Ironic that you ask since last year we were seriously considering purchasing a MH and came close to signing the papers. Since I kept walking around the inside and looking at the storage/space. DH asked me where I was going to keep the kitchen garbage can and the dog food. That did it! We didn't sign the papers and instead purchased a fifth wheel three months later. The fifth wheel had much, much more storage room. For us, the ability to stow everything away neatly was the deal maker. The other two factors? DH did not want to sell the pickup, so economically the fifth wheel made more sense rather than having one more engine and chassis to maintain. Last, riding in the motor home made me motion sick with the rolling/rocking feeling combined with the distorted view out the front window.
2011 Bighorn 3055RL
2011 F350 SD CC DRW 6.7L Diesel Lariat, Hensley BD3 with Ford Under-Bed Adaptor
Dave & Renee plus (Champ, Molly, Paris, and Missy in spirit), Maggie, and Mica!
$$$ mostly. The trailer spends most of its life parked and I can use the TV as a daily driver.
X2 I am still tied to the corporate teat for a couple more years so the fiver works for us. Once I retire and we get rid of one vehicle that may change. Besides, I doubt very much I could get her to drive an MH, especially an A.
Two summers ago, we caravaned with another couple with a motor home. Going across So. Dakota, there were sustained 50 mph crosswinds. Sometimes I rode with the guy in his MH, sometimes in my 5th. In my 5th, I could drive one-handed with my hand in my lap. The other guy in his MH was constantly making BIG corrections on his steering wheel, and the MH had a big list to it, whereas, the truck/5th tracked upright with no indication there was a strong wind.
Made me really glad I chose the 5th, because at one point I almost bought a MH. Then I did a quick calculation of the costs for a truck/5th vs. a MH/toad, and the 5th had a big advantage. Since then, I've noted the cost of maintaining my pair versus the MH/toad, and there again, big advantage to the 5th.
I haven't regretted my decision for even a moment. Well, wait a minute: it does look like backing a MH into a tight campground is easier, but still . . .
We considered both when we decided to go fulltime RVing and went with a fifth wheel. We fulltimed for 10 years and liked the liveability of the fifth wheel. It also had more storage than any TT we looked at and was shorter overall than TT with equivalent living space. We have been in stix & brix again now for almost five years and traded our old rig in on a shorter fifth wheel since the truck was paid for and we could pay cash for the new trailer after trade. We could not have done that on a MH. By the way, both DW and I trade off driving and whoever is driving when we get to the campsite is the one who parks the rig.
Fulltime RVer May 1997-June 2007
2013 Winnebago Vista Model 27N
More space in a 5er! 9' ceilings, 14'x21' "great room". 6'6" ceiling in the bedroom & slides.
A good class A is fun to drive but I don't spend most of my time on the highway.
'03 GMC 4500 Topkick with Duramax/Allison
'04 36' McKenzie Medallion triple slide
Cabover kayak racks w/18' touring kayaks.
Bicycle carrier on the front with a street bike & a mountain bike
Snowbird W/Ohio camper dock
We rented Class A's before buying our fiver. A couple of things that swayed us to the 5th wheel were the additional headroom in the fiver, more "homey" feel with the opposing slide rear living floor plan, and the fact that our truck has dual airbags and a NHTSA crash rating. Go out there and roll over in a MH and let me know how it works out for you! The truck/5th wheel rig is much safer in a crash.
Purchase price (even with buying a new truck to pull it) and overall cost of ownership.
Wife and I went to an RV show in Orlando and absolutely loved the Class As. They are gorgeous on the inside. Knew I wanted one and a Class A pusher was the ONLY way to go. We didn't even bother to look at any 5ers at that show.
Then reality set in as I got more serious about buying. The ridiculously high purchase price of a DP was just out of the realm of possibilities. Class Cs and TTs were entirely too small for how we planned to travel. Other than staying in hotels, 5ers were the only thing left.
2011 GMC 3500 Dually
New to me 2006 Jayco Designer 38RDQS
2 Boxers and a Maine Coon