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Old 01-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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I'm looking for advice and or opinions. We currently have an "08 Kingston 5th wheel being pulled by an '08 chevy 3/4 ton. The combination travels well with very little problem. The problem comes in when I or my wife have to maneuver the camper into the campground slot. We only go out maybe 5 or 6 times a year at this point, so lack of practice is one problem. The other problem is setting up the camper as I am on oxygen and stooping and bending is quite a chore. My wife is quite able and willing but hate for her to have to do it all.

My point - we want to camp and travel more but feel these problems and a few other little things make us not want "the hassle". Let's just stay home.

We are considering trading for a 40' Jayco Insignia motor home. Just about everything on the unit is automatic and we feel we could both park it easier than maneuvering a truck and trailer. We have used a couple of other motor homes ( borrowed ) in the past. I could go on, but please give me some feedback and thoughts, am I thinking the right direction or just need to stay with what I have and "practice" more ?? Thanks in advance


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Old 01-08-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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I understand your problems. My wife has PD & it can make RVing a challenge. I have a friend who has a 5th wheel & I watch him struggle to set it up. I pull in with my class A & push a button to level it & another to put the slides out, plug in the power cord & done. In your position, RVing will become more of a chore than a pleasure. Hope you can figure out which is best for you.

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Old 01-08-2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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We have never owned a 5th wheel, but did own a travel trailer for about 1 1/2 years and while it was easy to setup it was never as easy as our MH!! I do not plan on ever moving back to a trailer. The MH is so easy to setup. I can park it and be setup in less than 15 minutes including leveling, water, electric, sewer and slides. Once I have the MH level and have headed outside to hookup my wife is rolling the slides out and getting anything else ready.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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I think motorhome is the way to go. I might rethink the need for 40' though. You can get a lot of coach in something a little shorter, and shorter means easier to handle and park. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:21 PM   #5
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We just traded out of our fiver pulled by a 2010 Dodge. We are both healthy but I just got tired of the hassle of setting up the fifth wheel . We found that parking the trailer was difficult in a lot of the parks and I have pulled large trailers for the past 50 years. We purchased a 35 foot class A and love it. Plenty of room and traveling is much simpler and setting up is a breeze!
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I'm also on oxygen, and that's why I didn't consider a 5ver or trailer. Went straight to a 40 ft class A.
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I think motorhome is the way to go. I might rethink the need for 40' though. You can get a lot of coach in something a little shorter, and shorter means easier to handle and park. Good luck with whatever you decide.
I went from trailer to Class A because of DW's health issues and it has worked well. Make sure you choose something you both can handle and the places you want to visit are designed to handle the rig of your choice.
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Having had every type of RV over the years, I've found that I enjoyed camping more with the motorhome than anything else. Two years ago we sold our fifth wheel and our diesel dually. Bought our motorhome and will never go back to towing. Setup is as said, night and day. This is our third motorhome, why I ever switched is beyond me. Good luck in your choice. Just check out the different floor plans and lengths. There's one out there that will fit your needs and you'll be a happy camper.

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