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Old 10-13-2014, 10:43 AM   #1
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Anyone go from 5th wheel back to travel trailer?

The wife and I were casually discussing what we will do with our wildcat 5th wheel in the near future. We currently have a 2009 model wildcat 32QBBS and it is getting to the point that we either have to spend some money upgrading our current unit of look for a replacement. We had a 29ft spree travel trailer before moving up to the 5th wheel and while i like the way the wildcat 5er tows i can't help but think of the extra toys/gear we could be bringing with us if we went back to a travel trailer due to having use of the truck bed again. With the back up cameras on today's trucks hitching up to a bumper pull is now just as easy if not easier than the 5th wheel. Also i have been having some wear and tear issues with the wildcat interior. I am even thinking about getting a vintage airstream and gutting it so that it can be built the way i want using higher quality materials than found on your standard rv. Am I crazy or has anyone else done something similar?

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Old 10-13-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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That's exactly what we did when we ordered our 8329 in July.

We wanted to be able to put bikes in the bed, and canoe's and kayaks on a ladder rack above. I know there are solution's for 5th wheel's to carry both, but after considering them we decided to switch to a TT.

Our RV history spans the following in order:
Truck Camper: 2x
Pop-Up: 1x
5th Wheel: 3x
And the TT we just bought was our first.

After a few times hooking up the Equal-i-zer hitch, the difference in hitching time is little to none.
I find the difference towing stability to be little to none. It feels a bit different though in dips mainly, because its longer but it's plenty stable.

The outdoor storage is less for sure, but our TT has more inside storage especially in the bedroom than our last 5th wheel. I've also installed 3x 5x5 PVC fence posts (soon to be 4x) underneath, between that and getting rid of things I was carrying but not using I've handled that issue. Also plan a tongue mounted storage box later.
Mostly we just have things in different places but have everything we need.

We both prefer the layout of the TT having everything on one level.
Our last 5th wheel was a single slide 30' model, so the 8329 being longer with 3 slides is much larger inside while being lighter.

Maybe someday if we no longer want to haul bikes and boats we would consider going back to a 5th wheel, but for now we couldn't be happier.

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Old 10-13-2014, 11:31 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. We went to the bunk house model 5th wheel when we started having children and now that we are a family of 5 we do like our forward bunks but now that the kids are starting to get a bit older it is getting harder to find room for the bikes etc and i would really like to start bringing some kayaks along. I am in the early stages of planning our next move. I think i could realistically get between $17-20k for our current 5th wheel and if i can get a old trailer for $5k or less that would give me plenty of $$ for a restoration at least in my mind. It is a big leap to downsize but I think it may be for the better and actually simplify some things.
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:09 PM   #4
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We went from a fiver back to a TT. We had kids growing up and still camping with us, so the extra space in the truck bed was a big plus. But the DW never fell in love with the TT, which means its days were numbered. Once the kids grew up and got their own RV's, we went back to a fiver. I'm happy, she's happy. Funny though, when we started, we had 6 people in a pop-up, now just the two of us in a 38' fiver.

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Old 10-13-2014, 03:16 PM   #5
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Funny though, when we started, we had 6 people in a pop-up, now just the two of us in a 38' fiver.
I think many of us have similar stories.
The first truck camper I brought home we never camped in, I just worked on it until someone offered me what I had in it. Man was I glad to see it go.

The pop-up and our first 5th wheel (a 24' 1983 model), my wife cried when they left. She wouldn't want them back now though, LOL.
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:21 PM   #6
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Had two 5th wheel toy haulers, a 40' Titanium and then a 43' KZ Stoneridge. We lived in the KZ for 2 winters in Florida before buying a house down there. Sold the KZ this spring and figured we'd just stay in motels on trips. After one trip to Lake George we went camper shopping and bought a Rockwood 2604 WS. It tows well with my new half ton, but is not as stable as the KZ with a dually. It has all the space we need, it's easy to tow, and it fits in smaller camp sites. This summer we finally went to NY State parks which was not an option before (most NYS parks have a 35' limit).
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:06 PM   #7
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We started in tents. Then, after a week long family camping trip in the rain, I purchased a Rockwood pop-up. After the kids were in college, we bought a used Skyline Nomad FLT245, with a loft bed. We sold that this summer and have purchased our first travel trailer. Flagstaff Micro Lite 25KS. It is different pulling, but not bad. We really enjoy the spaciousness of it, even the the "box" is shorter, everything is larger inside.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:31 PM   #8
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We started in a Class C (Sunseeker 2900) and after feeling cramped and closed in we purchased a 2015 Rockwood 8289ws and love the room. Just like a home when we go out now.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:05 PM   #9
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I had owned five TT over a 15 year period before going to a FW. We had the FW for 15 months before we changed back to a TT.
The FW was nice and comfortable, but I never got comfortable with it.
Number 1 on the list was I lost the use of the P/U bed to transport the golf cart. I had a hitch installed on the F/W to tow the cart on another trailer which was fine for local camping but too many state towing restrictions for long distance travel.
Number 2 on the list was high COG, and overhead clearance for tree limbs and etc.
Number 3 on the list was even more steps on the inside . We had a Airstream for 9 years prior to the FW and 2 steps, your were in.
So that was the big 3 for me. We were seeking more living space when we changed from a TT to a FW, so that was the reason for the change.
We purchased a Rockwood 8315BSS in August and we are very comfortable in it, we still have to climb up 3 flimsy steps to get in and out( and yes one of the aluminum rivets broke, YIKES) but is a very easy TT to use.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:48 PM   #10
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I could not even think of going back to a TT after my fiver. The fiver tows much nicer and it is easy to hitch up. I find the TT takes more time and effort to hitch. You do lose much of the truck bead with a fiver but the fiver has more storage room compared to a TT. Good Luck

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