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Old 02-09-2014, 03:30 PM   #57
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Dale, since neither the Scamp nor the Escape are stand-up/walk around lofts... I plan on using my seat to go down the steps. Like a toddler. I'll be camping alone, I don't want to fall and knock myself out....
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:38 PM   #58
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I plan on using my seat to go down the steps. Like a toddler.

I couldn't resist it. Don't forget your bear.
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I couldn't resist it. Don't forget your bear.
Okay, I won't!
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:43 PM   #60
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Almost till I learned to place my feet squarely on the steps. Only two steps. The Escape fifth has storage in the bottom step with a carpeted loose top. Step too far on the edge and it will flip. There are mods for this. When I can no longer climb inside or get up into bed, I guess I'll stay home and die.
There seems to be a lot of 5er bashing. I never see many for sale and those resale fast. Guess their not as bad as many would like to think. I love mine!
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #61
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Everything that's old is new again...The Ranger started as a half ton, and there was a "heavy half" version, too. We have a 1978 Ranger Lariat heavy-half that's been waiting for a new cab since my husband's unfortunate encounter with a tree that he wasn't expecting to have fallen across the bottom of our driveway.

It's equipped just like the one in the below vid- 400CI engine, glasspack exhaust...the works. Listen to that baby growl... Now, THAT's a truck!

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They all seem to grow over time. I haven't looked up the specs, but I think the current model Tacoma is just about as big now as the original Tundra was when it first came out. And the Tundra has morphed into a monster. I overheard a former Tundra fan say that when he upgraded to the new model this year, it wouldn't fit into the same garage where he kept his previous one. He's not a Tundra fan anymore and is looking to downsize.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:30 PM   #62
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Dale, my current tug is a 2000 Ford F-150 Triton V-8 with 156,000+ miles on it. I will be buying a new truck, just can't decide WHAT? They're all UGLY... look really angry with those big ole grills. The truck brands with smaller grills are ugly for other reasons. Sigh. It's all about the visuals! I care less about the color than the over all look.
Donna, a lot of us out here enjoy your perspective and respect your opinion, and we'll be curious to know what you final decide to pull your new Escape 5th wheel with and how you like. So please keep us posted.... Dale
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There seems to be a lot of 5er bashing.
With the 5ers there is only one way to make the connection with few variables to get wrong.
I think TT's take the big bash too. It is because most are not set up optimally thus the drive/feel/handling suffer.

Classic example: This RVer reported that for safety reasons he keeps his speed under 50MPH because anything over that the ride gets sketchy.
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Nice picture. I believe that's my old rig. I see that down here. Usually it involves a big stick built fifth wheel and 18' fishing boat passing everything on the highway except the gas station.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:30 PM   #65
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Fifth wheels and goosenecks will always tow better.
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I am enjoying the posts here. Thanks everyone. I am glad I posed the question. Your replies have been very helpful.
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Fifth wheels and goosenecks will always tow better.
Not one for generalizations are you?

I have seen 5'ers that tow like a sled of rocks and trailers you don't even know are there. There definitely are exceptions.
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Not one for generalizations are you?



I have seen 5'ers that tow like a sled of rocks and trailers you don't even know are there. There definitely are exceptions.

I assumed people would realize I was talking about equal trailers, perhaps I shouldn't have. Obviously a properly built and loaded bumper pull can handle better than a poorly built and loaded gooseneck/fifth wheel. How many gooseneck/fifth wheels have you seen with sway control or weight distribution? All other things being equal, the gooseneck/fifth wheel will tow better.
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