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Old 06-14-2015, 04:53 PM   #1
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Motorhome vs 5th Wheel debate with a question!

We will be looking to upgrade in 2016 more than likely. If money were no object pretty sure which way we would lean. But, has anyone ever seen data as to the percent of FULL TIMERS (as opposed to snow birders) traveling in motor homes vs 5th wheels?

And we will probably be doing a "pros and cons" when we get to the upgrade time.
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The ratio is about 50/50 on the escapees.com full-timers discussion forums. IMO, a 5er is better when staying for a month or longer. A MH is better for traveling. We've used both for both purposes.
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The ratio is about 50/50 on the escapees.com full-timers discussion forums. IMO, a 5er is better when staying for a month or longer. A MH is better for traveling. We've used both for both purposes.
I'd agree!
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Big moho and a toad is so handy. I suppose it would depend on what you what to do and/or take with you. Interesting.


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It doesn't matter what OTHERS do, it's what suits YOU best

We've done both about 4 times each and right now the pendulum has swung to the MH side, but maybe that's because the current one is WAY more rv than we ever thought we could get...
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I'm all for mh, much smoother ride then riding in any pickup on the market; OK the mh and a toad is more expensive then a 5th wheel and a pickup;
the mh has less storage once parked, but the riding confort and the view of a class A and even better a dp, has no price compared to ride in a pickup.
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Full-timers use both - equally, I would guess. It just depends on your way of doing things.

We full-timed for 8 years in a 33' 5th wheel and one slide. It served us well. However, we always disliked the diesel truck for driving around. We like nature and traveling forest roads and similar and the truck scared the critters away.

Friends got us hooked with Jeeping. So we bought our 40' motorhome with two slides (ordered that way on purpose), and the Jeep. It, too, served us well but the Jeep is what gave us many good times.

We both drove each and both were easy to handle. We love mountain roads and boondocking off gravel roads. We were constant travelers except when we volunteered in public parks for up to two months or when we stayed longer at places during the winter.

Honestly, I couldn't recommend one type over the other. It depends on you. Our many full-timing friends had a mixture of 5th wheels and motorhomes.
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The ratio is about 50/50 on the escapees.com full-timers discussion forums. IMO, a 5er is better when staying for a month or longer. A MH is better for traveling. We've used both for both purposes.
We have a Class A. Our son has a 5th wheel. When we're parked together in one spot for a long time, his 5th wheel wins, hands down. When we're taking a several day trip together, our Class A wins, hands down.

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We're getting ready to try fulltiming, and we're sure glad we have the MH! There's no comparison when it comes to riding comfort and easy setup. I love to be able to pull into a Wal-Mart and have all the comforts of a CG! JMHO
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We've done both about 4 times each and right now the pendulum has swung to the MH side, but maybe that's because the current one is WAY more rv than we ever thought we could get...

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I'm all for mh, much smoother ride then riding in any pickup on the market; OK the mh and a toad is more expensive then a 5th wheel and a pickup;
the mh has less storage once parked, but the riding confort and the view of a class A and even better a dp, has no price compared to ride in a pickup.

I was at an RV park in Kingman AZ once, and we had stayed there a week. I met an old timer there while walking the dogs...

Come to find out, this old coot was filthy rich, retired. We were talking about the road ahead, and as he was describing how rough the road in California was. I mentioned that I hoped nothing broke on the way in (cause I was tired of fixer up repair bills that had been non stop)

He goes on to point to his fifth wheel and we started talking about traveling, issues, repairs.

He said something I never forgot. He said "What I like about this 5th wheel, opposed to my last 4 motorhomes, one of which was a prevost, all I have to do is take care of batteries and tires - and it cost less to boot"
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We have an mh and it was mostly because I am more comfortable driving the house and pulling the vehicle, than driving the vehicle and pulling the house.
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Depends how you want to travel. If you travel to a location and stay for longer periods, I would get a 5th wheel; but if you only stay a few days and move on, I prefer a motor home. For the same quality the price is even. Motor homes are expensive, but so is a 5th wheel and a truck to tow it. A towed auto behind a motor home is low cost because you use it for general travel back home. You can do that in truck, but the fuel expense is higher. Just things to consider.
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One other benefit I've found of a motorhome, is when pulling into a campground for an overnighter and it's raining cats & dogs, I don't have to get out of the coach. I just hit the levelers, put the slides out, and that's it.
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