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Old 11-13-2013, 04:17 AM   #1
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Motorhome or Fifth Wheel preference for fulltiming?

Just curious what your preference is, or would be, for fulltiming - and why.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:32 AM   #2
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5th wheel would be my preference.
I like the floor plans better.
I like using my TV more and not having the drive train setting a lot.
I like to be able to have a larger vehicle to explore in with 4WD.
Additional storage in the bed of a full sized truck TV

Those are things I can think of. I would be happy to own either if I had the $$

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Old 11-13-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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Motorhome or Fifth Wheel preference for fulltiming?

Dale, have a friend that has full time for quite a few years. They have a diesel pusher MOTORHOME and are looking to get a fifth wheel. When we had lunch with them they said they like the floor plan of the fifthwheel and that the cost for maintenance was getting too much with the MOTORHOME. Their problem is selling and getting enough money to change. Personally if money is not a issue it's whatever you like. Myself I have had both and feel the fifth wheel and truck is cheaper to keep and maintain.
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I think a lot of it is very personal. I think the big class A MH tends to be more plush and feel a little higher end. We have rented MHs before. The one thing I really did not like was the sound of the pots and pans clanking as we drove down the road. We put paper towels, paper plates, and towels in the cabinets to quiet things down. I have a coworker that had a 5th wheel. They sold it, because she did not like walking up and down the steps to the bedroom and bathroom.

Personally I think if I was looking at going full time, I would try to do a multi week rental of a unit similar to what I would be considering purchasing and try it out first. This is usually easy with a MH, but not so easy with a 5th wheel.
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Again a personal choice, we chose a 5th Wheel, taller ceilings, more open feeling.

We are not all about the "Plush" we just wanted a solid, durable, reliable "Home on Wheels"

Also, if our Tow Vehicle needs repairs, our home is not in the shop.
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:58 AM   #6
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Rob_Fla says: "We are not all about the "Plush" ..." That describes us, too.

The scenery doesn't change whether your in a Class A diesel or a tent. Comfortable is good - seek your own level.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:15 AM   #7
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I've been fulltiming since May, 1988. My choice is a Class C MH. Had an A, rather have a C. The trick is to find the floorplan and length you can live with and live in, plus the necessary options - i.e. Washer/Dryer, # of slides, etc. I've towed Jeeps and cars, currently a 2008 Hyundi Elantra on a dolly. Never lost more than a day or two for service, never had a major breakdown - maybe I'm just lucky or maybe preventive maintenance pays off. Usually stay in a motel while the rig is being serviced.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:06 PM   #8
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Only you can decide what is best for you. In the park we stay in for the winter there are about 4 full timers in 5th wheels to every 1 full timer in a motor home. It also depends on your budget. You will loose a LOT more money through depreciation with a motor home.
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We don't full time RV but just switched from a TT with a 1 Ton TV and I can say that for us there is no comparison. We don't stay in the same place for long and it is much less hassle even with our Tahoe as a toad. If you are staying in one pace for a long time then a towable is a good option however if you move a lot it can be more hassle than a MH. My wife can feed our infants while I'm driving as well as get me food. Our 8 yo watches TV when I'm driving. Cannot do any of that with a towable. We use the seat belts at all times when seated except when we get up to get something.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:48 PM   #10
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I am not a Full Timer yet but we are going to get a TT or fifth wheel when we do. I have known ppl that have had MH's and the costs to maintain them are high
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