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Old 07-30-2016, 08:38 AM   #31
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I would love to have a 5th wheel and we seriously considered going that route earlier this year when we decided we wanted something larger than our 24FBS.

However, the payload limitations of our truck meant we would need to replace it, as well as the trailer. And even though our truck is a 2010, it has just 60KMs on it! The $$$ to replace the truck with a 3/4 or one ton in addition to the 5vr was simply cost prohibitive for our relatively casual usage of the the unit.

Never towed a 5th wheel, but I hear it's nicer than a TT. What I mostly like about 5th wheels is the additional storage they have underneath and a more separated bedroom with the stairs up to it.

If we were to ever go full time, or do some regular snow-birding, then we'd probably get a fifth wheel. But for now, our truck pulls the 27DSRL beautifully and it's more than enough room for the two of us and our Golden Retriever on the mostly short trips that we take.

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Old 07-30-2016, 08:40 AM   #32
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Started out with heart set on a 5ver but ended up falling in love with the 338 rets. Got it, love it, and have never looked back.

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Old 07-31-2016, 12:12 PM   #33
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Started out with heart set on a 5ver but ended up falling in love with the 338 rets. Got it, love it, and have never looked back.
Same here but since the DW has problems climbing stairs the TT is perfect for us. Plus the 338 has more room than most 5ers. They all have good points and bad points, none are perfect.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:00 PM   #34
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We went from a Jayco X23B hybrid to a Jayco Eagle Ht 28.5 RSTS. No regrets. We could sleep more people in the hybrid , but I love the roominess of the Eagle. Sure you lose truck bed space, but I have a Dodge Ram 2500 long bed, so I still have half my truck bed. Nothing like turning on the fireplace on a chilly evening. There are four of us plus our golden retriever.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:09 PM   #35
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Started out with heart set on a 5ver but ended up falling in love with the 338 rets. Got it, love it, and have never looked back.
We agree, wholeheartedly! The 338RETS has storage galore, wide open living area and no stairs! Absolutely no regrets.

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Old 07-31-2016, 05:14 PM   #36
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I really like having the full use of my truck bed, as stated. While I've been told 5ths tow a little nicer, with a good quality WDH dialed in perfectly the TT towing experience can be great too.

One downside is the sheer length of the total rig. The 5er and truck have a nice overlap that cancels out quite a bit of total length, making maneuverability better and also making things like ferry rides cheaper.

I'm 6'4 and many 5th wheel models don't have tall enough ceilings in the bedroom for me to stand up in. This is a deal breaker for me. There are also fewer bunkhouse floor plans available in 5th wheels which is also necessary for me as a family man.

I am perfectly happy with our current set up, and I consider myself very lucky to be able to provide a camping experience like this for my young family. That being said, if I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd have a North Point 377RLBH hooked on to a F-450 the same day I won!
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Old 07-31-2016, 05:20 PM   #37
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We chose the 338 rets for 2 reasons. 1 because we leave the camper 3 miles from the campground during the summer months and take our stuff down in the bed of truck. 2 because it was lighter for the length and cheaper than the fifth wheels. I can assume from comments the 5th wheels tow nicer but knowing no different I am fine with the tt
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Old 07-31-2016, 05:36 PM   #38
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Went in '97 to a fifth wheel with one ton srw and towed level. Before I have had different TT's. Towing experience has been for both good when properly equipped. Are back in a 30 ft. plus because a half ton truck can pull it. This season we are full timing and probably over the winter. We are with the two of us and travel light.

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Old 07-31-2016, 05:58 PM   #39
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I've towed both, and find a 5er only mildly better in towing than a properly set up TT. I have to have my bed space and a shell for my large models. We pick up out 3rd new TT on Wednesday and I'm really looking forward to it. I think you just get more bang for the buck with a TT. I can do a lot of camping for the price difference. I would have no problem paying for a 5er except I couldn't justify the extra cost in my own mind.
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Old 08-06-2016, 09:24 AM   #40
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I just returned from a trip from Fl. back to PA. and saw two 5th wheels along the road with no TV attached? Why you ask? Mainly if you have a mechanical problem with your TV most towing companies will NOT tow your 5th wheel, only the TV. Would I purchase a 5th wheel? No, for this very reason. Plus I have not seen one that matches the layout of our TT 27 DSRL.

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