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Old 04-13-2008, 06:22 PM   #15
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I think you'll find backing up with a TT a lot easier then the bass boat, once you have a bit of experience under your belt. Like some of the other posters, I often connect my TT by myself too. It will all come to you with a little practice.

However, the best skill needed isn't even the driver. It's the person who's directing you back when you hookup. I think my wife ranks with the best in this area.

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There are some extremely lightweight aluminum framed, aluminum siding 5th wheels without slides. You'd have a lot more storage underneath a 5'er than with a TT. Just don't overload it with "stuff".

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Old 04-30-2008, 08:12 AM   #17
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Hi BRobinson,
Well, I got lucky. After several years of pop-up camping my wife and I decided it was time for a hardside trailer. After shopping at all of the R.V. dealers in the Corpus Christi area we decided on a new 21' TT. We had one other stop to make and found the 5ver we now own. As I said earlier luck was with us on that day. I now own a 2000 Jayco 237a. It is a 24' 5ver with a single man. slide-out that I tow with a 2001 Chevy 1500 Z71 with the 5.3 engine and 3:73 rearend, tow rated at 8000lbs. I have made several trips in the past few months and with the exception of a 40mph head wind on the first trip have had no towing issues. The bed length of the truck is 6'6" and I use a Reese 15k slider hitch. Have not had to engage the slider yet as there is adequate turning room with the trailer. Don't know if this will help but there are smaller 5vers out there and the price is right if you don't mind buying 2nd hand.
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:44 AM   #18
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just adding to my post above about the 1500 crew cab owners manual not recommending a GN/5th wheel trailer is its the crew cab SS package that they don't recommend for that job according to one of my area GM service mgrs. There are 5ers out there that your 1500 truck will handle. Just match up the numbers with close attention with staying under the trucks RAWR/FAWR/tire caps which are pretty small on a standard duty 1500 truck. BUT, it is doable.


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