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Old 08-25-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Why a 5.0?

I seem to have gotten myself into a bit of insanity and need your thoughts to help me out!

While I have been patiently waiting for the new 5 to come out, I have been increasingly become impatient to have a new egg baby.

I have only seen the 21' in pictures, but have been in a current 5.0. I have always liked the idea of a 5er,with the bedroom being separate and the ease of towing. I do travel with a kayak, but at only 9', that could easily go on top of the truck and not be a concern.

I guess in my old age I have become less patient about things that I want, but I want to make sure I get what I want. (Is this making sense?)

Would love to hear pros and cons, and or just your opinions!


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Old 08-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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We love our 5.0. We had a Scamp 16 bumper pull and then a Scamp 5er previously. We really prefer towing a 5er type trailer rather than the bumper hitch. And we like the semi-separate bed area. We don't always wake up at the same time so that setup suits us...one can get up and use the rest of the trailer while the other sleeps in undisturbed. And we've put up curtains across the entrance to the bed area which allows us to darken the area for sleeping and also close it off from the remainder of the trailer if we wish.
The rig is also shorter overall when towing than a bumper hitch would be for the same amount of living space.
On the other hand, the 5er requires a truck and a hitch installed in the bed which limits some of the uses for the truck and reduced storage space in the truck. And the 5er trailer would have less storage space than a bumper pull of the same length because you lose most of the under-bed storage with the 5er.

As with many things, it really all depends on what you prefer......

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Old 08-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #3
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Do not let the lack of seeing a Escape model be a detriment to you liking it. I ordered both my 19' last year and now my new 21' this year, all without stepping inside one. The pictures are enough for me to make my decision as the quality speaks for itself. The 5.0 will have steps and you will lose use of your truck bed, the Escape 21' can be towed by a SUV or truck and you will have use of the storage both of these allow. You have seen the quality, now pick the model you feel you will like and meets your needs.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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There is something to be said for immediate gratification. While you can plan for tomorrow, you can't count on it. And don't underestimate your ability to adapt to the situation at hand, particularly if you have a good attitude about it and are doing it consciously. Seize the day, as it were.

I think this argument is particularly applicable to something like the new 5.0, which exists on paper and in Reace's head only. We don't know with any certainty when it will be available.

So you have your choices: a) buy the existing 5.0, b) wait most of a year for a 21, c) wait at least a year, maybe two, for the new 5.0. The first is probably the cheapest option. It's also probably a quicker way than (b) and certainly a quicker way than (c) to get on the road.

Cheaper is good. Quicker is good. Getting what you want (or what fits best) is good. And it is hard to think about these things objectively. It's even harder not to second-guess after you make a good rational decision based on unquantifiable costs/benefits.

So I sympathize, and I do think the different options are worth considering, but only you can decide which way to trade off the options.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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Thank you for the input everyone!

Just going to have to think and think some more!
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #6
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To me, a fifth-wheel (of any brand) is the way to maximize the safe towing ability of a truck, because the truck can handle far more hitch load over the axle than far behind it. It also avoids weight-distribution hardware, having a straightforward (although bulky and heavy) hitch.

The combination of truck and trailer is shorter than a conventional trailer of the same interior space, but that interior space is more awkward to use and the truck's cargo capacity is severely reduced... these may or may not be issues depending on the owner.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:55 PM   #7
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If you think you might really like the new 5.0, I would wait. Nothing worse than regretting not waiting for what you really want. Just my two cents.

I believe Reace said the new 5.0 would be available for viewing next June, and in production next August.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:40 PM   #8
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Nothing wrong with having 2 Escapes. Buy a 19' this year, and late next year you can order the 5.0. That way you will not miss out on next years camping season.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
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One thing to consider is how little these trailers depreciate . Friends of ours bought a 13 ft scamp this spring toTry a small trailer, found it a bit too small and sold in two days for a $2000 profit. Pretty nice to get paid to camp for a

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