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Posted: 08/05/12 07:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are new to RVing and have just begun shopping. We are having a tough time deciding between a TT or 5th Wheel. Please share why you love one over the other.

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Well, for a fifth wheel: towing is a dream, storage, coolness, built better as a general rule (my experience), separates bedroom from kids, larger bathroom, more headroom, did I say towing!
I've had 4 Tt's previously. I wouldn't go back to a TT. The only advantage to a TT in my opinion is that they cost less and you can tow with a lighter truck in most cases.
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5th wheel pulls better with less of your truck hunting and downshifting gears when on the freeway, especially on inclines. But takes up most or all of the truck bed leaving little room for storage. Also heavier than travel trailers and often necessitates a 3/4 ton or 1 ton pickup in order to pull it. Due to design and length of 5th wheel frames they often have more overall space inside and floorplans with more slides. Travel trailer is better for smaller, lighter applications for 2 people or small families. Many trailers can be pulled by a regular 1/2 ton pickup or SUV, some even by simply a V6 truck or SUV. Manufacturers are getting more creative with space though, so it's all according to your needs and desires for floorplan and space.

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There are many pros & cons to both TT and Fifth-Wheels but ease and comfort of towing is not one. If a TT has a cheap hitch it is true they tow poorly at times but ask anyone who has towed a TT with a Hensley Hitch and a Fifth-Wheel and most agree the TT tows as good or better.

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The TT we like is heavier (GVWR 10,970) than the 5th Wheel we are considering. Most are saying the 5th wheels are easier to tow. DH would prefer if we went with the lighter of the two as he is a bit worried about the wear n tear on his truck (03 F350 v10 4x4) in the Colorado Rockies.

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Posted: 08/05/12 10:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should just ask for differences then YOU determine if it is a pro or con.

Overall Height
Steps in/out
Steps inside to MB/bath area
Overall Length
Tow-ability
Floorplans available
Cost
Hitching/unhitching
Storage inside/outside
Vehicle requirements
Hitch requirements


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Fivers do have a slight edge in towing. My TT tows almost as well with my Dodge 2500 with CTD and the Equalizer hitch as my previous fiver. It does take longer to hitch up with the TT than a fiver (5 minutes max). My 34' TT when attached is the same length as a 38-39 foot fiver, so the total length of the fiver and TV is less with a similar sized fiver. One big advantage for the TT is you get to use your truck bed. I can take my motorcycle (approx 500 lbs) or small 4 wheeler in my truck bed, since DW really does not like most toy haulers. A big advantage to the fiver in my opinion is the much higher ceilings. At 6'3", my TT ceiling is only 3" above my head. There are nice TT now, so fivers are not always nicer. They both have pros and cons. I suggest you go look at a good number of both types. Take a pen and pad and write down what YOU see as the pros and cons of each. People like different things and use their RVs in different ways. That is why there are so many types. Only you can judge what is important or not important to you. Have fun shopping and good luck.

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hitching up is so much easier with the 5er. you can see the hitch and you can be a bit off in the line-up but it will still hitch.
towing is also more comfortable.
the overall length. a 30 foot TT you are longer bumper to bumper then a 30 foot 5er.
the one thing I don't like about 5er is the walk-through bathrooms. there are a some layouts that do not have them.


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Posted: 08/05/12 09:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should check out replies on: Beginner/Towing 5th wheel for some more info

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