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Old 06-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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looking for pros and cons for towing 5th wheels VS travel trailers.
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personal experience for towability (spelling?), parking, hitching, weights with half tons, etc...
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:25 PM   #2
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5'ers generaly pull better, manuever better, and are bigger feeling inside than most TT's. The fact that they go up and over the bed gives you more space with less hanging off the back of the truck, and moves the pivot point of the trailer forward to the rear wheels. The "over the box" part also gives higher ceilings and the ussually heavier frames makes them a bit more stable. I have heard you can get better mileage as well since the FW nose is right behind the cab, but I don't know if I buy that completely. It also sticks higher... who knows.

Other than that, there is not much difference build quality wise nor in options.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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5'ers generaly pull better, manuever better, and are bigger feeling inside than most TT's. The fact that they go up and over the bed gives you more space with less hanging off the back of the truck, and moves the pivot point of the trailer forward to the rear wheels. The "over the box" part also gives higher ceilings and the ussually heavier frames makes them a bit more stable. I have heard you can get better mileage as well since the FW nose is right behind the cab, but I don't know if I buy that completely. It also sticks higher... who knows.

Other than that, there is not much difference build quality wise nor in options.
I agree - when we started looking at RV's, I never considered a TT because I never would feel comfortable with all that weight on that little hitch and ball. I know a lot of people will say that I am wrong and that the hitch and ball assembly is just as safe as dependable as the FW hitch and I cannot argue against that as I see as many TT's on the road as I do fw's. But I feel more comfortable having most of the FW weight locked into the FW hitch and riding over my rear axle.

That's just me.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:19 AM   #4
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To each there own. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. For me and the things I currently do a travel trailer fits my needs better. I can better utilize the bed of my truck to carry the things I need with a travel trailer. As far as pulling goes, the travel trailers I have owned pulled as good as the 5th wheel I owned. Buy what fits your needs and you will be happy.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:33 AM   #5
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With a 5th wheel you are limited in what your TV is. I have 2 kids and an Old English Sheepdog. We all travel comfortably in the Expedition. If we had a 5th wheel i don't think the kids would be as comfortable sharing their seat with the 85lb dog.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:44 AM   #6
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Only if you have owned a fifth wheel and TT
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:21 AM   #7
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I've had a TT, a fifth wheel and now a Toy Hauler. I didn't like the way my first TT handled at all but it was a single axle and I first tried pulling it without equalizer or sway control. Next was a fifth wheel which handled great on the highways. It was just the height that I didn't like and the loss of the truck bed. The amount of room was great especially because our two children were camping with us then. I recently bought a Toy Hauler which suits us well for now. We are able to load our rzr in the back and still get to the bathroom, bedroom and fridge. If we stay in a campground that requires us to haul the rzr to the riding area we can put it in the bed of the truck without having to remove the fifth wheel hitch. Also if one of our kids ever decide to come with us the truck bed is available to haul another toy.

I say analyze your needs carefully and buy accordingly.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:04 AM   #8
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Id tow ,back,turn a 5th wheel any day of the week over a tt!
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #9
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I just made the switch from TT (Puma 30 FQSS) to a 5'er (PT Sanibel 3400). Our first trip was about 700 miles round trip on both interstate and back roads. Our TT was 32 feet long and weighed 8,500lbs and the 5'er is 39 feet and weighs close to 15,000 lbs loaded. My MPG improved from 9 MPG to 11.8 MPG. I could not believe it! I made the same trip last year and had my log to compare trips. I prefer the way the fiver tows. Much more stable and more maneuverable. Getting the new rig started from a dead stop is considerably different because of the weight but I am now a convert.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:35 PM   #10
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To each there own. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. For me and the things I currently do a travel trailer fits my needs better. I can better utilize the bed of my truck to carry the things I need with a travel trailer. As far as pulling goes, the travel trailers I have owned pulled as good as the 5th wheel I owned. Buy what fits your needs and you will be happy.
I agree with the "To each there own" statement.

I see that some of the posters here like the TT because they still have the use of their truck bed and that is certainly understandable.

As for us, we do not use our pickup for anything but towing our FW. The hitch has never been removed and the only thing I have ever put in the bed is our lube plate after we left our unit at the dealers and I didn't want to leave it behind.

Looks about 50% for the TT and 50% for the FW crowds so far.
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