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Old 02-03-2014, 01:34 PM   #15
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In addition to this one, I'm a member of several broader spectrum RV forums. Same tow principles apply from big to small, differences being only those of scale. Consensus among towers at t'other forums seems to be that fivers are more stable under tow than bumper pulls. They also allow for tighter turning radii- a distinct advantage in some situations.

Downsides of course as stated, the main one being loss of carrying space in the truck bed.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:40 PM   #16
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For me the biggest downsides of a fifth wheel is that it would require that I purchase a truck, and it would be very difficult to carry canoes and kayaks when towing a 5'er. When towing my trailer with my FJ, I can carry at least 3 canoes or kayaks on the roof of the FJ.
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For me the biggest downsides of a fifth wheel is that it would require that I purchase a truck, and it would be very difficult to carry canoes and kayaks when towing a 5'er. When towing my trailer with my FJ, I can carry at least 3 canoes or kayaks on the roof of the FJ.
When I had the 5th wheel, the only solution I could come up with was an AIRE inflatable kayak. It works good but now I have a TT and could easily tote a hard shell. If you carry anything other than tennis shoes when you go camping, loosing the space is a consideration.
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:53 PM   #18
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The responses to my questions have been really helpful. As a reminder, I am interested in your experience towing a fiberglass fifth wheel versus a fiberglass travel trailer. (Stick built in either type is not on my radar screen.)

Also, I am still curious to know what others see as any towing advantages, if any, in the new two-axle Escape fifth wheel. I am hoping Donna adds her viewpoint, since I know that she has one ordered.

Thanks again to one and all for taking the time to offer me your insight.
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I have noticed two things: The Casita tracked with the van, the 5.0 tracks slightly inside the truck. Something to keep in mind in narrow spaces. When backing, the 5.0 does not start turning quite as soon as the Casita did and needs to start about 5 feet further past the space to back in. Not part of your question, but my 17 ft Casita and Grand Caravan were 35 feet, while the almost 20 foot 5.0 and Frontier are a foot shorter.
I should not make this comparison because the TV's are so different, but I can't tell much difference in straight towing.

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Old 02-05-2014, 05:58 AM   #20
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I am hoping Donna adds her viewpoint, since I know that she has one ordered.
Well, my viewpoint might be pointlesss... sorry. I've never towed a 5er of any kind. I'm buying the new Escape 5.0TA because it has the lay out I desire and is still relatively small, not necessarily because it's a 5th wheel or tandem axle. I've driven a truck for more years than I have ever driven a car. I'm just a truck gal! I'm not too terribly concerned about losing some bed space. I pack too much crap as it is, maybe that will rein me in a bit
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I didn't see it mentioned, but I've been told (yes, more 2nd hand info) twin axle trailers are easier to backup, not that I've ever had a problem with the single. Must be a slower more controlled turn as opposed to the turn on a dime singles.
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As much as I love my bumper pulled ParkLiner, when I retire I want a 5th wheel, for the separate bedroom and layout if I'm gonna full-time and entertain a bit.
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Donna, I look forward to seeing photos of your new rig when you take delivery. Are there any changes to the layout on the 5.0TA from the former model? There's not a lot of info on the Escape website about the new one yet. I think that I also look forward to seeing what you decide on the Scamp 16--keep it or not?!
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I didn't see it mentioned, but I've been told (yes, more 2nd hand info) twin axle trailers are easier to backup, not that I've ever had a problem with the single. Must be a slower more controlled turn as opposed to the turn on a dime singles.
I think your observation may have more to do with the length of the trailer. Tandem axle trailers are generally longer than single axle and longer trailers don't react as quickly as short ones to small steering corrections.
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It's interesting to note that while the Escape fiver's two feet longer than the Scamp (I think), it's only eight inches longer than its predecessor, the single axle 5.0.

I'd be interested to know what led to the decision to add that second axle... it's also eight inches wider and a little taller- is it just that it's heavier than the first-gen fiver?
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Donna, I look forward to seeing photos of your new rig when you take delivery. Are there any changes to the layout on the 5.0TA from the former model? There's not a lot of info on the Escape website about the new one yet. I think that I also look forward to seeing what you decide on the Scamp 16--keep it or not?!
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Donna, I look forward to seeing photos of your new rig when you take delivery. Are there any changes to the layout on the 5.0TA from the former model? There's not a lot of info on the Escape website about the new one yet. I think that I also look forward to seeing what you decide on the Scamp 16--keep it or not?!
On the new Escape 5er, from counter edge to wall is over 5 feet! Turn the stove 90 degrees and gain even more available counter space. TOTALLY COOL!


Still haven't totally decided on whether or not I'll sell the Scamp. Every day I change my mind... just like my socks.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:28 AM   #28
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Donna, I haven't seen it in your posts, but do you mind sharing what your current tow vehicle is and if you have plans to change TV for your new Escape.5 when it arrives? Just curious....

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