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Hi all, as I’m sure most of you have seen my posts on a separate thread and got a f350 dually and looking for a fifth wheel.

My question - towing a 36 ft fifth wheel vs a 39.5 ft upto 41 ft what are your experiences and is there much difference when you going long distance.

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Little to no difference in the actual towing. Getting into and out of service stations will be a bit more difficult with the larger 5th wheels. The longer trailers will make your selection of RV parking spots a bit fewer. Once you get up around 35 feet, a few feet more doesn't make a lot of difference.


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Towing you will not notice much difference but parking it you will notice a big difference.


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Thanks for your input can I use the truck gas in loves etc, looking at thousand trails and Naco sites for a month at a time

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We started out full time travel in a 38.5 5ft wheel, then moved to a 36 ft. Zero difference in the actual towing down the roads, a slight change in some turning. Seems the rv parks sites that would fit a 38.5 and a 36 were about the same. Interior space changed a lot, you would think a bit over 2 feet would not make a difference, but it does. Find the trailer that will fit your lifestyle and you will make it work.


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My first 5th wheel was a 35 footer. Next I got a 40 foot toy hauler 5th wheel, which I still have. Towing them I can't tell the difference in length. I can tell the difference in the weight, though.

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As others said, once you are rolling down the road, almost no difference.

I assume in that size range, you have a diesel one ton (probably dually), so running thru the truck lanes as truck stops is viable. If you have to go into a small local station, that can be a bit more challenging.

What type of camping will you do?

If it's just back and forth once a year snowbirding and you have a big site anyway, no brainer, get the biggest you can.

Likewise, if you stick mostly to newer wide open campgrounds with pull thru sites, not a big concern.

If you will be moving around a lot, particularly using state & national parks (or other more natural setting private parks), keeping the size down does make it easier to find sites or avoid stressful squeezing around wooded roads and into very tight sites.

No right or wrong answer and you can always adapt to what you have.

Our preference is around 27-32ft. Big enough to be comfortable but we can get into most parks.


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I agree. In general, once you hit over 32 feet, the size won't be any more limiting. Most people either stay at 32ft or less, or go as big as possible.

The exception might be in regards to local roads. Just make sure there are no size restrictions on roads leading to your home or the homes of friends/family that you may visit - destinations that you definitely want to be able to get to. Some communities may have limits on the local roadways that could prevent you from reaching your daughter's home, etc.

As you will be using thousand trails and NACO, you can do a search on their sites and see the difference in sites that come up with the two sizes. If you get 100 sites using the 35ft and 95 sites using the 41ft, then you're good to go. If you get 100 with the 35ft and 47 with the 41ft, then that 6 feet cuts your options in half and might be a deal breaker.


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valhalla360 wrote:

As others said, once you are rolling down the road, almost no difference.

I assume in that size range, you have a diesel one ton (probably dually), so running thru the truck lanes as truck stops is viable. If you have to go into a small local station, that can be a bit more challenging.

What type of camping will you do?

If it's just back and forth once a year snowbirding and you have a big site anyway, no brainer, get the biggest you can.

Likewise, if you stick mostly to newer wide open campgrounds with pull thru sites, not a big concern.

If you will be moving around a lot, particularly using state & national parks (or other more natural setting private parks), keeping the size down does make it easier to find sites or avoid stressful squeezing around wooded roads and into very tight sites.

No right or wrong answer and you can always adapt to what you have.

Our preference is around 27-32ft. Big enough to be comfortable but we can get into most parks.


Hi the plan upto now is 3 weeks at each site thousand trails or naco, moving over the weekends from Florida across state , most of those site through researching can accommodate the larger fifth wheels

* This post was edited 11/04/22 04:08am by tourusa *

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tourusa wrote:

Moving every 3 wks tt or naco, interstate


I can guess at what this means but it's not real clear.

I'm guessing you do one travel day every 3 weeks and stay at a membership campground like thousand trails.

In that case, as long as the campgrounds have big enough sites, I would look at going large.

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