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Posted: 02/25/22 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our first toy hauler was a Weekend Warrior FS2600 bumper pull. When the last of our kids/helpers moved away, we decided we wanted more comforts and less work, so we upgraded to a fifth wheel with a dedicated garage, auto-levelers, and big slides. Best decision we could have made. It's a totally different experience.

There are definitely pros and cons though.

We boondock a lot and we can get into most of the same places with the big fiver as we did with the shorter bumper pull. The fifth wheel is easier to maneuver, but the TT had a little better ground clearance. It's a toss-up as far as boondocking goes.

In actual camps though, it takes a lot more planning to secure a space long enough for a longer fifth wheel. We can't get into any State/Fed campgrounds. We camp at a lot of County places though. Even though the spaces aren't much bigger, they don't have the same staffing and it's pretty easy to get creative and shoehorn into a space when there isn't any supervision (a victimless crime). In private CGs / RV Parks, we usually do pretty well finding a space. Sometimes we have to compromise and dry camp in the overflow, but that's pretty rare. Those longer spaces definitely come at a premium though. We have to be careful on longer trips, because the longer spaces at the private RV parks can really add up.

So yeah, a bigger triple-axle fifth wheel toy hauler will make you work a little harder to find a spot and it will cost a little extra. We've never regretted the upgrade though. The experience with this more comfortable hauler has been fantastic. We've done a ton of camping in it in the past six years, including an 11,000 mile trip. Our older/smaller Warrior was just too primitive for extended trips like that.


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  • 05 Yamaha WR450
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Posted: 02/26/22 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keep your 5er to a reasonable length and its no harder than a TT getting into places. Moved from a WW 21ft Superlite to an Attitude 28SAG (31ft) 5er several years ago. Only challenge I had was dealing with the extra height and tree limbs. Other than that cant thing of anything I gave up to move to the 5er.


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N-Trouble wrote:

Keep your 5er to a reasonable length and its no harder than a TT getting into places. Moved from a WW 21ft Superlite to an Attitude 28SAG (31ft) 5er several years ago. Only challenge I had was dealing with the extra height and tree limbs. Other than that cant thing of anything I gave up to move to the 5er.


5er vs TT maneuverability is "different" not better or worse.

A TT can start turning more quickly but it's limited to how sharply you can turn.

A 5er is slower to start turning but you can turn more sharply.


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I've had 3 TT trailers (2 were Toyhaulers). We now have a Momentum 394 (5th wheel toy hauler). The ease of towing, hooking up, and the layout...I'll never go back to a TT.

We bought the 5th wheel to give us additional space upon retirement and long vacations. So happy with our choice.


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Sounds like a 5W toy hauler with any capable truck or option 2 a TT with a long bed P/U load the ATV win the bed and hook the TT. Either direction I would look at a diesel P/U for the torque to pull the weight which ever way you go.


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Galvinized wrote:

We are planning retirement. Want to hit the road for 2-3 months and go somewhere warmer. We want to be able to bring a two seat golf cart or two seat UTV with us. Assume weight is no more than 1500#.

We have never owned a toy hauler and are interested in hearing about the pros and cons of a travel trailer toy hauler or fifth wheel toy hauler.

TIA for your insights.


never had a TT toyhauler, only 2 fiver toyhaulers, but did consider the travel trailer ones.

We like the ceiling height in the 5ers. Makes the interior feel more spacious.

It seems like the 5er models have more storage space.

When we looked the fiver models typically have larger holding tanks. Not sure if this is still true, but more capacity is always nice to have even if you don't use it all.

Our 40' fiver has always towed well behind our dually, even in really windy conditions. We don't spend time trying to make sure weight is distributed etc. We just fill up with full water, gas, propane, and load the toy(s) and go.

For those times when you can't ride out of a campground or the trail is a little ways away, my parents have the Anderson Hitch for their 41' 5er toyhauler. It only weighs about 30lbs. So it's easy to remove so they can load their RZR in the back of their truck and haul it to the nearest trail.

If we had a TT toyhauler we would have a diamond back ATV/SxS cover. Its like a tonneau cover capable of holding your UTV.

Diamond Back ATV/SxS Carrier

Some of the TT 5ers with open floor plans (no separate garage) have swivel rockers. I think the swivel rockers are comfortable and with the open floor plan can seem as big if not bigger living space than 5er TH.

The separate garage models are nice. Garages give an entire separate space for keeping dirt out, add privacy, can be a nice place to hang out when your spouse is sleeping or you just want some space from each other or even guests.

With a TT TH you might not need as big of a truck. Some of these 5er THs are huge and if you want to stay within tow ratings you'll need a newer dually.

How exciting! Once you get your toyhauler you'll have to post pics!


40' Keystone Toyhauler
F350 6.4L DRW to pull the TH
KTM 300 XC-W tpi
Kawasaki KX 100
Honda CRF 150R
Honda CRF 80F
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Honda CRF 450X
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