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Old 10-15-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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Travel Trailer vs. 5th wheel

My wife and I (mid 60's) have been camping for a dozen years via seasonal campgrounds in central New York. We currently have a 30' travel trailer and our park is being forced by DEC to have all campers removed from the campground each fall. This presents a towing and storage dilemma for us as we no longer have a pickup truck. The campground is to die for as all sites are water sites and we park "wagon-train" style so you face the water on your site. Our campsite is on the creek which connects to the canal and later to the lake. We dock our boat right in front or our site (approx 40' x 100'). The problem comes when pulling in or out as you have to coordinate this with your neighbors as the campers are all in the 30-35' range and parking is somewhat tight. We are taking part in a study to be completed later this year to once and for all decide if we have to vacate the campground at the end of September. Our problem is that we have been on this site for about 8 years and have made several improvements including a raised pressure treated deck and an attached screen room (in lieu of the awning). Removing the camper would require removing the screen room and deck and trying to put the camper back in the same spot will be challenging to say the least. I have never slept well in any of our campers and this year (2011) I ended up giving my wife the queen size bed all to herself (neither one of us is large but we are both about 5'-10") and I brought a recliner from home to sleep on. My back and neck are in discomfort since coming home and now I cannot sleep comfortably in our nice king size bed. A few trips to the chiropractor will hopefully get me back in shape but next time we want a real king size bed in the camper. We don't get any visitors so to speak and we are avid fisherpeople so a little interface with our neighbors is all we need to complete our social life.
If the study ends up forcing us to remove our camper each year then we are wondering whether to consider getting a 5th wheel instead of another camper. We will probably purchase a used model either way. Is there any real advantage to one model versus the other if I am not going to be traveling down the road?

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Old 10-15-2011, 10:34 AM   #2
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If you don't have a TV for your trailer how the heck are you going to pull a fifth wheel around since it demands a pickup truck?

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Old 10-15-2011, 10:54 AM   #3
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I will hire someone, either way, to move my camper off site for winter storage.
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:10 AM   #4
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Would stairs even 2 or 3 cause problems or discomfort (5th wheel). Would a park model trailer be better?
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:30 AM   #5
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A 5W has no advantage for you. Maybe even a disadvantage because of the aforementioned steps inside. It won't be any easier to get in or out of the site either.
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A 30-34 ft trailer has everything a 5th wheel has and less steps. You can get a front kitchen-quiet back bedroom in a trailer. Often there are more windows in a trailer.

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