I want to thank everyone for their responses, I think the big reason I’ll buy a small 5th wheel is I intend on camping cross county when I retire, hopefully 5 years from now. By that time the rig will have been paid for and I’ll be use to backing it in tight spaces. I do okay backing in my current TT, I was hoping and it appears I was correct that the 5th wheel will get into tighter spaces as my wife insist on the smallest remotes camp sites, which is her apprehension about going from a 23 foot TT to a 26-28” 5th wheel. She feels our rig will be too large for the small ideal spots she loves so much. I will enjoy not having to deal with torsion bars and anti-sway bars and more so being able to connect hopefully without multiple attempts to get on the ball; which can really strain a marriage. I’m beginning to believe that connecting a TT and placing it on a campsite exactly and precisely where the wife wants it is the major reason for divorce in this country along with putting up Christmas lights.
2010 Ford F-250
2013 Jaco White Hawk 27RL
2004 Jeep Sahara
2005 Harley Davidson FLHTC
The biggest advantage is they pull nicer especially in a cross wind. All that weight directly over the rear axle plants it in place.
Backing: They are different. Not better or worse. The 5th wheel starts turning slower but allows you to turn much sharper. Do it a few times and it's just as easy as a TT. There is an easy way to compensate for the slow start of the turn. Do a "Z" turn:
- As you approach the site, drive as close to the site as possible.
- When the front of the truck gets to the site turn hard away from the site and go until you run out of room.
- When you run out of room turn back toward the site while still going forward.
- If may take a little practice to determine exactly when to turn but if you've done it right the back of the trailer will now be pre-angled toward your site eliminating the slow response when you start backing up.
Storage: It's a trade off. The 5er has more on board storage but it eats up storage you had in the back of the truck. A small 5er will probably be a wash in terms of storage.
Fuel economy: probably a wash. 5ers are taller but since they overlap the bed they are more aerodynamic compared to a trailer that sits well back from the truck.
Tammy Mike & the Bilge Rat (AKA: Diego)
Ford F250 7.3L
1997 Sunnybrook 27' 5er
1995 Gemini Sail Catamaran 34'
Full Time spliting time between boat and 5er
FLHTCI, don't forget that, with a say, 30' FW, probably 5' of that total length is over the bed, so you're actually only towing a 25' long rig.
2002 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax Crew Cab 4x4 6.5' Bed
Banks Bullet Tuner and Monster Exhaust
B&W Turnover Ball with 5th Wheel Companion
2004 Komfort 25FSG Fifth Wheel
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 59 Year Member