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Old 06-14-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Benefits of 5th wheel units

A lot of members here are upgrading to the new 5th TA and selling their single 5ths to others and I'm wondering what are some of the benefits of owning a 5th wheel vs a tow behind. Do they tow better? Gas mileage benefit? I like the new 5th TA but I'm still on the fence about it's positive attributes. Thanks for any info….
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:55 AM   #2
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For me, it's all about layout. The extra length gives me the counter space I desire and the "cooking" on the door side. I like the extra width, but would have preferred the TA stayed the same height as the Classic. Now I gotta get my carport raised.

I've never towed a 5er nor a tandem-axle, so I'm in the dark as much as anyone. Don't think it will be problematic, as I've towed my current trailer for 12 years. I'm not getting the 5.0TA because of 5th wheel vs bumper pull. I would have been perfectly happy if ETI had taken the 5er plan and completely flattened the layout to a bumper pull. Which would be different than the 21' layout.
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For me and as noted by others it is the layout of a 5th wheel that is most appealing. Having a raised penthouse above the truck bed allows for a lot more flexibility in the aft portion of the trailer. The advantages with respects to towing (in my opinion) would be no requirement for a WD hitch, the tongue weight is directly above the driven wheels (greater traction?). That in combination with the tandem axles would also result in less sway from cross winds.

One other thing, Donna, your 5.0 appears to have the U shaped dinette, however ETI's description on the web site says it doesn't come that way. Optional? The one disadvantage to smaller trailers is that there is no lounge area. With a U shaped dinette, you could remove the table and have a smallish area to retreat to.
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For me, it's all about layout. The extra length gives me the counter space I desire and the "cooking" on the door side. I like the extra width, but would have preferred the TA stayed the same height as the Classic. Now I gotta get my carport raised.

I've never towed a 5er nor a tandem-axle, so I'm in the dark as much as anyone. Don't think it will be problematic, as I've towed my current trailer for 12 years. I'm not getting the 5.0TA because of 5th wheel vs bumper pull. I would have been perfectly happy if ETI had taken the 5er plan and completely flattened the layout to a bumper pull. Which would be different than the 21' layout.
Donna,
Since the 21 and 5th are identical from the door back, why did you not get the 21 tow behind? Counter space and cooking on door side, extra width and no car port issues? Not sure what you are saying here?
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:29 AM   #5
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Here's a great link on hitching a 5th wheel.
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Among other things, we like the fact that the length of the 5th wheel trailer + tow vehicle when hooked up is much shorter than the length of a comparably sized bumper pull trailer + tow vehicle. We like the way the 5th wheel hitches up and the way it tracks when towing. We've had a bumper pull so we have been able to compare.

We also like the more separate sleeping area of the loft bed. Our only real complaint about the Escape Classic 5.0 is the small counter/work space at the cooking area.
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Is it possible to get a custom bed cover that keeps the bed dry while towing?
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:37 PM   #8
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One other thing, Donna, your 5.0 appears to have the U shaped dinette, however ETI's description on the web site says it doesn't come that way. Optional? The one disadvantage to smaller trailers is that there is no lounge area. With a U shaped dinette, you could remove the table and have a smallish area to retreat to.
I believe the u-shape dinette was "standard" in the Classic(?), it's an option in the 5.0TA ($375... I think). I'm not getting a mounted table.
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Donna,
Since the 21 and 5th are identical from the door back, why did you not get the 21 tow behind? Counter space and cooking on door side, extra width and no car port issues? Not sure what you are saying here?
I was truly thinking about getting the 21' Jim. But, that 5er kept tugging at my heart. I'm looking to my future and spending LOTs of time traveling. I just think the 5er is better suited to my needs. I like the built in laundry hamper too in the 5er!
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My main criteria when looking for a new trailer is bed size, I will not get something with a bed that's shorter then 80". I'm 6'2" and my feet stick out of the 75" beds we have now.

Did not want a longer package then we have now. My current tow behind is 20' making the total 40', the TA should be about 35'.

Like Donna I have not pulled a 5th as yet but I hear they are very quick/simple to hookup and easier to tow, not that I find my tow behind difficult or time consuming.

Went with the TA over the 21 for the separate sleeping area, my better half gets up at 5am, I try and stay in till 6. She also goes to bed earlier then I do. Also the Queen bed. I had to trade the truck bed to get these, not an easy decision for me. I like to have the bikes inside the cap and be able to carry a canoe. I had to remove the cap, put a heavy hitch in the bed, carry the bikes on the back of the TA, and get a front mount canoe rack. Like usual, one can't have it all.

Jim, I'm going with a tri fold cover for the bed, I can keep the front third covered somewhat.
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