Originally Posted by Defenestrator
The second axle
probably won't make as much of a difference as the increased axle-to-hitch distance. The Escape's only a little longer though, so it shouldn't be dramatic. You might hear a bit of tire squeal from scrubbing on tighter turns, and it will "cut" sharp corners a little more.
The basics of how it responds to the wheel will be the same, just slightly slower.
As a 5.0TA owner and a former Scamp
19 owner, I basically agree. I find the 5.0TA doesn’t respond quite as fast (but not by much) and I rarely hear tire scrub unless I am approaching 90°, which isn’t necessary except in the tightest locations. In 5 years I got to maybe a 70° angle (truck to trailer) one time. As far as sharp corners are concerned, I am not very concerned at all. But as with all trailers, if I “cozy up” to a fuel pump or have to make sharp turns around any object, I watch the appropriate side mirror and move slowly to insure there is no contact with anything that could be considered an obstruction. If you can proficiently back up the Scamp
19, you will be able to do the same with the Escape
. And yes, steering wheel control is the same in any trailer.
While not related to your question about backing up the trailer, I find the Escape
easier to hook up. In three years, not even once, I couldn’t get the coupler to lock unless I moved the truck slightly forward or backward. The locking lever would not go down, even if I stomped it with my foot. I also find it roomier inside with much more storage and a vastly better sleeping arrangement (I had the deluxe with the bed side-to-side), and an inner spring mattress is far more comfortable than foam cushions. It would have cost me an arm and a leg for a real mattress for the Scamp due to its curved sleeping compartment, and it would have had to be a two piece mattress to get it up the narrow side stairs. As to the roominess, I have often joked that in the Escape, unlike in the Scamp, we can pass each other in the center without fear of having another child! In the Scamp, it was a squeeze to get by one another.