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Old 04-16-2016, 08:29 PM   #1
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A storm tore up our 5th wheel Puma Palamino 295KBH. Today we go fantasy shopping to see what's out there...my wife really liked the TT she was looking at. I am really nervous about a TT over a fifth wheel in pulling. I have an 05 ram 2500 diesel 4x4 and am not really worried about the weight of the TT vs a medium 5er, but I am worried about the horror stories of pulling about a 35ft TT.

Should I be? I have obviously never pulled a TT.


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Old 04-16-2016, 08:34 PM   #2
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Not the right person to answer...............but..........

I figure there's about the same amount of trailer behind the bumper with either one. It's the issue of hitch that's different.

I never found a TT laid out like I wanted, though........and did find several 5'ers that were.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:36 PM   #3
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Not sure about what horror stories are out there but pull my 34' across country no issues ,plus i have the bed of my truck with topper for carrying stuff . both have their pros and cons .
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:39 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:44 PM   #5
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5ers seem to have better storage. Sometimes I wish I had gotten a 5er. If I had known that I would have to get a 3/4 T to tow a "1/2 T towable" I would have gotten the 5er.
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I moved up from a 25 foot trailer to one 33 ft, and no problem. If your tv is equipped with enough payload or tongue wt either is a matter of floor plan and preference for layout. I do believe TT's can be had for slightly less money then a 5er.

When towing it's just a matter of giving yourself enough room when turning and keeping an eye on your tail.
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:40 PM   #7
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I went from a 33' TT to a 34' 5er. The 5th wheel really gives you more room for the length, the tongue of a TT adds 4 to 5 ft of overall length that is not very usable. So most TTs the "box" will be shorter, my 33' had only 29' of living area. On the 5er the living area uses the entire 34'.

The overall length of truck + trailer will be shorter with a 5th wheel, since there is overlap of the truck and trailer. With a TT overall length will be truck + trailer + about a foot for the hitch. If that matters to you.

As far as towing goes, it wasn't necessarily hard to tow the TT, but the 5th wheel is clearly easier. There is a reason that TT's need sway control on the hitch and 5th wheels don't. With the TT, not that it was hard to control, but I'd know when a truck was passing. Steering input can cause sway too, especially a "swerve" maneuver. With the 5th wheel it just stays behind the truck, and I've never really detected any sway.

You do lose the use of your truck bed with the 5th wheel, but in my case the TT had far less exterior storage so it was close to a wash...

The TT was significantly shorter in height, so if you goes places with low clearance that could be a positive.

Lastly my fuel economy got better with the 5th wheel. Not sure I have fully figured out why, but I get about 1mpg better with the 5th wheel, even though it is 2 ft taller and about 2500 lbs heavier. They both had aerodynamic fronts. The only thing I can figure is that the front of 5th wheel being so close to the truck cab improved the overall aerodynamics.
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I prefer 5th wheels for the large under belly storage area and taller ceilings in the living area of the trailer.

If you do buy a TT please be sure to post about your experiences. I've always read about bad experiences TT owners have with trucks passing them. I've always owned a fifth wheels so I'm interested in what your experience might be if you buy a TT.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:21 AM   #9
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A storm tore up our 5th wheel Puma Palamino 295KBH. Today we go fantasy shopping to see what's out there...my wife really liked the TT she was looking at. I am really nervous about a TT over a fifth wheel in pulling. I have an 05 ram 2500 diesel 4x4 and am not really worried about the weight of the TT vs a medium 5er, but I am worried about the horror stories of pulling about a 35ft TT.

Should I be? I have obviously never pulled a TT.


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The MOST important thing for you to do if you choose a TT is to have your hitch PROPERLY setup to your TV. I also recommend learning the initial setup procedure yourself so that you will be confident with your rig.
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I went with a FW because I know the boss can hook it up and drive in the event something were to happen to me.

Real sure there is no way she would be able to do the hitch needed for a TT.
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