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Old 05-23-2019, 05:56 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel...yes or no?

Thinking about moving to a fifth wheel vs travel trailer....mainly for ease of towing. Is it easier to tow a fifth wheel trailer vs a 25 to 30 ft pull behind? I had a 2006 Salem and would white knuckle it whenever towing on the interstate. It seemed so heavy. �� Had issues with the Salem fbs 22 and am now needing to trade it. Thoughts? Pros vs cons? I’m a middle aged female (not that it matters) and want the best experience possible. I have a 2015 Ford F-150 V8 4x4 as a tow vehicle and use the Anderson WDH. Thank you!
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:16 PM   #2
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Loved when we went to fifth wheel, sooooo much better, be careful you will run out of truck very easy!
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:19 PM   #3
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I much prefer the towing experience of the fifth wheel over that of a pull behind trailer. I have now owned three fifth wheels in a row. My current 40 foot unit is pulled by an F350 diesel dual rear wheel long bed Ford. This unit is a dream to drive on the road in fact you have to keep reminding yourself that you have a trailer behind you. Wind and 18 wheeler s are not felt at all on most days. Much easier in my opinion to hook and unhook and such with a 5th wheel.
If you are looking at a 5th wheel the primary draw back is that between 20 and 25 percent of the unit weight will be carried by the hitch in the back of your truck. A pull behind trailer only puts about 10 to 15 percent of it weight onto the truck. So the pay load capacity of your truck becomes very important.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:41 PM   #5
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Fifth wheel...yes or no?

4 posts and no 1/2 ton questions???

Only thing I advise... know your tow and cargo capacity and confirm your TV will handle it. Donít totally trust what the book says...I would add 25% or more to the advertised pin/hitch weight.

Honestly the 1/2 or loaded 3/4T chops 80%+ of the 5ers out.

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Old 05-23-2019, 06:46 PM   #6
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For towing, hitching/unhitching, fifth wheels are a million times better. I would never go back to a bumper pull of any type.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:50 PM   #7
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While we both loved our 5th wheel, we like everything on one level. 5th wheel probably towed a little better. But the travel trailer is certainly no problem, certainly not white knuckle.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:09 PM   #8
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Thinking about moving to a fifth wheel vs travel trailer....mainly for ease of towing. Is it easier to tow a fifth wheel trailer vs a 25 to 30 ft pull behind? I had a 2006 Salem and would white knuckle it whenever towing on the interstate. It seemed so heavy. 😕 Had issues with the Salem fbs 22 and am now needing to trade it. Thoughts? Pros vs cons? Iím a middle aged female (not that it matters) and want the best experience possible. I have a 2015 Ford F-150 V8 4x4 as a tow vehicle and use the Anderson WDH. Th am you!

Well seeing how your a girl and all.... Just kidding..... A 5er will pull night and day better than any TT of equal size and weight. Your limitation with the F150 is weight that it can safely handle. If you go 5er with that truck not knowing what payload capability it has or which gear set it has you need to stay under 8K lbs loaded on the 5er. The brakes in the F150 are not the best in the west and with a non-diesel engine you have no engine brake to help. The Pin weight of a 8K 5er is going to be around 1500lbs which is plenty for that truck. You'll probably need to add air bags to the suspension to level out the truck when hitched up.
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4 posts and no 1/2 ton questions???

Only thing I advise... know your tow and cargo capacity and confirm your TV will handle it. Donít totally trust what the book says...I would add 25% or more to the advertised pin/hitch weight.

Honestly the 1/2 or loaded 3/4T chops 80%+ of the 5ers out.

Enjoy the quest.
that was not the OP's ???
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that was not the OP's ???


Speaking of the weight police Sir. Surprised it went 4 posts before he needed a 1T.


I gotta give up. Nobody gets my attempt as being funny.
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