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Old 02-25-2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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Anyone have cats in a 5.0TA?

I'm new to the forum, longtime RV'er hoping there is a new 5.0TA in our future. We've had a 1999 Sportsmen ultralite 23' fiver almost 20 years and have loved it, several periods of fulltime living and much travel over the years. Alas, it has suffered from repeated roof leaks and now wood frame rot in multiple places and isn't roadworthy for big trips any more. We have loved this small 5th wheel and often been frustrated that no one seemed to make small ones any more until we discovered the Escape recently. It seems perfect for us except for one thing. We travel with our cats - currently three - and in our old rig put their litter box in the small tub / shower pan. We used the campground's showers most of the time, and when dry camping it wasn't too hard to move the box out into the living room temporarily so we could shower. It doesn't look like there's room for a litter box in the Escape's bathroom...one might fit in front of the toilet but would take up the entire floor space and would have to be moved out every time someone needed the bathroom - I expect that would get old pretty quickly. Wondering if anyone out there is traveling with cats in a 5.0TA, and if so where do you put their litter box? And if you're a 5.0TA owner, what are the dimensions of the floor area in front of the toilet?
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Old 02-25-2018, 03:11 PM   #2
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If it were me (I am allergic to cats) I would get the wrap-around dinette and the optional rear access hatch (passenger side) and install a cat door on the wall of the dinette bench. You could then place the litter box inside the bench and service it from the outside when the litter needs to be changed. If necessary, it could also be accessed from the top by moving the cushions and flipping up the top. You could even put a battery powered, motion sensor light on the underside of the bench to provide light for the kitties or for yourself at litter box cleaning time.
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I'm aware of a BigFoot owner who keeps the litter box under the bed with outside access via compartment door.
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Thanks Carl - that sounds like a good possibility. What's underneath the various parts of the wraparound dinette? I assume the fresh water tank is on the driver side - are the back and passenger side sections just storage space, or are there any other components down there?
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What's underneath the various parts of the wraparound dinette? I assume the fresh water tank is on the driver side - are the back and passenger side sections just storage space, or are there any other components down there?
The fresh water and grey waste tanks under the floor in all current Escape models, so you won't find those under dinette seats.

The dinette in a 5.0TA (and a 21') contains all of the electrical gear: battery (or batteries), power center (breaker panel, fuse panel, and converter), inverter and transfer switch (if ordered - they're optional), and shore power cord. In the 5.0TA, the water heater is there as well (on the street/driver side).

With the normal dinette the battery box is on the curb/passenger side, but with the U-shaped dinette it moves to the back side, making the curb/passenger side the likely best candidate for the feline bathroom.
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In addition to what Brian stated, if you don’t get the wrap around dinette the battery box goes on the passenger side and you cannot get the access hatch. Have ETI make the table slide front to back rather than side to side or you won’t be able to sit behind the table on the wrap around bench unless your legs are only 3-inches in diameter!
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Is the freshwater tank under the floor?
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Yes, both the fresh and grey tanks are located outside the underside shell while the black is located within the unit. If you go here Visual Escape - Escape Trailer Owners Community
you can see some pictures of the build of each unit.
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Is the freshwater tank under the floor?
Umm... yes, that's what I said. Sorry, I had a typo, missing the word "are":
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The fresh water and grey waste tanks [are] under the floor in all current Escape models, so you won't find those under dinette seats.
  • The fresh water tank is behind the axles, and between the frame rails, under the front part of the dinette... under the floor.
  • The grey waste tank is ahead of the axles, and between the frame rails, under the floor in the middle of the trailer.
  • The black tank is on top of the floor, under the toilet and extending into the adjacent cabinet. In the 5.0TA that means it extends forward under the wardrobe.
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I am used to freshwater tanks being inside, above floor level. Does being below the floor make it more vulnerable to freezing?
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