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Old 06-17-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Just a couple of 5.0 quirks.

For those of you that are new or future 5.0 owners, there is a couple of things to be aware of.

First...secure your extra items you carry in the bed of your pickup. Turbulent winds reflecting off the front will cause light weight gear such as empty water containers, portable dump tanks, and lawn chairs to fly out. Things that would normally travel OK while towing a bumper pull.

Next...watch out for dips, humps and drop offs! It is easy to hit the bed top rail with the trailer. Set up your rig with plenty of clearance and stay mindful that under some parking or towing conditions, your can do damage. Keep everything in the bed below top rail height.

Next...Secure your emergency brake lanyard so that turbulent wind does not disconnect it. I loop mine in the hitch handle with a small Velcro strap.

Next...Keep things you store in the driver side front compartment to a minimum. Why you ask? Should some move and settle on the front jack switches, it could spell disaster. Causing your jacks to lower while in tow. They are unprotected rocker switches.

Just a few small issues I am passing on to you from experience and observations.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:04 AM   #2
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Thanks David! I knew about loading the pickup bed and securing the load below the rails, along with make sure everything was secure from wind. But, I hadn't even thought about the rocker switches. Oh my!
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For those of you that are new or future 5.0 owners, there is a couple of things to be aware of.

First...secure your extra items you carry in the bed of your pickup. Turbulent winds reflecting off the front will cause light weight gear such as empty water containers, portable dump tanks, and lawn chairs to fly out. Things that would normally travel OK while towing a bumper pull.

Next...watch out for dips, humps and drop offs! It is easy to hit the bed top rail with the trailer. Set up your rig with plenty of clearance and stay mindful that under some parking or towing conditions, your can do damage. Keep everything in the bed below top rail height.

Next...Secure your emergency brake lanyard so that turbulent wind does not disconnect it. I loop mine in the hitch handle with a small Velcro strap.

Next...Keep things you store in the driver side front compartment to a minimum. Why you ask? Should some move and settle on the front jack switches, it could spell disaster. Causing your jacks to lower while in tow. They are unprotected rocker switches.

Just a few small issues I am passing on to you from experience and observations.
Hi: daveandsandyclink... Thanks...Guess I must have done some things right!!! 6 yrs. towing "Our Escape Hatch" and only lost 1 wood block from the truck box. I75 northbound thru Ohio with 50 + mph crosswinds lifted it out.
Escape trailers are "Great" trailers made by "Great" people for "Great" people!!! Alf
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:20 AM   #4
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Rocker guard switch covers are available. Can someone post a pic of the switches?
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:30 AM   #5
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Rocker guard switch covers are available. Can someone post a pic of the switches?
Hi: tractors1... They may be unprotected but you would have to jamb something really tight to them to make them work. You must keep them depressed with your fingers as they are spring loaded. Alf
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:01 AM   #6
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Someone should suggest to Reace and Tammy a kill switch for rocker switches, a easy fix. Maybe I will when I talk with them in Bandon. I know I want them installed on my 5.0 TA.
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Someone should suggest to Reace and Tammy a kill switch for rocker switches, a easy fix. Maybe I will when I talk with them in Bandon. I know I want them installed on my 5.0 TA.
Rocker switches with safety guards are standard products - probably cheaper/easier for ETI to change their purchase spec instead of adding another part and added labor.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:05 AM   #8
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agree, safety guards would be good. Thanks,
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Thanks David any other sugestions re options that you like/use or not?

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Old 06-17-2014, 05:04 PM   #10
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Yes...the curved leg pieces of you Carefree of Colorado awning are specially bent @ ETI to follow the contour of your 5.0. Do not damage them. Carefree only sells some parts or complete awnings through dealers such as ETI. Add that safety strap and never leave it opened out and left alone with the chance of freak wind gusts or storms. Something that new or inexperienced owners need to know.
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