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Old 02-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Only if you have owned a fifth wheel and TT

Which do you prefer, and why?
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:06 PM   #2
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fiver or sure. More room, easier towing.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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We rented a travel trailer for almost two years before we bought the 5th wheel so I think that might count.

Liked the TT for:

1) Low height. Easier to park under trees and not as much worry about low bridges.
2) With a great WD hitch and effective sway control as easy to haul as a 5th wheel.
3) Backs the same as the boat trailer I was used to.
4) The bed of the truck has more storage than the 5th wheel

Like the 5th wheel for:

1) ROOM and lots of it for the same overall length of combined truck and camper. Did I mention more room?
2) Very easy to tow especially in windy conditions.
3) GREAT floor plans that allow access to kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom without opening slides.
4) Room! Did I mention that?
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:14 PM   #4
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One of the best things I like over the travel trailer is pulling the 5th wheel. Its easier, to pull down the hightway. Its easier to hook up, and tracks much nicer, and it takes a lot to get it sway.

Backing in my book is about the same, sometime I feel that the travel trailer was easier to back into tight spaces. But the more I back the 5th wheel the easier it seems to get.

I can't really comment much about room due the fact we went from a 24ft. pull trailer without any slides to our present 30 ft. with two slides.

All things considered I love the 5th wheel more than the travel trailer.....

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Old 02-27-2011, 07:51 PM   #5
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Owned several of both. 5th wheel is easier to pull, park, and has more space. Now saying that, we now own a motor home.

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Old 02-27-2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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I have had both and i will say towing a 5er is much easier especially in any kind of cross-wind. The TT was nice because the back of the truck was empty but a small price to ultimately have less length actually behind the truck since a few feet is over the bed. I also LOVE the floorplans available on the 5er's.

One other thing to throw out would be you can (in a lot of states) tow another trailer behind a 5er. For instance I have a fourwheeler we could tow behind the 5er on a small trailer rather than spending the big bucks on a toy hauler.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:16 PM   #7
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:28 PM   #8
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went from a 32' (overall) TT to a 36' (overall) 5er and I agree with all above.....but, other possible downsides to a 5er are weight and cost.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #9
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Just got our 5th 2 weeks ago and picked it up in Michigan, 650 miles one way. We had a 33' TT and on a windy day it was a white knuckle drive for sure. Driving home with the 5th wheel was almost like towing nothing and there was a front moving in so the wind speed was up there. I cannot attest to any of the differences yet.

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:44 AM   #10
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Fifth wheel without question. A fifth wheel is far more stable and comfortable to tow. As a general rule fifth wheels will have more ground clearance than a travel trailer. It is not a factor for some, but as we frequently "boondock", it is nice to not always be dragging my hitch. Although the extra height can cause issues with branches, I have found it much easier to trim branches than to level a trail. And in just in case no one else has mentioned it -THE EXTRA ROOM! lol

I was never unhappy with our travel trailer, but I prefer the 5'er by far.

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