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Old 06-23-2014, 02:12 PM   #11
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In my opinion, a MH is great if you're spending a lot of time on the road. I don't, I take some weekend trips, and a couple longer outings so for me the MH is overkill. I have had 5ths and TT's.

If you want a big camper, then 5th all the way. I think that they pull far better, are easier to maneuver into spots and are usually a little higher end than TT's plus more storage. Once you go under 30' however, TT's become more attractive because 5th's have limited headroom in smaller footprints. 30' or less floor plans seem to be nicer than the smaller 5th's too since you don't need to worry about the transition chewing up interior space. Your options are also far greater with a TT in a shorter floor plan

Then of course is your tow vehicle / toad. If you don't plan to upgrade then you need to fit your RV to your vehicle.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:30 PM   #12
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Highjacking the thread for just a sec. here... I own a TT so I am unfamiliar with setting up a Fifth Wheel.. Can someone tell me how they are easier to setup?
I won't say it is much easier but it is quicker. One you lower front jacks to unhitch there are only two more in back. So only need to do a side to side level with two jacks. So basically three jacks vs five on TT. Also, hitching and unhitching is quicker because you can easily do it by yourself in one try (no back up camera in my truck) and its only one lever. No spring bars to install every trip or store while camping and no sway bar to worrying about adjusting or remembering to take off before backing in ( made that mistake once).
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x2 - lower tailgate, back in hitch automatically latches, close tailgate, hook up power and disconnect cable, raise landing gear - done. Much easier in my opinion.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:24 PM   #14
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For us MH way too expensive. 5th wheels tend to be large and more expensive than TT.
Also need 3/4 ton truck for most 5th wheels. Our current trailer has plenty of space for 2 plus large dog and occasional grand kid. Can be towed easily by 1/2 ton truck. Also we put a lot of stuff like bicycles in the bed and need the whole bed. Planning to put cap on truck so we can keep bikes, generator and other stuff more secure.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:41 PM   #15
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I went for a travel trailer. Much cheaper and lower maintence then a motor home and you don't need to have a pick up truck like a fifth wheel.

It's really personal preference.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:12 PM   #16
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Highjacking the thread for just a sec. here... I own a TT so I am unfamiliar with setting up a Fifth Wheel.. Can someone tell me how they are easier to setup?
To be honest, there is not a great deal of difference. There are no friction or lift bars to deal with on a 5th wheel. You level them in pretty much the same way. You need a camera or a second set of eyes on either of them to hook up. at least on my truck you do. There is one area that they differ that may be hard to believe. The 5th wheel will pull easier then the trailer. I would not have believed it if I hadn't experience it. We had a 28 ft. Arctic Fox TT. It weighted in 8000 lb. loaded. Stood 11 ft. high. We now have a 31.5 Jayco RLTS. 34 1/2 ft. in length. Weighs in at just under 11000 lb. Stands 13 ft. high. I never got over 11 1/2 mpg pulling the trailer. pulled it in excess of 3000 miles. The 5th wheel which is heavier and taller will average 12 mpg or over every day. We never drive over 62 mph. We run cruise control all we can. I Ive pulled both of them several thousand miles and there is no doubt the 5th wheel gets better mileage with same truck. I have to assume the difference is that with truck and trailer you are breaking a hole in the air twice. While the 5th wheel is so close to the truck that the air is only separated once. We loved our Arctic fox trailer but wouldn't go back from a 5th wheel now.
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We thought about getting a small motorhome at one time, to replace a FW that we owned. However, we almost always go places where we can fish so we take our boat with us. If we were to take the boat, we felt we would also have to take another vehicle to sightsee and put the boat in and out of the lake where we fish and we didn't feel we wanted to do that, not when we could pull both the FS and the boat with our TV and have the TV for sightseeing as well as putting the boat into and out of the lake. I just didn't feel comfortable trying to put the boat in to the lake with the motorhome, but I believe a lot of people do.
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With just the two of us and our Lab, we decided on a 26' Grey Hawk for our first RV. A year later, we went up to a 32' Grey Hawk. Perfect for us, and I don't have to drive a pickup around when at home.
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