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Old 01-30-2015, 01:55 AM   #1
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Question Change of heart.

Hello,
I am new here. I came here needing advice on buying a TT, but I'm more leaning towards a 5th wheel now.

I know I'm asking a biased question on this section of the forum, is a 5th wheel that much more advantageous over a TT.

What pros and cons have you come across?

I will have about $20K to spend on a used RV.

Thank you.
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:28 AM   #2
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I have had a 30 ft Jayco TT and a 35 ft Montana 5r. The 5r feels more spacious inside and there is more storage plus it is more comfortable towing. But you will need a vehicle capable of the extra weight.
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:43 AM   #3
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I have had a 30 ft Jayco TT and a 35 ft Montana 5r. The 5r feels more spacious inside and there is more storage plus it is more comfortable towing. But you will need a vehicle capable of the extra weight.
This pretty well sums it up. I've had both, but the right fiver floor plan for you feels like home.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:49 AM   #4
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Hello,
I am new here. I came here needing advice on buying a TT, but I'm more leaning towards a 5th wheel now.

I know I'm asking a biased question on this section of the forum, is a 5th wheel that much more advantageous over a TT.

What pros and cons have you come across?

I will have about $20K to spend on a used RV.

Thank you.
Hello and welcome to the forum.

First you have to ask yourself what type of camping are you going to do?

Weekend only or extended stay type such as 3 to 4 weeks or more. weekend only or short stays a TT would be fine.

Next do you have a 3/4 ton or 1 ton pick-up truck to pull with that will meet the requirements for pulling the 5th wheel. Are you willing to buy one most used diesel engine trucks sell for more than a gas engine truck. I have an 08 Ram with the Cummins diesel which is almost 7 years old and if I sold this truck I would ask around $30K+ for it.

Most 5th wheels that are in good to very good condition and about 8 years old will sell for around $20K are you will to buy one that old?

Jim W.
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:58 AM   #5
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The ONLY thing better about a TT is they are easier to back up.
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Old 01-30-2015, 12:52 PM   #6
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Have done the progression from small TT to larger TT to TT w/slide--now in a fiver. Will not go back the other direction. Too many pluses with the fiver, except for the tow vehicle--needed more, now I have it, too.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:16 PM   #7
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As stated, make sure you have a truck to tow the 5th wheel you are looking at.
Look around!! In 2005 we went from a TT to 5th wheel as I was working in Mississippi, and would be for a while, the wife wanted to go with me. So, we Looked around, locally, ebay, and etc. Ended up buying both on ebay. We had to travel some to get both truck and 5th wheel, but it was well worth it. We traveled 300 miles to buy a 1997 Ford F350, dually, 7.3. Had 140,000 miles in very good shape. Made an online refundable deposit, balance when picked up. Then, we traveled 600 miles to buy a 1991 35' Jayco, also made a refundable deposit with balance due at pickup. It was also in very good shape. We used both full-time for 3 years, then ordered the one we have now. For both F350 and Jayco total, we paid 11,850.00. Plus 850.00 to install Huskey 16K hitch and brake controller in truck, also about 600.00 for motels, food and fuel to get everything. Did spend about 1500.00 on both to check them out and replace things, nothing big deal most just minor maintenance and few changes we wanted to do.

Hope this helps and God bless,
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Love our 5th wheel! We started w/ a 20' TT and moved up to a 30' 5th wheel. It is easier to tow and back. It has much more space and storage.
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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.
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As mentioned, both will be OK if you are doing short time camping. If you plan to spend more time a 5er will give you more space for the same length trailer.

No matter which you purchase the main issue is floor plan. No matter how you use it there will be times when you have to spend time inside due to inclement weather. Is there enough space to relax and enjoy yourself when you are confined.

Sit a while in different models. Can you both move around and pursue different interests while watching it rain? Is there sufficient counter tops for food prep, hobbies and storage for keeping the the place organized?
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Hello and welcome to the forum.

First you have to ask yourself what type of camping are you going to do?

Weekend only or extended stay type such as 3 to 4 weeks or more. weekend only or short stays a TT would be fine.

Next do you have a 3/4 ton or 1 ton pick-up truck to pull with that will meet the requirements for pulling the 5th wheel. Are you willing to buy one most used diesel engine trucks sell for more than a gas engine truck. I have an 08 Ram with the Cummins diesel which is almost 7 years old and if I sold this truck I would ask around $30K+ for it.

Most 5th wheels that are in good to very good condition and about 8 years old will sell for around $20K are you will to buy one that old?

Jim W.
Thanks to everyone for their advice and comments.
I agree moving up from TT to a fiver may increase my budget and I'm ok with that. I plan on getting this within two years and at that time I will be getting a new 3/4 or a 1 tonne with it. So I am prepared for that too.

I'm REALLY loving this forum and all its members. You guys seem to have a really good vibe!!
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5er vs TT

no one mentioned the ease of pulling. The TT has more road bounce than the 5er, in some places it was terrible. Most of us say you can hardly tell the 5er is back there. The 5er takes road joints well while the TT does not.
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no one mentioned the ease of pulling. The TT has more road bounce than the 5er, in some places it was terrible. Most of us say you can hardly tell the 5er is back there. The 5er takes road joints well while the TT does not.
This comment may just convince the wife that it has to be a 5er. She gets motion sickness real fast and the bounce will just ruin it for her and in turn for me lol.
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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.
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