Well I towed a TT for years and decided to try a FW. So I bought one and found out it was too heavy for my 3/4 ton truck and went out and bought a 1 ton dually to tow it with. After a couple of years I decided a FW was not for me and I am now back to a TT.
TT leaves the bed for what ever you want, it also gets better gas mileage the FW does make a great sail sticking up above the truck and I prefer not driving a dually. Now the FW does have more storage but that just adds to the pin weight because it is in the front of the rigs wheels.
I have been going back and forth between my fiver and my TT the last week. With the TT, you can always feel it back there. With the fiver, I feel it when I hit a really big bump or hit a hill.
At my house, my driveway hooks a 50 degree turn around the corner of my neighbor's fenced back yard. While backing around that corner, I have to get within 6 inches of the corner of her fence, and get the perfect angle at the same time without hitting one of the posts of my fence with the truck on the opposite side. Lately, I have backed both trailers around it twice. With the fiver, I either had to use the wireless camera on a tripod, or get my wife to help me. I ended up pulling forward five or six times. On Friday, the second time with the TT, she realized I was backing it around the corner and came out . . . too late to help me as I had it around the corner and into its new parking space (the one the fiver formerly occupied). Never had to pull forward. It was one smooth unstopping motion.
One caveat . . . with all of this backing and turning around of trailers in the neighborhood over the last couple of weeks, I have gotten a little refresher . . . so I am a little better at backing than I normally am.
I spent a summer work-camping in Grand Teton National Park out of a 30-foot bumper pull trailer. I had a shell on the back of my truck so I could store things I didn't want cluttering up my trailer. More importantly, I could head out for some weekend exploration and fishing in my truck and sleep inside the shell. I just couldn't give up the use of my truck bed with a fifth-wheeler.
The biggest disadvantage to a 5er is that they weigh a bit more so you will need a heftier truck. They are also taller so you need more clearance and there are more steps to climb to even get onto the first floor level much less the upper level.
They have more storage and they are far more stable on the road because your connection is over the wheels, not behind the bumper. The extra high ceiling in the back area makes them feel roomier. Your overall length will be shorter because the 5er starts somewhere over the bed of the truck while the TT starts a few feet behind the rear bumper.
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Since starting this thread I purchased a 32 1/2' fifth wheel 2 1/2 hours from home and towed it home.
This last weekend I towed my 26' travel trailer home from its winter storage 7 hours away.
What I found is my trucks mileage was within 1 mpg of each tow favoring the travel trailer- until I refueled wih Exxon diesel , then the milelage dropped to match each at 10- 11 mpg depending on speed.
What I didn't care for when towing the travel trailer was being passed by 18 wheelers- I've read about them sucking the trailer& truck towards them and now understand what people were talking about.. Nothing I couldn't deal with, but spooky when the passing speeds were excessive compared to my speed.
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FWIW, my Reese WDH is picky. I have have rock solid towing at 75mph, thunderstorms, no other vehicle can impact how it tows when it is set up well. When it's not adjusted correctly, calm winds no other vehicles is scary at 60mph.
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