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Old 08-08-2012, 07:38 AM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Emergency Towing

Still trying to decide whether to go with a trailer or fifth wheel. One argument is that if your tow vehicle breaks down, a trailer will be easier for any vehicle (given it has the capacity) to tow the trailer to a nearby campground. Yet, a fifth wheel would require a truck.

Any comments would be appreciated. I would LOVE a fifth wheel, while my DH isn't convinced...yet!

Thanks for your help.

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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To be honest, I wouldn't base my decision on what happens when I break down. Emergency Roadside Service isn't that expensive and they can handle a bumper pull, fifth wheel, or Motorhome.


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Old 08-08-2012, 07:57 AM   #3
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I also think your decision would be based less on what can happen if broken down and more on what floor plan best fits your family's situation.

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:59 AM   #4
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I've owned both, and currently have a travel trailer. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. A lot of people can't hook a travel trailer without help from a spotter. A 5th wheel is easily hooked by one person. No equalizer hitch, or sway bars on a 5th wheel, but you loose most of the truck bed due to the 5th wheel hitch being there. Most 5th wheels require a 3/4 ton truck, or larger. Some say 5th wheels won't sway, but they are wrong.Most 5th wheels are higher, so crosswinds can be harder to handle. You may also have to watch for low bridge that you may go under. They are also higher of the ground, more steps to go up to get in, and steps inside to climb also. The bedroom in a 5th is generally warmer, as heat rises, so if you like it cool, requires an extra AC in the bedroom, and 50 amp service to run two AC units.

I'm recommending one over the other. Get what you like, and think will work for you and where you might camp. They all have problems, and require maintenance.Good luck in your decision.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:22 AM   #5
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We based our decision on initial cost (value), floor plan, weight, length, profile, construction, decor, ability to get into/out of forest service CG's and a few other things.
Not once did I think about a breakdown scenario. We've talked about it since. We've decided we'll call for assistance, arrange for towing to the policy issuers choice of location and we'll either call a cab or get a ride to a motel or hotel.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:24 AM   #6
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I have roadside for both. They will tow my trailer to where I want, and my truck to a shop.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:56 AM   #7
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With any trailer, regardless of type, insurance will generally get you back home, Insurance companies don't want the added liability of leaving your RV stranded in a strange un-controlled location. Good Sam insurance provides this for us. We used it in 2009 when the TV engine cratered (thanks BP, another story for another time), the tow truck (big tow truck!) showed up & had adapters for his rig to hook up to our 5er & take it to our point of choice. (Don't you know it sure caused a buzz throughout the CG when he arrived, lights just agoing w/ our 5er in tow) We advised the insurance call-center of our 5er and they took it from there, no problem.

With the purchase of our FR Cedar Creek came a year paid subscription to National Motor Club's Coach-Net which provides the same service in addition to trip interruption coverage. http://

Good Sam Travel Assist will get you, family members and your RV returned home in the event of an emergency. Good Sam TravelAssist Good insurance provides the confidence to face the unknowns in travel.

Travel safe & enjoy your journeys!

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I towed a TT for over 40 years. I loved each one until I got one 35 feet long and a short bed truck. Though I used it over 12 years, I could never get it completely stable at highway speeds. I traded for a cedar creek, 33 feet long (a fifth wheel) and love it. It is totally stable, the big trucks don't even push me around. The only thing I am still wrestling with is backing it into tight places. My TT was a breeze and everyone says the fiver is easier, but not yet.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:49 AM   #9
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Never say never:

They also had no way to tow a fifth wheel, said I was lucky it was a TT or they'd have had to leave it there...

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Old 08-12-2012, 06:53 AM   #10
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Get what you want/need - and then get roadside assistance that covers towing of WHATEVER you have. Thankfully (knock on wood) - we've been RVing over 10 years and...well, I'll leave it at that so I don't jinx things.

I love having the peace of mind from roadside assistance, but even never having to use it.


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