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Old 02-08-2024, 06:02 PM   #1
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Moving from Scamp to Escape 5.0, Hopefully

Hello all! My husband and I have used a 2013 Scamp fifth wheel for seven years, even lived in it for six months upon retiring! We travel often and far, loving the freedom of small trailer camping. We longingly look at the Escape 5.0s that we see on the road and in campgrounds. Now that our Scamp is 10 years old we find most places won't rent by the month to us. (Even though our 2013 looks almost exactly like the newer ones.) We are making a decision to pursue the Escape but do have some hurtles to jump before making the final purchase. Mainly, we pull our Scamp easily with our Toyota Tacoma and need to see if the Escape will be OK with that.
It was fantastic to find this site and all the information found here.
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Old 02-08-2024, 08:34 PM   #2
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Hello all! My husband and I have used a 2013 Scamp fifth wheel for seven years, even lived in it for six months upon retiring! We travel often and far, loving the freedom of small trailer camping. We longingly look at the Escape 5.0s that we see on the road and in campgrounds. Now that our Scamp is 10 years old we find most places won't rent by the month to us. (Even though our 2013 looks almost exactly like the newer ones.) We are making a decision to pursue the Escape but do have some hurtles to jump before making the final purchase. Mainly, we pull our Scamp easily with our Toyota Tacoma and need to see if the Escape will be OK with that.
It was fantastic to find this site and all the information found here.
Your Tacoma isnít up for the job, I have Tundra and hills are no problem at all.
My Tacoma was a 2013 6 cylinder, I owned a 5th wheel Scamp for a short while and wasnít comfortable with it as a tow vehicle. You will definitely need to upgrade to a full size pickup to pull a 5.0.
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Old 02-08-2024, 11:42 PM   #3
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Hello all! My husband and I have used a 2013 Scamp fifth wheel for seven years, even lived in it for six months upon retiring! We travel often and far, loving the freedom of small trailer camping. We longingly look at the Escape 5.0s that we see on the road and in campgrounds. Now that our Scamp is 10 years old we find most places won't rent by the month to us. (Even though our 2013 looks almost exactly like the newer ones.) We are making a decision to pursue the Escape but do have some hurtles to jump before making the final purchase. Mainly, we pull our Scamp easily with our Toyota Tacoma and need to see if the Escape will be OK with that.
It was fantastic to find this site and all the information found here.
Hi: TM2TC... We pulled our new 2014 Escape 5.0TA with our 2010 4L V6 Nissan Frontier even though I was told it couldn't handle it. Traded it in 2018 w/ 180000kilo's on the clock and it did just fine. Make sure you have a good hitch installer who doesn't mind work!!! Alf
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Old 02-09-2024, 06:10 AM   #4
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While a full sized pickup might be preferable, I would never claim it is “definitely” needed. Also, be aware that the current 5.0TA is a bit heavier than the original 5.0TAs manufactured before ETI changed the molds and provided for a wider door.
Honestly, don’t be honest if you like your Scamp. If it looks like new, it is doubtful any camping business or resort offering seasonal rates can tell if it is one year old or 20 years old. Age and year of manufacture isn’t obvious like it would be comparing a ‘57 Chevy to a ‘58 Chevy. Their only reason for a 10 year rule is to prevent complaints from the resident “homeowner association” types who want to tell others their lawns need to be mowed because the grass is an eighth of an inch too tall in a sticks and bricks neighborhood, or more applicable to RVing, you need to paint your hitch because the color has faded or the paint is chipped. Your Scamp isn’t falling apart like stick built trailers do. I would not upgrade if you are happy with what you have; I would only do so if you are unhappy with it or want the features that an Escape offers that are not in your Scamp.
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