View Poll Results: If you have a 38' or larger fiver do you
Love it at this size and are glad it has all the amenities? 46 74.19%
Hate it and wish you'd have stayed with a smaller 5 or even bumper pull? 0 0%
Wish it was even bigger? 8 12.90%
Live with it because it's 'nice' but hate parking/pulling/setup? 5 8.06%
Something other (fill in your own blank in a post)? 6 9.68%
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Old 02-07-2016, 02:37 PM   #1
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If you have a 38' Five-er or bigger....

...have you ever slapped your head and said "Man, this is too much trailer"?

I'm NOT discussing whether your TV is the right one. Forget that for now.

I'm asking only about the trailer itself. Do you:
A) Love it at this size and are glad it has all the amenities?
B) Hate it and wish you'd have stayed with a smaller 5 or even bumper pull?
C) Wish it was even bigger?
D) Live with it because it's 'nice' but hate parking/pulling/setup?
E) Something other (fill in your own blank)?

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Old 02-07-2016, 02:45 PM   #2
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If you have a 38' Five-er or bigger....

I'll go with "D." I'm coming from a 37' bumper pull so I'm comfortable towing once on the road and maneuvering - just still getting used to the different pivot points.

The problem I have with my 38FL, which is about 41', is the height and lower rear. What I mean by that is the extra few feet is enough to have taken out a few branches on the road in front of my house so I've had to change my route and watch the campgrounds I frequent more carefully. The extra length also means the rear drags in my yard when I try to maneuver to park where my bumper pull didn't. There's just enough of a hill to cause problems and I'm still working that one out.

Otherwise, I love the upgraded amenities, space, and overall feel. I'll get past the few issues for that.


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Old 02-07-2016, 02:56 PM   #3
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I fall in to category 'A'. My 38FL has plenty of space for the wife and I, love the layout (although I do like the new 38FL6 even more) and cannot see us going back to a smaller trailer. We started off with a 25' Jay Feather which seemed big enough but I have to say, we do prefer this 5er. Sure it is big so it does reduce the options about where we can go but we're not ones for backcountry, no services type camping.
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:16 PM   #4
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I would never go back to a bumper pull, I even now have a fifth wheel car hauler but............ My only length issue or concern is because of my fence and narrow gate being so close to the road it is difficult getting it in and out onto the street (Camper is a little over 36 feet) . I have to use the ditch on the opposite side of the road so I don't hit the gate posts. It would not be a problem if I could pull straight in but that is impossible.



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Old 02-07-2016, 03:17 PM   #5
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A and now C.
The only issue I have is always watching low hanging trees.
But I will be putting mine up for sale soon to buy a larger toy hauler
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:25 PM   #6
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I guess you need to add another category. It is not the length that bothers me. Once you have towed as many trailers as I have, you get used to the parking issues.

I quit pulling 5rs because I found over the years that the weight exhausted me. Primarily, always concerned if one is going to stop in time. Especially in larger metropolitan areas like Houston, where I live. But, an idiot can pull out in front of you ANYWHERE. And that constant diligence it requires to leave the gap and always be mindful of other vehicles takes its toll. Its not so bad if you just pull every blue moon and do not travel far. But, if you are a full timer, it takes its toll, stress wise.

So, I stopped pulling 5rs and went back to a TT. Mind you, it is still 39+ feet long, but it weighs half as much. It is a compromise but my nerve endings seem to be recovering beautifully.

Your mileage may vary.
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:26 PM   #7
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Old 02-07-2016, 04:22 PM   #8
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I started with my first Fifth wheel being a 34' Montana. Then moved to a 38' Everest. Finally moved to the CC 42' 38rd. Have not regretted moving to a longer trailer. We love the room and look forward to traveling in a couple years before we retire. If you are comfortable at 38' the additional 4' does not make much difference in my opinion.


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Old 02-07-2016, 04:35 PM   #9
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We are thinking of going from a 32' 5er to a 42' 5er. I know length does matter,but the extra room we will gain wont make it hurt.I did drive a truck a long time ago and don't have problems manuvering in small and tight places.I can get into and out of most of the smaller fuel stops. The tail dragging may be more a worry. We hope to make are decision in a few weeks.
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Old 02-07-2016, 04:51 PM   #10
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I went from a 28' TT to a 38' 5er, so far I've cleanly gotten into all my favorite campgrounds, state and national forests. No regrets at all, though this is big enough.
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