Originally Posted by Dawn Marie
I have the Toyota Tundra crew cab short bed, I was hoping to use an Anderson hitch too. When I wrote to Escape questioning if this would be a problem this was their reply.
In regards to the length of the truck bed. If your tow vehicle has a short box (5’6”l) then you will need to purchase a sliding hitch to tow the Escape 5.0TA as the hitch will be installed a minimum of 30” from the center of the pin to the back of the cab. If your tow vehicle has a longer box (6’ – 8’) then the minimum distance from the cab to the center of the pin should be no more than 30” OR the measurement from the center of the pin to the edge of the tailgate when lowered should be a maximum of 66”.
I am now thinking of getting the Escape 21ft trailer.
I don't think any Escape 5.0 or 5.0TA owner uses a sliding hitch - although a few have them, they use them in a fixed position. There are two common solutions to this clearance problem that are actually used:
- Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection system - the frame of this hitch is offset and can be turned rearward for more clearance
- non-standard mounting (further back than normal) of conventional fifth-wheel hitch
Escape staff have assisted many 5.0 and 5.0TA owners with setting up a hitch to make the cab-to-trailer clearance work, usually with the Andersen Ultimate system; it's unfortunate that the person who answered this question doesn't seem to know that.