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Old 07-15-2015, 07:39 PM   #11
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I drive a tractor trailer for a living. Don't have a 5th wheel but could see how hookup and backing up could be much easier. I recently went from a short bed 1/2 ton and 20' tt to a long bed CTD and 26' tt. Backing and turning this new set up was rough at first but is getting easier the more I do it. I would take a 5er over a tt any day. If I loose bed space, so be it. If I cannot fit it in the trailer or back seat of the pu I don't need it.

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Old 07-15-2015, 07:50 PM   #12
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As OC stated.....just leave hooked to pin and use landing gear to raise up out of bed....that's what Pullright recommends.

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Old 07-16-2015, 07:45 AM   #13
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I've had every RV configuration made with the exception of a Class C. Had 2 different TT. This is my first 5th. wheel and I have to say I'd NEVER go back to a TT! The difference in comparison. Much better with the 5th. wheel, and safer too.
My recommendation, stay with the 5th. wheel.

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Old 07-16-2015, 08:23 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
Just leave it hanging on the pin instead of using a chain hoist.

We may go to a Fiver in a couple of years so I'm definitely gonna remember that tip, thanks! least I'm gonna try to remember....with CRS and all that!

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Old 07-16-2015, 08:33 AM   #15
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I would never go back to a TT.
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:33 AM   #16
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I have both a 18 ft. bumper pull utility trailer (in addition to the Hemi 282RK) and an 18 ft gooseneck (5th wheel type) stock trailer that we use around the farm. They do tow and manuver differently. They do each have their advantages and disadvantages as mentioned in many of the previous posts. Of course the goose neck doesn't eat up as much bed real estate as the 5th wheel hitch so I can use most of my truck bed.

The single most deciding factor for me on a new unit would be the WDH. Since we are seasonal and only tow the Hemi once or twice a year it's not a big deal, but if we moved frequently, managing and dealing with the WDH (especially as these bones get older and not as strong as they used to be) would be a real consideration.

In addition if you have a crew cab and long bed TV, put a 30 foot bumper pull behind that and it's like driving and manuvering an aircraft carrier.
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:43 AM   #17
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I love towing the 5er would have it no other way. If I need the bed space for items when not towing, the hitch it is pulled out and stored on the floor. Less than a 10 min job to remove and reinstall. The hardest part is hooking up the chain hoist in the garage to lift the hitch out of the truck! Also no tail wagging of the truck. I have several TT wagging the tow vehicle when I have driven thru IN when pulling our 5er doesn't happen with a 5er.
Totally agree would not go back to the white knuckle of pulling a 32' tag along when I can cruise with my 5th wheel and not worry about the back and forth pushing and pulling of 18 wheelers.
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:12 PM   #18
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I've never pulled a travel trailer. So I have nothing to compare to.

I can barley back this 28ft 5ver into a spot, for lack of practice. But it's highway manners are very nice. And almost everything we take is in the 5ver so there is no loading/unloading the pickup. And we leave the hitch hanging on the pinbox between trips. (and we put a lock on it)
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I'd like to see the animal it would take to walk off with my slider...
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I'd like to see the animal it would take to walk off with my slider...
And hope they forget to move their toes out of the way when then pull that handle to release those jaws....ouch!!!!

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