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Old 04-17-2021, 11:54 AM   #81
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I don't know if you're travelling thru Dayton Ohio on your way back to Rhode Island, but I would trade you a tour of the Air Force Museum for a tour of your camper. I'm trying to convince my wife to get one.
In case you're not familiar with it, Escape Trailer Industries has an Ambassador Program where you can reach out to them and request information and location on someone who has a trailer in the style/size that you would like to see. My wife and I did this with a local couple in Fort Collins, CO to walk through our first "Escape Exposure" which was a 19' Escape. Even if it's not the final choice you make it will provide a nice overview of the size and build quality of these units. It sold us and we subsequently sold our 2007 16' Casita and now have an Escape 5.0 on order.

Good luck in your quest!
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Old 04-17-2021, 12:33 PM   #82
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Yes - I think that actually might be my neighbor w/the 19' Escape! They are part of the ambassador program. Was very impressed w/the quality.
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Old 04-17-2021, 01:09 PM   #83
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I'm in the early stages, but ETI recommended the Anderson Ultimate to me. I think it is this one. ETI also has a doc w/the hitch requirements.
I noticed that Kirby's Hitch & Wiring in Loveland is listed as an Anderson dealer.


Yes they are (along with B&W too) and they have a good reputation for installations. They've been doing hitches for 20 years. The Loveland Ford dealership said that's who they refer to if they can't meet a customers needs themselves.

What were you planning on using?

Our plan is to add the B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch (underbed frame mount) and use that to attach the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel hitch (#3220 standard height). With the light weight of the Anderson and ease of removal along with the B&W ball being able to be flipped over you get a flush truckbed when you need it without hitch rails in the way. With only a 5.5' bed I don't want to lose any more capacity than I absolutely have to. The dilemma right now is that B&W had to re-engineer the frame mount for the Turnover Ball setup for the 2021 F150. Ford made enough frame changes this year that the past hitches wouldn't work. I've been in contact with them and it's now in production for shipment to distributors by the end of April but Kirby's tells me it's taking 5-6 weeks for B&W to fulfill their orders because of the increased demand. That pushes me to the end of June or early July with my 5.0 completion date set for August 9. Should be fine, but not much buffer time if there are any other glitches. I've already ordered my Anderson straight from the company because ETI wants the hitch adapter sent to them for pre-delivery installation. Hope this info helps.
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Old 04-17-2021, 01:12 PM   #84
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Sorry Chamberman, I should have stated my request in clearer terms. I meant the TeleVision mount inside the trailer, not the Tow Vehicle hitch mount.

Ha ha, sorry!



I saw some posts about the hitch and my brain didn't switch gears to the television. Maybe I should have drank a second cup of coffee this morning.
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Old 04-17-2021, 01:29 PM   #85
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Nice - you're ahead of me on the hitch homework. This is really helpful. That's a smart idea w/the B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch.



Besides the Anderson Ultimate and gooseneck, are you also installing a 5th wheel wiring harness in the truck bed? Something like this. Any other components I'm leaving out?
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Old 04-17-2021, 02:39 PM   #86
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Ha ha, sorry!

I saw some posts about the hitch and my brain didn't switch gears to the television. Maybe I should have drank a second cup of coffee this morning.
No worries. When I posted late last night I never even thought that TV could be interpreted as Tow Vehicle so that brain switch thing works both directions. Guess I should have hit the sack earlier!!
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Old 04-17-2021, 05:48 PM   #87
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Thanks for all the best wishes. We're on the road and with limited reception my responses will be slow. Here's some answers:


Purchased the folding hooks at Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/INATSUNNY-Fol...8696578&sr=8-4
Ordered this bathroom wall reinforced for coat hooks and will install a grab bar when home.
The TV mount was a Master Mount 404L locking cantilever wall mount. I bought it on ebay. I made two 1x3 blocks that were glued and screwed to the end of that wall to make a 2 1/4" surface to attach the mount. It's very sturdy and locks in place for traveling.


I can't download any photos with the limited reception at Kalaloch Campground. Will send them later.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:36 PM   #88
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Photos (now that my hot spot is behaving) related to my previous post. The TV mount installed on the road - will finish when we get home.
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Hooks on bathroom wall.
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The other TV mount: Andersen rail mount and Tonneau mate storage box with roll-up cover.
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Really like the box which mounts on rails under the roll up cover and has about 6" clear to the floor allowing lumber to be loaded utilizing the complete bed length. Also the Curt rails mount directly on the bed requiring the OEM bed liner to be cut, but as a result are only slightly above the liner.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:40 PM   #89
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Great job, everything looks really nice. Ahhh, time to change your profile
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Old 05-05-2021, 03:58 PM   #90
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Picked up the 5.0 at Sumas on 4/12. Went smoothly except Andersen adapter on the king pin had the bolt orientation reversed. Couldn't unscrew the nut and install the eye nut for safety chains, because the hitch lock mecanism was in the way. But I had 1/4" hex fitting for my torque wrench and was able to reinstall the adapter reverse the bolts, torque the 4 set screws, and hook up safety chains Also the crank for lowering the stabilizers was nowhere to be found, using my electric drill for now.
Spent 3 days at Bay View SP buying supplies for our trip back to RI and few simple mods. From there went down the WA, OR, CA coast to Morro bay then east to Grand Canyon, Pie Town and Santa Fe, currently in OK. A few photos: Fort Casey, Grand Canyon, Pie Town and Palo Duro SP TX. Due home 5/15.
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Old 05-05-2021, 05:07 PM   #91
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Great looking rig and good problem-solving!
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