle...our 1998 Ram is a little long in the tooth for the kind of future adventures we have in mind. We put a bed rail height tool box in the front of the 6-1/2' bed for storage and that worked great, will probably do the same on our new truck.

There's no one right answer, that's why there are many types of rigs. Looks like you are giving it lots of thought and seem to have identified most of the factors, if you rank the pros and cons in order of importance to you one choice will probably emerge over the other. It sure looks like you can't go wrong with any Escape, we are eagerly anticipating the day when we drive from Texas to Chilliwack to pick up a shiny new 5.0TA. First we'll have to choose a fabric - down to the top 100 picks or so right now, looks like this may take a while ;o)
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:45 PM   #7
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We started out looking at a 5.0TA, but don't think it's for us. Some of it is setting up the pickup for a 5th wheel. On the other hand, I have never used a weight distribution hitch. We're looking at the 21 now.

We're "dragging" our Parkliner down to Huntington Beach State Park (SC) next week, leaving this Saturday morning. Can't wait!

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Old 05-08-2018, 01:54 PM   #8
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The hitch set up is what turned me off after ordering a new 5.0 in 2016. In addition, both yours and my Ram may have cargo capacity issues with the pin weight. Since I also wanted the lightweight Andersen 5th wheel hitch and did not want to risk having a hitch issue 3,000 miles from home, I switched my order to the 19, a known commodity. With a tonneau cover I was able to bring every thing needed for the new trailer in my truck bed, something that was not possible with the 5.0. Of course with you being so close this reason is moot.
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Old 05-08-2018, 02:21 PM   #9
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The hitching had me give the 21 a hard look, but ultimately the floor plan of the 5.0 won out. With the truck bed covers that flip/fold allowing for a little covered storage even while towing the 5th wheel and the large exterior storage in the 5.0 we felt it was more suited to our style than the 21. If the hitching/backing/bed storage is a nightmare I will figure that out before the propane is empty. That allows for free model switcheroos right?
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We bought the 5.0TA over the 21 for the full queen size bed, the separate bedroom is a good side benny for us as our sleeping patterns are very different, but the bed size is why I bought it. The only con I cared about was loosing the capped truck bed.

Have since gone to a trifold tonneau cover which works fine for hiding stuff and keeping it pretty much dry. Roof racks on the truck made it so I can take the canoe with me. Used to be able to carry the bikes inside the cap, now they are covered on the trailers bike rack.

Like Donna when we signed up for the 5.0TA there were no specs, I thought it came with the bigger bath like the 21, I was kind of bummed to find it was the bath from the 19. Didn't take long to get used to it.

As far as I'm concerned there is no prefect RV out there, at least not yet. They all have trade offs.
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