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Old 08-10-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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To those who have towed a FW and a TT

I am trying to get a better sense concerning "FW's pull nicer". I know so much depends on the actual setup with the truck. We have looked at dozens of floor plans in both the FW and TT. Other than the ceiling height advantage, many TT are on par with the lighter weight FW's in terms of layout. In fact, when you go to some higher end TT with 3 slides, they offer more room and features than a FW in the same weight class.

We purchased our new Eco with Max Tow and HD payload thinking FW all the way. But now, I'm not so sure. Yes, we can pull a number of 5ers out there but we could also pull one hec of a TT. The Rockwood Windjammer 3008W is one impressive design for what we are looking for in terms of design and space.

So, max out the truck for a nicer ride and pull, or go with a higher end TT and travel hitched up no where near the truck's max specs.
Just thought I'd throw this one out there for comments.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have your mind made up. I towed a TT and now I tow a FW. I think I would have stayed with the TT but my curiosity and desire to own a FW won out. I'm not sure there is an advantage of one over the other but I expect other members will beg to differ.
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Owned and pulled both. TT gives you the advantage of having the truck bed. I have a hard cover on my truck now. 5th wheel is easier for one person to hitch. The list goes on. Numerous threads on here, might want to try a search and read some of them.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:05 PM   #4
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Owned and pulled both. TT gives you the advantage of having the truck bed. I have a hard cover on my truck now. 5th wheel is easier for one person to hitch. The list goes on. Numerous threads on here, might want to try a search and read some of them.
X2 on everything you say and I still have a hard cover on my truck even when I tow the 5th wheel.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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Sounds like you have your mind made up. I towed a TT and now I tow a FW. I think I would have stayed with the TT but my curiosity and desire to own a FW won out. I'm not sure there is an advantage of one over the other but I expect other members will beg to differ.
No, we really have not decided. I'm aware of the pros and cons like truck bed available, turning capability etc. Guys that pull 5ers say they pull nicer. What are they referring too?
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We went from a small 20' TT with a 1/2 ton truck, to a 5th and a 1 ton. Just this past June we traded out 5th on a Windjammer 3001W.
There is a difference in the tow between the two. The 5th was a toy hauler and was very heavy and very tall. We had to watch out for low tree limbs and other overhead objects allot more. The setup we had also there was a lot of bucking between the truck and trailer. That could have been caused by the hitch I used (I used a 5th to goose-neck adapter). The Windjammer we now have pulls very smooth with no problems using my 1 ton.
One of the biggest thing we like about a TT vs a 5th is that we don't bump our heads in the bedroom anymore, I know you can get 5ers that have good head clearance, but that is just more sticking up in the air. Also no stairs in the TT. Less outside storage in a TT, but now my pick-up bed is open and we put a camper topper on it so I have more than enough storage.
I know some think that getting a 5th is an upgrade, but it's not necessarily true. We got our 3001W in June and my in-laws liked it so much they traded their Montana 5th and ordered a 3008W.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #7
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5th wheel is easier for one person to hitch.
I have the rear view camera on our truck. I pulled a friends trailer last weekend. I was by myself and I was amazed with camera resolution as I backed up once and put the ball directly under the hitch. Just turned off the back-up collision sensor.
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I installed a back-up camera in my truck as well and it is great. It helps allot in hooking up all my trailers.
Also I picked up about 4 mpg with the new trailer, half the weight and allot less wind resistance.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:30 PM   #9
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I know some think that getting a 5th is an upgrade, but it's not necessarily true. We got our 3001W in June and my in-laws liked it so much they traded their Montana 5th and ordered a 3008W.
Yes, would have to agree 100% with this. Height does not mean better or an upgrade. In the same price range, you get a lot more TT. Fifth wheels are definitely an upgrade when you get into the heavier, full size units weighing in the low to mid teens. And we have looked at some beauties that only a 3/4 or 1 ton could tow.

I should have asked my question in reference to 1/2 ton trucks!
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No, we really have not decided. I'm aware of the pros and cons like truck bed available, turning capability etc. Guys that pull 5ers say they pull nicer. What are they referring too?
Hard to explain, I pulled a tt since 1976 with fully capable hitches & trucks and just got the 12Flagstaff 8528RKWS 5th wheel and after adding the shocks to the trailer, the truck rides a lot smoother than any truck did pulling the tt. There is very, very, if any sway from passing vehicles and the whole rig is so much more stable in every way than a tt.
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