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Old 01-13-2015, 08:06 PM   #11
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We pull a TT because we always take our golf cart camping with us and toy haulers are way over priced around here. We actually like TT's and have no trouble pulling or hitching one up. We will skip the 5vers and go to a class A eventually and if we don't get a class A we will more than likely get another TT. I think a lot of folks make the whole TT vs fifth wheel more complicated than it needs to be.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:15 PM   #12
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We bought our second 5er this past spring--salem hemi 336rlt. IMO way easier to tow than any travel trailer we have owned over the years. To each his own though.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:13 PM   #13
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Late to the party on this but We are a former TT owner (Pop-up as well) we would NEVER go back to a TT - a 5er is so much easier to pull, so much more room, and just a NICER unit overall.

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Old 01-13-2015, 10:25 PM   #14
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I'm new to all of this, so take my comment with a grain of salt.

I've been researching trailers the last few days, and the impression I got was that 5th wheelers are more for longer stays. More room, larger appliances, heavier. If I could tow a 5th wheeler I'd go that route since I'm looking for the most comfort for longer stays, but my F150 Raptor is limited to 8000 lbs. towing and according to the Ford towing guide my 5.5' bed cannot handle a 5th wheel hitch. That's fine since there are very few 5th wheelers I can tow. TTs give me a lot more choices in that weight range..

It's what I've observed so far.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:34 AM   #15
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Like many we have progressed through various types of rigs. We started out in tents, moved to Pop Ups (had 2) and then TT (had 2) and now our 5'r. While I hate to use the word never, I will in this case. I won't even consider going back to a TT. It is a complete non-starter for us.

Both my wife and I have had severe back issues that can come and go and we are aware of that. With our 5'r the hitching and un-hitching process involve no crouching or bending, a massive plus for us.

Towing is like night and day, the experience hauling our 5'r is seamless and compared to the TT is a dream. Not that the TT was terrible, it's just a different feeling.

We also feel that our 5'r gives us way more room to breathe, especially on longer trips.

The floorplan and time in life will more often than not be the determining factor though, so why limit yourself to one or the other, go out there and look at as many floorplans as you can find.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:48 AM   #16
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In my case I already had a 1/2 ton truck I'm unwilling to part with, so that made my decision easier. When and if I get rid of my truck, my next one will definitely be 5th wheel capable.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:56 AM   #17
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Past owner of every type of camper except for the toyhauler and Class A & C's....the profound advantage of a fifth wheel besides the towing comfort, is the spacious interior due to high ceilings, opposing slides in the living area, storage and ample master bedroom space.
Give me a choice between similar length TT vs 5'ver...fifth wheel every time!
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:30 AM   #18
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Past owner of every type of camper except for the toyhauler and Class A & C's....the profound advantage of a fifth wheel besides the towing comfort, is the spacious interior due to high ceilings, opposing slides in the living area, storage and ample master bedroom space.
Give me a choice between similar length TT vs 5'ver...fifth wheel every time!

X3.....or 4........Although there a several very roomy TT's with opposing slides that are advertised as "fifth wheel feel" or "fifth wheel floorplan in a TT", it's the ceiling height that gives it that monstrous feel when you walk inside. Go to a show or a dealer with a good selection of both TT's & 5ers. Walk into a single or small dual slide TT, then go to a TT with opposing slides and that "5er feel" floorplan and you would go ooohh ahhhhh. Now find a 5er with a similar floorplan and the feeling will be more like wooowwwww!!!!!
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Old 01-14-2015, 12:00 PM   #19
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I've never owned a fifth wheel, but have a few observations regarding this topic. First, as far as towing each- pretty much everyone that swears by a fifth wheel and would never go back to a travel trailer pulled the trailer with a hitch in the $300-$500 range. Most people that invest in a really good hitch like a ProPride or Hensley have no complaints about towing a travel trailer. As far as being easier to hitch and unhitch with a fifth wheel- I assume this is because of the use of a basic WD hitch as well. With my ProPride I have to run a power tongue jack and use a cordless drill on the weight distributing bar jacks. I do have to use a bar and socket to lock the hitch together- I can see how this might be difficult for someone with and injury or disability. As far as storage goes, I see it as a trade off. You lose the bed to gain extra basement storage on a FW. You do gain interior height on a FW, but, as others have pointed out, this is a bad thing for towing. I've seen several FW's drag off antennas or damage ACs from low hanging branches. You do get a shorter overall length with a fifth wheel when compared to a travel trailer as some of the rig is over the bed. As far as quality and amenities, I think that difference is because people are comparing lightweight travel trailers in the $30K price range to FWs in the $60-80K range. Granted, the bulk of TTs are made to sell in the $20-$30K range, but you can easily get a similarly equipped TT. I hope to one day have a FW, but like pretty much anything with a trailer it's always a trade off.
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Old 01-14-2015, 12:28 PM   #20
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A big 5er can be very spacious and with the weight over the rear wheels it will tow better but you also give up the use of your truck bed. They generally weigh more than a TT which then requires a larger and costlier truck. The extra height is wonderful while camping, but can create problems at other times. The point is there are advantages and disadvantages to everything. Go to an RV show and spend as much time in as many different trailers as you can and buy what works you. Regardless if you get a 5er or TT, what you want to avoid is feeling like you are living in a box. Look for big windows and at least one nice open common area inside your camper. Envision a rainy week stuck inside. The wrong camper can feel very claustrophobic in a very short period of time.
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