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Old 08-30-2015, 12:21 AM   #1
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Just wanted to get some feedback. I currently own a 2015 Salem 26TBUD, it has been in the shop several times already with numerous issues. This is my 4th TT so I am well versed in them. I also understand that some minor issues are normal with new units and you need to get the bugs worked out. However this has had some major issues. So in expressing my concerns to the dealer when making another service dept they got the sales manager involved, they offered me a trade in for damn near what I paid for it 5 months ago because of the issues I have had. I have been a long time customer of this dealer and bought over 10 vehicles from their vehicle sales side so they treat me very well.

So after all of that long winded explanation LOL, my question is, I am able to get a great end of the season deal on a 5er and I am thinking about upgrading. For those of you that made the switch from a TT to a 5er are you glad you did it? How much different did it tow? Any feedback would be great as well. My thing is I like how the master bedroom is up front and provides more privacy along with a more open floor plans. I am looking at the Chaparral 29BHS. Thoughts and suggestions would be great and appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:39 AM   #2
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I went from travel trailer to fifth wheel and I am glad I did, the fifth wheel pulls so much better. My travel trailer was 33ft long and 1,000lbs on the bumper, needless to say my 2500 Silverado would not stay in cruise. I went to a 3500 Silverado but I wish I had kept the 2500. With the TT big trucks would pull me over plus as long as the TT was if you got to 65mph the TT would fishtail some. Now I can run 80mph and no problem. I normally run a lot slower, about 60 to 63mph. I am glad I went to the fifth wheel


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Old 08-30-2015, 07:48 AM   #3
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I too went from a TT to a 5'er recently. The biggest plus for me was being able to jack it tighter while backing up. I never experienced and handling issues with my TT, but then again, I was pulling a 32' TT with a DRW 3500, I shouldn't have had any issues.


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Old 08-30-2015, 07:58 AM   #4
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Like anything else weigh the pros and cons, if you pull and leave your trailer for a season or more on one spot, either type would work fine....but if you pull your trailer very much for me a 5 er is the only way to go....towing is much much better and the higher ceiling in a fifth wheel makes me feel much less confined.....as for high speed travel, you will never catch me going fast....in either type.....I drive 56-58 mph or less --- and travel between 9 30 am to 2 30 pm.....and most other trailer that pass me seems to do it 2 or 3 times in that travel period.....figure out that math....
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:04 AM   #5
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True, the taller ceiling does give a more open feeling. I pull on average three weekends per month and run over 10,000 miles per year. The hook up and disconnect is much quicker for me. The biggest advantage to my TT though was a lower clearance. Some of the places that I like to go are a bit tight and the height of my TT was a better fit.


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Old 08-30-2015, 08:15 AM   #6
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I owned several 5ers and really enjoyed them and they handled well. Getting older and stairs becoming a factor we traded for tt and love it. Also it is a little easier to wash and clean as not near as tall.

If stairs are not an issue I'd go for the 5er you will enjoy it. Lots of room and storage also. Later RJD
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:12 AM   #7
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Thank you for the feedback, I tow my camper on average 2 weekends a month during the camping season and we are usually pulling long distance. The one thing I did notice was the huge amounts of storage in a 5er both inside and out as compared to my TT.

Everyone I have talked to said that backing was much easier as well. I can back a TT easily for the most part, but it does get a little difficult backing into the narrow storage space.
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My Sierra TT was tall enough for me though out the camper, I'm 6ft 4in tall. The TT was not as high and I could get in more places with TT. I may have to trade back down my knees are giving me some trouble, well one. Maybe a little later I will find a used TT that's not to big so I can get in a few more places


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That is true, clearance might be a concern when getting back into places for boondocking. I did not think of that.
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Old 08-30-2015, 02:10 PM   #10
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We traded our TT for a 5er 16 days ago. The honeymoon is going great. Highly recommended.
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