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Old 12-30-2013, 10:45 AM   #11
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Thanks Reace. Not many RV forums get expert replies from the owner himself. This is an example of one of the many many things that make Escape Trailer such an exceptional company.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:47 AM   #12
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Thanks Reace. Not many RV forums get expert replies from the owner himself. This is an example of one of the many many things that make Escape Trailer such an exceptional company.
Exactly!!!!!

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Old 12-30-2013, 11:38 AM   #13
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Thanks Reace. Not many RV forums get expert replies from the owner himself. This is an example of one of the many many things that make Escape Trailer such an exceptional company.
I concur!
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #14
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Out of curiosity, is there a breakdown somewhere of the production numbers by year and model somewhere?
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:22 PM   #15
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I saw the 21' for the first time at the 2013 Oregon Gathering in July 2013. Oh my stars... it was/is beautiful. Almost enough to make me change my mind about owning an Escape 5er. BUT, then Reace posted.. about the new TA 5er... and I absolutely knew I was hooked. For me, it's not about size... it's about layout. And THIS ONE is perfect for ME. I created an image, taking both the published layout of the current 21 and the future 5er and this is what came up. Notice, the doorway is in the same place as is the kitchen and the rear dinette. Just goes to show... two different trailers, but both with front to rear beds (no crawl overs!). One requires a truck, the other an appropriate bumper pull... Different strokes for different folks!
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:36 PM   #16
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Donna's gettin' exciiited
How's that build sheet coming along?
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:14 AM   #17
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How's that build sheet coming along?
Wearing out the build sheet. Put it on, take it off, change to this, change to that. Still struggling with the upholstery fabric!

A bit more than three weeks for you to go. I'm betting YOU and Norma are the ones getting excited.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:22 AM   #18
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Basically with the 5th TA you are sleeping in your truck bed, longer unit but with the extension over the truck bed about the same over all length bumper to bumper.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:38 AM   #19
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Basically with the 5th TA you are sleeping in your truck bed, longer unit but with the extension over the truck bed about the same over all length bumper to bumper.
Correct. The image of the 21' floor plan doesn't include the tongue which is where the bed is in a 5er. But the interior space of a 5er (square feet) is much larger than the 21' because of the loft.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:08 PM   #20
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Basically with the 5th TA you are sleeping in your truck bed, longer unit but with the extension over the truck bed about the same over all length bumper to bumper.
That sounds like a comparison of the (original) 5.0 to the 17 Foot model, rather than the 21 Foot.

Assuming that the new 5.0 is only a few inches longer than the original, and that the pin is essentially at the front of the body, then
  • the overall coupler-to-bumper length is the same as the 21', but
  • the 5.0 has body for the whole distance so it has more body length, and
  • with the hitch well forward of the truck's bumper, the 5.0 tug&trailer combination (bumper to bumper) is shorter than the 21' conventional trailer.

So with the fifth-wheel you get the body length of a 23 ft, with the overall length of a 20 ft, and the overall rig length of the same truck with a 17 ft... but the front of you trailer is just a loft (the standing room length is only that of the 17 ft) and you need a truck. As always, life is a compromise.
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