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Old 06-23-2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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TT vs 5thW vs MH

Ok I am new to the travel / camping group. I just want to learn from those who have all that knowledge .
I like to here pros and cons of TT vs 5th W vs MH. There is a lot to compare so lets here it . For us it is no kids and pets Just travel and camp .

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Old 06-23-2014, 10:50 AM   #2
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Ok I am new to the travel / camping group. I just want to learn from those who have all that knowledge .
I like to here pros and cons of TT vs 5th W vs MH. There is a lot to compare so lets here it . For us it is no kids and pets Just travel and camp .

Thanks, Mike
Lot of it depends on how much of your time you are going to spend inside of it, how deep your pockets are and manoverability in a CG. Most every body I see with a MH is towing a car with them. so when you need a six pack or dont feel like cooking you got some wheels. My bro has a 5er and it takes him a lot more time to set up. If you're going big, the manoverability will come in to play and you will need a 3/4 or bigger with a diesel and that 5th wheel to get it into a site . We spend most of our time outside if possible and don't do much more than 4 day week ends and once in a while a week out. We don't intend to live in it and what we own works fine for us.

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Old 06-23-2014, 11:40 AM   #3
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We are not ones to sit in a camp ground for long periods of time, but do plan to go RVing several weeks at a time to visit this great country. I am thinking smaller is better than bigger for the reasons you stated. What is too small or too big???
We currently travel with a MC in the back of the truck. Don't plan on leaving that at home.
Our current set up is 26RLS TT, 2500RAM 5.7L reg cab , BMW R1200RT.
Does not meant I have the best set up . That is why i am asking that long time RVer this question.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:43 AM   #4
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We are in our 70's and have had them all-- some of them twice-- o.k. tents maybe four times. For us the 5th is our choice, only one motor to worry about and fix if needed. Easy to set up and take down and lots of room with a triple slide. It follows the truck just great....it's a 31.5 RLTS Eagle. With the motorhome it was very noisy inside while traveling and to go for beer you had to have another vehicle. Travel trailer was o.k. too, but much more work to set up and take down. Hope this helps
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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We have always had TT's. We showed dogs for 20 years and pulled TT everywhere we went. Now that we just camp and ride bicycles and fish from Kayaks, and we still have a pull behind, but it's a big one. I did not want to tow a car so the motorhome was out. The fifth wheel toy hauler idea was next on my list but after looking at them we decided that we could carry everything we needed in the truck bed. I have a rack on my truck and carry two Kayaks and up to 4 bicycles in the bed under the Kayaks. That still leaves truck bed room for 2 diesel cans, the power cord for the trailer and all my wood blocks and the wheels for the boats.

Here is how we looked at it.
Motorhome - Very nice self contained idea that still needs transportation once you get where you are going. Many people I know just nver setup camp, they just park sleep and then drive. When we camp with motorhome friends they might well drive the motorhome into town in the middle of the day and be back for the evening.
Fifth Wheel - Easy setup, better towing than pull behind, more storage than TT, eliminates use of the truck bed, you have a truck to drive when you get setup.
Travel Trailer - Less initial cost than above choices, slightly harder to set up than 5'th wheel, pulls best when you have a big truck (over-kill it) and get the best hitch, Allows full use of the truck bed while towing and once setup. (This one is big to me and the reason for our final decision).

I hope this helps you
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We love our FW. Had a travel trailer and loved it but 5er is much easier. Tows much better and much more outdoor storage so less packing in truck for every trip. Also much more maneuverable with pivot point now in rear of truck vs hitch. Also we tow a boat behind ours. Sometimes I miss our TT tho for the sake of have a truck topper.

No interest in a MH. Worse fuel economy, always towing a second vehicle and expensive. Ntm having a trailer gives you a reason to drive your truck more.
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Good input guys! Keep then coming :O)
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Hi Mike.
We looked very hard at all three and a motorhome (Class C) was our perfect choice.
We have kids (9 and 12) and drive long distances. So for us, the ability to get up and walk around, use the facilities and make lunch without stopping was important. We did not want to be confined to a small cab of a TV. Furthermore, I did not want a large truck to use as a daily commuter.
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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?
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For us the choice was a Hybrid EXP21M with the 36" slideout. You can pull it with an SUV and the diesel gives you great mpg and plenty of power for those steep grades. It's easy to park and we have some premo locations where the long ones don't fit but we can also take the big spots that are premo. We don't take a lot of home junk with us, we're camping and on vacation. It's just a home base for us and we eat out a good 50% of the time. Our trips average 6-7 weeks at a time and our stays are around 1 week at each place. Many places offer stay 6 or 7 nights and the next night is free plus the GoodSam discount helps.
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