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Old 05-23-2019, 05:56 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel...yes or no?

Thinking about moving to a fifth wheel vs travel trailer....mainly for ease of towing. Is it easier to tow a fifth wheel trailer vs a 25 to 30 ft pull behind? I had a 2006 Salem and would white knuckle it whenever towing on the interstate. It seemed so heavy. �� Had issues with the Salem fbs 22 and am now needing to trade it. Thoughts? Pros vs cons? I’m a middle aged female (not that it matters) and want the best experience possible. I have a 2015 Ford F-150 V8 4x4 as a tow vehicle and use the Anderson WDH. Thank you!
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Loved when we went to fifth wheel, sooooo much better, be careful you will run out of truck very easy!
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:19 PM   #3
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I much prefer the towing experience of the fifth wheel over that of a pull behind trailer. I have now owned three fifth wheels in a row. My current 40 foot unit is pulled by an F350 diesel dual rear wheel long bed Ford. This unit is a dream to drive on the road in fact you have to keep reminding yourself that you have a trailer behind you. Wind and 18 wheeler s are not felt at all on most days. Much easier in my opinion to hook and unhook and such with a 5th wheel.
If you are looking at a 5th wheel the primary draw back is that between 20 and 25 percent of the unit weight will be carried by the hitch in the back of your truck. A pull behind trailer only puts about 10 to 15 percent of it weight onto the truck. So the pay load capacity of your truck becomes very important.
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Fifth wheel...yes or no?

4 posts and no 1/2 ton questions???

Only thing I advise... know your tow and cargo capacity and confirm your TV will handle it. Donít totally trust what the book says...I would add 25% or more to the advertised pin/hitch weight.

Honestly the 1/2 or loaded 3/4T chops 80%+ of the 5ers out.

Enjoy the quest.
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For towing, hitching/unhitching, fifth wheels are a million times better. I would never go back to a bumper pull of any type.
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While we both loved our 5th wheel, we like everything on one level. 5th wheel probably towed a little better. But the travel trailer is certainly no problem, certainly not white knuckle.
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Thinking about moving to a fifth wheel vs travel trailer....mainly for ease of towing. Is it easier to tow a fifth wheel trailer vs a 25 to 30 ft pull behind? I had a 2006 Salem and would white knuckle it whenever towing on the interstate. It seemed so heavy. 😕 Had issues with the Salem fbs 22 and am now needing to trade it. Thoughts? Pros vs cons? Iím a middle aged female (not that it matters) and want the best experience possible. I have a 2015 Ford F-150 V8 4x4 as a tow vehicle and use the Anderson WDH. Th am you!

Well seeing how your a girl and all.... Just kidding..... A 5er will pull night and day better than any TT of equal size and weight. Your limitation with the F150 is weight that it can safely handle. If you go 5er with that truck not knowing what payload capability it has or which gear set it has you need to stay under 8K lbs loaded on the 5er. The brakes in the F150 are not the best in the west and with a non-diesel engine you have no engine brake to help. The Pin weight of a 8K 5er is going to be around 1500lbs which is plenty for that truck. You'll probably need to add air bags to the suspension to level out the truck when hitched up.
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4 posts and no 1/2 ton questions???

Only thing I advise... know your tow and cargo capacity and confirm your TV will handle it. Donít totally trust what the book says...I would add 25% or more to the advertised pin/hitch weight.

Honestly the 1/2 or loaded 3/4T chops 80%+ of the 5ers out.

Enjoy the quest.
that was not the OP's ???
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that was not the OP's ???


Speaking of the weight police Sir. Surprised it went 4 posts before he needed a 1T.


I gotta give up. Nobody gets my attempt as being funny.
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Thinking about moving to a fifth wheel vs travel trailer....mainly for ease of towing. Is it easier to tow a fifth wheel trailer vs a 25 to 30 ft pull behind? I had a 2006 Salem and would white knuckle it whenever towing on the interstate. It seemed so heavy. �� Had issues with the Salem fbs 22 and am now needing to trade it. Thoughts? Pros vs cons? Iím a middle aged female (not that it matters) and want the best experience possible. I have a 2015 Ford F-150 V8 4x4 as a tow vehicle and use the Anderson WDH. Thank you!
You're not going to find many 5th wheels that your F150 can tow.
I own a 2014 F150 SCREW 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost with the Max Tow package and there are only a handful of 5th wheels it can tow.
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I love my fiver and it tows great. I wont recap what is already said. My advice is if you go for it make sure to get all of the best perks that come with a fifthwheel. Especially auto leveling I would never have on with out now.
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Speaking of the weight police Sir. Surprised it went 4 posts before he needed a 1T.


I gotta give up. Nobody gets my attempt as being funny.
No worries .... "Speaking of the weight police Sir. Surprised it went 4 posts before he needed a 1T ? another attempt at humor ... Got it Iwannacamp it is all good I just missed the humor my Bad... use some of these to help me out Thanks Frank
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:21 AM   #14
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someone mentioned running out of truck really fast. I agree for what it is worth.
we have had 5 trailers and 4 trucks since 2011.
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2009 Sundance BH 5th wheel - 2013 Ecoboost
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this spring we purchased a 2019 GEOPRO 19FD which is not even noted behind the F250 (trailer is starting to be a PITA with the Fresh water pup unable to draw water etc etc etc.)

5th wheels are my ultimate to haul. just make sure your TV is worthy of not only hauling but STOPPING the trailer you pick to haul.
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We towed bumper pulls for years and finally went to a 5er. If I had it to do over, I would go back to a bumper pull. I have nothing against the fiver and it tows great, BUT so did all the bumper pulls we had. As someone mentioned above, with the 5er you always have split levels and it takes up a lot of the truck bed. A bumper pull is single level (and that gets more important the older you get) and it leaves the entire truck bed (even above the rails) open.
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I’ve only towed our new 5er a couple of times so far but I have to say I haven’t noticed huge difference in the feel when towing. I had a 12K Equal-i-zer 4 pt WDH with our 32’ TT and I took a lot of time to get it setup just right.

The hook up process is MUCH better though, and that’s why I wanted to upgrade to a 5er. It’s so much easier on my bad back.

EDIT: One down side of the 5er is that I find myself worried about low-hanging branches that I never worried about when pulling our TT.

As others have said, the 5er’s pin will put a lot more weight on your truck so be sure you have a sufficient amount of payload remaining when your family and stuff are loaded in the truck.
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Had bumper pulls for years. Got a fantastic deal on my current 5’r. Great storage spaces. No regrets losing the bed space in the truck. However, have to watch out for the additional height. Towing is a dream compared to anything else I have towed. Super easy to hook/unhook. Easy to line up and hitch on the first try-even without a spotter! No bars, chains or the like to fiddle with.

My only regret, I did not get the auto-level. Didn’t realize how much I would like one until we went camping with a neighbor who has one! But....too costly to add after-the-fact! Maybe next time, if there is one.... ! Does fine with my F250, but I am close to my weight limits when fully loaded with water and full gray and black tanks. But, who travels like that anyway?

Advice? Be sure of your weight capacities, as another poster said, pin weights on a 5’r are often heavier than a bumper pull for the same sized rig.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:33 AM   #18
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The 5th wheel should tow better, however there is not reason for a properly setup TT to be white knuckle. 5th wheels don't require as much adjustment as a TT as long as you payload capacity is ok for the pin weight, hitch, you and anything else in the truck.

Is the trailer actually unstable on the interstate? If so you can go to a CAT scale and get all the weights to start with. If you need help post all the results and lots of people here can help.

Or is it possible you are just not comfortable knowing the size and weight you have? If this is the case and you are not new to towing a 5th wheel probably won't help.
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Maybe a smaller & lighter travel trailer would work better. We went from a 30 foot TT to our MiniLight w/slide & have more room. It keeps the truck bed free as well for bicycles & kayaks. We also fit in all state and national parks.

Forest River has added some new even lighter TTís designed for SUVís that are worth consideration as well.

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While we both loved our 5th wheel, we like everything on one level. 5th wheel probably towed a little better. But the travel trailer is certainly no problem, certainly not white knuckle.
X2. My knees didn't like going up stairs all the time. We love our bumper pull.
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