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joesmainship 08-13-2014 03:15 PM

5th Wheel Wannabe....Hello Everyone!
 
First my apology for jumping over the welcome mat and headlong into posting. My spouse and I are retired empty nesters living on the MS Gulf Coast. We just sold our 39" boat on which we cruised and lived onboard some and are planning to purchase a 5th wheel. We want to do some extended traveling while we are still healthy enough to do so. The Ford F250 has already been purchased so the hunt is underway for the 5th wheel. We are not in a hurry and plan to take our time looking. We have spent hours looking online, but keep coming back to the Cedar Creek floorplans. Not unlike boating, it seems everyone into campers started with a small one and steadily made their way larger and larger, much the way we did with boats. I sort of feel a little nervous in that I'm considering jumping right in with a big 5th wheel right out of the gate. Guess I've lost enough money buying larger and larger boats so I don't need to do it again with camper trailers. Thanks to all in advance for answering what I'm sure will be many questions to come. Hope we can contribute something meaningful to the forum.

Crusadernoob 08-13-2014 03:23 PM

Last year we bought our first rig, 23' TT not sure if we would enjoy the relaxing life, turns out we loved it! This year we upgraded our TV and went to a 32' 5er, not too big, not too small, for us it's perfect. I'd tell anyone that THINKS they will go bigger to START bigger. Not sure about your current TV condition, but an F250 should handle most with no problem, good luck in the search!

TURBS 08-13-2014 04:00 PM

I've been told under good authority that palomino sabre is coming out with 7 new floor plans this fall!

TURBS

"SABRE OWNERS UNITED"

97Powerstroke 08-13-2014 04:14 PM

As a fellow former boat owner, I would go look at the one you think you want, then get a size bigger. Like a boat, once you get all your goodies aboard you wonder where all your space went. Happy camping and good luck!


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BombDoc 08-13-2014 04:15 PM

^^^^^^^he's right, Joesmainship. I heard it from the same voice he did and at the plant while attending the plant tour up in Goshen, IN.

I can tell you that I went straight into the 5th wheel from nothing. Never owned a TT or pop up, I had rented TT's while on active duty but never owned one. Nothing to be worried about in my opinion. I haven't had one issue towing, backing up, or placing it in some rather tight spot. Just remember, slow and easy and you'll be fine. I tow my 36' with a 2500 Cummins and it handles it very well. I'm right at 12,000 lbs loaded and the truck pulled it up the mountains of West Virginia with ease. Just watch the max capacity weights on the Cedar Creek's they are a bit heavier than my Sabre and you'll put more stuff in it than you think. Good luck in your search and welcome to the forum.

LouNick 08-13-2014 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joesmainship (Post 678796)
First my apology for jumping over the welcome mat and headlong into posting. My spouse and I are retired empty nesters living on the MS Gulf Coast. We just sold our 39" boat on which we cruised and lived onboard some and are planning to purchase a 5th wheel. We want to do some extended traveling while we are still healthy enough to do so. The Ford F250 has already been purchased so the hunt is underway for the 5th wheel. We are not in a hurry and plan to take our time looking. We have spent hours looking online, but keep coming back to the Cedar Creek floorplans. Not unlike boating, it seems everyone into campers started with a small one and steadily made their way larger and larger, much the way we did with boats. I sort of feel a little nervous in that I'm considering jumping right in with a big 5th wheel right out of the gate. Guess I've lost enough money buying larger and larger boats so I don't need to do it again with camper trailers. Thanks to all in advance for answering what I'm sure will be many questions to come. Hope we can contribute something meaningful to the forum.

We just did the same thing. I did have a bit of tent camping experience in my youth and as a young adult. My wife and I were invited for an overnite stay with friends in their TT, and she loved it. I knew I would never get her into tent camping so we decided to invest early in our retirement and bought a 29' 5er, then had to quickly find a truck. Plenty of room for the two of us and a sofa bed if any grandkids are tagging along with us.
No regrets on our part, but I have to admit, the boat and motorcycle are getting little attention since we bought the camper.
7 years max, and we will both be retired too.

Weezer 08-13-2014 05:08 PM

Sneak (DH) and I are a prime example, a case study even, in the "buy one, then quickly buy up" scenario.

Last May we bought a bumper pull, 2014 Flagstaff V-Lite 30WIKSS. LOVED it, but the whole WDH hitch set up didn't work well in that we both have neck/spine injuries....soooo we decided to "just go look" at 5th wheels. January 4th of this year we bought our 2014 Flagstaff 5er. (see signature below) LOVIN' the HECK out of it!

Ford Idaho 08-13-2014 05:29 PM

What size tow rig do you plan on starting with?
One ton dually or bigger?

Weezer 08-13-2014 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ford Idaho (Post 678879)
What size tow rig do you plan on starting with?
One ton dually or bigger?

From his OP:

The Ford F250 has already been purchased so the hunt is underway for the 5th wheel.

Ford Idaho 08-13-2014 05:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Weezer (Post 678881)
From his OP:

The Ford F250 has already been purchased so the hunt is underway for the 5th wheel.

Pardon me while I go wash my eyes out with soap....:o

I think a bigger truck will be better, one tons do not cost that much more than a 3/4 T.


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