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Old 02-10-2016, 12:39 AM   #51
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Could be worse - could be a Hummer H2 SUT.
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That just looks terribly wrong, in my opinion. Why not just close it in for better function and looks. What fifth wheel hitch would you recommend for it?
Although I'm sure somebody has tried a normal 5th wheel trailer with a Hummer H2 SUT, which would be ridiculous, it actually would work well for (true) gooseneck, which has just a narrow head in front (and not a whole bedroom loft)... it is a substantial pickup truck, mechanically. Any hitch would work, but the hitch brackets... that would be custom fabrication!
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Old 02-10-2016, 12:46 AM   #52
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The trailer sits level with the pinbox at 47", measured from the ground to the bottom of the pinbox. Expect your truck to drop about 1" with the weight of the trailer attached, so set the top of the fifth wheel hitch approximately 48" from the top of the plate to the ground. The 5.0TA was designed for the half ton truck with a box height of 55"-56", so your truck will have plenty of clearance.
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my truck bed is 53.5 high...
With only one height mentioned, I assume this is for the lower setting of the 5.0TA suspension (leaf springs under the axle tubes currently, or Torflex with no spacers for 2017)... which is what you would presumably want to use. If your box side top rails are 53.5" from the ground, setting up a hitch with the top of the plate 47" off the ground when loaded should be no problem.
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Bruce's member name...
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yes he is page #2 of the "B" under "community"
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Okay, off topic. For those of you that use the folding bed covers with a extended/crew cab. Do they block the view of your hitch? Scott

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F150, 8' bed, Trifecta cover. Can not see the hitch. White stripe on the pinbox and underside of the middle cover make alignment easy using the rearview motor, as long as you keep your head still. I do have to get out to check the height.
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F150, 8' bed, Trifecta cover. Can not see the hitch. White stripe on the pinbox and underside of the middle cover make alignment easy using the rearview motor, as long as you keep your head still. I do have to get out to check the height.

Thanks Bob, and everyone else that replied. That was my experience and sort of what I ended up doing. Even got the iball hitch camera to deal with the height issue. Got tired of dealing with lining up the marks (reminded me of loading my truck camper), and mounting the camera so I dumped the cover. So much easier just to slam it in reverse and BOOM! You’re good to go (after inserting the hitch safety pin). Hmm, maybe start a new thread on 5.0, 5.0 TA, 5.1 TA truck bed storage solutions, what works/doesn’t work?

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Hmm, maybe start a new thread on 5.0, 5.0 TA, 5.1 TA truck bed storage solutions, what works/doesn’t work?
There have been a few rounds of that, covering tonneaus and storage boxes. Maybe search what's been posted and start an update?

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So much easier just to slam it in reverse and BOOM! You’re good to go (after inserting the hitch safety pin).
... and hopefully retracting the jacks and plugging in the electrical cable!

Speaking of the plug-in, this setup which Jim found looks slick:
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5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness for easier connection of the trailer wiring harness.
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But... Jim, have you made that 2-inch diameter hole in your aluminum box wall yet?
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But... Jim, have you made that 2-inch diameter hole in your aluminum box wall yet?
I certainly did, along with one 4" hole and four 9'16" holes in the bed for the gooseneck hitch, and chain loops. Easy peasy.

The tonneau cover was all bolt on.
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Have I missed something here? Is Escape calling the 2017 model a 5.1? I don't quite understand that, after all it is still a fifth wheel, not a five and one tenth wheel. Colour me confused.
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Jim,
In my attempt to differentiate 5.0 TA 2016 and the new, 2017 model, I'm calling the newer 2017 model the 5.1 TA, just to clarify the two different styles.
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And in your attempt to clarify, I ended up confused. Though admittedly, sometimes that is not so difficult.

Just glad to hear it is not an Escape directive. Not that I would cancel my order or anything.
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