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Old 11-17-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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Looking into ordering either the 21' trailer or the new 5th wheel, I'm familiar with travel trailers but not 5th's. After looking over both online, I like the layout of the 5th wheel, the bed will work out better for us, I think. I also have heard that 5ths handle better, and I like the idea of keeping the TV/Camper package as small as possible, length wise. If you don't mind I have a handful of questions.

1. How much of your truck bed is still usable with the 5.0 in place? I currently carry outdoor use items, like chairs, Smoky Joe, charcoal, and such in the bed of our truck (I have a cap on it).
2. Have you considered putting on a Tonneau cover on the truck? Some roll or fold up, would it work with the hitch in the bed?
3. I currently have a small side to side external storage area where I store all my hookup hoses and supplies used for dumping, where do you put such in your 5th?
4. Can't tell from the pictures I see, but is there head room to sit on the bed?
5. Any 5th wheel specific options I should look into when ordering?
6. How much of the trailer hangs over the bed, or how long is it from the back of the TV to the back of the camper?
7. After owning your 5.0, If you were ordering a new trailer now, would you get the 5th or the TT?

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Old 11-17-2013, 08:01 AM   #2
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Hi: padlin... We have owned an Escape 5.0 since 2008 and wouldn't have any other. As a matter of fact we will be picking up our 2014 5.0 Tandem on the 3rd. of June.
#1 lots of useable space but can't crowd the hookup cables.
#2 we always tow with our 3 fold tonneau cover on.
#3the stinky slinky stays in its holder on the rear bumper.
#4 yes you can sit up in bed...but why?
#5 options are just so personal to your style of camping.
#6 total length. of rig is aprox. 32'
#7 answer above. Alf
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:06 AM   #3
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Hi: padlin... Here's a couple of interior shots. Alf
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:11 AM   #4
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Hi: padlin... Sorry this is so long but I can only add two pic's at a time. Alf
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:16 AM   #5
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Hi: padlin... Here's a parting shot taken on our way home from Tenn. rally via S.C. Alf
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:26 AM   #6
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I'm joining the 5er ranks right after Alf, the end of June. Based on what Alf has told you... remember what Reace posted:

The new 5.0 will be based off the 21', so it will be 8" wider than the current 5.0 and 8" longer.
Full 60 x 80 queen bed. Upper bed area will be 5" taller.
6.7 cu. ft. fridge will be standard
56" long kitchen rather than 41"
Larger holding tanks...(not determined yet).

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Old 11-17-2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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We chose a 5.0 primarily for ease and safety of towing. No regrets and would select the 5th wheel again. The layout with a master bedroom up front and guest bedroom in the back is a bonus. The decision, I think, comes down to whether you want a pick-up truck and are willing to lose most of the space in the truck's bed for carrying big bulky items.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:38 AM   #8
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I'm joining the 5er ranks right after Alf, the end of June. Based on what Alf has told you... remember what Reace posted:

The new 5.0 will be based off the 21', so it will be 8" wider than the current 5.0 and 8" longer.
Full 60 x 80 queen bed. Upper bed area will be 5" taller.
6.7 cu. ft. fridge will be standard
56" long kitchen rather than 41"
Larger holding tanks...(not determined yet).

What's not to like!
Hi: Donna D... Thanks. My fingers were getting stiff. I'll be retired in 5 weeks then when living next to the fridge will most certainly need more elbow room!!!
All the trips and memories we've made with "Our Escape Hatch"are priceless. Alf
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:40 AM   #9
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Bob, You do not mention your tow vehicle, that needs to come into the equation also. The fifth wheels traditionally are heavier on the tug versus the traditional bumper pull unit.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:19 AM   #10
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These are out of the brochures Escape Trailer provides. We won't have this information about the new build 5er until one is actually built.

5er build:
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21 build:
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19 build:
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