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Old 08-05-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Travel trailer VS 5th wheel

For the people who have had both, I am wondering how long it takes the average TT owner to "upgrade" to a 5th wheel. In my instance I am limited because of TV, but I have to admit, as soon as I get a 3/4 diesel, that 5iver wont be far behind. Maybe even on way home from truck dealership I stop by the camper dealer...

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Old 08-05-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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I've had a travel trailer since 1999.

I bought a 3500HD diesel pickup in January. I just ordered a 5th wheel.

So, for me 13+ years with a travel trailer.

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Old 08-06-2012, 04:37 AM   #3
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Over more years than I care to remember, we have had 3 TTs, and liked all of them. Over a long vacation touring the West as a high school graduation gift to our daughter we saw many more 5ers than seen at home in the East, was invited into several for a look-see, and decided this is for us. Bought an F-350 V-10 in 2004 to tow our future 5er, and finally found the one we wanted in 2011. What a difference. Sure wish we had "graduated" a long time ago.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:47 AM   #4
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We had 2 PopUp's & 3 TT's for over 20 years when our daughter was growing up and most of our trips were short distance, weekend trips.
Also we towed with SUV's and Vans during those years, so a TT worked out great.
Once our Daughter was grown, we bought our first 3/4 Ton truck and first 5th Wheel since now we traveled more and were able to spend more time at our destination if we wanted to.
Now she has been married for a few years and we have decieded to fulltime for a few years, work on the road and see the USA. "Life is Good"
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:38 PM   #5
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We have had travel trailers since 1979. About six years ago we bought a 5er. We didn't like it at all so a year and a half ago we upgraded to our current TT. The only good thing I can say about our 5er is that it was easy to hook up. I like my truck bed free of hitches.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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I have had TT's since '94.Started with a Jayco 22BH TV = Astro Van
Bought a 40' Nomad TV 2003 Dodge 2500 Cummins
2011 Bought a new Sportsman 35BH TV 2011 F-350 6.7 4x4 CC SB
Just finally upgraded to a 2012 Jayco 351 RLTS (Awesome) & a 2012 F350 6.7 4x4 CC LB with the stock puck system from Ford. The bed is empty after I am done using the hitch. I just turn the levers and take it out. (tho it is heavy)
I was always leary of a 5er because they look so BIG. After towing 1 I will probably never have a TT again simply becaus of the way it tows. Hardly any sway on the interstate on a windy day compared to the TT "White Knucle Effect". That right there is enough for me. IMHO

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Old 08-06-2012, 04:55 PM   #7
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We're still on our first TT, but have already decided that we prefer the TT's over the 5ers because we still like to utilize our 8ft truck bed during travel.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:57 PM   #8
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Over the years we've had a popup, tt, camper, and a 5'er. We owned each for about 3 yrs. When the kids moved away, we downgraded to the camper. Soon after, we stopped traveling/camping for a few years so we didn't have an rv. Each has there own benefits but currently after five years with a tt, we are seriously considering an upgrade to a 3/4 ton tv and a 5'er next year
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:12 PM   #9
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I think I'd love to have a 5'et like the new Seismic TH, but since we have 6 kids its out of the question due to TV constraints. After the first 2-3 move out, maybe. Or when the oldest gets his own car and doesn't mind driving a separate vehicle.

It's too bad, as we could really use the space of a 5er TH, but our 32TSBH does the trick nicely.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #10
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For those of you who want a clear bed but don't want the loss of use of the bed should consider a flip ball hitch & a king pin to goose neck adapter. Pulls my 10,00lbs 5'er no problem. Unhook at the campsite, flip the ball & bed is empty.

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