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Old 07-28-2015, 01:02 PM   #71
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And, ETI site still says Equalizer hitch in options for 17.
It's not. It is Pro Series.
I sent note, but it still says Equalizer.
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:24 PM   #72
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I found the review posted at The Great Escape
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:05 PM   #73
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Good article. Thanks for the link!
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Old 07-29-2015, 11:10 PM   #74
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The bread-and-butter trailers for the company are its 19- and 21-foot travel trailers, although the 13- and 17-footers are still popular models in the lineup.
Not likely, since the 13 Foot is long out of production. The 15 Foot was in production more recently, but it too is no longer offered, so with zero sales possible it can't be considered "popular". Where do they get this stuff?

They list the GAWR as 2300 pounds, but that would be for only one axle... and even then I'm pretty sure it's the 19 Foot spec; the 21 Foot is higher, and the actual 5.0TA GAWR is more likely 3500 pounds... but who knows, maybe they're right and Reace spec'd a softer spring pack for better suspension behaviour. Given the other glitches, I'm guessing it's just wrong.

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The fifth-wheel is well insulated using foam panels before installing the cabinetry and vinyl headliner and wall covering...
Umm.. no. The insulation under the liner is Reflectix, which isn't foam at all (or a panel).

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Weight (freshwater, water heater, LP-gas full; no cargo) 4,390 lbs
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Cargo Carrying Cap. 1,110 lbs
For these weights it seems that they have either weighed the test trailer (which would be good), or added 40 pounds (propane) and the calculated weight of 28+6 US gallons of water (34x8=272 lb) plus the $3,612 worth of options to the spec dry weight; 3,700+40+272 is too low, so it can't be just dry spec plus fluids. Is Escape putting a weight and cargo capacity placard in the trailer now which reflects the actual as-equipped weight? Listing Cargo Carrying Capacity this way (available room to GVWR with full freshwater and fuel) is an industry standard.

I think they captured the Escape themes of quality and fitting the customer's needs well.

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I found the review posted at The Great Escape
I finally bought a copy today, then got home and saw this link. Arggh
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:12 PM   #75
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I just got my October copy of Trailer Life and in the letters section there is a gentleman from South Dakota criticizing the mention of the 5.0TA in the August issue being able to turn 90 degrees. He says this causes bent rims and axles but also says his trailer weighs 17,000 lbs. Hmmmm. Loren
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I just got my October copy of Trailer Life and in the letters section there is a gentleman from South Dakota criticizing the mention of the 5.0TA in the August issue being able to turn 90 degrees. He says this causes bent rims and axles but also says his trailer weighs 17,000 lbs. Hmmmm.
I just read that letter today...

In a very sharp turn (even with only the 65 degrees of rotation available to an A-frame tongue conventional trailer) the tires of a tandem-axle trailer are going very sideways. I've seen someone moving a trailer on an RV sales lot leave some impressive skid marks spinning a conventional trailer around with their mover, and the distortion of the tire sidewalls was scary. I can see bending steel wheels and maybe even axles - if they are heavily loaded for their size - but the letter writer didn't say that he had experienced this or even that it had ever happened, only that he heard it could happen.

I've turned tandems very sharply and not had a problem... that I've noticed.

A 5.0TA has two 3500 pound capacity axles but weighs no more than 5500 pounds total (and usually less); the tires have even more room to their rated maximums than the axles. I think caution is appropriate, but if you need to very tight maneuvers shouldn't be a problem.

I'm not sure why getting the trailer 90 degrees to the truck is particularly relevant to the Escape - perhaps just that with a 88 inch body width, that can be done with much less cab-to-hitch spacing than is needed to do the same with a 102 inch wide trailer.

All of this is irrelevant to single-axle trailer, but the article was about the 5.0TA which has tandem axles.
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