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Old 07-08-2016, 08:05 PM   #1
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Need quick hook up and reliability, upgrade to a 5th wheel?

I do field service work and I'm debating on bringing my travel trailer on the road, instead of staying in weekly rate hotels. The trailer is a 13 rockwood wind jammer, 3001W, I think. Everything works, and I've enjoyed living in it, for extended periods. Being that it's almost paid off, this would go along with my reasoning for wanting to use it, instead of pay for hotels. One issue is, I might get a call and need to immediately be on the road, for long trips. My dad did this type of thing in the 80's and he is all for the 5th wheel, for ease of towing. Is there that big of an advantage to 5th wheel for the purpose I would need it for? Ease of setup, hookup, etc?

Also, for 5th wheel or bumper pull, is there anything other than normal maintenance I need to brush up on for fast, long mileage trips?

Also, truck would be fine for either, a newer SRW F350.

Thanks for any input.

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Old 07-08-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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either trailer is about the same for setup and take down the advantage to the bumper pull is that you can still use the P/U bed for tools and such.

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Old 07-08-2016, 08:39 PM   #3
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On the plus side;
Your trailer is more comfortable to live in than a motel room.
You can cook in your trailer rather than depend on restaurants or take out.
As Seadog stated, your trailer (vs a 5th wheel) will free up the truck bed to haul tools.
It is less expensive to live in your trailer.

On the negative side;
It will take you longer to travel to a site.
You will have to find a RV park near your work site.
There will be more wear and tear on your trailer and the additional costs from that (tires, maintenance, etc).
You must have your trailer ready at all times to hit the road. (Tires with good tread, brakes in working order and towing equipment.)

For me, the pluses outweigh the negatives.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:22 PM   #4
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If the setup and take down is the same, I guess the real advantage of the 5th, would be the stability. I've towed mine about 450 miles, at about 70mph and didn't really see much sway, although I felt it buck, alot. I'm leaning toward taking my bumper pull out on the road.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:48 PM   #5
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If it were me, I'd keep the paid-off trailer.
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Old 07-09-2016, 03:43 AM   #6
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A 5th wheel will be more stable in windy conditions but in most cases the 5th wheel will have a choppier ride than your tt. The 5th wheel has a higher profile than your tt therefore you will burn a little more fuel. The 5th wheel on average with be quicker to hook up, but not by much. I'd stay with what you have.
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:54 AM   #7
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I pipeline and bought a fifth wheel from the start. Have several friends with TT and they like it. It's just your preference. I would go with yours until you think you want a fifth wheel. I can hook up and go faster than some TT but others are about as fast. Really depends if I have been gone for a long time and getting to go home. I can get out fast and drive straight thru.

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Old 07-09-2016, 12:06 PM   #8
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The txt that is almost paid for is what I would do.
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Old 07-09-2016, 12:10 PM   #9
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I certainly wouldn't go out and buy a big 5th wheel just because it might be nicer.

I'd for sure try what you have first..........see how it does.......see how you like it. You own it, so trying it for your purpose is not permanent. You can always go back to hotels, trade it for bigger one, or whatever.........later.

Just try it first.

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Old 07-09-2016, 12:28 PM   #10
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Over the years having moved up from a pop up to a travel trailer now to a fifth wheel, I must say the fifth wheel is the easiest and quickest to hook and unhook. It is also the easiest to pull down the highway. I would not though, buy a new fifth wheel for such a purpose if I had a mostly paid off travel trailer. The hooking and and unhooking ease and time is not a great enough difference to justify any more debt.

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