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Old 08-30-2015, 02:43 PM   #11
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I too considered going with a fifth wheel this year but decided our TV wasn't rated high enough, did not want to spend the extra money, felt like the bedrooms in the smaller fivers were somewhat claustrophobic, did not want to learn a new backing routine, did not want to lose the valuable storage in our PU bed, really did not want to install a hitch in the bed of my PU, and have not had any issues towing our TT with the TV we have.

If we were snowbirds, or full timers, we would probably upgrade the TV and go with a fifth wheel. But we are still camping. A week here, a week there. Coupla months in Florida spent at several different locations.

We came very close to making the change but found pretty much what we wanted (full sized queen, large holding tanks, under 30' overall, shower-no tub, linen closet in bath, no U dinette, wardrobe in bedroom, etc.) with the new TT we got.

Good arguments can be made for either position. It's like.... gas/diesel, new/used, and so on.....

Anyway, good luck with your search, that in itself can be quite enjoyable.

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Old 08-30-2015, 02:51 PM   #12
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We went from Pop Up to TT in 2011 and now we are on our 2nd 5vr since June of 2013. After pulling both tag along and gooseneck horse trailers half my life I should have known to buy a 5vr in the beginning. Hitching is much simpler plus no wind issues to deal with when the tractor trailers pass or on a windy day. You will not white knuckle as you drive pulling the 5vr.

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Old 08-30-2015, 02:59 PM   #13
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With my 3 TTs, I got tired of carrying my heavy hitch head from my tractor shed and sticking it in the receiver of my truck. I got tired of cheating my equalizer bars into place when my last TT had a tongue weight of about 1K lbs. and then undoing it all at the camp site, redoing it to come home, and reversing the process back at the house. I set myself the goal of moving to a 5th wheel to avoid all that. I DID have to have the roof raised on my trailer shed and I DO have to pay more attention to low hanging tree limbs on the country road between my house and the highway AND the shed tops at gas stations, etc.

Regarding steps: I've found that most TTs also have steps although not inside. If something happens to keep us from being able to climb the 3 steps into our 5th wheel bedroom, we'll probably have to stop trailering since we wouldn't be able to get in a TT in the first place.

My 5th wheel is better behaved than my TTs when being passed (or met) by 18-wheelers, etc. I ain't goin' back!
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:57 PM   #14
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Go with the 5er for all the reasons listed above. We've gone from a pop-up to a tt to now a 5er. We'll probably get one more fifth wheel before all is said and done.
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:04 PM   #15
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7 years in a TT and we decided to go with a 5er last year. Should have done it 6 years ago. It made a huge difference to us. We liked the layout of our TT and we really love the layout of our 5er too, so that was pretty much a wash. The main benefit is the solid feel of the 5er on the road. It pulls so much better, no fish tailing or being blown by wind or big rigs passing. Smooth. The 5er is a little more responsive when backing. It is a little higher, almost 2 feet more than the TT, but we haven't missed any camp spots due to the height. Another benefit is the ease of hooking up / unhooking. Much easier than the TT. As others have pointed out, take your time and decide what works for you. Good travels.
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:46 PM   #16
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The DW and I were talking about this subject this weekend and we both agree that after having the 5er we would not want to go back to a TT. Both the better towing as well as the room.
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Old 08-30-2015, 05:32 PM   #17
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I traded up to a fiver about 8 years ago. Never been sorry. Easier to handle all around. Just completed 11,600 mile caravan to Alaska with coachmen. No problem with Cedar Creek 34 sats or 2500 Silverado
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Old 08-30-2015, 05:52 PM   #18
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We had a TT for 1 1/2 years and traded it for a fifth wheel and love it more storage and a dream to haul .
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:31 PM   #19
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I am on my second 5er and love it! have had a few tt's over the years but two years ago decided to try one. It was a 29 foot 05 in very good condition but 6 months ago was made an offer I couldn't walk away from so now own an 08 32 foot 5er. It has everything I want except a fireplace and I really don't need that.

I will probably buy one more, a newer unit but not brand new. That will be 3 or 4 years down the road and it might replace my house at that point.

Everything is easy to get to and it has more storage than I can use! That is something you will need to get use to. If you fill up all your storage areas you will easily go a ton over weight! Oh, as everyone has mentioned, it tows nicely! No sway or fishtailing when I get passed by a 18 wheeler.

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Old 08-30-2015, 06:46 PM   #20
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Which way do you go?

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We went from Pop Up to TT in 2011 and now we are on our 2nd 5vr since June of 2013. After pulling both tag along and gooseneck horse trailers half my life I should have known to buy a 5vr in the beginning. Hitching is much simpler plus no wind issues to deal with when the tractor trailers pass or on a windy day. You will not white knuckle as you drive pulling the 5vr.
I pretty much followed this same path, just came back from a trip, and use our coach every weekend from may to oct, and i will never go back to a TT.
Now some have said they have issue with the steps inside the 5er, well there is an problem with that, you will need to climb stairs to get into the TT, so you will not get rid of stairs, and i am on disability of back and bad arthritis all over not just the knees, so when it stops me i will not be rving any more. I love how it handles on the roads, it is easy to back into sites with the very tight turning, I use a gooseneck hitch, but the standard er hitch is the same very easy, not bars to fight with and other issues. (and with using a gooseneck style i still have a full bed when not in use.)
But you still need to make the choice but from what you have said with all the camping you do, i feel you should enjoy it more in a 5er than TT, but either way Happy Camping

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