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Old 01-28-2016, 02:18 PM   #41
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There has to be air space between the loft floor and the bottom of the loft fiberglass. The bottom of the nose is not flat.
I haven't seen a 5.0TA in person, but in the 5.0 the section of the loft over the frame is flat on the bottom, and the fiberglass comes down on each side of the frame, presumably for aesthetics (to hide the frame), or to stiffen the body, or both. That would leave a space between the fiberglass and the plywood just like the areas outboard of the frame in the floor of all Escape models, but (again like the other models and main floor area of the 5.0TA) the plywood would be directly against the fiberglass in the middle (over and between the frame rails) - if there's space, there must be structure, and there's no reason to use up space and add material to do that if not even using it for insulation.

Maybe someone getting a 5.0TA built could request a build photo showing this detail when their trailer gets to stage of adding the loft floor? It would also be possible to measure this on the inside and outside, if the trailer is sitting on a very flat surface and someone want to take the time and to the effort to do this.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:23 PM   #42
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Pretty much. You raise the front off the hitch, unlock the hitch, open tailgate, pull forward, drop the front to level.
Just for clarity... with a fifth-wheel, "raise the front off the hitch" means extend the jacks just enough to take the load off of the hitch, not lift the trailer right out of the hitch.

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I have the Andersen, the sequence is the same.
With the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection, the trailer is lifted right off of hitch, just like any conventional ball hitch.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:31 PM   #43
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What size furnace is now in the 5.0? The website mentions 12,000 but but that was the old one?
The old furnace used by Escape (Atwood 8012) and the new one used in all the other models (Atwood AFSAD12) are both the 12,000 BTU/hour (input) size... as suggested by the last digits in the model number. Although higher-power versions are available, I haven't seen any suggestion that the 5.0TA gets one; certainly the change in furnace type (from the discontinued 8012 to the new style) didn't require a change in "size".
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:36 PM   #44
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Thanks Brian, I knew there was a change, just couldn't remember exactly what changed....
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:51 PM   #45
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Just for clarity... with a fifth-wheel, "raise the front off the hitch" means extend the jacks just enough to take the load off of the hitch, not lift the trailer right out of the hitch.


With the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection, the trailer is lifted right off of hitch, just like any conventional ball hitch.
Correct, I was confirming that the sequence to disconnect is the same.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:29 PM   #46
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Hi Jim

Had some time tonight...so I though I would chime in!

On the 5.0 TA, the loft area has 1/2" plywood bonded to the shell in the same manor as the floor. We then install 1.5" rigid insulation and cover the entire loft with carpet.

As of 2016, all 5.0 TA's are equipped with torsion axles. Dexter has come out with a lift kit for the torsion axles which is relatively easy to install and will raise the body 2.5"...if required.

Hope that helps clear up some of the unknown!

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Old 01-29-2016, 09:54 AM   #47
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Hi Jim

Had some time tonight...so I though I would chime in!

On the 5.0 TA, the loft area has 1/2" plywood bonded to the shell in the same manor as the floor. We then install 1.5" rigid insulation and cover the entire loft with carpet.

As of 2016, all 5.0 TA's are equipped with torsion axles. Dexter has come out with a lift kit for the torsion axles which is relatively easy to install and will raise the body 2.5"...if required.

Hope that helps clear up some of the unknown!

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Reace,

For 2015 5.0 TA models is there a way to raise the trailer a few inches? I don't require it at this time, but may need to in the future. I was under the impression that my 2015 could be raised.

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Old 01-29-2016, 09:56 AM   #48
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Great questions. I too have a 2015 and, at times, would like it raised. Thoughts, anyone?
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You may want to send your questions direct to Escape as Reace does not always sign on here.
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You may want to send your questions direct to Escape as Reace does not always sign on here.
Good suggestion!
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