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Old 06-05-2016, 02:02 PM   #1
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Question 5th Wheel vs Travel Trailer

I'm looking at buying my first trailer. I've found a Northwood floorplan I like. The Arctic Fox 25Y and the Fox Mountain 235rls. The TT is 8.5 wide the 5er is much taller. Mostly NFS/non campground camping. These are both the same basic floorplan. One is a 5er and one is a TT. There are pluses and minuses to both for me. Added cargo room in the bed of truck would be nice for toys and other gear. The addition storage would be a huge bonus...

I'd like to hear what others think on this subject. Hook and un hook ease. Leveling differences. Towing issues. Ride and braking differences. Height vs width concerns. My tow rig (2001 2500 dodge ram long bed quad cab 4x4 cummins/auto) is a bit limited on what I can legally haul. So that really limits my choices.

Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks
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Hook and un hook: Fifth wheel is easier
Leveling: 5er is easiest. 5er can level where nothing else can
Towing: again the 5er tows best
Ride & Braking: 5er harder to back and cuts a shorter arc forward than TT, TT follows tow vehicle

Doubt that height is usually more of a problem with tree limbs in some rv parks. But not many.

Floor of 5er on 2 levels vs TT with 1 level.
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Try google. There are TONS of threads on it.
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:34 PM   #4
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TT has a few advantages over a 5th wheel but a 5th wheel has many more advantages.

I have about 6 friends that could move a TT in a pinch. None can move a 5th wheel in a pinch. And I happen to be in that situation so no matter the advanages of a 5th wheel I am looking to replace my 5we with a nice TT.
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I'll prolly never go back to a TT. 5th wheel is smoother, quicker setup, and just overall better experience towing.
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I got a TT primarily because I didn't want to have to trim tree branches in the Public Lands I like to visit the most. My trailer is 10.5 feet tall. Almost every 5th wheel is considerably taller than that. I may plan to go a little deeper into the woods than you do, but I like it that way, so I bought the TT because it's lower and can travel down tighter roads a little better.

And I have not been disappointed.
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This is a subject that has been beat to death many times. I have a TT cuz, it's lighter, cheaper, lower, and resale market is larger. Off road the 5th can contact the bed if not careful and will leave a mark. If you're not thinking and you drop the 5th on the bed that will really leave a mark. The overall length of a TT and truck is more than a 5th. The 5th does not sway. You pretty much loose the bed storage with a 5th, I have a shell camper on mine. many 5ths do come with a gen or place for it. A person can ride in a 5th where legal. I have often thought of finding a good 5th used and taking it to a CG I like and getting it set up as a vacation home, having someone else move it into place from the CG storage lot.
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we just upgraded from a TT to our first 5er... Hands down, no contest, pulling a TT flat out sucks in comparison to pulling a 5er.

5er is much less affected by wind too... I honestly forget the 5er is behind me going down the interstate.

No doubt some other members will be along shortly to tell you that with a $3,000 Propride hitch that your TT will pull "almost" like a 5er...
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Your issue is that the 2001 2500 doesn't have the 'payload' capacity for that 5th wheel

Wet pin on that Fox Mountain 5vr will be close to 2200# and your 2001 only has 2200# MAX payload
After subtracting your & passengers weight, stuff in cab, stuff in bed ---hitch etc (truck loaded camp ready weight subtracted from MAX payload)

The Arctic Fox TT would be a better fit based on your 2001 2500 Truck ratings as it would have roughly 1000# tongue weight
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Fifth wheel is better in most ways. Main concern for public lands is length. If you want to camp in national forests, get short length and strong axles.
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hands down if you're towing big and heavy you get the 5th. JMO would be 34ft+ and/or 10,000 pounds the 5th wins. If you want to camp in the FS CG's stay under 30 ft.
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You never hear anyone saying "we just stepped up to a TT".
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I just got my first fifth wheel and I can definitely agree that it tows much better and I had zero effects from wind and the semis blowing by me. When I was towing my trailer and I saw a semi coming up I had to hold the wheel tight.

Now backing it in to a spot is a different matter. I'm still learning the differences in angle and whatnot so it takes me a few times backing up, pulling forward, backing up, rinse and repeat.
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Granted thus far I have a very small sample size, but the two state parks we have been in thus far I have been able to get into our spot with our 40' 5er and the Crew Cab long bed dually... lenght is thus far less of a issue that I originally feared myself.
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