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Old 07-13-2015, 08:35 PM   #1
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Am I the only one?

This is our second year with our flagstaff 8528BHWS. Great camper, but turns out I'm not a fan of the fifth wheel.
With the traditional bumper pull, I can see all the workings of the hitch, I can't see the mechanism of the fifth wheel hitch and that bothers me. I also hate the loss of the bed of my truck. I really think I want to go back to the travel trailer. Does any one else think like this or am I alone in this line of thinking?
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:32 PM   #2
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I had the same experience you did. We had a 5th wheel for about a year and ended up going back to a bumper pull. My two biggest reasons were loss of the truck bed, and getting used to the nuisances of backing and cornering compared to the bumper pull.
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Old 07-15-2015, 04:45 PM   #3
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I go back and forth on it. On one hand I don't like having a nice big truck where I can't use most of it for storage--like I used to be able to do with my TT. On the other hand, being that I have a long bed truck, I know an equally-sized TT would be much longer to tow and maneuver.

One thing that I have to remind myself is that hooking up and disconnecting is much easier and faster with the fifth wheel. Even with an electric tongue jack on the TT I had to connect and lock the ball, raise to connect equalizer bars, then lower. And that hitch and bars weighed a lot.

Still, my truck would allow me to store a heck of a lot of "stuff" without cramming everything in the fiver's storage bays (especially with a cap).




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Old 07-15-2015, 05:02 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:10 PM   #5
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I feel the same as the above poster, I wouldn't go back to a TT. The fiver is much better to pull and hookup.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:14 PM   #6
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I feel the same as the above poster, I wouldn't go back to a TT. The fiver is much better to pull and hookup.
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... The hardest part is hooking up the chain hoist in the garage to lift the hitch out of the truck! ...
Just leave it hanging on the pin instead of using a chain hoist.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:22 PM   #8
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I've never had a fifth but do admire just how big the larger ones are! But I doubt we'll ever make the leap...our Rocky has everything we need.

With the backup camera on my Tundra, hooking up is a snap and I can do it solo if necessary.

I am puzzled by this tiny 21-foot 5-er in this months Trailer mag...we love the storage in our bed, which has a waterproof and lockable cover.

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With the backup camera on my Tundra, hooking up is a snap and I can do it solo if necessary.
I could as well with my TT. But, trust me, it is much easier with a fiver. Just the fact that I don't have to deal with the WDH is a plus for me. Then there is the fact that I don't have to align perfectly (in two directions). If I am 1/2" off no biggie, it is guided in and self locks (I just drop the safety latch).

I know others dislike the steps in a fiver but for me it feels bigger with the bedroom "upstairs." The more I think about it, the more I don't think I could go back to a TT.


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Can you get a washer/dryer in a TT?
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