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Old 06-16-2015, 04:10 PM   #15
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A 5th wheels rig costs significantly less than an equally appointed gasser motorhome, and even less than a DP.

The "month test" mentioned above is the usually the decision maker I have heard of on occasion, if you can get by with the big tow vehicle as your daily transportation, (and don't want to purchase a second commuter vehicle).

I have run into many, many fulltimers living and working fulltime near major metro areas. The price of fuel spent commuting 20 to 30 minutes in each direction to the job site, (or work), in a big pickup truck 5th wheel tow vehicle is prohibitive.

So, the motorhome and toad combination return into the discussion, (even if staying in one place longer than a month), if a cost-effective high gas mileage toad makes better sense.

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As posted earlier, the choice is what suits you best .... a take into consideration to where you wanting to travel / hang out !!
For us .. one of our stops is in the SanFran bay area ... a tow vehicle will just not work in downtown SanFran, where we will be spending our time while in the area ...
Storage is also an issue .... and a point of contention ... we found our Bus was more the adequate for this purpose .
Its been said you can do a 5er and tow vehicle for less then a MH .... If buying new, thats likely the case ... but we looked for used, as there's no way we wanted to take the first year hit on new stuff .... and the used units had the "bugs" worked out ...
So for us ... the Bus was our best choice .... It may not be for you .......

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I too am probably more comfortable driving my home vs pulling my home. And backing a MH into a site sure seems easier than backing in a 5th wheel.

And we do tend to move every 2/3 weeks. But the DW does like the interiors of some of them larger 5vers we've been in. We will be constrained by what we intend to pay for our upgrade which will be around $75K....which will buy us a nice 10 year old MH or a very late model 5th wheel and used truck.

Someone made a comment that interior components of motor homes are generally more durably built than what is found in 5th wheels. Does anyone agree with this? Even our current Bounder seems very well put together considering its age.
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Someone made a comment that interior components of motor homes are generally more durably built than what is found in 5th wheels. Does anyone agree with this? Even our current Bounder seems very well put together considering its age.
If, by interior components you mean the woodwork, drawer construction, furniture, etc. then you can find both 5th wheels and motorhomes in excellent quality. You can also find both with junk.

It depends on the manufacturers and how much you're willing to pay. You just need to do your research and comparisons.

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