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Old 12-30-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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Travel Trailer or 5th Wheel

We bought a 338RLTS when they came out and really liked it when it was parked, the room was great and all that. We recently had an accident and totaled the trailer, no injuries and insurance stepped up so all is good.

Here is our dilemma should we get another 338RETS or move up to a 5th wheel and get a 361REQS?

The reason I am using the 361 is that itís the closest I think to the 338 for comparison. The 361 is about 25K more expensive retail and I donít know enough to know if that is justifiable or not.

The 338 was a bit of a pain to pull with it being so long and heavy, corners were always a huge concern and with the tongue weight even with a 14K WDH it made the front end of the F250 a little light.

So for you veterans please let me know what it is about a 5th wheel that is so much better? Iím leaning this way but Iím getting a gut check.


We hope to be in it for many weekends and a few multiweek trips a year. About 90 nights and 6000 miles Iím guessing.
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:43 PM   #2
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I prefer a fifth wheel for several reasons...

1. You get more trailer for the money.

2. You get much more storage than in a comparable bumper pull trailer.

3. They are much easier to pull than a bumper pull trailer. The ride quality is much better.

I have a 2013 351RLTS. I pull it with an older Chevy dually, and use an Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Connection.
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:46 PM   #3
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More storage, easier to hook up and pull.

If your present truck is up to the job.
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The 338 was a bit of a pain to pull with it being so long and heavy, corners were always a huge concern and with the tongue weight even with a 14K WDH it made the front end of the F250 a little light.

So for you veterans please let me know what it is about a 5th wheel that is so much better? Iím leaning this way but Iím getting a gut check.
I've towed both many miles and have no preference based on how they tow. They each have their strengths and weaknesses.

A similar 5th wheel to your 338 will be shorter in the total overall rig length, but generally 5th wheels are heavier. You mentioned weight was a concern; the 361REQS is about 3,000 lbs heavier than the 338RETS.

The two different trailer styles are very different in the way they track when cornering and especially when backing. There will be a learning curve when changing styles; corners and backing will still be concerns, just in a different way than you are used to.

You used a WDH, so I'd be inclined to think the setup needed to be adjusted to transfer more weight to the front of your truck. A light front end it is not a fault of travel trailers.

With 5th wheels, there is generally more storage space in the trailer. But when you towed a travel trailer, did you keep stuff in your truck bed? If you did, would that stuff be easily moved into the 5th wheel?

I'm sure you will hear from others on their experiences with both styles.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:31 PM   #5
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Fifth wheel. Have had both and the fivers definitely pull better. No sway, etc. in winds or passing vehicles. Very definite learning how to turn and back up. There are advantages to each type, but my preference will always be fifth wheel. For my wife and I, the advantages of the fiver over the Travel trailer are many. But, to each his own.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:51 PM   #6
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I like fifth wheels better. Tows better, can tow behind the fifth wheel, and has much more storage.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:23 PM   #7
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5th wheel pulls better, but will also push a lot more wind with the large frontal area, no sway or WDH issues.

With that being said, a long wheelbase truck with the appropriate WDH setup pulls quite well too, less frontal area and cargo in the truck bed is much better. For me, I haul 3 16 ft kayaks on a truck rack, so a 5th wheel defeats the ability to haul my kayaks.
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You have to find one that fits your lifestyle without breaking the bank! I tried a pull behind and a older MH before finding that fifth wheels fit our lifestyle.

Had no trouble selling either.
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My TT tows better than any 5er on the road.. the lower roof line means less wind resistance so better mileage and best of all no stairs inside..
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My TT tows better than any 5er on the road.. the lower roof line means less wind resistance so better mileage and best of all no stairs inside..
A rather bold statement. Pretty sure not many here would agree with you. I've had no issues pulling either, but the 5th wheel is the more stable of the two for pulling down the road. My mileage is the same pulling either one.
We all have to go up a few stairs to get into our trailers, so two more inside to get to bed is not a big deal to me.
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