While I have never had a 5ver I suspect it is easier to hook up than a TT. With the TT you have to set the WD bars which requires some muscle and hook up the antisway...a 5ver just back under the hitch and lock the pin. Leveling is leveling and I doubt there is much difference. We like a TT because I have use of the truck bed. Our TT is pretty long but has about as much interior space as most two slide 5vers.
I have the same truck so keep in mind the load capacity in the box is 1800 lbs.
We have a TT and like the level floor. Wife has knee issues which negated a fifth wheel. The truck is an extended cab long WB and I have no issues towing. Only have the WD hitch, no sway control. When towing the tires are 80 LBS rear, sixty front, very important. The box has a canopy and boat rack. The only issues I have had in 100,000 miles is rear disc brakes replaced due to rust. Crankshaft position sensor replaced twice and trany shift module replaced once. Mechanic told me that is fairly common with the allison.
I have towed a 15 foot camp trailer, a 19 foot Travel Trailer, and a 32 foot triple slide fifth wheel.
IMO, the fifth wheel is MUCH easier to hook up than the bumper pull trailers were, and I did not use a WD hitch on two of the three tow vehicles (the old Jeep Wagoneer HAD to have a WD hitch!).
The fifth wheel was also, IMO, easier to back into a space than a bumper pull.
Since safety chains are not required by law for a fifth wheel, but they are for a bumper pull, the fifth wheel hitch is apparently safer than the ball hitch.
Yes, the fifth wheel has 2 or 3 more steps than a TT, but we could all use the exercise!
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One thing not mentioned and thats the fact that the bedroom is higher up on the 5'er. What does hot air do? Rises. We were at an RV show last year and doing the walk thru on RV's and noticed that when going up into the 5'er bedrooms they were onsiderably warmer than the lower living area. To be fair on this they didn't have AC running or windows open and a fantastic may should aleviate the problem. Maybe some 5th wheel users could chime in on this.
When towing, there is less sway with a 5er than a TT.
FYI - In most states it is legal to travel in the back of a 5er as long as the passenger has communication with the driver. It is not legal to ride in the back of a TT.
I rode in the back of our 5th wheel trailer once, when I through my back out.We used our walkie talkies for communication.
I do not recommend traveling in the back of a 5th wheel trailer. No seats belts for one. And it's noisy and bumpy. Definitely children should not travel in the back of the 5th wheel. Pets only in a crate that has been secured, although I wouldn't let my dogs travel back there either. Much too noisy and scary for them.
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F-350 Powerstroke Diesel, extended cab, long bed, Reese hitch, Prodigy Brake Controller.
34' Cedar Creek 34CKTS, 3 slides & a king bed
I think I'd like to go to a 5er at some point, but I assume there are none on the market that I could pull with my F150. My TT right now is only about 6k lbs loaded. I assume I'd have to upgrade my TV for a 5er Sounds awesome but I'm not quite ready for that.
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Regardless of your choice make sure that you have plenty of towing capacity residual at the end of the day. A good friend once told me that a good rule of thumb is 80% of your dry weight max. Last thing you want is to be scared of hills or mountain roads. With my current setup I can pull or push our trailer where ever needed. Have put truck in reverse and pushed trailer up wet gravel incline and also wet grass at another time, did not flinch. All I am saying is be able to go just about anywhere, allows you to get some choice locations that may intimidate others.
2004 F350 6.0L 4x4 Powerstroke King Ranch Diesel Dually (Have Hitch Will Tow)
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