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Old 04-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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5th Wheel - Travel Trailer - Class A - Class C * How Do You Know? *

Benefits, pros and cons of each type - please discuss in detail if you have the time.

Where does one even begin to decide which is best suited for them when they are a newbie with no point of reference or experience?

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Old 04-25-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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For me (and this is my personal opinion- we all have one) - it came down to floorplans first and foremost. We had very specific requirements for what we wanted in our camper (bunkhouse with at least one slide, outdoor kitchen, u-shaped dinette and being able to get dressed/walk around our bed).

The next decision - I mentally decided (arbitrarily) that if I crossed 30', I wanted to go with a fifth wheel. I'd seen the setups with weight-distributing hitches, sway control, etc. and liked the convenience of a fifth wheel.

I also only have a 4-person family and no pets traveling with us. So, a truck wasn't a problem. I also didn't RV before, so I didn't have a problem with "losing" my truck bed.

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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I would love to have your exact set up as that is the model I want. A bedroom with a bunk house would be perfect as I could use the bunk house as a play room for the cats with room to jump from bunk to bunk. My husband would prefer to have a fifth wheel, as would I, I think. The problem is the truck to pull it; we don't have one and that is a big expense.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:47 AM   #4
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All in what you want and need. We bought a new Class A (over a year old, but still new) for about the same money as a heavy duty crew cab truck! We found the Georgetown with bunks for the grandkids. It was an easy choose for us.

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Old 04-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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we have pulled a 5er for the last 23 years. we now have gone to tt.
i have never pulled a tt before, so for us it was the extra steps on the 5er, my dw broke a bone in ankle last year and was in cast for 14 weeks. so the tt is all on the same level.
5er need a 2500-3500 truck to pull with, you loose the box for storage.
tt- suv or truck
5er have more wind surface
5er have way more head room & storage space.
i think a 5er is better to pull but now that i have a tt i guess i will find out.
what ever you purchase just make sure the floor plan is what you want.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #6
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My decision was based on;
able to separate vehicle from trailer
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truck bed is open for use
light weight trailer
trailer is less than 30 feet
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #7
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:40 PM   #8
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had 2 tt before the 5er and liked getting them into spots but the room is soooo much better in the 5er, I need more time behind the wheel and backing up into tight spaces. should of bought the 5er in the first place but did not want to give up the bed.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #9
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What worked for me is not recommended for everyone else...

I bought a class A winnebago, sold it after 2 years, bought a coleman pop-up. Camped in it once, sold it (for a $500 profit) and bought the hybrid. Took 3 units before I found the right one for me.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #10
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We had a 5er once, Thankfully, the repair shop killed it. Worst fights DH and I ever had were related to that monstrosity. Having said that~ Our Class C Jayco was the most wonderful unit to date. It was 28', had a slide out and was a blast to travel in. I could drive it comfortably. Well made unit. The issue there was $ for upkeep, so, sniff sniff, on to the next adventure..... fast forward to today and I love our Roo so far, but it is still new to us. DH is not as comfy as I am so we're working on that.

Having said all that! I say try it before you buy it! Borrow or rent one of each and see what feels right to you for your situation. BH is great for kids and cats ~ and can hold a lot of storage ~ but I wouldn't necessarily want one; The outdoor kitchen is awesome but if you don't cook, it may be better to have storage.

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