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Posted: 06/14/22 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

cptqueeg wrote:

Have you considered a smaller 5th wheel or bumper pull and keeping your truck?


I think this gets to the point of...why are you switching?

If we know why, we can provide better feedback.



Yes, correct.

I could have blurted out my opinion, based on my use and my experiences and preferences, but I want to actually be helpful to the OP.

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As BFL13 suggested…rent one. I think that’s the best advice . Especially now that owners here have relayed their good experiences with Sprinters.

You need to check the long haul comfort for two people with seating and sleeping space. That’s where we all spend 50% of our life. If your passenger is not comfy it wont matter too much if your bath is wet or dry.
You now also have non Sprinter general class C info that was provided from others like myself, that offer things you may or may not have thought of.

Driving one loaded up as you plan to use it will allow its suspension to work . It will probably drive better than short test , driving an empty one from a dealers lot.

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Thank you all for your feedback. It is very helpful. To answer the "why" question. We are looking for something that is easier to drive (is it with a toad versus the truck/trailer?), without the hassle of hooking/unhooking the 5th wheel, something in the 25 foot range could get into more campsites than our truck/trailer, we have not seen any good smaller 5th wheel trailers (layout/quality) in a 25 foot range, some of the features like a built in generator sound good. I agree with the servicing stories - you can find stories about all types. We want to stick with the 25 foot range because we want something more nimble.

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Tbr2015,

There are many youtubes to view for selecting tow bars. The link here is informative and shows how to remedy a few snags that can occur.

Blue Ox tow bar setup

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tbr2015 wrote:

Thank you all for your feedback. It is very helpful. To answer the "why" question. We are looking for something that is easier to drive (is it with a toad versus the truck/trailer?), without the hassle of hooking/unhooking the 5th wheel, something in the 25 foot range could get into more campsites than our truck/trailer, we have not seen any good smaller 5th wheel trailers (layout/quality) in a 25 foot range, some of the features like a built in generator sound good. I agree with the servicing stories - you can find stories about all types. We want to stick with the 25 foot range because we want something more nimble.


While all the folks were asking "why?", your reply is as expected. More mobility.
Toads tow easy in general. It ain't like having a 5ver on the hook, but you'll also be at the upper end of the capabilities of a little Sprinter C pulling a substantial size vehicle, so keeping the toad small is paramount to the experience, IMO.
The size of rig you're contemplating is generally about the size chosen so folks don't think they "need" a toad. And I'd agree in general, but it's all about your uses and what and where you explore.

The main anomaly of a toad as a trailer vs any actual trailer is, you're seriously limited in backing up. You can do some ancillary straight backing, if needed, keeping an eye on not getting the toad out of whack and jack knifing it, but any time you have to back up and turn, toad needs to come off.

What you're getting is reasonably the smallest full featured package camper that has enough room that you don't need to sit on someone's lap. If you're good with say half the space of your current rig, go for it.


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Cost, think in overall terms. Sprinter apples to apples = more than a E350 chassis. Are you looking Sprinter to save fuel? If so, do the math and see if the addl purchase price and perceived sale price vs fuel savings makes sense.
Or if you're just after a Euro rig look vs a Frod or Chevy van look, that's cool too.

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tbr2015 wrote:

We are looking into "downsizing" from our 31 foot 5th wheel / 2500HD diesel set up to a Sprinter based class "C" with a flat towed vehicle. Are there any out there that have made this transition? Wondering about your experience. It is a lot to think about (licensing, insurance, swapping truck for a towed vehicle, towbar/braking solutions, etc.). It sounds like weight will be a bigger factor that current set up because of the limited cargo carrying capacity of these motorhomes?


We did this, to a 25’ gas C. The fiver is better when you’re camped. The C is better when you’re on the road or moving a lot. Honestly I see that as the biggest decision point.


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