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Old 12-29-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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How many of you have traded in a nearly new

RV (TT) for a 5er inside a year?

DH and I have decided that a bumper pull hitch up is more a challenge than a 5er hitch up would be. We both have neck injuries and the physical requirements of the WD bars, that darned heavy hitch, etc. is a pain, literally.

No, it's not that we "can't" do it. DH is an extremely physically fit man.

We cut a deal on a 5er yesterday and will "talk about it" for a few days to see if we really wanna pull the trigger on this.

How many of you have done this? Are we insane? If you've done it, how bad a bath did ya take?
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:53 AM   #2
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If it does not fit your life requirements go ahead and change it, we had one years ago that gave us reason to change it within eight months, we lost a few bucks but the next one was great.
I had issues with the WD hitch too and that was one of the reasons I switched to a Hensley.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:06 AM   #3
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We upgraded to a 5er from a V Cross bumper pull this year, Daughter and Son-in-law got tried of sleeping on the jack knife sofa and then we had axle issues that FR and Lippertt wouldn't help on. So far we are extremely happy with our new unit. And yes it is a lot easier to hitch. Go For It
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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We traded late last year from a two year old bumper pull to a fiver for the same reason. We thought we could have done better on our trade in, but the dealership has been fair on equipment and storage. Over all we hope it was a good deal. Looking forward to spring.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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we bought a brand new tt in 2011 and sold it , bought a 2012 5er. did not have a hard time with the hitch up (reese WD ) I always used the elec crank take the press off the bars when hook up or off, why use muscle when none is needed...
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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We bought a 2013 fiver and 4 months down the road traded it for a 2013 Berkshire. I believe this is done on a regular basis. My buddy traded a 2013 Thor for his current 2014 Berkshire 6 months into it.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:02 PM   #7
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Traded a 2010 Outback 260FL TT for a 2014 Rockwood 8289 5th wheel. The reason was the DW wanted the opposing slides and the Lazy Boy's. And no matter what I did, I could not eliminate the white knuckle sway of the TT due to the Nebraska north to south winds while traveling. We are very happy!
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:38 PM   #8
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Well, to be fair, our dealer is being "reasonable". Yes, we knew going in we'd lose money. We got 'em down in our range right now, (their first number was a total insult and I stood up to walk out) but they are gonna.... need a minute to go sharpen that pencil before we sign on the dotted line.

DH was in recreational vehicle (not RVs per se) sales for *years* and he knows all the games that are played. He doesn't take any of it personal and doesn't expect the dealer to take it personal either. "It's just the game and this is how it's played".

Bottom line is that our TT is high end, well maintained, and after we remove our personal inventory it will be hard to find a difference between it and factory fresh. We know it will re sell *well*.

I'll probably cry when we unhook from "Francis" for the last time. LOVE this TT! She's classy, she's fancy, she's glamorous...it's why I named 'er Francis.

The 5er we've picked out is just as awesome and I think is a perfect fit for us all the way around. And yeah, it's a Forest River product...same platinum upgrade package...a Flagstaff even...one of the shorter ones, which we couldn't find when we first started shopping for an RV. We did *not* want one of the huge honkers.

And we'd be getting it with the new Reese Revolution pin. Videos of this pin are impressive. And it has the upgraded awning covers...a metal tubing cover over the canvas roll. (I think that one came about after FR reads all the mods that owners talk about doing here.)

Much discussion and thinking to be done over the next few days. If it's meant to be all the pieces will come together. If not, we'll keep "glamping" in Francis for a year or two more.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:51 PM   #9
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we bought a brand new tt in 2011 and sold it , bought a 2012 5er. did not have a hard time with the hitch up (reese WD ) I always used the elec crank take the press off the bars when hook up or off, why use muscle when none is needed...
Yes, DH quickly learned the trick of letting the electric jack do the work. When we first bought our TT we owned a 2 year old F150. Yeah, there were white knuckles in the driver's seat *and* the passenger's seat. Upgrading to a F250 resolved that, and as I told DH yesterday bringing Francis back...yes, there *are* times I forget she's back there.

I'll admit that when we began shopping I was dead set against a 5er of any kind...I had an irrational fear of the entire hitch mechanism and felt it would negate other use of the truck bed. I've since educated myself.


Yeah, we're losing some money, but just think; we won't have all the expense of "moving in" to this RV. We've already got all the needs and *wants* stuff! ...got the zero gravity chairs, got the Char Broil grill, got that PVC rug we all *must* have, got all the linens, pots and pans, got the 50 amp extension cord...*and* shore power installed..that's a biggie. See?

Oh, and the linens will still match too!


Can y'all tell I'm trying *really* hard here to justify purchasing that awesome 5er sittin' over there at the dealer's lot?
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Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around:
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F250 Super Duty 2013 Tuxedo Black "Biff"
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:47 PM   #10
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We traded to fiver after 5 years with TT, then to another fiver in 3 years. Fiver is easier to hookup but has several steps. My only complaint is where they mounted my truck side plug. Its just inside the tailgate on driver side and low. Not an easy place to get to with the cover hanging over you. Would rather had it closer to cab. Just to reach over instead of leaning, twisting and contorting around the rear.
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