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Old 03-21-2014, 06:27 AM   #1
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5er or Bumper Pull?

We want to buy an inexpensive TH for weekend camping trips but don't want to go huge.
I have a 2013 F250 and looking for a "short" TH, I don't want the total rig size to be massive. The question is what is the difference in overall rig length between a 28 -30' tow TH and say a 35' 5er? Given the hitch on the tt is additional to the "length", and the initial few feet of the 5er is over the truck bed.

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Old 03-21-2014, 08:22 AM   #2
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Seems like you already answered your question? A TT of 30' is close to a 5th wheel of 34', give or take.

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Old 03-21-2014, 08:27 AM   #3
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Asnother point to consider is that a 5er feels steadier. Could because the anchor point is above your rear wheels and no a point on thee rear bumper. JMHO
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:42 PM   #4
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His 1st line says "inexpensive" - a bumper pull will probably be found cheaper than a 5ver.

Here in N. Fl. a friend is selling a 2008 30' bumper pull for 16k, I see a 2007 28' for 14k. Same price 5ver is an older 2004 37'

The overall length (exterior) would be about the same from a 35' 5ver and the 28'-30' bumper pull. The difference is the interior space.

With a 2500 pick up, the 28'-30' bumper pull wouldn't exceed your trucks capacities. The 35' 5ver COULD exceed some of your trucks numbers. Look at different models to see what the GVWR is and figure 15% plus for pin weight. Figure 12.5% for tongue weight on a bumper pull.

Just an FYI, Pin and tongue are higher with garage empty of toys. The axles of toy haulers are a little farther back to support the toy weight when loaded. Research (or at least look at) garage capacities for what you need it for - each model may be different. My TH has a 2,000# capacity in the garage area. I carry 1 motorcycle (800#) or a shuttle cart (1200#) - although I could carry both of my bikes (1600#). I have weighed the trailer and saw my tongue weight change for each toy or lack of. The cart weighs the most and makes for a lighter tongue vs 1 bike vs nothing in the garage for the heaviest tongue weight (I haven't weighed with both bikes yet).
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:51 PM   #5
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Well thanks guys, great insight. When I said inexpensive I guessing was saying I'm not about to drop $60k on a unit.
The weight issue is very interesting, thank you.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:17 AM   #6
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TT will definintely be less expensive then a 5er. But it is all what you want and need for your weekend excursions. I would worry more about weight than length. NFlcampre gave you some food for thought. Your truck towing capacity is something you need to become familiar with, your tow capacity is greater with a 5er just because of the point of attachment and how it distributes the weight. I have had both and will never have tow behind again, 5ers pull so much better in my opinion. So it is all going to boil down to $$$, Weight, and perferences.

Make your list of must have's, nice to have's and deal breakers. Once you have that list it is all a matter of looking for the one that more closely matches your list, quality will be pretty much equal across the board, every manufactorer has their issues, so don't let the horror stories in forums scare you away from them. For every 1 horror story there are thousands with no or minimal issues. Food for though

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