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Old 12-24-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Travel Trailer vs. 5th Wheel

Hello All,

Thanks for allowing me to join this useful information forum. I am ready to start traveling after retiring but I have a basic question. Since I will be traveling alone a big majority of the time, I need help to determine which is easier to manage alone; TT or 5th wheel? I have a 2011 F250 Diesel so I shouldn't have any trouble pulling either so the question remains which will be easier for me to hook, unhook and pull alone. In the past, I've pulled a 33ft Cedar Creek 5th wheel which was pretty easy to hook, unhook and pull but most of the time, I was traveling with my girl friend who helped immensely. Now I am planning longer trips alone and am a little apprehensive about making the wrong purchase choice.

Thanks for any advice you may be able to provide.

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Old 12-24-2014, 12:15 PM   #2
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We have owned both. Currently in a 5er and no plans in going back to a TT. Husband pulls out alot by himself and says it is a ton easier. But to each his own. Good luck and welcome.

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Old 12-24-2014, 12:17 PM   #3
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Personally I would choose a fifth wheel over a TT. Easier to hook up by your self and you stated longer trips, it will pull much nicer also.
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Thank you TheFordes and Crusadernoob for your feedback.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:27 PM   #5
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The 5th wheel is much easier to deal with alone. You can also get out of a tighter spot easier too. Towing is easier.... I liked the fifth wheel camper so well that when a fifth wheel flat car hauler came available I bought it too. It is so much easier to deal with, glad that I did too.......... Have had both....


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Old 12-24-2014, 12:29 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Crusadernoob View Post
Personally I would choose a fifth wheel over a TT. Easier to hook up by your self and you stated longer trips, it will pull much nicer also.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:32 PM   #7
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I have owned both and much prefer a fifth wheel. Better handling, arguably safer and as youhave stated easy to hook and unhook.
With an F250, you have the ability to pull a much largerfifth wheel than a 33ft Cedar Creek. Don’tlet them tell you that you need a 350/1Ton. A set of air bags on your current truck and properly functioning trailerbrakes are all you need to handle up to 38ft. New model fifth wheels don’t require a slider hitch, even on with ashort bed (6ft) truck.

I have a 2013 Trilogy 3650RL, 39ft, dry weight 15,000 and haul it with a 2011 Silverado 2500 Duramax Diesel, air bags and Curt 20k hitch.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:33 PM   #8
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I'll be the exception I'm sure, but after owning three 5th wheels we purchased our first TT in September.

We wanted the space in truck back for bikes, a Canoe and a Kayak.
There are ways to haul these when towing a 5th wheel, but none are as easy as fork mounts and ladder racks for our toys. We also have a clear bed when we want the truck for other chores.

The loss of basement storage was handled by getting rid of stuff we didn't really need, and adding some storage mods on the TT. Also on the plus side, I don't miss the stairs every time I wanted to use the bathroom.
The hookup takes at most a few more minutes, and after proper hitch setup I notice no difference in towing stability to any of the 5th wheels we owned.

Keep in mind that most who move from a TT to a 5th wheel are also ugrading to a nicer rig overall at the same time.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:46 PM   #9
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:51 PM   #10
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I went from a TT to a 5er.

It's easier to hook up, easier to pull, easier to back in. I improved my fuel economy.

Overall, it's an immensely better situation. I did both
alone, but the 5er is easier overall.

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