The new Escape Trailer Industries owners are more conservative in their TV recommendations for the 5.0TA.
When we bought ours, Reace was assuring ppl that a 5.5' bedded vehicle would work fine. In fact, his personal TV was a Ford with a short box.
We started our Escape ownership with the short box Tundra and have since gotten another of the same vehicle. When we went to the newer truck we had the option of getting a longer-box model but the short box had worked flawlessly for us so we kept the convenience of the larger cab.
Originally Posted by nepaweb
A lot of 5.0 owners tow with 5.5' bed trucks. It's true you cannot make a 90 degree turn with this bed length but I have never been in a situation where this is necessary.
Like nepaweb, I've never found a 90º turn to be necessary.