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Old 10-23-2013, 07:17 AM   #1
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New from North Carolina

Hello,

Escape Artist posted a photo of his Frontier & Escape 5.0 on a Frontier forum. Not very familiar with Escape campers yet, but plan to more learn about them.

We currently camp with a 2010 LivinLite CampLite 11RD 1500lb TT. It's a basic camper and about 98% aluminum. Will eventually move up to a larger TT or 5th wheel. Tow with a 2013 Frontier crew cab with 261HP V6/AT.

We camp mostly in NC & SC, but plan to camp out west next year and possibly BC, too.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:33 AM   #2
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Hi: exploring/carolina... Hi; Bill. Welcome to the Escape Forum!!! Well you've come to the right place to learn all about Escape Trailers. 99.9% of owners love them so not to many negative comments here. We've had "Our Escape Hatch" through one set of tires with a min. of trouble. Our 5.0 has been from Alaska to Virginia and Indiana to Maine plus several places in Ontario. You will find several Fronty owners here too!!! The best trip to B.C. will be to pick up a new Escape. Alf
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:44 AM   #3
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Alf,

After seeing your Fronty/5.0 rig, got me interested in Escape & 5th wheels. Very interested in the redesign being performed on the 5.0. Guessing the "Escape Hatch" is a camper that allows Escape into the "better" world of camping. "Escape" is a great name for a camper!

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Took this "Escape" shot while camping @ Hunting Island SC about a week ago:

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Old 10-23-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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Hi: exploring/carolina... Love a great sunset shot. Here's a couple from Nova Scotia Canada. These were taken from our pay per view campsite on the Bay of Fundy.
Yes Escaping is truly wonderful!!! Alf
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Nice pics Alf!
A week ago I was kayaking and eating lobster on the beach there!
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Alf,

After seeing your Fronty/5.0 rig, got me interested in Escape & 5th wheels. Very interested in the redesign being performed on the 5.0. Guessing the "Escape Hatch" is a camper that allows Escape into the "better" world of camping. "Escape" is a great name for a camper!

Thanks,

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Very cool photo !
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Hi: exploring/carolina... Love a great sunset shot. Here's a couple from Nova Scotia Canada. These were taken from our pay per view campsite on the Bay of Fundy.
Yes Escaping is truly wonderful!!! Alf
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So nice......especially love the one through the window !
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #8
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Alf, Nice Shots!!!!

In contact with Lisa @ Escape today. She is mailing out an info package. Also asked for info on the 5th wheel redesign.

Took these shots while camping in North & South Carolina. Guess I take too many photos.

Roaring Fork Falls NC:



Bandit's Roost NC:



Lake Wateree SC



Hunting Island SC:

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Very cool photo !
Thanks, Take lots of camping photos!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:36 PM   #10
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Nice pics Alf!
A week ago I was kayaking and eating lobster on the beach there!
Hi: Vicki A... Drove down the Digby Neck for some Scallops for lunch. Yummmm. Alf
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Thanks, Take lots of camping photos!!!!!!!!
Hi: exploring/carolina... I don't know if I take photographs to go camping...or go camping to take photographs? Seems a lot of excellent photographers own Escapes. Alf
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Hi: exploring/carolina... I don't know if I take photographs to go camping...or go camping to take photographs? Seems a lot of excellent photographers own Escapes. Alf
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Nice SC shots.

Looks like I need to own an Escape to have a great camper & to become a better photographer!!!
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:23 AM   #13
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Looks like I need to own an Escape to have a great camper ...!!!
This is the "Escape Forum", I think that opinions like yours are quite widespread here.
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This is the "Escape Forum", I think that opinions like yours are quite widespread here.
Busy reading many threads on the Escape forum this morning.

Retired and love to camp. We currently tow with a 2013 Frontier Crew-cab equipped with a Leer shell and Thule rack/rail system. The shell is handy for taking Kayaks and storing stuff inside to keep the animals out of during the night. We transport bicycles inside of the CampLite 11RD on a homemade removable plywood transport rack system.

Very interested in the new Escape 5.0, but may not have a good way to transport two 10' Kayaks.

If we purchased the Escape 19', would be able to transport Kayaks and assume there is a good way to transport bicycles, have not read enough threads yet. We also like the 60"X 80" bed and all the windows in the 19' Escape.

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Very interested in the new Escape 5.0, but may not have a good way to transport two 10' Kayaks.

If we purchased the Escape 19', would be able to transport Kayaks and assume there is a good way to transport bicycles, have not read enough threads yet. We also like the 60"X 80" bed and all the windows in the 19' Escape.
You are right, it may be difficult to transport kayaks if towing a 5.0. Since your kayaks seem to be relatively short from your picture, it may be possible to rack them further forward on your pickup, extending from the roof of the cab forwards. You would need a set of bars on your roof as well as a hitch type carrier on the front of the truck, but is likely doable.

If you go for a tow behind such as the 19', your truck could continue to be used as a carrier for your kayaks.

With both the 5.0 and the 19', you could add a bike carrier to the rear of the trailer (Escape offers an optional hitch on their trailers for this). In this case, you would have to satisfy yourselves that you could add the extra weight to the back of your trailer without excessively impacting your hitch weight.
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You are right, it may be difficult to transport kayaks if towing a 5.0. Since your kayaks seem to be relatively short from your picture, it may be possible to rack them further forward on your pickup, extending from the roof of the cab forwards. You would need a set of bars on your roof as well as a hitch type carrier on the front of the truck, but is likely doable.

If you go for a tow behind such as the 19', your truck could continue to be used as a carrier for your kayaks.

With both the 5.0 and the 19', you could add a bike carrier to the rear of the trailer (Escape offers an optional hitch on their trailers for this). In this case, you would have to satisfy yourselves that you could add the extra weight to the back of your trailer without excessively impacting your hitch weight.
Good thought on the PU roof rack. If we purchased a 5.0, would probably move up to a Tundra, F-150, Ram 1500, Crew-cab TV and set it up for Kayaks. Would keep the Fronty too, since we really like it and have other stuff to tow.

Like the optional bike carrier on the rear for bikes, too.

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Old 12-08-2014, 07:37 AM   #17
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Hi: exploring/carolina... One of the best features about the new 5.0TA is it's easily set to the full sized pick ups. Reace& Tammy owners of ETI tow with an F150 eco-boost V6.
We still find the Frontier a very capable tug. The 5' bed requires either a roller hitch or a 10" pin extender which clamps to the pin box of the trailer. RV Supplies, 5th Wheel Hitches and Electrical Plumbing by Tweetys Alf
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