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Old 07-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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TT v 5th wheels

Looking to buy a new camper which one do u like TT or 5th wheel? Have a family of four.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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What do you have for a tow vehicle? This will determine which trailer is best.
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I have a F250 super duty
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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A 5th wheel has more storage, room and feeling of spaciousness with the extra height. It also tows much better than a TT...no sway, better aerodynamic package.

Downside is the inside stairs, if stairs are an issue for mobility.

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A 5th wheel has more storage, room and feeling of spaciousness with the extra height. It also tows much better than a TT...no sway, better aerodynamic package.

Downside is the inside stairs, if stairs are an issue for mobility.

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Just wondering about the better towering and more aerodynamic package? U works tend to agree, but my neighbor went to Alaska for a 6 week trip last summer. He and a friend had identical f350 diesels, one towing a 28' 5er and the other a 28' tt. The travel trailer got 30% better mileage constantly throughout the trip. In fact, my neighbor says he will buy a tt for the next trip up and sell it after he returns. Just curious about the thought myself. He said both the 5th and tt were about the same loaded weight.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:17 PM   #6
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We switched from a 6000 lb TT to a 8400 lb FW and the fuel mileage was near identical. I heard others report the same thing. The nose of the FW is taller but much closer to the tow vehicle.

Perhaps the F350 owner with the 30% better fuel mileage towing get 30% better fuel mileage non-towing too!

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:29 PM   #7
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You have a truck that will handle a 5er. They are easier to hitch, ride better(tv ride), far more maneuverable when parking. More living space for the total length of the rig. I have had both over the years, 5er hands down for me if I ever go back. (class A MH now)..!!
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We switched from a 6000 lb TT to a 8400 lb FW and the fuel mileage was near identical. I heard others report the same thing. The nose of the FW is taller but much closer to the tow vehicle.

Perhaps the F350 owner with the 30% better fuel mileage towing get 30% better fuel mileage non-towing too!

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True! I know I get worse millage with my 04 Burb compared to a friend and we both have similar driving habits. Just wondered about others experience.
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A 5th wheel has more storage, room and feeling of spaciousness with the extra height. It also tows much better than a TT...no sway, better aerodynamic package.

Downside is the inside stairs, if stairs are an issue for mobility.

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Ditto, also the fiver affords better privacy than most TT's being that the bedroom is quite seperate. Also the bedroom window is 8ft above ground level, so no nose stuck against it from the outside unless of course Big Foot is a perv
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Also the bedroom window is 8ft above ground level, so no nose stuck against it from the outside unless of course Big Foot is a perv
Unless he's standing on the truck's 'bonnet'! Cheerio Nigel...

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Unless he's standing on the truck's 'bonnet'! Cheerio Nigel...

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If Big Foot is in the lower 48, he'll be standing on the "hood". Maybe in Canada it's the "bonnet".
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Unless he's standing on the truck's 'bonnet'! Cheerio Nigel...

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Yikes. I wondered why there were all those muddy footprints on top of the truck last time we camped, must have entertained half the campsite
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I've owned two TTs and now own a fifth wheel. The fifth wheel is much easier to hook up to and go, is easier to back in, and feels more stable on the road. However, if you decide to go with a TT, as long as you get a weight distributing hitch and a good sway bar and drive sensibly, you'll be fine. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
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I agree with everyone on the 5th wheel. I had 2 TT's before I went the the fifth wheel and it was a world of difference.
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If Big Foot is in the lower 48, he'll be standing on the "hood". Maybe in Canada it's the "bonnet".
I am ashamed to say that "bonnet" was for my benefit, being a Brit. However I will have ya'll amazed real soon with my lower 48 vocab, just gotta get used to biscuits and gravy for breakfast instead of roast beef and gravy for dinner, now thats tough!
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I am ashamed to say that "bonnet" was for my benefit, being a Brit. However I will have ya'll amazed real soon with my lower 48 vocab, just gotta get used to biscuits and gravy for breakfast instead of roast beef and gravy for dinner, now thats tough!
Don't forget the Grits and hashbrowns.
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How much "stuff" do you intend to put in the bed of the pick up? A travel trailer will allow you more room for that if it is important to you. For me having full access to the bed of my truck is a must.
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I am ashamed to say that "bonnet" was for my benefit, being a Brit. However I will have ya'll amazed real soon with my lower 48 vocab, just gotta get used to biscuits and gravy for breakfast instead of roast beef and gravy for dinner, now thats tough!
But the biscuits & gravy for breakfast "sticks to your ribs". Just wait til you get ahold of some bbq ribs, fried catfish, corn fritters. Like Col. Sanders said, "Finger lickin' good"!
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Ditto, also the fiver affords better privacy than most TT's being that the bedroom is quite seperate. Also the bedroom window is 8ft above ground level, so no nose stuck against it from the outside unless of course Big Foot is a perv
Bigfoot will crush that Ram if he stands on it..Hi Nigel, hug Bev for me..
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