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Old 03-01-2015, 01:04 AM   #1
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New to this RV thing.

Debating a 5th wheel versus tongue tow either with a f250 deisel. It's just me the wife and our puppy. Any words of wisdom?
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:25 AM   #2
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Ron do you have any experience pulling a trailer? A 5th wheel pulls much easier regardless of gas or diesel power. I think that the 5th wheel also gives you more room. I have a 40 ft motorhome and have seen 5th wheels with more room because of how they can be laid out. I hope this helps.
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:49 AM   #3
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Depends on what you have planned to do with it.Sometimes less is better.We found just for me the wife and the dog a 27' TT was just the right size for us and never have problems getting around with it.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:59 AM   #4
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TT works great for us. Looked at 5ers and while very nice, we like our cozy TT. We are Hubby, Wife, and THE dog.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:10 AM   #5
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For me, a 5th wheel is way to large. Not space wise but overall size. It's like driving a tractor trailer. I think you need to be a lot more careful in planning your route to make sure you are not going to have any bridge clearance issues. Depending on what you plan on doing, some campgrounds are located in the middle of nowhere with narrow 2 lane roads and low local bridges.

That's just my opinion. I do not have a lot of experience with towing. I think the 5th wheel is a little easier to back into sites because of the pivot point and you can turn tighter.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:30 AM   #6
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Thanks for your post. Gave me pause the think more about the 5th wheeler.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:31 AM   #7
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Good info. Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:32 AM   #8
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Appreciate your insight. Thinking now more along the lines of a class A and towing a small car.
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I'm not trying to deter you from buying a 5th wheel. If that's what you like and are comfortable towing something like that then go for it. I just see these things going down the highway and the trucks towing them are dwarfed by some of them. My family likes to camp at state parks. I like to be in wooded areas and I know some of the PA parks we frequent could not handle a 5th wheel in the sites I like.

That's just me. Some don't mind going to campgrounds where it is wide open and there are sites in a straight rows with little trees. That's fine but does not work for me. I kinda miss having our popup because even with a 30' TT some of the state parks can be tight.

Hope you find what you are looking for and enjoy whatever you get.
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:30 PM   #10
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We picked a TT for several reasons. (1) liked not having to tow a car - but still could leave the 'home' parked when we went out for day trips. (2) liked having the bed of our truck fully usable as a truck bed (no 5W hitch installed). (3) Found that 27' was just fine for weekends or even a week. (4) Discovered that many campgrounds have trouble with bigger rigs - so check where you want to camp & see what fits. Good luck!
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