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Old 11-13-2015, 08:11 PM   #11
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The best thing I ever did was upgrade from a TT to a Fifth Wheel. We crammed in 4 trips with our new North Point 375BHFS before tucking her away for her long winter nap.


Hooking up to it is an absolute breeze...it makes WDH hitches and chains seem much more difficult than they actually are!


Turning and backing is different...but not difficult. Once I did it a few times, it was easier than my TT.


Towing is a pleasure. Really. We have been on every kind of road from tight residential streets to the NYS Thruway with it...and never had a white knuckle moment. The only thing that I don't like it the height when towing. My front AC unit took a beating from a few low hanging branches.


As far as storage, I put a load of firewood at the front part of the bed and then put two small kid size bicycles and two Razor scooters near the tailgate. They fit perfect. When they get older and we venture out on bikes as a family, then I will be getting a bike rack for the rear hitch on the fifth wheel to hold 4 bicycles.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:58 PM   #12
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Can't add about towing, hooking,dropping a 5er. No one has addressed the bed issue. The fifth wheel is removable, leaving just rails in the bed, rails do require holes be drilled. The fifth wheel is heavy a couple people can life it. I have a large shop with an electric lift I use. (or I use the wife's truck for hauling) My truck also has the in bed electrical hookup I prefer. If you go to a fiver you will likely want to change the tailgate to one with the V cut. I don't think you'll find many people going from the 5er to a bumper pull most switch the other direction.
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:46 PM   #13
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Edd505 - You say " If you go to a fiver you will likely want to change the tailgate to one with the V cut." Why is this the case. Is this just to avoid having to get out and drop the tailgate? Or is there more to it?
I too am looking to move from a TT to a 5ver and have been trying to learn all the differences.
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:16 PM   #14
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The V gates are louvered allowing frontal air flow from the trailer to escape the TV bed. You still need to watch pin height with the V gate.
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Edd505 - You say " If you go to a fiver you will likely want to change the tailgate to one with the V cut." Why is this the case. Is this just to avoid having to get out and drop the tailgate? Or is there more to it?
I too am looking to move from a TT to a 5ver and have been trying to learn all the differences.
In my driveway I have to hook up on a slight angle. My tailgate hits the rig on that slight angle. Opening the tail gate then pulling in a little and closing it again is a PITA.
My truck is a daily driver so I need my tailgate or I else I would really consider getting a v notched gate.
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:21 PM   #16
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In my driveway I have to hook up on a slight angle. My tailgate hits the rig on that slight angle. Opening the tail gate then pulling in a little and closing it again is a PITA.
My truck is a daily driver so I need my tailgate or I else I would really consider getting a v notched gate.
The V gate holds everything but small stuff. The louvers will let real small stuff out, other wise you do have a tailgate.
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I need it for work.. It wouldn't hold a load of 8 foot 2x4's and some 16 footers going through the sliding window.
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I need it for work.. It wouldn't hold a load of 8 foot 2x4's and some 16 footers going through the sliding window.
The gates change in minutes no tools needed, you would have the stock gate and a louvered.
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Thanks for the responses. Sounds as if there are allot of pluses going to a 5ver. My 2008 F250 was ordered for towing with the heavier back end suspension, heavier gears and extra coolers. I also added the 6000 pound Timbrens to it. It is rated to tow a 16500 pound 5ver. We are looking to however buy a new 2017 F350 platinum with the new aluminum body with the 5th wheel setup from Ford installed, when they are available. My current truck only has 22000 miles on it, it tows like a Bull. I do like the North point, but as stated they are heavy. They do have allot more storage and sound easy to pull. Glad to hear light wire hook up can be put in bed. Really have not heard any buddy regret buying one. We are gonna have to look and decide, go to some RV shows.
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The gates change in minutes no tools needed, you would have the stock gate and a louvered.
I take my tailgate off completely when I tow. I cut a 2x12 and finished it to fit in the slots in the bed and notched it in the middle for the pin box. It's my poor mans (actually I'm just cheap) fifth wheel tailgate.

I tried hooking up with the tailgate on the truck once and hated it. The tailgate is easier to remove/install than the hitch.

I'll probably get a real fifth wheel tailgate some day.

For me, it's about convenience and not wanting to bang up my stock tailgate, or the 5'er from the tailgate.
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