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Old 04-17-2016, 09:03 AM   #11
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I've had a 24' ft TT and now my 36' ft 5th wheel and I have found pulling the 5th wheel to be a much better experience. Also, backing up the 5'er has been much easier.

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Old 04-17-2016, 11:27 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Kels4g View Post
I've never pulled a 5er. We have a 29 ft TT. We had never towed ANYTHING when we got it. We have had no issues after a slight learning curve. We still find backing it up to be difficult.

I went from a Mazda 3 to a Ram 1500 and a 30 ft TT. Never towed anything before but with careful research, common sense, and patience I had a great first season last year. Backing is still a skill I'm working on but I've not had a tough time, or any nightmares to report with towing. I'd imagine anything behind the cab (5er or TT) can cause drama, it's just how the driver handles the drama that matters.

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Old 04-17-2016, 12:08 PM   #13
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Towing a 38' and never give it a thought. Had a 2500 crew cab long bed hemi. No issues other than weight. Never blown over the road or anything like that. Upgraded to the 3500 dually diesel and look forward to getting on the road with the extra towing ability. 2500 diesel should be no issues.
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Old 04-17-2016, 12:40 PM   #14
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One of the reasons we moved from a fifth wheel to a small motorhome was because DH frequently had trouble hitching or unhitching after his heart attack. Working with his arms over his head for long was difficult. I found the stairs to the fifth wheel daunting after my knee replacements. As for those high ceilings - well that made a lot of those beautiful cupboards out of my reach.

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Old 04-17-2016, 02:09 PM   #15
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While we love the fws, as age had crept up on us and frequent trips to the potty, steps in fws were a noticeable issue as all the fws the bath was up stairs. Third rv was a tt because of it. Wife uses a scooter after knee replacement, rides very nicely in back of pu due to full use of the bed on the tv.
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:20 PM   #16
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I have had them all. Only mistake was going to a TT after the MH. Now in a FW and like it the best.
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:59 PM   #17
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We have gone back and forth between MH and TT for about 40 years. After about five months without any form of RV, we finally found a TT that we HOPE won't cause us to continue swapping.

I am wimpy and have copd, so got a Flagstaff 26fkws with all the power goodies, that I have modified (took out a bedroom closet and put in a custom made king bed.....took out the couch and put in two plush rocker/recliners.)

Pull with a 2012 problems.

Never bothered with a 5th wheel for four reasons:
1. Too tall for the boondockers we have always been
2. Too much storage, tempting us to take all kinds of stuff we don't need
3. Obviates using the a truck.
4. Breakdowns (towing, etc) are REEEEELY expensive.

But YMMV, which is why the lots are full of a variety.
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:19 PM   #18
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Probably not very important to many but we have always been put off by the low ceiling in the 5th wheel bedroom. Seems a bit claustrophobic. We wanted to get a 5er as our 2nd trailer but could not find one our truck could pull spec wise (pin weight limit) that had a roomy enough bedroom. That, plus the 10 grand or so difference in price is why we have the TT we have now. BTW... we love it.
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:37 PM   #19
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Having rented a travel trailer for 2 years and own a 5th wheel, I can give you some help.

The travel trailer has lower wind resistance and for similar weight will yield better fuel mileage at speed.

The cargo space advantage of the 5th wheel is wiped out (IMO) by the loss of most (if not all) the cargo space in the truck bed.

Stairs in the 5th wheel are tough on old knees. To get the higher bedroom ceilings, they increase the height and frontal area in bigger 5th wheels. Both are bad for fuel economy.

Properly balanced, 5th wheels tow better (IMO) than Travel Trailers, but not so much as to rule one out over the other. The key is to have the pin fall between 15 and 20% of total trailer weight for a 5th wheel and the tongue between 10 and 14% of total trailer weight for a travel trailer.

Length of trailer vs tow vehicle wheel base is more critical in a travel trailer. Long trailers and short wheel base trucks are squirrely even when properly balanced. The best anti-sway hitch you can afford is a must (Equilizer is a good bet). Also go oversize on the hitch (way better to have more anti-sway than not enough).


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Old 04-17-2016, 04:20 PM   #20
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Thank you for all the help. I want a 5er...I am already set up for one. Will have to start over on TT. Wife is leaning towards a TT...she will agree to what I want. With the help here I feel better about the TT. Prolly the most deciding factor is finding what we want with floor plan and must haves in the budget we have and at least I am not as scared of them now.

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