The R-5 was victim of a wayward tree. Damaged it moderately It's over 20 years old and was giving me issues on 17 meters and when it rained. Also, didn't have 40/80 capability
Understood. I have rescued three R5/R7 verticals over past 7 years, one was a Gulf War victim (lost its base assembly when shipped back).The R5 is a great Field Day antenna for 20 through 10 meter usage.
Very easy to lift (1-man) on a 1-1/2" mast.
The 17 meter trap can be problematic. Often the original heat shrink cracks after 20+ years in outdoor UV light and weathering.
The R5 is actually the earlier R4 design from mid-1980s, before the 17 meter WARC band was available in USA, which the 17-meter trap was added.
Cushcraft then re-worked that 15-17 meter trap in early 1990s.
The 40 meter coverage is not bad with the R7 model, but as with all vertical antennas --
your 80 meter bandwidth will be narrow (~ 50 kHz).