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Old 04-13-2014, 02:17 AM   #1
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Benefits of the 5.0 compared to the bumper pull?

How long is it ? Compared to the other models? Is it really easier to tow? I have a goose neck horse trailer seems to tow nicely but I really never had issues with pulling a bumper pull either. Why did you get either the bumper pull or the 5.0?
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:32 AM   #2
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Length of the new 5.0 is slated for 20'2", old is 19'6". The 21 is 21'4", the 19 is 19'6". You can get all the specs on the web site .
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Have yet to receive mine so can't comment on the towing, time will tell.

Bought it over the 21 for the size of the bed, layout, and the shorter total package when towing.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:26 AM   #3
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Hi: Fox hunt... I have always said the benefits of the 5th. wheel concept is in the hitching/unhitching. Lining up the pin/hitch plate is easy... and I do easy really well!!! The hitch is more $$$$'s but not bad in comparing it to a WDH.
The prime tow point is the rear axle so the closer to it the better. All those 18 wheelers can't be wrong.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:43 AM   #4
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I currently tow a 16' Scamp with an F-150 P/U. I'll be getting a 5er with four more feet of living space but a miniscule increased amount of towing foot print. Going from a double bed to a true queen, large dinette and tons of storage. Sweet!
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We are looking at and trying to answer the same question- the 21 vs the 5.
Towing is a big factor hooking and unhooking, the space when trying to park- will they both fit in a double space with our vehicle? It appears to me that the biggest one overall is the 5 you are using all the space except for the rear bumper- the 17(which we have) the living space is 13'-4", the 21, the living space, including the bed is 17'-4". In the 5 the living space appears to be pretty much the length minus the back bumper and small protrusion of the hitch- so likely has the most living space.
There are also some cons I'm sure. We are going to look at look both.
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Forgot something about the parking in a double spot- it appears for us with a chev 1/2 ton, the 5 would be close to fitting, but a 21 would likely not.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:32 AM   #7
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Alf brings up a good point in comparing the 5th to the semi's on the road. I wonder if the 5th's are more prone to wind shear as are the semi trailers? Does that height raise the center of gravity of the 5th vs a 21' bumper pull??
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:52 AM   #8
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I superimposed these for equal trailer width and length of the beds, before putting them side by side in the picture. The originals were probably not drawn exactly to scale to begin with, but gives an idea of the comparable lengths.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:11 AM   #9
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Just speaking of the classic 5.0...I haven't experienced any wind shear or influence from an opposing semi trucks passing. If it had no ac or awning, it would be a "knife in the wind". I am under the opinion that the 5.0 allows you better fuel mileage than bumper pulls due to it's aerodynamic nose and the fact that the trailer is tucked in close to the tow vehicle.
However there are wild air currents tumbling in the bed under tow. I recently lost a lawn chair that I believe would have otherwise been OK. I would caution everyone to have your bed load well secure.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:16 AM   #10
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Pulling a 5th wheel

Years ago we had a 19' Scamp 5th wheel and it pulled like a dream. Never experienced any sway or effects from crosswinds. It was much easier to back into a campsite and hitching to the the trailer was very easy. Can't wait for our Escape 5.0 to be built....

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