"With a fifth you lose your truck bed... so, clear everything out, put in the hitch and hookup... once your home do it in reverse... unless you want to drive around with a 200lb chunk of metal in your bed. No room in the truck for bikes, firewood or anything else."
While everyone is entitled to their opinions, my experience says different. While towing a fifth wheel, I had an aluminum tool box in the bed of the truck, along with a military footlocker full of tools; I also had, at different times, firewood, pieces of lumber for leveling and chocking, etc.
And, had room left over for more "stuff" if needed.
This was using the truck in my sig.
As for length, we have had a 15 foot camp trailer, a 19 foot TT, and we full timed in a 32 foot triple slide fifth wheel. I have never had a desire for nor seen the need for anything larger. I have seen larger rigs in back country campgrounds around here, there is usually a site or two that can handle them.
IMO, acceptable size has more to do with the operator's comfort level than with available sites.
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just curious how big is too big for a bumper pull TT to tow around. my last onr was a 21.5' hybrid. could bring it anywhere. does anyone tow a 35' TT to different places or do you just use TT that long as seasonals? just curious.
Years ago I looked out of my right passager window and saw my trailer right there, after that I when to the 5th wheel. Never seen it out there anymore. I like it better behind me.
2005 Chev 5.3 Supercharged 395HP 425 T hp. Two wheels on front, 2 on back. one seat, tint windows. front and rear bumpers, headlights, windows. Door on each side. Heater, floor mats, 6 Reese candy bars, junk behind seats, some dirt. Pulls so hard.
I doubt that there is any comparison between the towing of a fiver vs. a TT, no matter how nice your TT stays behind the truck, a fiver would always be nicer.
Someone also added some good points about using the bed of the truck. I had no problem putting all sorts of things back there around the hitch, and since it was a personal vehicle, I really didn't need the box space for hauling a bunch of stuff when not travelling.
The big thing against fivers is the lack of flexibility in layout. Ours was a toy hauller with separate garage space. We had a huge upper level master bedroom, a nice size garage, and a tiny living space. I also didn't like that when you want to use the washroom from outside you have to go up two small flights of steps to get there.
I guess if you are spending more time parked than moving, a TT is best.
We pull our 321RES Keystone Cougar High Country 35'+ TT with a Chevy Tahoe only 25 miles to our seasonal site in the spring and 25 miles back to the storage site in the fall. Although it pulls great and is lightweight at 7700 dry, our TV would definitely have to be upgraded if we were to ever pull it a mile further. Or we would possibly downsize our TT or more likely switch to a 5th wheel. We purchased a TT this length with the sole intention of staying put.
Meanwhile, we'll be enjoying the spacious triple slide layout...from one place.
Our Jayco Eagle is just shy of 35'....add to that the fact that we tow with an F350 crew cab with the long bed and we are REALLY long going down the road.
You definitely have to be mindful of things. The size of our TT can limit us somewhat in choices for campsites, etc. However, TBH with where WE want to go it really hasn't made much difference.
We'll definitely take the pluses of having the larger TT.
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