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Old 06-24-2018, 04:43 PM   #11
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Best thing I did was dump a 40' DP and go to a 35' 5er, now a 43' 5er and never see going back.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:46 PM   #12
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You may want to consider what we did. We threw the towel in on the MH and bought a MH (Mobile Home) in Florida. We are in a resident owned park with total monthly fees of $170 (lawn maintenance, garbage pickup 2X week, water and sewer included). We even have a salt water dock. The park is extremely well maintained. Now, we just fly down. Lovin' it!!
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:36 PM   #13
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MH vs 5th

DW and I had lots of discussions about the same thing before purchasing a fifth wheel albeit smaller than MH. She actually wanted 10,000 lb TT.
The deciding factor was another family from Texas with an MH in California, which was relatively new and under warranty.
They had a coach motor failure needing major repair and time.
No place to stay since MH was in shop.
Had to fly home, then go back to CA to pick up MH when repaired.
Major expense and PIA.
If my Ram fails, I still have a place to stay and can as others have done go to a dealer and maybe get lucky to get a comparable truck.
MH have motor, chassis, generator, and other systems which can fail (like anything nowadays), but if its in a repair facility, you incur hotel costs, etc.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:09 PM   #14
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Another question for 5th wheel owners. I looked at some 5th wheels yesterday and it seems the steps are harder to navigate than those on my MH. My wife and I both are having a little mobility problem currently. Is there anything we can do to help with this?
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:16 PM   #15
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Another question for 5th wheel owners. I looked at some 5th wheels yesterday and it seems the steps are harder to navigate than those on my MH. My wife and I both are having a little mobility problem currently. Is there anything we can do to help with this?
Burr Handy Lift HD

It is built for scooters and wheelchairs but should serve a person well who is able to stand but has trouble climbing stairs.

I like this one better, it seems to be very portable and easy to use.

Stairs are no longer my friend and I regret having a multi-story home.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:24 PM   #16
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They're all good.

My reasons.........

Cubic Feet of space in 5er is about double or more that of a MH.

MH costs maybe 5X more per cubic foot.

You can drive a vehicle and tow your home, or you can drive your home and tow your vehicle.

MH plus Toad has two engines and etc. to deal with.

Claustrophobia makes head room important to me.
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:20 PM   #17
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This may not be the place for this but here goes anyway! I currently have a 2011 GT 378TS with 14,000 Miles. I am considering switching to a 5th wheel and just leave it parked in FL when not in use. I have not driven my GT in two years. What have people said about switching from a nice motorhome to a 5th wheel? Iím at a loss as to what to do!!
The differences between a MH and a 5th wheel are huge, chalk-n-cheese stuff. It is also a very, very personal thing. Some folk love 5'ers and hate MH's, some luv MH's (never could figure out why). Having a detachable touring vehicle is a huge bonus with a 5'er. The 'inconvenience' of having to stop and change vehicles to use the 'house' is tiny. The comfort and safety of the driving experience with a 5er can never be matched by a MH, regardless of size, MH's all sway and bounce like a bus whereas a 5'er and truck combo drives and rides like a big car, with your portable, detachable house tailgating you (I suppose that could be considered a personal observation). With the right tow vehicle you hardly know you are towing anything.
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:40 AM   #18
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I have one of each and both have their merits. We love the MH for traveling, wife could get up and move around while we were going down the road and the ease of just pulling into campground. With the 5'vr, we had our truck to get around with and hooking up was a easy. Here in Mich the 5'vr had permanent plate while the MH cost a hefty amount each year and when on a fixed income that makes a difference. The worse part of the MH was when I lost a water pump in TX and finding someone to work on it was harder and more expensive, the loss of our place to stay was hard also. Luckily we were still close to wife's sister so she could pick us up as we had to leave it for 5 days. We had just stocked up for the return trip so we had a lot of food plus clothes and dogs to try to get in her sister's little car! Over 1200 dollars later we were back on road verses how much for a water pump on a truck...
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:17 AM   #19
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Only disadvantage we see to having a MH is,,,
unless you tow a toad you have no way to go wandering,,, unless you break camp !!!
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:39 AM   #20
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If it is just going to sit and you have no plans of going anywhere else, why not just buy a park model or destination unit? No need for an R/V of any type.
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