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Old 02-25-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone have first hand knowledge of the differences in towing a 34', vs a 39' 5th wheel? We're in the throes of selecting our first. We're leaning towards the larger due to its livability.

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There is no real difference in towing, provided you have enough truck to tow the39' trailer.. My experience shows that a39' trailer will require a 1 ton dually. You will see people towing with a single rear wheel truck and they do not have a clue about weights, or we told that they would be fine, or simply do not care.

So first thing to do is research the towing abilities of the truck. If you do not want to drive a dually, look for a smaller trailer.


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Had a 39' Day Dreamer before the MH and could not agree more. Need a dually.

The Day Dreamer weighed over 14K dry. Do the math when you check the truck towing capacities.

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Old 02-25-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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Sorta; We owned a 30' 5er for 13 years. We traded for a 40' 5er, then traded our 3/4T Dodge CTD for a Duramax dually for safe towing. There is considerable difference between towing, and backing 30' an 40' 5er. After 8 years I'm used to handling our 40' 5er now. I cannot explain the differences much more than to say YOU NEED MORE ROOM to maneuver and turn sharp corners. My 5er wheels cut a full 8' inside the truck duals at about a 60-70 deg. turn. Merging into interstate traffic or changing lanes requires forethought and planning somewhat like a semi-truck, or 40' MH and towed. Lastly, a 40' 5er demands quality towing mirrors for the aforementioned driving.

Is it worth the trouble and money, you darn right! I do wish we'd had a 30' 5er for our AK trip; most of the CG's are not setup for 40' RV's, you can get in/out of most sites, but I now have tree scrapes on my 40'5er.
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I had a 36' Carriage before the current 40' Travel Supreme, Tow vehicle was an IH 4700. It towed both ok but was lacking in power. TS weighs in at 16.9 empty and about 20k loaded. Sold the IH 4700 and picked up a Volvo 730.
Parking and backing up were not a whole lot different b/w trailers. Both pulled fine.
Reason for changing truck was stopping power down 8% grades, ie Golden, Salmo Creston, Radium and a few others. No brake fade here.
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