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Old 07-28-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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Anyone regret not getting a 5er instead of TT?

We're about to buy our first RV and I set out really really wanting a 5th wheel. But availability and pricing have got us looking at TT's and we really like the Jay Flight 32BHDS. We want to keep this unit 10+ years. We will do weekend camping trips locally every 6 weeks or so and 2-3 week long trips annually (2000+ miles).

I still really love the 5er we had picked out (an Eagle HT) but its not available anywhere so we'd have to order it. Another really big item is the 5th wheel is $14k more that the TT.

The quality of the 5er seems marginally better and has more amenities, but the floorplan and basic items are very similar. I'm well aware of the towing differences but not sure if that in and of itself would warrant the $14k premium plus having to wait at least 3 months to get it.

I think the TT will serve us well but don't want to get it and then feel like I want to upgrade in 3-5 years.

So basically what I want to know from all of you who have TTs is if you regret not getting a 5er instead of your current TT or if you're planning on upgrading in the future (and why)? Thanks!!
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:55 PM   #2
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most people graduate to a 5 er form TT we did and never looked back . had a jay flight 26bhs G2 it was great but lov our 28.5 RSTS HT Eagle
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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Because there are only 2 of us, the 19RD is a little more than enough.


So you have 1 "No Regerts" on choosing a TT over a 5'er.


How many people will be sleeping, eating, etc. in your planned RV? Do you need to haul that much volume and weight?
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Old 07-28-2016, 01:04 PM   #4
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I would have to say that I do not regret buying a TT instead of a 5er. BUT, I have never towed a fifth-wheel, so I may be a bit biased or ignorant on the subject.

I will say that I like having the truck bed available to haul things like bikes and such. I also like being able to strap my canoe up top and not worry about hitting the front cap. I'm relatively certain that my WDH and associated tackle is cheaper than a fifth-wheel setup. And I have full use of my truck at all times; I don't have to worry about removing and storing a heavy and cumbersome fifth wheel hitch.

As far as money goes for us, IMO the extra $14K would likely be a show-stopper. It's not that we're cheap, but from a purely functional standpoint, if I can get the same use with the TT, I'll keep the money every time. It might be easier to tow, but is it $14K easier? I doubt it for us. We use our trailer about once a month average, and we'll be taking our first multi-road-day trip this fall (maybe). If we were full-timers or we took longer trips, I might have a different opinion. But for our usage, the TT works great for us.

Since we bought our TT, I've only seen one fifth-wheel that I would have considered trading for, and "dealer stock" is all that's left of that particular floor-plan (no more production). Long-term, we will likely go to a motor home anyway, even though there are plenty of 5ers out there my truck could tow, DW wants a MH.

This is not to say that some day we won't go to a 5er (anything is possible), but for our current station in life, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
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How many people will be sleeping, eating, etc. in your planned RV? Do you need to haul that much volume and weight?
Sorry, I should have mentioned that. Family of five (kids 9,5, & 2) + one golden retriever.
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Old 07-28-2016, 01:23 PM   #6
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Sorry, I should have mentioned that. Family of five (kids 9,5, & 2) + one golden retriever.
You can still get away with 30' of TT.

Any less any you'll be cramped when the weather turns foul.

Although a family of 4 did very well for 15+ years in the 18-footer I bought off them.
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My buddy, who we camp with almost every trip, bought a 5ver last spring. While he does like it, I believe he will be back in a tt when it is time to get a new rig. Main reason being the lack of bed space as mentioned. He also gets some "chucking" when towing. He hadn't figured out if that is solvable or not, as this is his first rig. Yes, it is a little more stable, but he hasn't noticed enough of a difference towing to be sold on the 5vwr towing vs a tt.

Myself, because of the bed space I don't think we will ever have a 5ver if I had to decide today. Though who knows down the road!!! If you would like the a ability to tow a boat (or similar) at the same time, a 5ver makes sense.

Good luck deciding!!!
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With the 5 of you and a Golden, I would be looking at the 5er. You already have a great tow vehicle for that size of rig and having to trade in a TT, if you find out there is not enough space for your family, will cost more in the long run.
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Old 07-28-2016, 01:48 PM   #9
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we do, but when we got our TT there was no or very limited bunk houses in the 5'ers. So we got the TT, and now, with more and more bunkhouses out in the 5'ers, we're looking, however, the kids are now getting older and won't go camping with us as much. So we're looking at 5'ers now. Right now, we're between the Pinnacle and the Montana Front living room floor plans
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I am one of those folks that went from TT to FW and just the towing experience alone make me not want to look back. Even though my FW is approx. 3 times the weight and 2 times the length it pulls so much smoother. I also like hooking up the FW to the TV more than I did the TT. Quicker and easier in my opinion.
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