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In a predicament about getting a a new trailer or not. Could you please give me the pro's and con's of both. please give both sides and not push one side or the other. Would like an equal view of both. I have a bumper pull now with the Equalizer set up and have driven 5er trailers but they were missile launchers and flat beds in the ARMY much bigger trucks. I have a FEMA Trailer now which it is not one of the bad ones. fridge took a pooh on me and the entertainment stuff is gone but other than that its pretty good. 2006 35' long bunk house super slide. Trailer pulls good backing could be easier but it is still ok. want opinions about both sides as i have a time limit to get a refund or keep it.TIA

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For us the stairs in a 5er are the big deal killer. Wife doesn’t do stairs well, neither does our aging furry child.

Here are a couple things to consider.
A TT is generally a little lower to the ground, most often by at least one step.
A TT usually has no steps inside, such as to the bathroom (& bedroom)
A TT can be towed with a smaller tow vehicle.
A TT is usually slightly less expensive unless you go to Airstream.
A TT has less wind resistance due to lower frontal area.
A TT usually is less of a concern with tree limbs, low bridges, etc.
A TT leaves your truck bed for other things you may need.
A TT does not have to be pulled with a truck.
A TT can be hooked and unhooked without re-aiming headlights or changing airbags.
If your tow vehicle is a truck, you can probably tow a larger TT than 5er (not always).
TT has 10-15% on hitch, compared to 5er with 20-25% on hitch in bed.
A 5er has much more storage
a 5er usually has more headroom
A 5er generally has larger holding tanks, fresh and waste
A 5er has enclosed space for a generator if your needs call for one (as do some TTs).
A 5er is more stable in wind unless you spend big bucks for a Hensly hitch.
A 5er has more floor space for a given overall length (TV plus TT).
A 5er can get HOT in the bedroom in the summer if it is “upstairs”, as heat rises.
A 5er will have a better resale value

To bad there is no pat answer. Much depends on your needs and pocket book.


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I agree with everything Chuck&Gail said above. He's right on the target.
I might add, because a 5er is higher and has a higher ceiling, it takes more to heat it than a TT. Higher ceiling means higher gas bill. Many people use electric heaters of some sort in both types of RVs.

The biggest factor for us and why we settled for a TT when we absolutely could have comfortably had a 5er, the breaking point, was the steps. It's the same reason we have a house that's all on one floor. We're not getting younger.


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Try a search - at least some answers will already be there.
(search box - upper left)
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You didn't say what your tow vehicle is - is it a truck?
(If not - obviously, you will need one to tow a 5er).
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If you do have a truck - do you want to carry something in the bed?
(Bicycles, Motorcycle, ATV? - Can't do that with a 5er).
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You have the FEMA trailer now - it may not be as quick and/or easy
to find a 5th wheel that you want.
(Might be more expensive, too. Would help to indicate your budget).
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I have had both a TT and a 5er.

5er tows much better less sway
5er more aerodynamic thus better mileage on truck.
5er easier to hitch up.
5er has more external storage space.
5er has less distance from truck axle to trailer axles.

TT can still use your truck bed (if you have enough weight rating left to do so)
Can use a SUV or Van to tow.

TT has more frontal area exposed to the wind because of how far back the wall is in relation to the truck compared to the 5er.

I went from average 7.5 mpg to average 9.5 mpg with a 3,000 lbs increase in weight.


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Sorry i didn't list it my tow rig is as follows: 06 2500 HD HO CTD QUAD CAB AUTO SLT SPORT LWB 4X4 (ELEC.) MINERAL GREY AIRAID INTAKE WHEEL-TO-WHEEL CHROME EXTANG TRIFECTA PRODIGY BRAKE CONTROLLER QUAD X2 COMMANDER.

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rsopnco1 wrote:

Trailer pulls good backing could be easier but it is still ok. want opinions about both sides as i have a time limit to get a refund or keep it.TIA


If I am reading your post correctly, You are in a good, but very unusual, position and I think the first thing, assuming you can get a refund , is that you need to decide if you like this particular trailer well enough to keep it.

If not jump ship now, return it, get your money back and buy a fiver or tt that works for you.

* This post was edited 01/29/08 08:28am by LEC *

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One of the first things I would say from my experience, the TT is easier to back up, but the 5er is more comfortable going forward. With the right hitch, your truck bed will not really be an issue. On mine, I would have 2 rails left, but others just leave a hole. Not all 5ers have more storage, I just looked at one that had MAYBE 20% of the storage I do (granted I have a rear "garage" on mine. Also I don't need to re aim my head lights (sounds overloaded to me). I also had a TT, and I hope not to go back to one. Nothing wrong with it, just me preference. But my back may change my mind on that. I am much more relaxed when I tow the 5er then the TT, except the TT we had behind this truck was like nothing was there. But my earlier SUV's were sickening when towing.


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depends on your age. 5-ver has steps to bedroom and close to bath.
62 yrs old, we are looking at a tt-one level. maybe less room but more user friendly


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Chuck&Gail have it nailed.
I like a 5th wheel better overall. I have had both.

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