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Luxury Class B motor home with slide 4 16.00%
5th Wheel + Big Comfortable P/U 4 16.00%
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:37 PM   #1
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Full Time Traveling: 5th Wheel+PU vs Class A vs Class B

I decided to do this as a poll. Explaining your choice for my better understanding is up to you.

I am having 2nd thoughts on what I want to do with the next 5-10 yrs or so of my life. Was thinking of parking a 5th wheel full time in lot that I owned. But now thinking more of traveling full time around the country staying mainly at Indian Casinos for a night or two. May pay to hook up in RV park on days/nights I want to dump and refill up on water, wash clothes, or whatever, maybe once a week or so.

Being 66 and not limber or very strong any longer, I am wondering if buying a truck and 5th wheel 35-40' to live in full time and travel around the country would be as wise as buying an equally large motor home 35-40' to travel and live in. Then I thought maybe best to go even smaller to a nice size Class B since I will be alone.

Can those of you who have tried these for a long period tell me the which you would prefer if starting out new in my situation.


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Old 05-17-2015, 04:30 PM   #2
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I would go with the A, right now I have my Piaggio Fly 150 on the stern and the only time it doesn't work is when it is severe weather. This allows me the freedom when docked and without the towing hassles, my wife loves it this way so that also makes a big diff. With the 150 CC engine we can motor at 100Kph/60Mph all day, get into some seriously tough places in the mountains and still go for supplies when needed with no limits as to the roads we take with the Fly, a 50CC will not cut it on the highways as they are about 60/70 Kmh tops

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Old 05-17-2015, 06:15 PM   #3
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Full Time Traveling: 5th Wheel+PU vs Class A vs Class B

Speaking just for our experience, we are extremely happy with our used Class A. We travel about 3 months in the summer, putting approximately 4000 miles on the MH and about the same on the road. The Class A serves us best for our frequent change of location type of travel, staying 4 nights most places.

We have talked about switching to single destination travel each summer in a few years, only changing location each year. We are thinking for us a 5th wheel might better serve us better for that, but we also are looking at comparing prices on renting summer homes vs buying a new RV and driving and storing it.

There is no one right choice when picking an RV. Each RV option has advantages and costs unique to it. A lot depends on how you plan on using it, your budget, your willingness to trade comfort for cost savings, etcetera.

The one thing we found is some of the things we thought would be a big issue when we started into this turned out to be nothing, and some of the things I thought would be trivial (mainly fixing little stuff) turned out to annoy me out of all proportion with what I expected. So you can't really have all the answers before you start, you gotta get your feet wet and see what you like and what you don't.

I'd say don't spend a quarter million dollars right off the bat on the expectation that you found the perfect vehicle just because you like the paint job and it's big engine, and the wife loves the backsplash and flooring style. Rent a rig, or maybe start with a used rig you can resell without much loss if it's not the right fit. There is a lot of learning by doing involved here, though you still gotta do you research if you don't wanna get burned.
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:38 PM   #4
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For one person, I think a Class B would be ideal!
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:12 AM   #5
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We have a fifthwheel but there are the two of us. If single I would downsize to a smaller fifthwheel as for DW she has said if staying on the road alone she would look at a small A or a large C and tow.
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We started in a motorhome, and we now have a 5th wheel, so we have experienced both.

IMO, a motorhome is more comfortable to travel in and it's is better if you move frequently. Conversely, a 5th wheel is more home-like and has more interior living space and storage space than a MH for a similar length. A 5th wheel is better if you stay in one location for longer periods and move less frequently.

For me, a Class B is much too small for full-timing, but that doesn't mean it won't work for some people. We just happen to like our conveniences (onboard washer and dryer, residential refrigerator, water softener, automatic satellite dish, etc.) too much to be able to downsize that far.

You say you are "thinking more of traveling full time around the country staying mainly at Indian Casinos for a night or two. May pay to hook up in RV park on days/nights I want to dump and refill up on water, wash clothes, or whatever, maybe once a week or so." For that kind of travel I would definitely recommend a motorhome.
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I'd opt for none of the above in your poll. As an individual traveling alone, I'd opt for a smallish, 24' or so, Class C. IT can go pretty much anywhere a crewcab dually (which you'd need for pulling a 35'-40' 5th wheel) can go. If you were traveling in a 35'-40' Class A you would probably want to tow a vehicle, which would be an added expense and hassle.
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:19 AM   #8
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What is your budget? That will play into a good decision for YOU.

Does something like this seem close to a Class A DP that you might find comfortable? (NO...I'm not trying to sell it, just used it as an example!)

If you Don't want to tow a car then I would think a nice Class C, maybe a Class B would be the next "best" alternative. If you think a 5th wheel is an option then I would also think towing a car behind a Class A or Class C is also still in consideration.

It really depends on what you want when you are "parked". Do you think you want to get out and about or will you hunker down for long periods and only need minimum transportation needs such as going shopping. A 5th wheel gives you that with your tow car without the hassles of pulling out to go shopping. Class B & Class C allow you to pull out for shopping but then you have to connect and disconnect all your sewer, water and electrical stuff for that. A class C & A with a toad gives you all the flexibility of the 5th wheel towing truck but it can be a much smaller car instead.
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If you are living in it full time a small c is too small. Despite what anyone says they are too big to go a lot of fun places. BTDT with a 22 ft unit. A B is even worse as it does not have the front attic.

With one person I would be looking in the 30 ft and up range. There are several layouts that have separate living spaces in that range. There is also room for a travel buddy if you find one. A's will give you more living space, C's more storage with the front bunk space. 30 ft is about the minimum so up works. Depending on where you live and travel too much "up" might or might not be a problem. I would also look at tank size because some have really small tanks for staying out any length of time. I would also want a setup that worked with the slides in for lunch on the road, Walmart and rest area stops, etc. Saves a lot of money.

Either way you will want a towed. I'd start with a used tow dolly and if everything works and you like it think about adding a tow bar. The dolly setup is cheaper and covers more vehicles. You can set it up to load by hooking it up and hitting Harbor Freight or similar for a bumper mounted electric winch to load with if you cannot do it alone by driving on. Buying used you can sell it for roughly what you bought it for. Check the wiring as mice like to get into the tubes. Check the age of the tires. HF sells nice magnetic tow lights. Run the wire inside, out the passenger door, under the hood and use a bit of duck tape to keep them out of trouble. ;-)

Put a hitch on the car to move the dolly with when you need it. That one does not need to be heavy duty as the dolly will weigh less than 500 lbs. Maybe way less. It will let you use back in sites by unloading the car and moving the dolly to the car before backing in. Use the car to position the dolly either behind the MH before backing or elsewhere after parking the MH. I like to put it behind because I can pull forward a couple of feet, connect the dolly, pull onto the camp road and load the car in a few minutes and be on my way. YMMV.

FWIW my problem with a fiver is towfold. A good sized one needs a big expensive P/U that is not all that nimble. I cannot put anything on the roof of the P/U or trailer so it leaves out a lot of toys. OTOH I can put a canoe, kayak, or car top boat on my small nimble towed that gets much better fuel economy when I am parked and sight seeing. You are going to be parked because any of the rigs big enough to live in are too big to park in most parking lots. Yes, you can park in the back of the mall, yes you will be at the mall and not at the local whatever. ;-)
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I've had both..moterhome is much easery and if your travling a lot it's the way to go
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We park for 3 months at a time with a 5th. It has hydraulic leveling, just like a Class A DP, but uses hydraulic retract, not springs like on a DP. You can get anything found on a DP in a 5th. With a towed, you cannot back up a DP until you unhook. A cautionary note, if looking at a MH drive it a LOT as there are many stories about steering and control issues. Don't mean to badmouth an entire class, just issue a note of caution.

When traveling, we leave the trailer hooked up to the truck and just level the trailer. If we want to go out in the evening unhooking is pretty simple and easy, as is reconnecting.

We have also used a Travel Trailer and found it quite acceptable.

If you need to tow a Jeep for offroad a MH is better. Otherwise, any of them will do.

With a MH you will find you need a towed, TT or 5th you have a commuter and tour vehicle, and Class B you need to unhook the utilities and go do your errand. Everyday things like groceries, sightseeing, casual dining, a doctor or dentist, a gift, the post office, and so on.

On a comprable quality and equipment and age basis, a trailer and truck tend to be notably less costly than a MH and towed.

Look at a number of actual units, develop a list of must-haves, pick a floor plan that works for you, and give it a whirl. They all have their individual preference advantages.
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Originally Posted by Stickdog View Post
We have a fifthwheel but there are the two of us. If single I would downsize to a smaller fifthwheel as for DW she has said if staying on the road alone she would look at a small A or a large C and tow.
We were just discussing this with our RV friends this weekend. If anything should happen to my husband, I would downsize to a smaller A or a Class C. The Class B is just too small in my opinion to fulltime in. I can drive the current rig, but I would not need quite so much room. Most of the wives said they would not RV anymore.
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I have put a lot of thought into this as of late. I do like the room a 5th wheel offers but the older I get, i don't want to deal with hitching. The cost of a big diesel truck and fiver are just as much as a lot of A class rigs. Being as you will be moving often and staying at casinos, there is nothing better than pulling up, leveling from the drivers seat and putting out the slides and going to bed without leaving the rig. Same with stopping while on the road for lunch or a bathroom break. Granted Im not single but either way I think I would go with a big DP and a toad although I currently have a gasser. As far a s the toad goes I would get a small crossover or suv. I have also thought of another option to tow behind the dp. A i Have lots of hobbies, I have thought about towing our current enclosed trailer with a small car inside and still have room for other toys and a workshop of sorts. I think of it as towing my garage behind us. Its what we do now and we have been able to get into most gas stations, malls, restaurants ect. without too much trouble. Most casino lots are more than big enough to handle a rig this large. I don't ever want to want while on the road and I want it to feel like home. I would also make sure you have at least 100 gallons of water and a big (60 gallon) grey tank helps. I have been living in mine for the last 5 months full time and have wanted for nothing other than a washer and dryer and bigger grey capacity while we are boon docking.
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