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Old 11-11-2015, 02:47 PM   #11
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Hi: gillfoto... Being a retired transit bus operator I am used to not turning on a dime!!! Backing into spaces requires a longer swing space to get the trailer to react. The 5.0 single axle would "Jack knife" much quicker... see pic.
The learning curve took some getting used to. I must admit I still need more practice. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
Snap: I'm also retired Transit Bus operator, with Capital Transit (11 years).
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:49 PM   #12
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Hi: gillfoto... Being a retired transit bus operator I am used to not turning on a dime!!! Backing into spaces requires a longer swing space to get the trailer to react. The 5.0 single axle would "Jack knife" much quicker... see pic.
The learning curve took some getting used to. I must admit I still need more practice. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
Good to know, I do have a twenty foot North River but that's on a dual axle trailer. My technique for that requires looking through Cab rear window as I steer.
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:51 PM   #13
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One more difference: the 5.0 had the same Dexter Torflex "rubber torsion" independent suspension (axle) as the other Escape models; the 5.0TA has Dexter rigid beam axles and leaf springs (with a Dexter rubber-cushioned equalizer rocker). The change was made to allow for easier changes in the height of the 5.0TA, to suit it to varying heights of trucks, but even the 5.0 can be raised from the stock height with spacers between the suspension and frame.
Good to know thanks!
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:52 PM   #14
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Some interesting points mentioned here. I'm thinking I misinterpreted "turning on a dime" as when moving forward or making U-turns. I did not notice much difference when moving forward (pulling) in the Scamp 19 vs. the 5.0TA when moving forward. However, when backing (pushing the trailer). The TA is easier to back up in a straight line or into a campsite. I attribute it to the added distance between the connection point (pin/coupler) to the rear wheels on the trailer. And added resistance of 4 tire contact points vs. 2 makes a difference in backing responsiveness. But I would add and I have stated this more than a few times: the best way to practice is to use a dump cart connected to a lawn trailer.
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