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Old 02-10-2016, 04:42 PM   #61
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Another way to look at it, 2016 models are the current, less expensive by $4,000 and the 2017 cost $4,000 more and will have unknown options- you call it. I prefer the 5.1 because I can then request BlackJack V.I on the trailer.....
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:03 PM   #62
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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.
No, as far as I know there has been no indication from Escape of a name change; it's just the 2017 version of the 5.0TA. "2017 5.0TA" seems clear and concise to me.

It is very common for RVs to include a numeric value in the model name, and that generally indicates the length (in feet in the U.S.; in metres in Europe); the rest of Escape line is known simply by length (in feet).

The original "5.0" name was apparently a play on the fifth-wheel configuration and the then-trendy term "Web 2.0", which is in turn a play on the typical pattern of software version numbering, suggesting the beginning of a second major version of the web. As a trailer name it fundamentally doesn't make sense, because the trailer isn't the fifth version of anything, but there were suggestions when the "TA" version was announced that the name become "5.1" to reflect a "minor version" change, but Escape chose "5.0TA".

Welcome to another round of confusion.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:11 PM   #63
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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.
Excellent

I'm looking forward to pictures when you get your 5.0TA - you can show us how everything is set up.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:14 PM   #64
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Welcome to another round of confusion.
For some reason these rounds seem to happen more often these days.
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Excellent

I'm looking forward to pictures when you get your 5.0TA - you can show us how everything is set up.
I will definitely be doing that. I have thought of doing some shots of the truck outfitting by itself, we'll see.
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I just tried out my hitch in the box of the truck, and will not be able to see the ball. With the hitch turned with the ball forward, I doubt you could see it without the tonneau cover anyway. With the hitch turned around, putting the ball a couple inches behind the axle, I still can't see it, though maybe you could without a cover, but I would not want to tow this way if I don't have to.

Crappy phone shot. This is the normal position, with the ball forward. Note the 7-pin connector on the left sidewall.

Andersen Hitch 1.jpg

This is with the ball to the rear.

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Here is our version 3 of our current set up.



Version 1. Consisted of the folding bed cover with Rubbermaid Action Packers cable locked to the truck bed. Couldn’t see the hitch without aids/spotter.

Version 2. Consisted of the over the rail Home Depot lockable tool box. Once again impossible to see the hitch, daughter got free toolbox for her truck.

Version 3. Our current setup, Home Depot under rail lockable toolbox that holds Yamaha generator, gas can for genny, battery charger, electric and manual tire pump, toolbox, and giant Cabela’s chairs with built on beverage holder, patio mat and ect, ect. There is a still lot of unused room, lockable and weather proof.

The boat bag holding the Aire Traveler fits on either side of the hitch with the rowing frame and oars/paddles underneath. Firewood is stacked up against the tailgate, covered with a tarp. Still plenty of room left over in the bed. The only modification to our current set up is that I plan on are installing a Thule Bed Rider in front of the toolbox when we shuttle the bikes and truck during bike and float trips. (I spend a lot of time dropping off the raft at one location driving the truck to the take out then pedaling or hitchhiking back to the start point).

Came across the 5th wheel tailgate brand new and in the box for 150.00 on craigslist and couldn’t pass it up. Gotta admit, I like it. We boondock in some very small, spots with steep, narrow approaches by creeks and rivers. I used to come very close to touching the trailer with the tailgate down when hitching up at 20-40 degrees or so, and I can see the trailer so much better it tight situations.

This is what works for us. Everyone else with have different needs/wants, just putting it out there. Scott


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Old 02-10-2016, 08:27 PM   #67
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If being able to see the connection of the hitch is what you want, why not just use a camera? One I was looking at was this one from etrailer.
https://www.etrailer.com/Backup-Came...ge/RA7710.html

What I am liking about it, is you can just set it up when you and where you need it, using your smartphone as a screen. Heck you could use it as a baby monitor, wife/husband monitor, or many other uses. Self contained wifi transmitter, and it is rechargeable so no 12V connection needed. Just download the app, not really any installation required. Why have a separate monitor if you don't need it. Use a big tablet if you like too.

Seeing it is magnetic, I would just glue a steel disc to my aluminum toolbox, and mount it there whenever I am connecting.

Just a thought. I imagine there is similar devices out there, this is really the first one I looked at with these features.
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I just tried out my hitch in the box of the truck...
Thanks for the photos, Jim. Nice clean setup.
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Nice catch there Jim on the camera, something one could use to see the 5th set up and with a 300' range why not set up inside back window to watch traffic on your phone?
I also like that ventilated tailgate, wondering how hard to remove my factory tailgate, although it has camera and electric locks, not sure it can be disabled.
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This is my hitching camera, from etrailer. I can attest that it is durable. I had it attached when I slammed the rear hatch and it dropped to the pavement. Still worked. Bit more expensive.

https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Bac...ift_Hitch.aspx
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