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Old 07-04-2016, 10:57 PM   #31
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I'm 68 and broke my back in the 6'60s. 3 steps to get in, same as a quality TT. 2 steps to bed. Full of arthritis in back, knees, right hip, and neck and I can do it. If those few steps become a problem I'll go back to a Class A, never again a TT.
A light 5er will have less sway than even a heavy TT.
A 5er will cost more as they must be built structurally heavier.$85K?????? You can buy a quality 35' 5er and hitch for 1/2 that or less new. A friend just bought a new 2015 left over 5er for $22K plus tax/reg out the door.
There are 5ers that are advertised as 1/2 ton towable but I think it is a stretch unless a Ford EB with max payload option. I'd not tow any TT big enough for spending a lot of time in with one either.
Much easier to maneuver and back a 5er than a TT.
Much more storage under and in a 5er than a TT.
I have owned /pulled many TTs of all lengths, a Class A, and 2 5ers over the past 42 years. I see only 2 reasons for a TT ~~ if it is going on a site and never moved until scrap and if funds were so limited only a used TT was affordable as if enough available for a new TT there is enough for a used (and probably new) 5er.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:19 PM   #32
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I pack a lot of things when we travel. I can't imagine trying to fit it in a compartment. Just toss everything in the bed of the TV.
I HATE stairs. If I could have a ramp at the front door of our WJ TT I would be happy but DH said no.
We started hooking up the same time as our 5er neighbor recently. we were done in a few minutes. 25 minutes later he was cussing, had a dent in the top rail of his TV and still not done.
And our seasonal CG won't allow most 5ers because they are too tall and too heavy.
There are good points for both but we will stay with a quality towable even when we go full time in a couple of years.
STAIRS??? Really? I have 3 stairs in to the 5er and 2 stairs into my master bed, main bath hallway.

I carry 5 bundles of firewood, a huge cooler, and my lumberyard for leveling/support in the bed and I'm a shortbed. Guys with the longbed can throw twice what I have back there.

The 5er guy must have been a few ounces short of a pint. Start to finish with your hitch off and mine. I'll beat you by 40 miles and I can stop for for fuel. I'll bet my farm on it.

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Old 07-27-2016, 11:05 AM   #33
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My wife and I are in our new 5th wheel for 1-2 years...been on the road for two months so far and neither one of us (as far as I know) have talked to a divorce attorney...Bought a FR 360PDEK (Patio Deck/External Kitchen). Check one out. F-250 with air bags and 32 lb. Andersen hitch to pull it...Love it and her three slides and ease of lowering the back deck. We are in Traverse Bay RV Resort in Michigan now...great spot.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:35 PM   #34
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The difference in hookup and unhooking set up is minimal IMO. I connect and disconnect as quick as friend in a 45ft 5er.

Cost is the other consideration for me My current TT was $16590.00 and even a low price 5er say $85000.00 that is a difference of $68,000. That will fund my travels for at lest 3 years.


I went shopping for a new camper this year. Ended up coming home with a new 38' TT.

Regarding cost. You must not be comparing similar campers. 5ers are significantly more expensive that TT's, however your $68k delta is completely false.

Regarding hitch-up, there is no way you can hitch-up a TT with WD system in the same time as a 5er. You have more things to hook up.

Don't get me wrong, I think the 5er crowd are drama queens about the subject, but they do have some valid points. I like my TT and chose it over a 5er for a variety of reasons... but there are advantages to a 5er.


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Old 07-27-2016, 02:28 PM   #35
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STAIRS??? Really? I have 3 stairs in to the 5er and 2 stairs into my master bed, main bath hallway.

I carry 5 bundles of firewood, a huge cooler, and my lumberyard for leveling/support in the bed and I'm a shortbed. Guys with the longbed can throw twice what I have back there.

The 5er guy must have been a few ounces short of a pint. Start to finish with your hitch off and mine. I'll beat you by 40 miles and I can stop for for fuel. I'll bet my farm on it.

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Many don't need that lumberyard -- just push a button and the 5er is level. Room for firewood and a 128 qt cooler with the hitch that I never remove.
Push a button and the hitch is where it needs to be before I get in the truck. Watch the pin go in, hear the click, get out add a lock and leave. Glad you are happy with your TT. I had many I was happy with too but at 68 I look for ease of hitching, comfort, and smooth towing. Thanks, but don't want your farm either.
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Many don't need that lumberyard -- just push a button and the 5er is level. Room for firewood and a 128 qt cooler with the hitch that I never remove.
Push a button and the hitch is where it needs to be before I get in the truck. Watch the pin go in, hear the click, get out add a lock and leave. Glad you are happy with your TT. I had many I was happy with too but at 68 I look for ease of hitching, comfort, and smooth towing. Thanks, but don't want your farm either.
I think you misread my post. I have a 5th wheel. I've never owned a TT. We went right from tent camping to the 5er after a lot of research. I never pull my hitch either unless absolutely necessary. It sits protected under my Jackrabbit cover when not in use.
I wish I didn't have to carry the lumberyard but mine doesn't auto level. No big deal really but it would be nice to push a button and be level sometimes. The auto leveling system is something I will definitely get on my next 5th wheel once we no longer need a bunkhouse.

PS...Good that you don't want my farm because I was wagering the TT guy not an experienced 5th wheeler. ;-)

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I think you misread my post. I have a 5th wheel. I've never owned a TT. We went right from tent camping to the 5er after a lot of research. I never pull my hitch either unless absolutely necessary. It sits protected under my Jackrabbit cover when not in use.
I wish I didn't have to carry the lumberyard but mine doesn't auto level. No big deal really but it would be nice to push a button and be level sometimes. The auto leveling system is something I will definitely get on my next 5th wheel once we no longer need a bunkhouse.

PS...Good that you don't want my farm because I was wagering the TT guy not an experienced 5th wheeler. ;-)

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You are going to really like auto level! Like it even more when you get old. Just never let your battery (the reason I have 2) go dead. The landing gear is easy to ratchet up but unsure of the rear. I started in the early 70s when 5ers were unheard of with a TT. After 2 years of jungle tent camping in the 60s there was no way I'd think a tent was the way to go.
Did the farm thing in the 50s and early 60s and no way to think that is fun either, bless you.
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