The wife and I didn't like the "steps up" to the bedroom and bathroom of a 5th wheel. We found the stairs all narrow and cramped. For reference, my wife is 5'8" and 120 lbs and she still thought they were cramped and small.
The only thing we found "bigger" in a 5th wheel was headroom.
That is essentially wasted space up there anyways, it does make it feel
I didn't like the higher profile for clearances and wind resistance, nor the loss of bed space in the truck.
Punching holes in the bed of my rust free 98 Sierra didn't sit too well with me either....nope, not well at all....
I've never felt sway nor known a 18 wheeler was passing me. I bought a good hitch and set it up as per the manufacturers directions.
On top of all that, most 5th's were at least 10 grand more. Simply becuase "everyone wants a 5th wheel".....
Most 5th wheels do tend to be a little more "upscale" though. But you pay through the nose for it too.
Only real benefit I see to a 5th is slightly shorter overall vehicle length and a bit sharper/smaller turning radius. Not a big deal for me, I tow a couple hundred feet of airplane with two
hitch pivot points around every day....
We went with a 2011 Flagstaff Classic Superlite 831RLBSS and a Husky Centerline WD hitch with "active sway control".
The hitch cost about the same as a 5th wheel foot and I didn't have to punch holes in my bed or frame.
A 5th wheel does look a little bit easier to hook up. Although, a high mount camera has fixed that problem for me too. Now, hooking up single man is easy peasy. Drive up, stop when it's lined up and drop the tongue jack. Snap on the bars, chains and lights and we're off.
Do we like our TT?
Would we switch to a 5th wheel?