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Old 10-26-2015, 07:21 PM   #43
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Here's an example of why I switched from DP to 5th wheel.

I had a problem with my leveling jacks with my Beaver Coach. It was in and out of the mechanic shop several times. Diagnosing problems, hydraulic hoses, a replacement Jack, taking tires off and on to do the work. 3 invoices totaled up to $3150.

I just had a problem on my 5th wheel with front electric jacks.
I investigated and found out it was a sheer pin that broke. I fixed it myself for......Wait for it.......cost to repair was $2.17!!!
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:37 PM   #44
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Really nice looking 5'ver. We just got back from a 2500 mile trip, the change from the MH to the 5th wheel was a good choice for us. Everything about it is better.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:51 PM   #45
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We froze to death in our 5th wheel. Truck is not nearly as comfortable. Had a Motorhome, bought a new 5th wheel, used it twice we are back to a motorhome.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:59 PM   #46
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WE like the class A and will never return to a 5th wheel. never ever .
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:55 PM   #47
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I think it's got a lot to do with what you buy. My truck and fifth wheel is worth more than any of my coaches. But for me, I need a truck anyway. The coach towing the truck was worth more but it was senseless maintaining two expensive vehicles.

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.
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 has worn off.

That's just me and what works for me. My way of life isn't for everyone just as everyone's life wouldn't be for me. I respect everyone's opinion though and I thank you for it.

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 hope I don't come across as too matter of fact. Not my intention. I'm new to the truck and 5th wheel scene, thoroughly love it and after running the numbers, just don't see any downside to my choice.
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Currently struggling with the same issue, in the last ~3 years it has cost ~$15K to keep the coach running. I will soon be facing tire replacement for a total cost of +$3K. Any other major issue may mean the Class A has to go and we will look at options for replacement.

We did take a peak into a nice 5th wheel last week, it was marked down to $68K, don't know if I want to go that route either.

Wonder what a Yurt costs???
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:39 AM   #49
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Likely because I will be driving the truck for work, the SRW is what I'll buy.
A 15K GVWR fifth wheel is the max for conservative towing, and 16K if you push it. I think if you run the numbers, it comes to about 15,600 lbs for an XLT.
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As far as State Police not enforcing the length law - not true. I was recently ticketed double pulling in Texas for being 3 ft over at 68ft. Texas length is 65. I run 65 mph always. $180 ticket and not allowed to leave until I disconnected the second trailer. Nightmare. Put a damper on our Colorado vacation. If you do it beware.
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As far as State Police not enforcing the length law - not true. I was recently ticketed double pulling in Texas for being 3 ft over at 68ft. Texas length is 65. I run 65 mph always. $180 ticket and not allowed to leave until I disconnected the second trailer. Nightmare. Put a damper on our Colorado vacation. If you do it beware.

Wow, I been towing a camper and hanging around these on line forums for nearly 20 years and that's the first ticket I've ever heard about from the person who got it (IE: non-rumor) for anything to do with NON COMMERICAL towing. How did he pick you out? How did he measure? 3 feet is pretty hard to tell from any kind of angle. Either he has a very good eye or some sort of measutring equipment. I hope he didn't make you hold one end of a tape measure for him LOL.
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He was pulling double trls which makes you look long to begin with . Not that this is related just interesting , ln Cal any 5th wheel travel trl that weighs over 15,000 you need a class A non commercial license. Reference Cal Gov web site.
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As far as State Police not enforcing the length law - not true. I was recently ticketed double pulling in Texas for being 3 ft over at 68ft. Texas length is 65. I run 65 mph always. $180 ticket and not allowed to leave until I disconnected the second trailer. Nightmare. Put a damper on our Colorado vacation. If you do it beware.
That is the 1st I have heard also, having lived in Texas all my life. I am 68' towing the F150 CC toad. I always thought that if I get stopped. I will unhook and DW will drive the toad to the next state.
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Man, has this thread gone off the rails. How did we get to towing length rules from coach to 5th wheel regrets?
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OK I will answer and then it can get back to the topic. I was driving below the speed limit on Hwy 287 thru Wichita Falls, Texas. 39 ft Lifestyle 5th and a 10ft trailer with a RZR on it. The trailer is 12' 9" with the tonge. First thing he ask was how long are you. Ouch! No way to lie. He said they can spot a rig that is too long.

I have heard of a hand full of others now that have been ticketed. Ticket was not so bad but he was not letting me proceed being too long. He finally agreed to escort me to a near by RV park so I could regroup and determine what to do. To be honest it was a night mare. Will not happen again though. Bought a Idaho Tote trailer. I will be legal now.
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So far the only one regretting me changing from Class A to 5th wheel is my old diesel mechanic shop, RV supply stores, eBay, Napa, my Insurance Broker and all the fueling stations! LOL
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