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Old 01-02-2015, 02:12 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel preference?

I have been a reader but not a poster for a number of years and have learned a ton about these great little trailers. I currently have various aluminum trailers but am considering switching horses. Specifically to either a Scamp or Escape 5th wheel. The 5.0 looked like the perfect trailer with respect to size and function. Not thinking either of the three (Scamp 19 or the 2 Escapes) would be a bad choice.

I am not sure I really understand why Escape went from the 5.0 to the 5-TA - is it because of size? axels? features? or other considerations. Did the 5.0 have some design issues that were addressed with the 5-TA? Was the 5.0 too heavy for the single axel? Was it as simple as the newer pick-ups are just getting too big for the 5.0? I have seen a couple of members who have made the move from the 5.0 to the 5-TA and would really appreciate hearing what was the driver, even if you kept your smaller truck.

This is a great community of folks and as I am getting closer to moving to the molded fiber glass world I look forward to being more active. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:36 PM   #2
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Not owning a 5.0 or 5.0 TA I can't be specific, but I do know that when the 19' was being designed, Reace chose tandem axles, not because the trailer needed tandem, but because the market demanded it.
My buddy had discussions with Reace about going with a single axle on his 19', but it would have cost more to create a one-off trailer.
The 5.0 TA is larger and heavier than the 5.0.
I've heard no issues with the 5.0 single axle.
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With the old 5.0, the mould would need rebuilding, and Escape choose not to go this route.

You can get a single axle for just about any trailer out there, as they make them for really heavy loads, and you only have one axle, and one set of tires and brakes to worry about. However, a dual axle has some benefits in that it is more stable, bounces less, and is a comfort to some people who worry about blow outs.
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I have been a reader but not a poster for a number of years and have learned a ton about these great little trailers. I currently have various aluminum trailers but am considering switching horses. Specifically to either a Scamp or Escape 5th wheel. The 5.0 looked like the perfect trailer with respect to size and function. Not thinking either of the three (Scamp 19 or the 2 Escapes) would be a bad choice.

I am not sure I really understand why Escape went from the 5.0 to the 5-TA - is it because of size? axels? features? or other considerations. Did the 5.0 have some design issues that were addressed with the 5-TA? Was the 5.0 too heavy for the single axel? Was it as simple as the newer pick-ups are just getting too big for the 5.0? I have seen a couple of members who have made the move from the 5.0 to the 5-TA and would really appreciate hearing what was the driver, even if you kept your smaller truck.

This is a great community of folks and as I am getting closer to moving to the molded fiber glass world I look forward to being more active. Thanks!
Hi: Bob Burleson... I am the one that's had both 5.0 & 5.0TA yet kept my same truck!!! Why change the trailer? When you need a new mold, due to new fridge vents, awning mounts, windows, etc, that is the time to change it. 8"s longer 8"s wider and 5"s taller doesn't sound like much but believe me it is!!! The dual axles with leaf springs means easier adjustment for different truck sizes. The 5.0 was just perfect for towing but the 5.0TA is even better...more stable. We ended up losing only 1mpg switching trailers so I'm happy. The 5.0TA is selling faster than the 5.0 ever did. People downsizing from the big 5th's found the 5.0 just too tight.
Reace and I had long talks about the new trailer and so far I'm really happy with what he did. We're in it for the long haul!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Hi Bob

Have you seen an Escape 5.0 yet? If not where inTX are you. We are going to the RGV (Mercedes)next mont with ours.


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I mean later in Jan.



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Bob thats a pic of of ours above. We bought Alf's!


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Old 01-02-2015, 04:44 PM   #8
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Many folks, including us, were looking for a bigger fiberglass trailer, the 21 and 5.0TA fit the bill. If I remember right, I had heard from Escape when the TA first came out that they went bigger to fit the ever growing 1/2 ton trucks. ETI had talked to the axle manufacturer to come up with the best axle setup for the new trailer.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:19 AM   #9
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Fifth wheel preference?

First, the scamp isn't a fifth wheel, it's a proprietary setup, so be prepared for that.

Two axles are nice for handling, in case of a blowout, braking, etc.

I love my scamp 19. If I won the lottery, I would have an escape 5.0 ta, or a Bigfoot.


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Old 01-04-2015, 04:29 AM   #10
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Love mine! Waited a long time to get it, probably to the point members here were sick of hearing about it.
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Hi: Donna D... We we weren't sick of hearing... your 5th. wheel flu symptoms just took longer to incubate!!!
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:24 PM   #12
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Thanks everybody for the fast comments - this really is a great community of folks.

Alf S. I have followed your discussions and was glad to see your input, you were one with the exact scenario I was asking about. Glad to hear it was a positive move.

emers 382, I'm in Houston so will keep my eyes open for a gathering close enough to come visitl. That would be the best way to make up my mind. It will be two adults and two medium sized dogs (and maybe a cat) so a little bigger is a little better.

Donna D. I ll add that you are some of the glue that keeps this baord running. You're comments are always on point and helpful. I followed your anticipation and enthusiasm with Ten Forward - and hear I am getting make a similar move. You, and others on the Board, have helped me decide on life after aluminum.

Jared J. Thanks also for the information. Your modifications actually have been a big help in knowing how these trailers can be configures for ones specific needs/desires. I'm currently like you, given enough resources (money) I'd be on the phone to Escape - but the reality is I will have to find a trailer for the right price that gets us out traveling. The Scamps seem to fit that bill better. I keep ooking for maybe a current 5.0 owner looking to upgrade to a TA.

Another criteria is no climbing over the other person at night - so the front/back sleeping loft is a priority. Looks like that limits it to a Scamp with a side bath unless there are some modifications. Minor ones are OK.
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Bob, your comments really show what this site is all about. Help, info and suggestions. Gees, I've only been in a couple Casitas and Scamps but after reading 1000's of posts I've come close to answering someone with a Trilly question cuz I knew. But left it for David T, the Trilly King .
BTW, glad you joined up.
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Love mine! Waited a long time to get it, probably to the point members here were sick of hearing about it.

I was sick of waiting for the pictures!

As for the sleeping deal, I'm going to mod mine differently than most. I'm setting mine up so I can flip the couch back up like when it's used for a bunk, but I'm going to have another cushion made to make it level with the bed. I'll make a ladder to get up there. Quick, easy, and I can throw the ship and ladder up on the bed, and still have my couch during the day, as it gets used all the time.


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