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Old 10-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Towing a 33 Foot Trailer vs 33 FT Fifth Wheel

We have been looking to upsize our trailer and had always figured it would be to a 5th wheel.

But then I came across the 2015 Jayco White Hawk 33RSKS Summit Edition and it had a couple of key features we have been struggling to find in a 5th wheel (that isn't a bunk model)-- that being an outside kitchen and less importantly, but still cool, an outside TV.

It also has many features of the larger 5th wheels on the inside. Opposing slides, theatre seating, fireplace, island kitchen etc, etc. It's also considerably less expensive than a similarly equipped 5th wheel.

http://www.jayco.com/products/travel...e-hawk/33rsks/

However, I do worry about hauling such a long trailer and am thinking pulling a similarly sized (or perhaps even larger) 5th wheel would be a lot easier. So I'm curious to hear from folk who pull a long trailer like this? What do you tow it with and have you had a 5th wheel in the past?
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:12 PM   #2
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The same length FW is about 7 ft shorter since the pin is centered in the bed and will definitely handle better.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:31 PM   #3
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I just went from 39 ft 4 slide fiver to my tongue pull 3 slide Jayco.
I have more room as two of the slides are bigger. I lost 5-6 thousand pounds. It has a lower profile and I'm getting better fuel use.
I now have the full use of my bed.
It cools lots better. I got used to the extra total length fast. I can haul a golf cart or RZR in my bed, or whatever.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:48 PM   #4
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What he said. Except a Jayco White Hawk 33RSKS isn't 33' long, it is 36'11". Not sure if that includes the tongue or not. My 338 rlts is 36'10" and with the tongue it is 39'.
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What he said. Except a Jayco White Hawk 33RSKS isn't 33' long, it is 36'11". Not sure if that includes the tongue or not. My 338 rlts is 36'10" and with the tongue it is 39'.
And you tow it with a Tundra? Wow. We tow a 24FBS with out F150 and I can't imagine going any bigger. We are upgrading to a 2500 or 3500 soon, in anticipation of a larger unit.
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And you tow it with a Tundra? Wow. We tow a 24FBS with out F150 and I can't imagine going any bigger. We are upgrading to a 2500 or 3500 soon, in anticipation of a larger unit.
Yep, just added the Roadmaster suspension. The Tundra is rated at 11,000 lbs towing capacity. With the factory tow package it has 4.30 rears with a 6 speed auto, 380 hp and 400 ft-lbs torque. It pulls it with no problems at all. I have several friends with 3/4 tons and I can't tell much difference except the diesel has more pulling power going over the hills and the 3/4 ton rides rough as heck. Of course the Tundra has 3/4 ton running gear anyway. The only thing it is lacking is the springs which the Roadmaster suspension takes care of that and better than 3/4 springs. Very little sag and it rides better than stock. That being said, if I get a bigger TT or 5er I will be getting a dually.
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i just purchased the 33rsks and pull it with my silverado 1500 with upgraded rear suspension,,i dont have any problems pulling that trailer,sometimes i forget its even there,and the trailer is awesome inside,and the outdoor tv makes for great football watching,
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My Eagle TT is in the +30' category and after I few miles I dont even think about it.. EXCEPT when backing into a National Park camping spot.. as few of them are made for 30+ footers but that is not what you asked about..
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Our Eagle is almost 36' ball to bumper and with the truck, air bags and Equalizer all properly set up I don't have any trouble at all. I guess half-tons have changed a whole bunch since I drove one long ago, so I'll leave those comments to those that understand them. If you have the TV for it and the proper setup, you may be anxious for a while, but after a few uneventful pulls you should do fine.
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We have had both. We prefer fifth wheel. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Fifth wheels generally tow much better and are easier to maneuver with the pivot point being in the center of the bed. You get a longer trailer without a longer rig.

However, a floor plan you like should be more important. None of the advantages of a 5er over a TT outweighs a floor plan. You can learn to tow a longer TT.
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