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Old 07-02-2011, 10:40 PM   #11
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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 bigger though...

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?

Nope.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:20 AM   #12
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Question Questions about hitching up

What I've learn to use as a guide when hitching up a TT by myself is an obvious Center point that is often overlooked. That is the Middle BOLT that holds the TAILGATE Handle. You can see the bolts in the bed of truck. On my Silverado, it is DEAD CENTER and that is where BALL IS. That'll get me within 1" of the Trailer Hitch Every time. I just need to put a piece of tape where the center of RV is and walla.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #13
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We have a 32" TT (flagstaff 831DBSS) and are considering going to a FithWheel camper of similar size. Is there any reason why I should not do that? The TV is not an issue in this discussion. Are there any cons about 5th wheelers that can be overlooked easily?
Besides all the other items listed, Storage (outside). We switched to a 5th wheel but you do give up a lot of outside storage compared to some of the TT's out there our Puma had twice the amount of storage that our new 5th does and you lose some of the truck bed space, partly solved this by going to a long bed. But boy the 5th pulls so much nicer than all of our TT's did and we had a four point sway control hitch.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:00 PM   #14
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About a year ago we went from a high quality 33' fifth wheel back to a travel trailer (a Flagstaff 831FLSS) and I have not regretted it at all. Many of the reasons already listed were why, but the most important two were getting back the use of my truck bed and avoiding the climb. I had travel trailers before and went to a 5'er about 4 years ago. I regretted it the entire time. It was a very nice trailer, just not for me. Now I get to carry all that stuff in the bed and two kayaks on top. The overall length is longer but the TT, set up with an equalizer hitch tows just as well and get 1.5 mpg better mileage. That's my choice.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:46 AM   #15
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For me, maneuverability was a big issue. I have put on a ton of miles pulling, and could not imagine getting in and out of some of the places we have gone with the fifth wheel if we had a bumper-hitch camper instead. A 32-foot bumper hitch trailer needs a lot more room for turning etc than a 32-foot fifth.
As far as storage goes, our basement is huge, and there is lots of storage inside as well.
And I don't care what anyone says about having a proper hitch setup for the bumper-hitch, nothing pulls like a fifth wheel. Just hook up and go.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:20 AM   #17
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[QUOTE=RubenZ;115060]My Wife and I saw a few 5th's and love the layouts. However, they are a tad more expensive. But if money is not the issue what we didn't like is that most Campgrounds, the 5th wheel areas are kind of away from the fun because of their taller stance. With our shorter Trailers we can get into some nice shady campsites that feel more like camping instead of being packed like sardines in the back with other 5th wheels 10ft within your site.

100% i agree!!! we like being where the fun is too, and i did notice that that happens with the big fifth wheels... but then, some ppl like the more quiet spots...
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:43 AM   #18
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And I don't care what anyone says about having a proper hitch setup for the bumper-hitch, nothing pulls like a fifth wheel. Just hook up and go.
In theory, they should pull the same. I mean really they your just changing the pull point. I've never really found an difference, but then again, I've towed goosneck trailers and not actual 5th Wheel RV Trailers.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:46 AM   #19
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We've had our 5th wheel for 9 months and honestly haven't missed storing stuff in the truck bed. I can still get firewood, a bicycle or two , coolers, big potable water jug and my wood blocks for leveling in the bed with room for much more. Just have to make sure it clears the pin box while turning. My plate sits just below the bed side so as long as the level of "junk" isn't higher than that, it will clear. Sorry, but if you think you think a 36' /12,000 lb TT tows as well a 5th wheel you've obviously never towed a 5th wheel. With that said, the only thing that will dictate which you buy is your wallet, your wants and your TV. We found ourselves in a position where we could afford one, we had a TV that could pull one and we wanted a bigger RV. Our previous TT did everything we wanted it to at the time. The more we "got into" RVing we decided we wanted more. Our kids got older so we didn't need the ability to sleep 8 in a BH anymore, we started thinking about ourselves and what we needed/wanted after the kids were gone. The only rear complaint we had about our TT was after a few days of camping my wife and I both started feeling claustrophobic with the low ceilings and cramped living space. Yes there are much more spacious floor plans for TT than what we had. Can't recall which, but one of the Lacrosse models had rear entertainment with slides on both sides of the living room that was HUGE. We still got the Crusader because it felt roomier.
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In theory, they should pull the same. I mean really they your just changing the pull point. I've never really found an difference, but then again, I've towed goosneck trailers and not actual 5th Wheel RV Trailers.
You have to compare apples to apples. take a 35'/10,000lbs bumper pull vs 35'/10,000lbs 5th/gooseneck.
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