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Old 09-22-2013, 05:31 PM   #11
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I should have thought of this 1st as it sounds like you already have a tow vehicle, maybe it is 4x4. If it is in good shape, I would check its capability against a fifth wheel. That way you don't have to carry your fishing poles down to the lake & more importantly lug all those fish back to the camp site. Just load them in the bed of the truck. It might take two to lift the BIG ones in.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:41 PM   #12
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I would bet if you do the PU/FW you could find someone that would back your rig in for you, I know I would and for free to boot!

just how many times do you think you would need to backup in a year.

The more you do it the better you get!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:45 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the advice - we are going to first, decide whether wife can drive truck and a Fiver. For this, good advice, we need to rent a fiver and truck first to she if she is too intimidated to drive it. If she cannot, decision made! We go with a Class C, I guess, unless anyone has any advice because DH cannot do all the driving across this beautiful country !

Comments, thoughts, suggestions and advice, please!
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:09 PM   #14
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We have had a TT, FW and now a class A motorhome. Each one we loved. All have pros and cons like others have said.
Our FW was a 33' and we pulled it with a Duramax 3/4 ton, 4x4. Did great pulling it and got 12.5 MPG. We were able to go any speed we wanted to. DW had no issues driving it but was a little intimidated backing it up so I did all that. Easy to drive. It was a learning curve to get use to it because we perceived it being big. After a few outings no problem. Lots and lots of storage.
As for the class A we love it even more though MPG went to 7.5 while towing a toad. It's a 37' rig. Seemed very big at first but after the first trip we were hooked. Very easy to drive and easier to backup than the FW or TT. As for the setting up, that was a breeze. All automatic and never having to left the coach, even on those rainy days were a plus.
The best part is the DW has made popcorn, cookies, a cake and on this last trip made a pumpkin pie all while driving down the road doing 62 MPH. Pretty cool.
As for a class C that should work for you if that is all you need. Just 2 people may be okay but if you have any animals it might be a little cramped, though a larger class C might do. Have you thought about a smaller class A?
I have seen the new FR3's that are pretty sweet and only about 30 long. They could also pull a small SUV like a Honda CR-V. That is what we pull.
Have fun deciding.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #15
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Thank you all for great suggestions!
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:12 AM   #16
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Truly like everyone said each one has trade offs. Layout for FW or Class C or A always should be first. Look at many before you buy and carefully consider how you will use the space. So for instance, plenty of counter space in the kitchen is my wife's priority.

If you decide FW, then you have to pick which FW you want and THEN match the truck. Depending on the weight you may need a dually or not. Then you have to decide gas or diesel. Diesel you will get much easier towing, but the repair costs can be quite steep. A Ford V10 is pretty much bullet proof and tows very well but not like a diesel. You can get the same truck with either engine combo. Weight is critical but a dually gives more stability in cross winds, but will it fit in your garage?

Now the decision between Class A and C. The suggestions above are very good. We opted for a 32 ft class c. Gets around easily and we have it loaded down with everything we want or need and it is well within the weights. Plenty of storage for us. We flat tow with no issues.

It drives well, matter of fact the driving position for some reason and I haven't figured it out, fatigues me less than any other vehicle I own. We like a literal 5 min setup versus a tt or FW.

We will eventually go class a when we retire. Then we will be out 4-6 months per year and that's a different conversation about room.

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Lots to think about and study. This last year we e spent 50 nights in our new Sunseeker. I love it and the folks we meet. Sometimes it seems like home, and I believe I'd be ok with that.

Keep asking questions, study, look at these forums, and repeat a out 50 times before you buy. Don't be intimidated anything you buy you will learn how to drive.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:45 AM   #17
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Great suggestions, thank you all again! Yes, we currently own a 21' TT - MicroLite and love it - I do back the truck up to hook up b/c I can hear stop! and am good at that!

Your advice has really calmed me down about the whole issue of deciding on a fiver or class c. We will decide if I can drive the truck with a fiver first then buy the truck. I need to start driving our truck and TT now and practice.

Love this website and thank you for your advice and time, appreciate it!
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:20 PM   #18
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You will have no problem with a fiver and it will be much easier to tow and setup than a bumper pull. Just don't skimp on the truck, you will need an f350, or 3500 Dodge( my choice), or Chevy Duramax. But really I'd buy which ever one is cheaper they are all very capable vehicles. Don't let anyone talk you into a 2500 series truck. They are the same exact truck without a set of rear helper springs. And the ratings are a lot lower which is ridiculous. The rating is important if there ever is an accident. The cost difference is like $500 bucks. So for instance I had a dodge 2500 diesel 2008 model. Weighed 8200 lbs with just me and my Dad in it. 9900 gvwr. So we only had 1700 pounds of payload. Which made is questionable except for ultralight 5vers. Same truck in 3500 had a 12200 lb gvwr. Which means you had 4000 lb payload. Well that's a big difference for 500 bucks. Really they were both just as capable. But pin weight on a fiver is the driver. And you will want 3000 lbs of capacity to be comfortable especially if you guys load heavy. And that will tow all but the heaviest of fivers.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:05 PM   #19
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Boatless, consider this; with a class A or class C you don't backup with your toad connected - you can't with 4 down and tow bar but it's simple enough to disconnect jump in the toad and whip it around if you had to.
Simply, all the areas you would avoid with a 5th wheel (tight gas stations, McDonalds parking lot) you would avoid with a motorhome. With either 5th wheel or motorhome - when you arrive at a campsite you can select pull-through sites if they have them.
I had the big truck and tt but I was spending more money on fuel with my commute back and forth to work while I only needed the extra hp when I towed the camper. Now I have a smaller truck and tow or small car behind the motorhome and get about the same mileage I got with the big truck and tt.
As others have mentioned on motorhomes, it's nice to have the room to spread out while driving. It has saved me already on all the fast food stops and bathroom breaks on the road.

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Old 10-09-2013, 08:36 AM   #20
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Great common sense comments here, love it! Wife will drive the TT this weekend so will see how she does!
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