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Old 10-09-2015, 01:40 PM   #15
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I went TT style toy hauler because all the 5er with similar capability were much heavier unless you went to an ultra light and/or aluminum for more $$$.
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:44 PM   #16
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Consider the windage of the 5th wheel over truck's bed area. That would be one concrete difference that is universal. A 5th wheel will have more wind drag going down the road than a trailer. That's not arguable. Is that a real reason to choose one over the other?... probably not. You will most likely get 1 MPG less, or some other nominal amount, less fuel economy due to the windage.
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:55 PM   #17
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I think there have already been enough posts from people that have towed both to prove that 5ers get better fuel mileage than a TT. How much better depends on a lot of factors, but you've been the only one to say differently, and I'll wager it's not based on personal experience.
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Old 10-10-2015, 11:46 AM   #19
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Consider the windage of the 5th wheel over truck's bed area. That would be one concrete difference that is universal. A 5th wheel will have more wind drag going down the road than a trailer. That's not arguable. Is that a real reason to choose one over the other?... probably not. You will most likely get 1 MPG less, or some other nominal amount, less fuel economy due to the windage.
I don't know ,but every 'hotshot' driver I have asked said the opposite 'even though heavier and longer they use less fuel'(5ths).Hotshotters drive the same routes day in day out, same truck towing all kinds of trailers from factory to dealerships.
It must be because the air sees the 5th and truck as a more integrated unit ,TT has two fronts to the wind.
The first impression is not always true.
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May not be much difference in TV stress but towing a 5er is MUCH LESS stressful than a TT.
Disclaimer is if you have PLEANTY of TV for the TT not so stressful.
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Old 10-12-2015, 08:51 AM   #21
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I just towed 900 miles towing my 9200lb 35 ft TT with my dad's 06 megacab cummins and had absolutely no issues. I think it depends on the setup of your tow vehicle and trailer if there is more stress or not. I have a 4pt equalizer and sway was just not existent for me even in a driving wind with rain for 200 miles. If a fiver pulls easier than that did, it would have to be driving itself for me to believe it.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:03 AM   #22
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If a fiver pulls easier than that did, it would have to be driving itself for me to believe it.


I think what you're going to find is:
  1. The Fiver Club could never be convinced that a TT is better. I mean, just look at the 5r... it's huge! Slides galore, even stairs!!
  2. The TT Club could never be convinced that a 5r is better. I mean just look at the 5r! It's huge! And won't fit the places I like to go....

To your original question, I think you're fine either way you go. The trucks will do the jobs without any extra concern on either towable.
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Agree - and that is why the manufacturers continue to make both. Thankfully it gives all of us options to purchase the unit that best fits our needs and wants.

Good thing we are different otherwise that one campground would be awfully full of identical units.
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I think what you're going to find is:


  1. The Fiver Club could never be convinced that a TT is better. I mean, just look at the 5r... it's huge! Slides galore, even stairs!!
  2. The TT Club could never be convinced that a 5r is better. I mean just look at the 5r! It's huge! And won't fit the places I like to go....



To your original question, I think you're fine either way you go. The trucks will do the jobs without any extra concern on either towable.

I like this guy.

What if I have both? TT for hunting and camping in the mountains, Fiver for living and traveling in. :/
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I like this guy.

What if I have both? TT for hunting and camping in the mountains, Fiver for living and traveling in. :/
This is most acceptable
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TT's are in a much lower price point on average. You start looking at 35' to 38' 5th wheels, now your also looking for a diesel truck to pull it.

I'll use the example of my last tt (2005 25' hybrid). Paid about $16,500 (new), used it 380 nights over 7 seasons, sold it (Craigslist) for $8,500. So that translated to $21 per night used.

Was able to be towed with my Toyota SUV that also doubled as my work vehicle.

At one time we thought about a 5er (Carriage brand), but knew two things. For the one we would want( floorplan) , I would also need a diesel truck. And because of the size 35' , 36' it would be hard to get into many national and state parks which we favor over private parks.
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