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Old 11-13-2015, 11:42 AM   #1
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Thinking of going to a fifth wheel

We have been looking at some 5ver's. We are considering the possibility. However I am not sure if I really wanna give up my truck bed space. You gain allot of storage going to a 5ver. Guess I was wondering if anyone had any regrets going from a bumper pull to the 5ver. They are suppose to handle better when towing I have heard. Can anyone tell me pros and cons to having one. This is a tough decision. I really love the trailer we have now. We are going to look for some RV shows over the winter and try to go to them. How difficult are they really to hook up. I never looked do you plug the lights into the back by the bumper still. Does the Hitch in the bed cause damage to the truck. Thank You!!!


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Old 11-13-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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I was worried about the same thing with losing the space in the bed of my truck and I also had a cap on it and it was always full. That being said I have always heard nothing but good things about fifth wheels so we decided to take the plunge. We bought a 2016 North Point 375BHFS ( had your exact tt ) and all I can say is I don't regret it one bit. Storage underneath is unbelievable and we put the bikes on a bike rack on the rear hitch. I don't even use the larg compartment under the pin of the fifth wheel. Towing is so much nicer but I would caution that most fifth wheels are somewhat pin heavy and will push the cargo capacities of most 3/4 ton trucks. Pin weight on ours is @2600 lbs dry so even for us having a F350 we are probably somewhat close to our capacity when loaded. We had a plug installed inside the bed so that the cord did not hang outside the bed. We love ours!!


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Old 11-13-2015, 12:36 PM   #3
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Ok..now I want one.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:13 PM   #4
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Fifth wheels pull nice. I've yanked a 33', 12,000# loaded one around for the last 9 years. Much less tail wagging the dog and getting pushed around by semis.

Hookup depends on hitch, but generally is:
Raise or lower front legs to position correctly vertically
Back up to trailer (may need to adjust trailer up and down again when hitch is closer to pin box)
Back into pin box (my Pull rite hitch auto closes/locks)
Hook up cord (I use the factory plug location)
Hook up break away wire
Retract legs
On the road!

Much easier than sway bars, w-d bars, chains, etc.

It would take me a lot to go to a bumper pull over a fifth wheel.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:20 PM   #5
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We just got our 1st 5er. What a difference towing, hooking up, disconnecting. So much easier on my back. Storage is 4 times what I had in my TT. I say go for it. Ive only towed it home from the dealer, which was last week, but that 1 time towing....what a nice ride. I have a 2016 Eagle HT 29.5BHDS and I tow with a 2015 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab with Timbrens on it.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:57 PM   #6
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A 5er put more weight on the truck which put the truck more solid on the road.
The aero dynamics between a TT and 5er are similar except because the 5ers are higher they have more frontal air flow pressure.
If you take a very lengthy TT behind the lesser weight 1/2 ton chances on sway is higher.
Sway control helps to reduce but there's a limit.
If they would tie in the TV frame a hitch coupler right after the axle they would be in many cases 36" shorter from what the situation is now. Also the TT would track closer in the TV's rear wheel tracks. In Europe they outfitted the freight trucks and lorries that way. Haven't seen this with travel trailers. How longer the TT how bigger the force of sway will be.
A friend of mine had a semi truck for pulling his 5er and said it was easier on fuel. In a way it make sense it doesn't have to work as hard.
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:22 PM   #7
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Having started with the TT and a 1500 to pull it I can say that it was white knuckle. Having pulled the TT with my first dually was another experience all together. Did not even use the WDH the first time.

Enter the 5'th wheel and that was it for us. High ceilings a door on my room and kids and a shower I could fit in. I know there are TT's out there that offer the same, but I was sold on a 5'er. We do not regret it at all.

Pulling down the highway is a whole lot better experience, but some argue that with the proper tuned WDH it is comparable.

Bed space is lost to a degree, but you can still put stuff in the front of and below the hitch. Also I can fit my genny under my unit and tucked in the back passenger corner without interference. Firewood(locally), pop tents, blocking and a kids bike have all fit.

Connecting is a push of the button and no chains to deal with. You can and I recommend a bed plug for your 7 pin connector. It allows you to open the tailgate and reduces snags when you are turning. They make easy plug and play kits to install, but you will have to drill a hole in the bed.

Cons are heights can exceed some bridge clearances and trees can be a hassle to clear. Some state campgrounds cannot take units like mine or over 35ft. If you frequent State CG's do your homework first or you might loose some CG's.

Plus is your overall length is shorter and you can make some real tight turns to get in a spot.

You would be hard pressed to put me back in a TT at this point in time.

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Old 11-13-2015, 02:43 PM   #8
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I will echo what's been said about the 5th. We've pulled ours almost 2 years and love it. There have been a couple of times I wished for the bed space (like when I see folks arrive with a golf cart in the bed and towing a bumper-pull). That said, the basement storage is very large and convenient.
I had issues lining up the pin to the hitch when we first got it because I couldn't see the hitch plate from the driver's seat. I hit on using the magnetic hitching aids I bought from Harbor Freight when we had the X23B (yellow sponge ball on the end of a telescoping antenna mounted to a magnet). I stick one of them onto the hitch plate in front of the pin slot about an inch back from the front edge of the plate. The "antenna" is visible via the rearview and lining it up with the pin allows me to slide back onto the pin almost perfectly. When the "antenna" starts to get pushed over by the pin box I know the hitch is about to latch.
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:12 PM   #9
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Come on...

Somebody with a fifth wheel must live close enough to him so he could drive one around a bit. He'll be hooked.
My first RV was an entry level bumper pull. Spent some time in a friends homelike 5er and we vowed that in a year or two we'd look to upgrade. It took less than a year.
We really love it and look forward to as many trips as we can get.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:55 PM   #10
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I went from TT to a fifth wheel, no problem easier to tow and back in. I also got mine with the Reese revolution pin box which allows you to put things on the side of hitch and behind as the pin box stays straight, that way you don't give up the entire bed of your truck. That might work for you.

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