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Old 11-26-2013, 10:06 AM   #15
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You cant do much without a toad and also add the cost of maintenance of 2 drive trains. With the fifth wheel you only have 1
The $$$ difference between the mileage of a TV and a fuel efficient toad.
Takes care of the cost of having the extra drive train maintenance.
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Well if the Mh broke down and there wasn't a dealer close (providing they would work on it) there would be a tow involved, I would have to stay in a motel

with a 5er I could leave the vehicle and the mechanic could at least drive me back 'home' also my truck could pretty much go to any mechanic and they could fix it, (no waiting for parts)
When a TV & 5er breaks down on the road. You can have the cost of 2 tow charges.
You can't leave the 5er along side of the road and stay in it.

With a MH & toad. You don't need the mechanic to drive you anyplace.
Most MH repair places have free hook ups to use after shop hours. And no need for a motel stay.

In 15 years of full time. I have only needed to use a motel for 10 days. And the other drivers Insurance company paid 100% of that stay.
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Somehow this thread had to get to 5er v MH.

I am never stranded with a toad.

For every 10,000 miles on the MH, I put on 20,000 touring with the toad. A bit of math will give you some economy that has some serious "cha-ching" in it.

I could go on, but it wont really matter. :-)
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Somehow this thread had to get to 5er v MH.

I am never stranded with a toad.

For every 10,000 miles on the MH, I put on 20,000 touring with the toad. A bit of math will give you some economy that has some serious "cha-ching" in it.

I could go on, but it wont really matter. :-)
The thing that makes the 5er bigger is the front kitchen or bedroom. Climbing up 3 or 4 stairs to get there. MH no inside stairs. After that it's floor plan. Like the big open floor space of a rear "den". But really - legal width is the same. 300 square feet of living space is 300 sqf. Just how it's arranged.
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The thing that makes the 5er bigger is the front kitchen or bedroom. Climbing up 3 or 4 stairs to get there. MH no inside stairs. After that it's floor plan. Like the big open floor space of a rear "den". But really - legal width is the same. 300 square feet of living space is 300 sqf. Just how it's arranged.
Yes, there is also "perception" in a 5er due to the higher ceilings.

I have a smaller MH, only about 250sf. Not enough for some. But we "live" outdoors. Real big out there, and you change the outdoor wallpaper with every move!
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Besides overall purchase price and maintenance/cost of ownership differences, the other frequent point of comparison between an MH/toad and 5er/truck is that one is perceived as better for longer stays while the other is better if you are going to be on the move a lot.

Usually the comment is that a MH is better if you are going to be on the move a lot while a fiver is better if you are going to stay put a lot.

This puzzles me. We haven't had a MH, but we move a lot in our fiver. Occasionally we stay somewhere as long as a month, but we often will spend as much as 8-12 weeks moving every 3-8 days.

It takes us 10-15 minutes to set up completely, from getting out of the truck once the rig is parked to sitting down in our chairs inside the trailer and resuming our regular lives. Likewise for hitching up and leaving.

We have watched MH owners spend a lot of time connecting and disconnecting their toads, but have no idea if it is really easier or harder than backing up into a fifth wheel hitch. Seems harder.

Perhaps setting up a MH is faster, but we find that 10-15 minutes is plenty fast enough for us.
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I think we all agree that the decision needs to be based on one's requirements. In our particular case we toad a trailer with show cars so the 5rv option was off the table for us. When we visit the Hershey RV show we tour all types or rv's and are amazed at the layouts and amenities they all have to offer. There are a lot of considerations to be taken into account when making this type of purchase...lets face it it's a lifestyle not an investment so take your time and spend your money wisely.
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