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Old 12-20-2015, 09:37 AM   #15
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We went the opposite direction last year, from a new 5th wheel to a used DP. The DP uses more fuel, insurance and maintenance is higher, as well as the overall cost. It has been worth the extra cost for us.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:46 AM   #16
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We currently have a DP with 2 slides but due to needing more living space we are thinking about a 5th wheel. We haven't looked at any yet. The ease of setting up the MH is important and all the ammenties that come with it too....elec/propane heat, on board generator, auto leveling to name some. We aren't sure how easy the FW is to set up and not sure what ammenties to expect. We do know the living space is much greater. I'm just looking for more info and if anyone has switched and what your opinions are on that. It's not a done deal for us that we're going to do it but it is something we will be looking into. Also, we will most liking will be looking at used for cost effectiveness as we know a tow truck will be needed.
Switch from DP to Truck and 5th Wheel? We did just that!
Here is a link to the thread I started when I was thinking about it. It follows through from the question to owning and why.
Pretty informative.

From Class A to 5th Wheel? Any Regrets?

We have absolutely NO regrets whatsoever!!!
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When comparing ANYTHING, there are pros and cons or else they'd be the exact same thing
especially if you are comparing apples and oranges like rv's from different decades - 10 years in the rv industry is a lifetime - especially in the electronics area...

We had a 13 5er with all the bells and whistles and the BEST truck I've ever owned in our matching 13 Ford Platinum.
I was always on the other end of the 'discussion' re: 5er's were just as easy, etc...! So, without bringing up the continual problems we had with the 'upper end' full time four season, blah blah blah... 5er

Let's talk about the "coach"
Even though the MH was 2 or 3 years OLDER than the 5er, it still has many, MANY more features than the 5er so that's one better...
the JOY of how much easier it is to set up or tear down in the rain
(Heck, the wife COULD drive the toad for a bit if you didn't want to hook up and she DID Thanksgiving wkend)
PLUS the bathroom, the ride, the features that would NEVER be on a 5er... far outweigh the 5er IMHO of course...

Find the floor plan you love and go fer it!
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Oh, and purchase cost?
the coach was cheaper for me when I bought the $60k truck to tow the 5er !

Maintenance cost?
Still measuring, but the 5er and tow vehicle so far needed more $$ than the Coach and Toad... but seeing the coach running ahead in THAT race
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It's funny, but the bathroom thing is what I most often hear mentioned when this topic comes up.

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Just to help with further reading, this is another thread that gets into 5th wheels and the truck we bought and why. It's all info you'll need to know when considering as it has to do with weight calculations. The first couple of pages dealt with 5th wheel but got into truck talk.

Here's the link.

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We are full timers and our 5th wheel has roof top satellite, Big Foot auto leveler system, onboard generator, and an inverter. The auto leveling system makes disconnecting/disconnecting as easy as a motor home. There are times that we move around frequently and other times like in the winter where we primarily stay in one place for several months. In my opinion, with a well equipped 5th wheel, the only draw back is a smaller vehicle to use when sight seeing though we always seem to manage. Our Dodge truck has a great ride and is luxurious inside. We could not justify the cost of a motor home but others can. It is all personal preference on which is right for you.
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When traveling most everything you need or could need is available to you in a motor home... (in a 5er or trailer not so much).
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I think it's got a lot to do with what you buy. It's easy to say this is better than that but without some criteria, it's like comparing a Prevost to a Tent Trailer. Of course the Prevost is going to win but doesn't fit into the budget of the average person!

My truck and fifth wheel is worth more than the cost of any of my coaches. But for me, I needed a truck anyway. The coach towing the truck was worth more but it was senseless maintaining two expensive vehicles. If you own a coach, you'll still want a vehicle to get around so you still have a cost over and above the coach so a moot point.

That being said, none of our coaches had the amenities and room of our 4 slide 5th wheel. None of them had a huge living area with fireplace, big screen TV, large dining area, huge kitchen with peninsula, tons of cabinetry, large bath with shower, plenty of room around the toilet, king size bed.

Now the truck, I've upgraded to the 2015 Ram 6.7 litre Diesel Laramie 4x4. It drives like a Cadillac, fully loaded with virtually every option. It blows the doors off any coach cabin set up I've owned and most I've ever seen!
I feel safer driving this truck, more comfortable, it tows our 16,000 lb 5th wheel like it's not even there. All maintenance is covered by warranty.

I've lived the Class A dream. 6 times. It was a novelty but the costs to maintain them far exceed truck and 5th wheel in all areas and the shine simply worn off.

Personally, I don't see me changing back anytime soon though. Been there, done that! I like the money in my bank account more than in the repair shops, the tire shops, and the insurance brokers office.

Just my thoughts for what it's worth. I'm new to the truck and 5th wheel scene, but thoroughly love it and after running the numbers, just don't see any downside to my choice.
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Really appreciate every one's input. Question:do 5th wheels come with electric and propane heat? I know some do not. Thanks
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Motorhomes are great bathroom-wise. It is so simple to turn on the cruise control and walk back to the bathroom.
Easier to do on those long straight roads....I find I drop the speed to 35, put on 4-ways and then cruise control
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Easier to do on those long straight roads....I find I drop the speed to 35, put on 4-ways and then cruise control
MarsMan, you seem very familiar to me.
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Easier to do on those long straight roads....I find I drop the speed to 35, put on 4-ways and then cruise control
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Really appreciate every one's input. Question:do 5th wheels come with electric and propane heat? I know some do not. Thanks
Ours has a propane furnace and heat pump/air conditioners. The heat pumps will work most of the time for us because we generally don't camp in really cold weather. I think they will work down to upper 30's, maybe low 40's. Not really sure about that, someone else might know. You can also add Cheap Heat to your furnace which furnishes electric heat from your furnace. Google Cheap Heat if you want to know more.
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Really appreciate every one's input. Question:do 5th wheels come with electric and propane heat? I know some do not. Thanks
All depends on how the rig is outfitted as far as standard and optional equipment. Most all come with a propane fired furnace. Electric heat will normally only come with heat pump air conditioners.
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