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Old 03-28-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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5th wheel vs travel trailer

Ok we are stuck between 2 options with a new camper.

Option 1 9072lb scaled dry 5th wheel

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Option 2 7500lb Travel trailer

Both are within my trucks abilities and both have different positives and negatives.

My question is what will be a better tow for long trips from NY to FL, one or 2 times a year other trips will be short 2-5hrs.

Most the guys I know have switched to bigger heavier 5th wheel campers and would never go back to a travel trailer. I'm still stuck on the almost 1600lb weight difference?

Opinions? I have left out the brands as I do NOT want this to become a brand discussion!
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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5th wheel hands down imo.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:11 AM   #3
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Ok we are stuck between 2 options with a new camper.

Option 1 9072lb scaled dry 5th wheel

or

Option 2 7500lb Travel trailer

Both are within my trucks abilities and both have different positives and negatives.

My question is what will be a better tow for long trips from NY to FL.

Most the guys I know have switched to bigger heavier 5th wheel campers and would never go back to a travel trailer. I'm still stuck on the almost 1600lb weight difference?

Opinions? I have left out the brands as I do NOT want this to become a brand discussion!
From my 40+ yrs of pulling rv's, 7 tongue trailers and 2 5vers, I can honestly say my present 5ver is the best towing rv we've owned bar none even tho' according to the weight police I am overloaded.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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It generally comes down to pros. vs. cons.

For me, the pros of a fifth wheel won.

I like that I have more headroom inside (at the cost of being taller outside *and* having more steps to deal with).

I like that hookup is simple (just back into the hitch & throw the handle vs. sway controls, weight distributing hitches, etc.).

I also couldn't wrap my head around a TT over 30' (I know lots of people do it)- I just felt like I needed a FW for those lengths.

The loss of my truck bed for storage was made up for by the basement storage on the fiver. I like that I'm not moving stuff back and forth from the truck to the camper and vice versa.

I never found a TT with the shower the size that we have in our FW. (Nor in many other FWs for that matter.)
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5th wheel hands down imo.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:25 AM   #6
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I purchased my 1st Fifth Wheeler (40') last July, but have had many pull trailers all the way from Tent Trailer to Travel Trailers (last one 30'), at this point if I have the capacity to pull the Fifth Wheeler that is what I will stay with, it pulls wonderfully.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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Sounds to me that once you go 5th wheel you never go back!

This reinforces others opinions that I have had. The not ever having the 5th wheel and having numerous TT previous though had me wondering if the few people I had spoken to had just drank the 5th "Kool Aid" but it sounds as if the 5th wheel "Kool Aid" is in fact the good stuff!
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Option 1 9072lb scaled dry 5th wheel

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Check your state driver license requirement if you go over 10000lbs GVW.
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We ended up with a TT, but we toyed around with the idea of a 5'er. The difference for us ended up being that we could by an ultra-lite and still use our current vehicle (an SUV). Rather than buying a TV and camper.

I do love the floor plans of many 5th wheels, though. Perhaps one day we'll upgrade, but probably not until I don't need the space in my vehicle for kids.
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Having towed both, I'd never go back to a TT. Our 5W seems more aerodynamic and in spite of the extra weight compared to our previous TT, no penalty in towing at least on flat land.

Considerably more storage room, higher ceilings for the feeling of more open space and better towing manners for the 5W.

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