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Posted: 05/23/19 08:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One consideration is what do you want to pull it with? I think the TT option gives you a few options that you don’t get with 5th wheel.


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My experience has shown that a 5th wheel sacrifices some fuel mileage (frontal area) for much more stable towing experience. I don't have a strong preference, but I doubt I'd go back to any ball hitch trailer after a few thousand miles pulling my fifth wheel. I have never pulled a 30'+ travel trailer but if one that long started misbehaving, you'd be in for a wild ride. The 5er stays firmly planted no matter what.

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TT or 5er? 2007
5er v TT Aug2011
5er v TT Oct2014
5er vs TT June 2016

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Backing a Ball mount/TT is "EASIER" but that's where the advantage ENDS!

TT's are prone to sway unless you have PLENTY of truck. 5er's tow like they are not back there.

MUCH more storage in a 5er. OH, TT people will say OMG there are stairs inside! What the HE!! do ya think you are climbing into each one???

List goes on and on.


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Do yourself a favor and do a search for bucking and chucking.

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TenOC wrote:

I have had both. First TT was in 1980's. Get a GOOD TT hitch like an Hensley or a ProPride. Sure they cost $ but not much more than a 5er hitch.

With a cheep TT hitch and a poorly loaded TT (yes I have had each) there will be lots of White Knuckle Events while towing.

With a good TT hitch there is really no reason to choose between a 5er and TT. They tow about the same. Each takes about the same time to "learn" how to hook up and back up.

On one trip with my Hensley Arrow a wheel can off my TT while I was driving 70 MPH. I did not know it until a car pass me and flagged me down.



Have to agree with this (except for the driving 70), but we too have had both. We purchased a fifth wheel for the room versus the overall length. Our last TT was a 32' Komfort and we purchased a Hensley Arrow to tow it. Made a HUGE difference. When we traded in the TT for our FW, we also traded in our Arrow for the Hensley TrailerSaver BD3 and they mean it when they say it is a trailer saver. It controls the chucking, but then our FW has the suspension to assist with this too. As for backing. I tried to do the backing, but never mastered it, as DH has. The response is slower, but once you get the hang of it as far as turning and backing you'll get it. We went to a school parking lot and practiced with cones.

With a TT, you have the bed of a truck and with a FW, you lose a good portion of the bed, but still have some room for cargo.


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Big steve, you're running the gamut here on RV types. Based on your questions, you don't have much if any experience with large vehicles, towing, etc.


If that assumption is correct, or even if incorrect, first think about "how" you plan on using the RV.
Touring the country weeks or months at a time? Few trips to the state park up the road a year? Destination camper, go somewhere, park the RV and stay a while? Driving to get somewhere (main highways/freeways primarily) or like to get off the beaten path (county roads, forest roads)? Terrain, driving around the flat part of the country or headed straight up the side of the first mountain you see? Bringing a golf cart/wheeler/SxS or bikes?

Once you've decided how you plan on using the RV, that will help decide which type offers the most conveniences and least downsides.

Back to your actual question, I'd finger out if you're comfortable hooking a big trailer, any type and taking off down the road, rush hour traffic, backing into or out of tight spots. Bumper pull or 5th wheel both require some skill that you'll have to acquire.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Backing a Ball mount/TT is "EASIER" but that's where the advantage ENDS!

TT's are prone to sway unless you have PLENTY of truck. 5er's tow like they are not back there.

MUCH more storage in a 5er. OH, TT people will say OMG there are stairs inside! What the HE!! do ya think you are climbing into each one???

List goes on and on.


Lol! You couldn’t be more wrong on all accounts but please, go on and on and enlighten us. I’ve owned four 5th wheels. Never have had a problem with sway, stairs, backing or lack of enough truck with a TT or 5th wheel. Maybe you’re doing it wrong. [emoticon]


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My choice is a TT due to the height of 5ers and my camping style.


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Posted: 05/24/19 03:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends what you want .I got them both and I will never buy a TT.FW tow safer and it have more storage outside.The only disadvantage for me is that it cost more.


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