Originally Posted by Topshelf3
A lot of experience on this thread, I have a question for you all, I currently pull. Sanibel 3500 5th wheel, we are looking at the Georgetown 378 and was looking for advantages or not of pulling a big 5th wheel vs driving the motorhome?
I have been pulling RVs since the 1990's and have has one trailer, three 5th wheel and now a 2012 Georgetown 378TS XL. I nave over 23,000 miles on the motorhome which I purchased new April 2012. It had almost 2,800 miles on it when I purchased it. So I have driven about 20,000 miles myself.
DW wanted to have more convenience while travelling. Bathroom, access to drinks and food, etc. I feel it is easier to drive even though it is 37 foot long and 12.5 ft tall. The big thing is watching your turns as the rear moves out more and many have damage to the lower rear end panels. So far I have not had any accidents. It does have more storage below than a 5th wheel. Like others have said while driving you see more with the one piece panoramic view windshield. You are sitting higher and the view is great. We drove into the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks last year and I must say the view is better than any IMAX movie.
Now to get your moneys worth you must use it and can be considered expensive on initial cost and fuel. You need time and money to keep rolling down the road. My DW and I are in our early 60's and we are totally retired and ready to roll anytime we want.
The body maintenance is just like a 5th wheel but a little better.
The engine and drivetrain by Ford is rock solid.
Oil changes are just like a car with a small filter and 7 qts of oil.
The 5.5 KW generator is easy to maintain which can be started while driving if you need to use the microwave or roof AC units.
Now the 2012 model has a 4 door refrigerator that can be used by 120 volts or 12 volt with propane. While driving I am running off of 12 volt DC and Propane. The house batteries also get charged from the engine while driving.
The newer refrigerators only use 120 volts and while driving it had a dedicated 1000 watt convertor which runs off of your house batteries. This limits your use and dry camping and boon docking has been a problem with this residential refrigerator. I'm glad I have the one that uses propane and 12 volt as well as 120 volt shore/generator power.
Now I hope you know that a 378TS comes in a economy model and a XL model. The XL model has many more things that make it worthwhile.
The list is numerous but worth a few extra dollars.
Larger tire 22.5" and aluminum rims, more storage space/height underneath, 4" more head room inside, side and backup cameras, heated and adjustable side mirrors, better side compartment doors and latches, usually a painted exterior and graphics with clear coat. I'm sure more but that should give you the idea.
The biggest in the past of all Georgetown's have been the hydraulic leveling and slide system. In the past they installed bad hoses and many of us have had most replaced in the first year. For me I think I have those issues resolved but always keep a close eye on it for any leaks.
The fiberglass sheet roof has had issues but in mine still solid and no cracks or other issues.
The walls and roof seems to be thicker on my XL but I can be wrong. I do know the roof is 4 1/4" thick which I found out installing a different HD local TV antenna.
I think that is enough for now and sure others will add or subtract from my statements above.
Many folks have no or very little problems in the first year. If you do buy the 378 you must make sure everything work perfectly before you take it home.
If you have any problems even so small have the dealer take care of it then and take it home later because after you get it become a hassle to get it to the dealer many time.
Hope this long message will help you.