Hi Ed, welcome to the community.
We love using our 5.0TA. Had the 19 for over 6 years and it worked good too, the 5.0TA is just a bit bigger.
As mentioned, you will need to have the hitch set up before picking up the trailer, either before you get to town or by Wagonmasters in Chilliwack Escape does install the coupler on the pin.
The A/C seems to work well for those in the deep south, I only go their in the winter myself.
It tows great. Absolutely no sway of any kind, even in strong crosswinds or heavy traffic. There is a wee bit more bucking when towing it, but it really is not bad at all.
I had an F350, having had only F250s and F350s with a Power Stroke diesel for 25 years due to needing it for work (before that it was the original Dodge Cummins 3/4 ton), but was VERY happy to move down to an F150 for more comfort and the bigger pickup would have definitely been overkill. That said, check with Escape, you may be able to use your truck, the rail height will be the main limiting factor, as this trailer was designed more with the half ton in mind. If downsizing is not an issue on your end, I would recommend it regarless whether it would work or not.
Anyway, all the best with your search and decisions. Do arrange a viewing with a customer in your area.