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Old 04-26-2016, 04:18 PM   #1
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Driving TT vs 5er

My dad unexpectedly passed away this weekend, leaving my step mom stranded in Florida with the f350 dually and 30+ foot 5er. I'll be driving it up to their home in Maine starting later this week. I tow a 23 foot TT with a 1/2 ton at home. Looking for tips on what will be different towing the 5er, aside from the additional weight, height, length and tv width.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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So sorry for your loss and will pray for your family and travels. Now to help with your concerns. No stability issues and less stress towing the fiver, it will not push the tow vehicle around since it has no leverage. But fifth wheels track inside the truck's rear tires more than a TT, so you have to make wider turns, kind of like the tractor-trailer rigs. At tight intersections, you can't do a gradual turn or the fiver will hit something, instead pull straight out and at the last possible second, turn the wheel as sharp as possible. If you have to back up, then the fiver takes much longer to respond, so you have to pull further forward before backing up. Other than that, you just have to pay close attention to height, there are just many more obstacles that will be too low for the fiver to clear.
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Really sorry to hear this. But the 5er is much easier to tow. I haven't towed one in decades but I now have a TT and want to swap it for a 5er.
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BTW, backing up is different, but you will figure it out quickly. I didn't say harder, but different.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:20 PM   #5
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Thanks all. Appreciate the info and prayers.
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So sorry for your loss. I just recently made the jump to pulling a 5er too. I agree with Dayle, it's not hard and they really do pull very nice!
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:58 PM   #7
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Pleasantly surprised to find the overall length is only 2 feet longer than my tv and TT. Backing and tracking are different as described but I managed to get to the CG and parked without any damage.

3rd, unlabeled pump out handle, which was nowhere near the other two threw me for a bit.

Got a couple of things to do tomorrow then my son and I will hit the road north on Saturday. You've been warned . . .
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Trip north went well. Only 1 panic stop when we came around a corner and all 3 lanes of traffic were stopped for a multi car accident.

Only "damage" was losing the outside vent for the fridge which fell off in our last 50 miles. Replacement should be here tomorrow.

I liked the way the rig handled except for backing up. Definitely not as maneuverable as the bumper tow TT I tow at home.
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Yes, really a 30' is not at all too long. With a F-350 should have drove nice. Glad you made the long trip home safe...I worry about that with my parents and their 40' motorhome. I wouldn't know where to start.
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