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Posted: 02/06/19 05:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are considering trading our motorhome for a 5th wheel. We are planning to retire next year and are hoping to spend the winters someplace warm. I’m thinking that the 5th wheel will have a lot more room for us to spend 3 to 4 months in. I’m having a hard time letting go of my motorhome though. Anyone else do this and are you happy with the 5th wheel or do you wish you had your motorhome back? Thanks for your thoughts

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just did that 1 year ago. fifth wheel is great. lots of room. Tired of doing the maintance on the motorhome, so I do not miss it. Wife loves the 5er. one thing I do miss is the onboard generator.

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We did that in January of 2017 as well. We had a 40 foot dp and yes, it was nice but a motorhome does not afford the room a fiver has. We had a Sunnybrook fiver for a long time but when I retired NOOOO I had to buy a motorhome. We have not had one regret on this decision.

I am not bashing motorhomes just for the record. Every rv'er has their preferences. We did not see that big of advantage.


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I always thought the best part about having a MH would be the ability take a nice little car to drive around rather than a big truck. Seems like getting around would be more comfortable and it would be easier to park.


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We made the switch years ago and have no regrets at all. 5th has more room in it and both mh and 5er were same length with 3 slides.


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I’m not about to trade our motor home for a fifth wheel or anything simply because we retired 15 Years ago and are at the age we wonder how much longer we will be traveling. However several years ago I ran into two couples that had gone just the opposite, fifth wheel to motor home. One couple did so because of some medical readon where she could not be very far from a bath room facility and actually had to stop traveling until they got the coach. The other couple did the same because they traveled a lot and wanted the ease of pulling over and having lunch or whatever without going back and opening to the fiver. I do think if you plan on staying in one place for relatively long periods of time a fifth wheel might be a little more livesble as it is more like the sticks and bricks . Just something to think about. Best of luck and travel safe.


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I can't say we don't like 5ers. Some are really really nice. Initially when we first started to look into RV'ing we wanted a Super C, but they lack our preferred dimensions, so we looked at some 5ers, BUT unfortunately we read and witnessed RV parks that ONLY Allow class A MH's. We wanted a vehicle that has access to ALL CG's that we wish to patronize. So we chose a MH.

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We’ve had 5th wheel RVs for several years. After a trip from the California Central Coast to Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, several more states then back home. On our arrival my wife locked herself in the computer room. Came out and announced that the 5th wheel is going and we are getting a Class A.

The reasoning is grabbing a snack, water, wife going to the restroom, dogs have more room and ease of setting up breaking camp. Instead of carrying around stacks of plastic blocks, moving back and forth to level side to side, then front to rear. Now just two buttons and wait. Heated tile floor, 10k genset, residential refrigerator, nice tiled shower, larger closet, bath and a half.


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We kept the both of them, 2yrs in the fw as I like my truck but still keep the mh under cover, never know when a guy might change his mind, and momma says I am not allowed to put a hitch on her Honda CRV which would have to be trailerd, awd touring model.


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We have a few friends who have gone the route you are considering. Based upon their feedback, all really liked the extra space when parked for longer periods of time in one place. The ones who were not as happy are those who still traveled from place to place more frequently with shorter stays in one place. They didn't like riding in the truck as well as riding in the motor home while traveling. One couple really didn't like having to drive a big truck once they got to their destination, the answer for them was getting a small car to keep at their southern location.


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