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Old 07-09-2016, 03:25 PM   #11
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Only thing I can disagree on with the above is diesels are noisy. The noise and smoke disappeared 4 - 5 years ago. Once you pull with one you will never go back.


Go to the RV shows if you can and LOOK only. Those show specials can often be beat later. Sit in each that looks interesting for at least 10 minutes without a sales guy. Go with an open mind to each show or dealer. We had made up our mind we THOUGHT on a Rockwood 5er. While at the dealer with checkbook ready saw a SOB come off the transporters truck and bought it instead.
x2 on the diesel. We bought a new 2015 GMC 3500hd CC DRW Duramax with 8' bed, and everyone that rides in it comments on how quiet it is and it doesn't have any diesel smell. We are moving to a FW in 2017 and bought a TV now that lets us pretty much choose whatever FW we want and still be in weight limit.
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Old 07-09-2016, 03:26 PM   #12
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Only thing I can disagree on with the above is diesels are noisy. The noise and smoke disappeared 4 - 5 years ago. Once you pull with one you will never go back.


Go to the RV shows if you can and LOOK only. Those show specials can often be beat later. Sit in each that looks interesting for at least 10 minutes without a sales guy. Go with an open mind to each show or dealer. We had made up our mind we THOUGHT on a Rockwood 5er. While at the dealer with checkbook ready saw a SOB come off the transporters truck and bought it instead.
Okay, "SOB"? In the context of fifth wheels of course...
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Old 07-09-2016, 03:28 PM   #13
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Okay, "SOB"? In the context of fifth wheels of course...
Sorry. Some Other Brand. It is in my signature.
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:33 PM   #14
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We upgraded from our Crossroads 32bh. Sounds like maybe a similar Floorplan to what you have now. We love our fiver it so nice all the extra room!!
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:37 PM   #15
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Here's a suggestion.

Do all your homework and write down what you THINK you want. Make a list of potential trailers.

Then go to the User's Group (like this one) for THAT brand and read, and register and ask questions, and listen intently! Read very online assessment that you can find.

That is how we got to the one that we own.

Remember, most folks try to justify what they spent money on, as the best. But also know that, unlike cars and trucks, there are about a BAZILLION of these things to choose from. Then you have to find YOUR trailer at the best price.

It'll drive you nuts.

But it can be done.
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:51 PM   #16
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if you have less than 8' box on truck - will need a slider hitch
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:09 PM   #17
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if you have less than 8' box on truck - will need a slider hitch
That might be a little too general. It depends on the hitch and especially the shape of the 5th wheel front cap. I have a 6.5' bed and don't need a slider... can't get my front corner against the window.
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:53 AM   #18
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Yours is a rather broad question. Most people prefer towability of a FW over a TT. Most FWs are heavier than TTs, so a bigger TV is required. The more expensive FWs are generally the heaviest, and are generally considered of better quality. For example, Teton, Hitchhiker, DVR, Newmar (discontinued). For a first time FW buyer, I suggest you look at high quality used v. lower quality new, and make sure your TV is up to the task. Also, ensuring your DW likes the floorplan is paramount.
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As for towing, the only thing that beats a fiver is a motorhome. The fiver simply does not have the sway challenges of a trailer. Your towing feels like it is all one single unit.
I agree with most everything prior posters have stated. If sway is a main concern, think about a Hensley or ProPride hitch. Many poo-poo them as too expensive. However, there is science behind the design, the hitch will make a TT behave like a 5er. The Airstream user forum has a couple of good threads about both hitches. As to reported difficulty hitching or unhitching, check with someone who has one. There are a couple of tricks - once you know them, hitching is as easy as any other hitch.
Buying a new hitch is a lot less $ than a new 5er and TV.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:08 PM   #20
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Less expensive by a lot but the 5er has many other benefits if affordable. Only problem with a 5er is once you have one you never go back and wonder why you didn't do it long ago.
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