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Old 04-22-2019, 08:15 AM
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Just returned from a 5,000 mile round trip from Austin to Chilliwack, BC to pick up our new Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel. Trailer is 21 feet and weighs 5,000 pounds loaded, tows like a dream. This is probably the only fifth wheel in this weight class that can easily be towed by a 1500 - which is one reason why we were willing to drive to Canada to get it (Escape doesn't have a dealer network, they build each trailer to order and you have to pick it up).

On level terrain the truck drives like the trailer is not even there. Climbing mountain grades it gears down but throughout the trip at any altitude on any steepness of grade I always had the power to accelerate when I needed to. On long mountain downgrades the transmission was terrific - as I would pick up speed, when I braked to keep the speed down the transmission automatically downshifted to maintain that speed and would not upshift again until I accelerated slightly. If I needed to slow down further and braked more, it downshifted again and held the lower speed. I had expected to use the gear selector switch but now don't think I will ever need to touch it, tow mode handles everything very well automatically. I have the 3.21 and it does just fine pulling this trailer, and gives me great mileage when I'm not towing.

I have a payload of 1,804 - ordered the truck specifically to tow this trailer. Quad cab Lone Star, level 1, tow package, big gas tank. Pin weight of the trailer is 700, my Demco Recon hitch 100, leaving 1,000 pounds for me, my wife, and cargo in the truck. When I hitch up the trailer the back end hardly settles, haven't measured yet but it is very slight and truck sits perfectly level when hitched and rides very smoothly. I know 4th gen owners with this same trailer who experienced a good bit more back end squat - in 2019 Ram switched from linear coil springs to progressive coils that get stiffer under heavy load and they really seem to make a difference.

Got 22 mpg on the trip up with just the truck, 14 on the way home pulling the trailer. That included a lot of mountain driving out west, and on open terrain I drove 70+ so I'm sure if I held it to 65 the towing mpg would be even better. Couldn't be happier with this truck!
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:40 AM
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Just returned from a 5,000 mile round trip from Austin to Chilliwack, BC to pick up our new Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel. Trailer is 21 feet and weighs 5,000 pounds loaded, tows like a dream. This is probably the only fifth wheel in this weight class that can easily be towed by a 1500 - which is one reason why we were willing to drive to Canada to get it (Escape doesn't have a dealer network, they build each trailer to order and you have to pick it up).

On level terrain the truck drives like the trailer is not even there. Climbing mountain grades it gears down but throughout the trip at any altitude on any steepness of grade I always had the power to accelerate when I needed to. On long mountain downgrades the transmission was terrific - as I would pick up speed, when I braked to keep the speed down the transmission automatically downshifted to maintain that speed and would not upshift again until I accelerated slightly. If I needed to slow down further and braked more, it downshifted again and held the lower speed. I had expected to use the gear selector switch but now don't think I will ever need to touch it, tow mode handles everything very well automatically. I have the 3.21 and it does just fine pulling this trailer, and gives me great mileage when I'm not towing.

I have a payload of 1,804 - ordered the truck specifically to tow this trailer. Quad cab Lone Star, level 1, tow package, big gas tank. Pin weight of the trailer is 700, my Demco Recon hitch 100, leaving 1,000 pounds for me, my wife, and cargo in the truck. When I hitch up the trailer the back end hardly settles, haven't measured yet but it is very slight and truck sits perfectly level when hitched and rides very smoothly. I know 4th gen owners with this same trailer who experienced a good bit more back end squat - in 2019 Ram switched from linear coil springs to progressive coils that get stiffer under heavy load and they really seem to make a difference.

Got 22 mpg on the trip up with just the truck, 14 on the way home pulling the trailer. That included a lot of mountain driving out west, and on open terrain I drove 70+ so I'm sure if I held it to 65 the towing mpg would be even better. Couldn't be happier with this truck!
That trailer looks like a perfect match for a 1500.
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You chose well and did your homework. Congrats on a very nice 5th wheel.
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davidmurphy02 - Thanks for the report on your 5th wheel. The wife & I are looking for something small, too. I'll look them up.
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davidmurphy02 - Thanks for the report on your 5th wheel. The wife & I are looking for something small, too. I'll look them up.
They make a really terrific trailer, and each one is custom made to the buyer's specifications, many options available. https://escapetrailer.com/

They have a very active user forum also that has a lot of good info: http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/
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