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Posted: 05/24/19 03:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Came from a 21ft bumper pull TH to a 31ft 5er TH and would do it again in a heartbeat. If you have enough truck the 5er is the way to go IMO.


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Been to a number of RV shows now and in 'n out of many TTs and FWs. What DW and I don't like is the extra steps inside a FW, esp. with the bedroom being up front. The front living area FWs are pretty cool tho. Cabinets can be higher off the floor and height-challenged people may need a step stool.

One-level-living in a TT is a big plus for us, esp. when getting up in the night. FWs are typically a bit higher off the ground and the extra height can be a nuisance for some people. Our 15 year old dog can't get up and down the steps in our TT by himself now and I have to lift him. If I had to lift him even more steps up to the front, that'd be a killer for my back.

Never towed a FW, but if a person takes the time to do all the "right stuff" to a TT, there should be little or no sway. Our 29' TT has no sway and handles great on twisty/bumpy mountain roads and is a pleasure to tow. TTs are harder to tow in high gusting winds but a FW with it's higher height is more susceptible to being blown clear over in high side winds.

I've seen a few people in CGs mess up their tailgates when hitching up and cause expensive damage. Hard to do with a TT but it takes practice to get the hang of quickly aligning and backing up the ball on a TV to the coupler.


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Posted: 05/26/19 07:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So to answer OP's question, and focus on towing, not comfort, or stairs (or lack thereof) etc..

I've owned both. Currently on my first 5er.

I prefer the 5er towing experience. TT tow experience was fine when trailer is setup properly, but 5er is more stable in my opinion, especially in windy conditions.

Backing up - 5er is different. Took me some time to get used to it. Not really more difficult, just different. Think the TT reacted quicker to input.

Turning - 5er turns INSIDE the track of the truck. So, you have to take turns wider to avoid curbing the tires.

Other than that, pretty much 6 of 1, half dozen of another.

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5er hands down for towing. No contest IMO. I had two TT's then a 5er and now back to a TT. 5er's just naturally tow straighter easier. No add on's needed.

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The TT gives you more flexibility. You can tow it with a Truck, SUV, Van, cargo truck, equipment truck, etc etc etc.. pretty much any decent half ton and up vehicle with an adequate receiver hitch and a brake controller can get the Job done in a pinch.

With a fifth wheel, you are limited to a heavy truck and it must have a fifth wheel hitch.

JMHO

But TT for me. Set the hitch up right and match the truck and the trailer and you are good to go.

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Grit dog wrote:

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.
This is probably the best answer so far. Depends on what you want to do. A fiver would never fit in most of the places I take my travel trailer simply because they are too tall. They also don't track right behind the tow vehicle like the trailer, so they won't fit as well on a narrow, winding forest service roads. As I'm getting older and starting to lean more toward travel and destination, fifth wheels get more attractive. But even then, I have to temper what kinds of toys I might want to bring along. ATVs or motorcycles are not part of a typical fiver outing, but are easily doable with a travel trailer.


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