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Have to agree, a 38' 5er or larger is huge & difficult to find sites for if you prefer the much more scenic SPs & NPs. I really don't know what you get in the big 5ers other than more floor space. The same fridge, the same table, the same sofa, the same 2 recliners go into the 38 plus size as go into the 30-35' size.

Not so sure about going down into the 25' or so range unless the designer has a marine mind & has put every bit of space to good use.

We tried to stay at 32' but could not find the build quality or layout combination acceptable so we had to go a little longer & get a 34 model number. About 2000 nights on the road with 4 trips to Alaska, no regrets on model or length. SPs are our first preference.


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I've had 5 different truck campers over the years, but when I retired 13 years ago I traded in for a 5th wheel. We love the 5th wheel and have done many wonderful trips in it, right across Canada, the Yukon and Alaska, and several trips to California, Oregon, Utah etc.
However, I always missed having the camper for shorter trips, more exploring etc so 8 years ago I bought an older fairly cheap camper and used both for a few years until I passed the camper down to my daughter.
I am now thinking that in the spring I will trade in the 5th wheel and get a better camper, which will be much easier to handle and take me to more accessible places.
They are both great, I thing the difference is a 5th wheel is "RVing"
and a camper is "camping"


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We have a small camper/over sized canopy and tow a 22' travel trailer. Sometimes we leave the trailer and go out for several nights with just the truck. Best of both worlds.
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I went through the same gthing, we have a 39.5' 5th and we love it. use it all the time, but I was finding it was to expensive to go to the island unless I was going for 3 weeks or somthing to make the 750.00 in ferry fees worth it. also there are a lot of forestry sites, in absolutly beautifuls lakes, that I have no way of getting into. so I went out and bought an older 10' truck camper for thoes types of tripa. still need the 5th as the majority of our trips the kids and grandkid still come along but for just ht ewife and I we have the option of going different places or visiting on the island with the camper.

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when out on a 6 to 8 week trip I just love the room inside the 5th wheel and all of the outside gear we can take along, but boy I would love to do some Lake side or even being next to a river for a few days.So I gave it a try 2yrs ago in VT alone in a small tent with a blowup air matress, which had a leak during the night and temps drop to 46* that night....at 60yrs old with a fused lower back..I lasted that one night..Never again, thats the draw to a PU camper.. ...Thanks for your input with a PU camper


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What discourages me with truck campers now is the price. They have no axle, brakes, frame, etc. but yet they cost more than a tag along trailer and in some cases as much or more than a 5th wheel !! I still think at some time I will go back to one and ditch the 5th wheel idea. All those years of owning truck campers we had wonderful unplanned trips and exploring. When I traded in my last truck camper which was a Starcraft that I had purchased new 5 years earlier, the dealer gave me very little for it claiming truck campers were hard to re sell. I bet there are no truck camper dealers within 100 miles of me!!

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What about one of the smaller fifth wheels? Is there more room in a travel trailer or fifth wheel of comparable size?

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In my opinion a 5th wheel has more room when compared to the length behind the truck. In other words, part of the trailer is up in the bed of the truck so a 32 foot 5th wheel is overall no longer than a 26' tag along trailer. So measuring from the back bumper of the truck to the back bumper of the trailer a fifth wheel is shorter. Plus you will normally see large basement storage on a 5th wheel.

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What discourages me with truck campers now is the price. They have no axle, brakes, frame, etc. but yet they cost more than a tag along trailer and in some cases as much or more than a 5th wheel !! I still think at some time I will go back to one and ditch the 5th wheel idea. All those years of owning truck campers we had wonderful unplanned trips and exploring. When I traded in my last truck camper which was a Starcraft that I had purchased new 5 years earlier, the dealer gave me very little for it claiming truck campers were hard to re sell. I bet there are no truck camper dealers within 100 miles of me!!


theres a good reason for that, althought I think all rvs are way over priced for what you get. but while there may be no frame on a camper, it still has to be able to be ridgid so the wall system and such is usaly built better than a 5th or trailer. also I think your paying a lot of the guy who came up with the way to putt all that stuff in a unit half the size, but yes I do think they are over priced as I mentioned, thats why I found a 1991 10' unit that was well taken care of for a deicent price than did some upgrades to the power center, added solar and better batteries and so on..

Steve

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