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Old 01-13-2023, 08:42 PM   #1
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Dec 19, 2022 “Rig Roundup: 10 RVs Ideal for Couples”, By Ashley Rossi.
https://togorv.com/rv-living/best-rvs-for-couples/
Banner photo is the Escape 5.0. The article lists “Fifth Wheel: Escape Trailer 5.0“ as first 5th wheel listing.

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Old 01-14-2023, 07:05 AM   #2
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We thought long and hard on the 5.0 before we decided on the 21C.

If I had the 6.5' bed on my F150 instead of the 5.5' the 5.0 would have been in our side yard instead of the 21C.

Well,,,, Maybe.........
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Old 01-14-2023, 09:35 AM   #3
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It's funny you say that since we heeded Karl's advice in one of his videos that the 5.0 should be pulled by a truck with 6' bed. So we went and upgraded our TV to a F150 with a 6.5' bed. Come to find out the ETI delivery vehicle for the 5.0 is indeed a 5.5' bed. We have also seen 5' bed trucks pulling 5.0s in pictures and in real life.

Still, no regrets on our end for upgrading to the longer bed, though. Extra room for fire wood and what have you.
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Old 01-14-2023, 09:42 AM   #4
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Good to see a great trailer getting some recognition.

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It's funny you say that since we heeded Karl's advice in one of his videos that the 5.0 should be pulled by a truck with 6' bed. So we went and upgraded our TV to a F150 with a 6.5' bed. Come to find out the ETI delivery vehicle for the 5.0 is indeed a 5.5' bed. We have also seen 5' bed trucks pulling 5.0s in pictures and in real life.

Still, no regrets on our end for upgrading to the longer bed, though. Extra room for fire wood and what have you.
Good to see someone referring to a 6.5' as 'longer' instead of long like many do. Having this bed myself it is the shortest in 40 years of owning a pickup as I always had an 8' bed. Tough to do real truck duties with shorter beds.
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Old 01-14-2023, 03:07 PM   #5
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If I had the 6.5' bed on my F150 instead of the 5.5' the 5.0 would have been in our side yard instead of the 21C.

Well,,,, Maybe.........
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.
In my case, I did have to install the rails and hitch myself as no trailer shop in the area wanted anything to do with setting up a 5.5' bed truck for fifth wheel towing.
My wife really likes the super crew cab configuration on our truck and the convenience of the larger cab somewhat offsets the limitations of the shorter box.

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Good to see someone referring to a 6.5' as 'longer' instead of long like many do. Having this bed myself it is the shortest in 40 years of owning a pickup as I always had an 8' bed. Tough to do real truck duties with shorter beds.
I've owned a truck of some sort all of my adult life as well. All have been single cab and 8' bed trucks until the truck I currently own.
During that time my needs have changed from farm work and heavy hauling to travel and recreation. I kind of miss a couple of those old trucks but still prefer my current f-150 over any truck I've owned previously for towing the Escape.
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Old 01-14-2023, 04:20 PM   #6
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I have a 12' utility trailer the need for hauling comes. But the 5.5' bed super crew fit into my garage with the ability to walk over to the 3rd car side. The 6.5' bed would have made that difficult.

The 6.5' bed was only wanted for the extra storage in front of the hitch.

The 5.0 is very cool!
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Old 01-14-2023, 06:10 PM   #7
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We absolutely love the 5.0 floor plan and most likely would have gone with it, but our desire to RV travel with two kayaks (hence “YakRV” ) pretty much eliminated that option for us. Maybe we’ll make a 5.0 our “next” Escape, but for now we’re thrilled with our 21C.
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Old 01-14-2023, 06:53 PM   #8
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I've owned a truck of some sort all of my adult life as well. All have been single cab and 8' bed trucks until the truck I currently own.
During that time my needs have changed from farm work and heavy hauling to travel and recreation. I kind of miss a couple of those old trucks but still prefer my current f-150 over any truck I've owned previously for towing the Escape.
Great looking setup!
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Old 01-14-2023, 07:28 PM   #9
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Great looking setup!
Thanks.
It's a work in progress but we're very happy with it as I'm sure you are with your setup.

Honestly I think any of the Escape models would qualify as an ideal couples camper.
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Old 01-15-2023, 04:43 PM   #10
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Nepaweb....I love your truck color. I see it is a 4x4. What engine did you get and what kind of mpg are you experiencing?
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Old 01-15-2023, 06:41 PM   #11
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Nepaweb....I love your truck color. I see it is a 4x4. What engine did you get and what kind of mpg are you experiencing?
It has the 5 liter V8 engine. Towing mpg at speeds of 65 mph and above it gets 12-13 mpg. At 60 mph or less it gets 14 mpg.
Not towing it gets 21 highway mpg.

The folks at Escape did a really good job of matching the trailer graphics color (vivid blue) to the color of the truck. It's almost an exact match.
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Old 01-15-2023, 07:05 PM   #12
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One more question if you don't mind. What is the payload of that truck?
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Old 01-15-2023, 08:42 PM   #13
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One more question if you don't mind. What is the payload of that truck?
Payload is 1977 lbs. GVW is 7000 lbs.
It is a basic XLT trim. Optioned with a V8 engine, 4x4, towing package, running boards and little else.
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We absolutely love the 5.0 floor plan and most likely would have gone with it, but our desire to RV travel with two kayaks (hence “YakRV” ) pretty much eliminated that option for us. Maybe we’ll make a 5.0 our “next” Escape, but for now we’re thrilled with our 21C.
Where there’s a will there’s a way...
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Old 01-15-2023, 09:41 PM   #15
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Where there’s a will there’s a way...
Thanks! It’ll be a while before we even think about the possibility of a newer Escape, but food for thought for sure. We’ve seen the kayak racks that extend to the front of tow vehicles before, but I think that line of sight obstruction out the front windshield would drive me nuts. Haha.
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gklott- Thanks for the post! Of course, I think that 5.0 was the best. :-) 1) Price$$ You divide your money between a truck and camper. 2) The truck can be useful between camping. 3) That 5th wheel will be more maneuverable. 3) That fiberglass shell is going to last. 4) To big and it's hard to park on that outlook up in the mountains. 5) Skinny RV means making your way easily around the campgrounds. 6) I'll leave to others to say...
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We sold our 2018 Ford Platinum diesel pick up and couldn't be happier.

We tow an E19 with a JGC Summit and what a great combination and great ride quality. Pulls like a dream, realatively fuel efficient, and plenty of space. We have the roof racks on the JGC so we can bring Kyaks or a Yakima Skybox. With a 5.0 the pick up bed is full.

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We sold our 2018 Ford Platinum diesel pick up and couldn't be happier.

We tow an E19 with a JGC Summit and what a great combination and great ride quality. Pulls like a dream, realatively fuel efficient, and plenty of space. We have the roof racks on the JGC so we can bring Kyaks or a Yakima Skybox. With a 5.0 the pick up bed is full.

You have to do what you think is right for your situation.
JGC? I have not heard of that brand.
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