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Old 06-22-2015, 02:51 PM   #11
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Watch your tail swing, as well as where the front of your truck is. When backing, the biggest difference I have found, is that the trailer does not swing like it did with a bumper pull, due to the pivot being over the axle. The 5th does not begin any turns until that pivot point begins to move. Once it does begin to move, it begins to turn. It takes going out into a large empty lot to get the hang of it. I am new to fivers too, so take it slow and easy! Additionally, be very aware of the added height!!!!! That said, they are the difference between night and day to tow!
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:32 PM   #12
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I beleive that Reese or Husky makes an adapter to fit under your present hitch to make it a slider if you need it, also the rail kit, worth a look.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:18 PM   #13
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You will love a 5 th wheel 30 foot is perfect. Get the Pullmor auto slider.
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:03 PM   #14
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I agree with the others, that you'll love the 5r. This is my first 5r, but sure am glad I made the switch. Handling is very much improved. With the my std. Bed a decided to go with the Demco 18k auto slide. Dealer did not think I needed it with the Wildcat, but I would rather be safe than sorry. Didn't like the idea of having to get out & manual slide, so went with the auto slide, & don't have have to worry about the clearance.
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:09 PM   #15
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We just moved from a pull behind to a 5er.
We LOVE the 5er.
I have a 3/4 ton chevy and have the reese revolution pin box. GET IT!!!
Can't say enough about the piece of mind that you won't hit the back window.
I "TESTED" it when I first got the 5er and was 90 degrees and had no issue.
The 5er got me about 2 miles more MPG also, I am guessing that was because it wasn't a big parachute behind and the wind went over the top of the 5er.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:15 AM   #16
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This is a great thread. We are considering moving to a fifth wheel as well.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:58 AM   #17
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If you have a 6 '6" box and round nose 5er like the Wildcat you can do almost a 90 degree turn without it touching the cab. With the 5'5" box I bet you won't get close to that without a slider.. Then the choice is a slider or a Reese Revolution hitch on the RV. The Revolution pivots on the RV and not in the box so you can use a solid hitch in a short box..
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:30 PM   #18
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I do want to warn all those of thinking about going to a 5er about one thing.


Buying the trailer is the cheap part! My 32 foot cost me about 16 grand tax and title included. My truck cost me over 6 grand more than my trailer even though it is a year older, not counting tax and tags. I did luck out, it has low millage, 67000 on it when bought. I am sure that is part of what I paid for. Now add another grand or two for hitch and brake controller if you don't have one. The good thing is the controller and hitch can be moved from one truck to another.


I like to have another heart attack when I priced a new 250 crew cab, $55,000! I felt lucky when I found my Dodge!


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I know the OP was asking about towing but I know we switched from a TT to a 5th wheel because they offer so much more room on the inside. Sure it's 10 feet longer than our old TT but we still haven't even filled up all the cabinet space in it. The higher ceiling in the main living area makes it feel much more open. I can also get dressed in my bedroom without bumping my knees and elbows on the wall every 5 seconds.
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I do want to warn all those of thinking about going to a 5er about one thing.


Buying the trailer is the cheap part! My 32 foot cost me about 16 grand tax and title included. My truck cost me over 6 grand more than my trailer even though it is a year older, not counting tax and tags. I did luck out, it has low millage, 67000 on it when bought. I am sure that is part of what I paid for. Now add another grand or two for hitch and brake controller if you don't have one. The good thing is the controller and hitch can be moved from one truck to another.


I like to have another heart attack when I priced a new 250 crew cab, $55,000! I felt lucky when I found my Dodge!


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I know the fun of it. Bought the perfect TT for $30k+ and later the perfect TV for $35k. Set for retirement? NO! Found & bought the better perfect FW for 45k+. Plus we needed a new TV to pull it for $50k+ and the toys to go with it ($5k). Now it's over $100k!!! Done? NO! Now we bought a park model in a resort in Arizona keeping the FW & TV. The kids will have fun when they get 'em all.
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