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Old 08-24-2015, 12:48 PM   #12363
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2016 F350 Lariat and a newer 37' Mobile Suites or Grand Design 5er.

Possum, Tuesday sounds great.
We'll call when close.

Yesterday on the way home from Campbell River I saw a guy pulling a fiver and it was about twice the length of our MH counting his 1 ton Chev and the two story, inlaw suite in the basement 5er. I couldn't believe the size of the thing he was towing. I got around him at the passing lanes by the Little Qualicum Campground. I wonder what speed he was making coming through the Grove and up the hump.

Gracie is old and other than a couple of minor problems we've had and repaired, I still think she is a great unit.

My buddy just bought a DP and he loves it but he's one of those guys that has about $10K in tools and is a diesel mechanic.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:23 PM   #12364
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As you can see from the signature we have both.

Each has it's strong points depending upon what you use it for.

Our 5er is quite heavy and well insulated so very quiet when parked. I do not find parking it a chore but in small areas it can take a bit of effort. I believe I can park the 5er in any parking spot where I can park the coach.

We like the coach better than the 5er right now because it has a few features that the 5er does not. We never did put the washer dryer in the 5er. Janet did not think she would like it. I convinced her to add it in the coach and she would let me install the washer dryer in the 5er in a heart beat if we go back to using it.

Coach is all electric with aqua hot. 5er has propane and a 10 gal water heater so there is a difference with that.

Going to sit down one day and compare the features of both. I think the list will come out pretty close to even.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:30 PM   #12365
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Advice is cheap, but I will throw my two cents in.

I decided to change to a fifth wheel and pick up. Perhaps easier and cheaper to maintain, but for me a monstrous problem to operate and park. And this was not a large unit. I know much is a personal problem with me. But after 18 months I am back to a motorhome.

Not knowing your experience level, I do not mean to offend, but if you have not operated a pickup and fifth wheel, especially a large unit, please to find someone who will let you operate theirs for a while.

There is nothing similar between operating a motorhome and fifth wheel.

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Thanks Richard. No offense taken.

But my experience has included towing almost anything from a tent trailer, travel trailer, boat , car, truck over the course of about 30 years. After the initial couple of tries, either you have the knack or you don't. For 10 years, I used to back my boat up a 12% grade in the dark, between posts and up around the side of my house and into a garage with a few "Wobblies" under my belt.

Towing my truck right now, I'm 68' in length and can negotiate a McDonalds parking lot.

I figure a 5er will be a cake walk.
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Super! I am envious of your skill set. Happy trails.

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Old 08-24-2015, 06:15 PM   #12367
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My post from another thread:

We are fed up with the coach and the costs of maintaining it. We have ours up for sale currently and as soon as she's gone we are buying a new F350 Diesel truck and are currently looking for a 5er.

This is our 6th coach. There is always something to fix and every time it goes into the shop, the bill seems to start at $1,000.
This isn't just this coach, it's been every one. I watch others in this forum and see all the issues they have with theirs so I'm not alone.
Yes there will be proponents for owning a coach that will say they will spend minimal on repairs but they are lucky.
These beasts need maintenance and the cost to maintain them, unless you are a heavy duty mechanic with $20,000 in tools in your compartment, or you are fairly well off financially, you are going to spend $$$$.

It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.

There are definite pluses to owning a coach, like DW making you a sandwich while driving, or using the facilities while moving, but you, the driver, can't. I'm sure I will be able to walk the additional 30' to use my 5er instead of the 10' in my coach once I pull over to stretch my legs anyway!

Personally, I have to have a truck for work. Currently I tow my truck 4 down. However, for me, I'm maintaining 2 powered vehicles. My truck I can write off the expenses. The coach I can't. The coach is the most costly of the two.

I've done the pros and cons. For me the truck and 5er wins.
Let's assume you don't do any maintenance yourself on the coach cause you're not a heavy duty mechanic.
Oil change truck $85.
Oil change coach $400
Tires truck $1500
Tires coach $3500
Air filter truck $59
Air filter coach $300
Brake job truck $600
Brake job coach $3000
Fuel pump truck $1100
Fuel pump coach $4500

Yes the coach is good for quick overnight stops but I see people with 5ers stopping at Walmarts overnight and not setting up all the time.
The only time saver between the two is setting the jacks and I plan on my 5er having auto leveling.
As for fuel saving by having a smaller toad as a driver? I'm saving fuel using my diesel truck towing over the poor mileage my coach gets towing. So I spend a bit more as the truck becomes my driver. To me that's a wash.
Insurance is way cheaper for the truck and 5er compared to the coach and toad. Likely half. AND I don't need a $5000 3 year maintenance warranty for the 5er for when it breaks down.

That's just my opinion and my analysis. There will be lots of those for and against but the cost factor is my driving force behind my decision. There is little costly repairs on a 5er and my truck will come with a 3 year bumper to bumper warranty for 60,000 kms and 100,000 kms on powertrain.

No brainer for me!
If this thread can survive Dogpatch's recitation on why he's moving to a 5er, nothing can kill it!

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So what your saying is your on the fence, not quit decided, could go either way!
Les does sound a little "iffy."
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Les does sound a little "iffy."
Sarah ya'll should have detoured over to Bryce. Totally different from the Hail of a GC but still a whole lot of fun!
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Hey Tim, I was out at China Creek today (about ten miles south of Port Alberni) and I found your long lost boat. SeaRay about 30 feet long and it's name was "Hunt'n'Fish" Sorry no pic but it did happen.
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Hey Tim, I was out at China Creek today (about ten miles south of Port Alberni) and I found your long lost boat. SeaRay about 30 feet long and it's name was "Hunt'n'Fish" Sorry no pic but it did happen.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sounds like a fish story to me.
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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sounds like a fish story to me.
Yeah yeah, sure sure, now you say you're doubting me?
Watchit or I'll call Cheryl on yuh!
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Sarah ya'll should have detoured over to Bryce. Totally different from the Hail of a GC but still a whole lot of fun!
We missed y'all, Tim. Tell Mary "hey."
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