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Old 07-09-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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Need help deciding on what trailer to get

Hi, my husband travels for his job and lives in a trailer while away. He currently has a toy hauler but needs to trade for a 5th wheal that will be able to handle the East Coast winters and Florida summers. We have been looking and are having a hard time deciding which trailer to get. He is leaning towards the Denali and I think the Cougar would handle the extreme temperatures better. We also want to avoid as many problems with general maintenance as we can. So we need your help based on your experience.

He will be pulling it with his Dodge 2500 Cummins Diesel and wants to pull his motorcycle behind the 5th wheal in a small cargo trailer. Out of all the trailers out there, which trailer would you recommend for our needs?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:39 AM   #2
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I would look at the shorter Excel or used Nuwa 5ers with 3 slides. These are two of the better manufacturers that make quality shorter trailers that can be towed with a 3/4 ton sized truck. With 3 slides the short trailer will open up to a reasonable living space. Both the Nuwa and Excel are insulated well.

By shorter trailer I mean less than 34'.

The other top manufacturers DRV, Lifestyle I believe only make larger 5ers.

A used Nuwa or Excel would be better than a new Cougar or Denali.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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Thanks tuffr2

I have been looking at the ones you suggested and yes I think the DRV and Lifestyle all come in larger sizes.

The Nuwa Hitchhiker looks like a good trailer. My only concern is that the front corners are not cut out. Our truck is a short bed. Would we have enough turning clearance with the Nuwa if we got the hitch that extended? I think they give an extra 9" for turning.
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They make some real fancy hitches for short bed trucks. A person posted a few weeks ago 'It was bound to happen'. He has a short bed truck and finally turned too sharp and made contact with the truck cab. Maybe you can add your hitch question there or ask a new question. I really do not know much about hitches since I have a long bed. I know the fancy extending hitches get heavy but many of them come in two pieces.

The Nuwa Hitchhiker is a real nice solid trailer.

The frame is most important component if you are going to be moving it a lot. The less the frame flexes the better everything on the inside will keep working and less chance of a leak.

Nuwa and Excel both have solid frames.
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"He will be pulling it with his Dodge 2500 Cummins Diesel and wants to pull his motorcycle behind the 5th wheal in a small cargo trailer. Out of all the trailers out there, which trailer would you recommend for our needs?"

Thanks in advance for your replies.[/QUOTE]

I suggest checking with your state laws on double towing, I see other people traveling through South Carolina from time to time pulling a small trailer behind a 5r or a TT, but it was illegal the last time I checked.
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I suggest checking with your state laws on double towing, I see other people traveling through South Carolina from time to time pulling a small trailer behind a 5r or a TT, but it was illegal the last time I checked.
Agree. Double towing is illegal in many states. You would certainly want to check the states he will travel to find out first. Then you want to be sure the 5er can handle the hitch required to pull the trailer. Then if the Dodge can handle the combined weight of the 5er, trailer and it's load.

If the motorcycle is a requirement, seems like a toyhauler would be the way to go. However, not knowing 5ers well, I don't know if anyone makes an extreme weather toyhauler.
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Not to highjack the thread but 2 toy haulers come to mind New horizons and Excel
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Here is a link we're you can look at each state's towing laws.Towing World Official Website
Also keep in mind adding a hitch to your 5th might void the warranty
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There is no easy way to bring all your stuff. When I was trying to figure how to bring my little runabout boat I came to the conclusion I tow the 5er and DW tows the boat. Also I will not bring the boat on all trips.

Again - no perfect solution. With a toy hauler you lose living space and selection.

Did you consider a Motorhome pulling a motorcycle trailer? A motorhome is not insulated as well as a 5er plus is way more complex.

With only a 3/4 ton truck most toy hauler 5ers will be way too heavy.

To double tow maybe a CDL license might help...

Good luck - a lot of people want to do the same thing.
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Thanks guys, we have been looking at all options within our price range. He has to travel alone (I have to stay home with the kids) and thus is limited to one vehicle. He also needs his truck to get to work and back so a motorhome won't work. We currently have a pull behind toy hauler, it is just getting real small for him and it won't hold up to the harsh winter he will be in this year. He wanted something a little more comfortable (and warm). Since he is gone for such long periods at a time, he likes to have his motorcycle with him. It is something that he enjoys and doesn't cost a lot to ride.

Your comments have helped a lot, we are discussing them and using the information. Thank you.
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