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Old 09-01-2012, 07:24 PM   #15
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We've decided on a motor home for our full-time coach simply because it fits our needs better. We initially thought we would want a 5'er, but after preparing a "mission profile" we realized that the MH was the better fit for us.

Do your own homework and decide what is better for you.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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We went with a DP because.... we wanted one.

It is our first ever RV and we knew we were going full time. We didn't even look at fivers. Probably not the best approach to take but it's not the first time I've been impulsive.

Looking back, if we were going to be seasonal travelers and only move from place to place a few times per year we may well have gone with a fiver because we really like the floorplans available much better. But, there's nothing like rolling down the road in the cab of a DP watching the countryside go by through that big windshield and hearing nothing but a little bit of wind rustling bast the mirrors.

Is it worth the money? That's an individual decision. I've come to the conclusion that a DP cannot be justified with a pencil and paper.

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Old 09-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #17
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For all of our four motorhomes since 1977, we have used these as tow vehicles for our autocross cars and their trailers. I once saw a fifth wheel with a Honda 2000 car flat towed behind as the third element, but would never consider such a potential accident waiting to happen.

Other than that, I know fifth wheel owners really love their units, and they are very good at serving their needs. However, it's just not my thing. The giant fivers with the tall bedroom sections just look too unwieldy coming down the highway. Others have posted the specific good and bad points, so it just comes down to what suits each individual.

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Which one did you choose over the other and why?
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:55 PM   #18
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We struggled with the same issue before buying a MH. The 2 deciding factors for us in a MH came down too:
1) while on the road, if we want to stop for lunch or take a nap, that 5er would be hotter than h--- and the same when arriving at a CG for the night. Also DW and grandkids can use the bathroom without having to stop.
2) After arriving at CG, the MH is a faster setup vs the 5er. Also if it is raining or dark we really don't need to get out of the MH to set up.


Now is the extra expense of the MH worth all of this? That is up to the individual to answer. Both have there advantages and dis-advantages regardless of what people tell you.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #19
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Simple Decision for Me

One of our favorite spots to RV is a place facing the ocean and the spots are real tight. I had two fifth wheels and absolutely hated backing them into the tight spots. I usually became the older RVr's entertainment for a 1/2 hour til I got it right. Now I just pull in, drop the hydraulic levelers, put out the two slides, set up the lounge chairs and fill my glass of wine. Takes all of five minutes.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:23 PM   #20
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Almost... Almost got a 5vr but wife talked me into getting the motorhome.

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She likes to move around and cannot sit still for more than two hours plus we have two really large dogs that she will not leave at home. With a 5vr, If we wanted to take anyone else (and we really do) then they would have to drive a separate car.

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We recently took a 6,180 mile trip with my Wife, Daughter, both large dogs, and her parents and she loved it. I'm so happy that she had a good time. She was able to use the crock pot, vacuum, watch a movie, use the restroom, and simply move around. Plus she could come up front and just watch the world go by.
Me, When I needed to stop I didn't have to get outside and everything inside was already nice and cool.

I can set this rig up in less than 10 minutes total. I mean really, that's quick!!

We're really happy with our decision.
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We went with a DP because.... we wanted one.

It is our first ever RV and we knew we were going full time. We didn't even look at fivers. Probably not the best approach to take but it's not the first time I've been impulsive.

Looking back, if we were going to be seasonal travelers and only move from place to place a few times per year we may well have gone with a fiver because we really like the floorplans available much better. But, there's nothing like rolling down the road in the cab of a DP watching the countryside go by through that big windshield and hearing nothing but a little bit of wind rustling bast the mirrors.

Is it worth the money? That's an individual decision. I've come to the conclusion that a DP cannot be justified with a pencil and paper.

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Old 09-02-2012, 07:52 AM   #22
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When we started searching two years ago we walked into a 5th at the Tampa Show. The salesman quickly pointed out one major benefit for us to go with a Class A or C. Where to put the kids while driving. We are a family of 5, soon to be 6 and a dog so all that crammed into a vehicle capable of towing a 5th just didn't make sense.

We just bought our Class A this past weekend finally and now the adventures begin.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:00 PM   #23
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Thank you all so much for taking the time to share your opinions and stories. They have been most helpful.
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Motorhome, because I wanted one.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:27 PM   #25
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Motorhome. Here are the primary reasons.
  1. Jump in an go. No hook-up unless pulling the toad.
  2. Level from drivers seat.
  3. With exception of water, electric, sewer everything done inside coach.
  4. Don't have to move dogs from tow vehicle to RV.
  5. Don't have to move groceries / supplies from tow vehicle to RV.
  6. Easier to drive.
  7. When traveling you don't get out to use the bathroom.
  8. DW wanted one!
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As mentioned you can stop, walk the pets, while DW is making lunch. Coach stays cool, no down time when arriving at a CG, regarding cooling or heat. We are traveling today with my 86 yr. old mother in law, she snoozes on the couch. Goes to the head at her leisure. Just pulled into th CG took ten minutes to put out the slides, hook up water, elec snd sewer. Sitting back having a todie! How great is this!! Go with the class A.!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:07 PM   #27
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We travel with 3 cats. Decided against 5'er cause we don't have to transfer them bak n forth.
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MH because my DW wanted to be able to use the bathroom while we traveled. I on the other hand must pull over so I watch my liquid intake while I drive...
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