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Posted: 07/09/22 02:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

Is space and comfort more important than staying in COE campgrounds, local, city campgrounds?

I wouldn't say that by going with a shorter trailer you would give up any comfort. We have friends with a 36 footer and they have just a little more usable space than we do with our 27 (really 29) footer and I would say ours is more comfortable. They have another couch, that's the main difference.

Going from a TC like the OP has to even a shorter fifth wheel is a huge difference. That's what we did, it is more about finding the right floor plan that works for you both. Also watch the tank sizes when you are shopping for a 5th wheel. Many of the opposing slide models give up tank space to make room for the slide mechanism.

Our tank sizes are almost double what they have. There are always trade offs.


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Out of 6 5th wheels our favorite was a 31 ft, Cameo. We’ve had from 35 to 40. Big doesn’t mean better..


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My 26' is tight at times with older national or state parks. Never really wanted more but I could see going 30-32'.


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We have a 40' and we've been too big a handful of times. Some National and State parks do have some tight spots. Sounds like you'd be okay in up to 36'.


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My favorite size was 31' (or very close to it.) With slides, that was a very comfortable size for the 2 of us.

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We have a 35ft and travel weeks to several months with it, averaging about halftime on the road. Camp mostly at state parks, NPS, COEs etc. I would not have a longer 5er, and we’re very comfortable in this one with storage etc (currently on a 3-4mo trip).

There are a few times that I’d like smaller. As I tell everyone, the perfect size 5er would be 35ft interior with a 30ft exterior length [emoticon]

Haven’t seen anything in 30-32ft size that has floor plan we like, besides at this point we’ve modded up our 35ft’er such that it would be hard for me to give up what we have.

If you plan to camp similar to us I’d recommend making sure you look at tank sizes as someone else mentioned. Good luck.


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34’ worked well for wife and I and occasional grandkid or two when they were small. But there were some state parks we stayed in that one more foot would have been difficult to get in if at all. Just depends on how much you want to limit yourself.

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Wow that was a lot of great responses I think we would be looking to limit its length at around 34’. Sounds like that would be a good compromise on length if all other things are a fit like tank size etc.

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When we went back to a fiver from a mh, we were only concerned with the floor plans in regard to what we wanted and that would meet our expectations. It happened to be a 40 footer but if it had been longer so be it. Based on your question I would shoot for what fits your needs and go that route.


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Past: bumper pull, 19 foot, 22 foot, 26 foot then fifth wheel, 33 foot twice, now 37 foot. All have been great. We do sometimes have a little issue getting into some places, but planning ahead to get a great spot and place hasn't been an issue. The last trade up gave us a bit more closet and bathroom space, living area about the same, plenty of room. plus we now have the washer and dryer so that will pay for itself hopefully with in the year. Just make sure you like the floor plan and get it, enjoy it and have fun. Boondocking won't be an issue, just remember about "off grid living" - water, sewer and electricity, how long you can be off grid. I know said before, have fun! ! !

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