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Old 01-31-2015, 08:10 PM   #15
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I had a hard time finding comparable tank sizes as well with a travel trailer. On average it seems 5th wheels have twice the capacity of fresh, grey and black water tanks.

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Old 01-31-2015, 09:18 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by maypo050770 View Post
I had a hard time finding comparable tank sizes as well with a travel trailer. On average it seems 5th wheels have twice the capacity of fresh, grey and black water tanks.

Originally Posted by dconley View Post
Had a TT we pulled behind a Dodge 2500. Rough roads beat us to death. Got a 5er with a Trailair pinbox and had a very smooth ride.
Go with the 5er. Tows much better.

Convinced more than ever now that we will be buying a 5er. Thank you to everyone for the time you have taken to write down you thoughts.

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Old 02-01-2015, 11:35 AM   #17
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I disagree that a TT is easier to back up than a 5'r. I have pulled both for over 45 years, and driven 18 wheeler for 44, and personally prefer to back up a 5th wheel, but I don't have any trouble with a bumper pull either, they just react slightly differently from each other. I do however much prefer the layout and storage capabilities of a 5'r.
I am trading my TT for a 5er. How is the reaction different...just want to know what to look for.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:47 PM   #18
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The pivot point on a 5'r is closer to the hitch pivot, so the 5'r will react sooner/faster than a bumper pull, given the same overall length, the rate that each trailer will react is affected by the difference in length between the tow vehicle and the "towed" vehicle. The longer the trailer the slower it will react, that is why I believe some people have more trouble with a 5'r over a bumper pull, but also it gets real expensive if you try to turn a bumper pull too tight, where I can turn my 32ft Cameo past 90 degrees to allow maneuvering into a tighter spot.
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I bought a 25' bumper pull trailer and also own a 37' 5th wheel. Like other posters the 5th wheel goes down the road better than the TT.

The problem with the 5th wheel is that you need a 5th wheel hitch. The bumper pull can be moved by any 1/2 ton truck.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:06 PM   #20
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20 ft TT and truck is the same length as my 27ft 5r and truck. This is important when using older USFS camp grounds. Alaskan Hwy ferry boats charge by the foot. I can do a U-turn with my 27sl on a 2 lane hwy.

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