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Old 01-19-2016, 07:44 AM   #1
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Difference between travel trailers and 5th wheels

Hi. I am a newbie and was wondering ir someone could tell me the differences between travel trailers and 5th wheels?

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Old 01-19-2016, 07:54 AM   #2
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a google search will give you a lot of the info :

but the basic difference is the connection between the rv and the tow vehicle.
a 5'er requires a pickup truck or similar to connect in the bed whereas a trailer is sometimes called a bumper pull (but connected to a hitch not necessarily the bumper)

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Besides better towing? The biggest differences are, more steps, shorter on ground length.
If you have a sufficient truck and dont mind losing the trucks bed a fifth wheel is a much better way to travel IMHO.
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:54 AM   #4
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I've had both and I would never go back to a tt. I agree with 450Donn but that really is not a big sacrifice either. Get a hitch, such a Reese 15K Kwik Slide, it is very easy to remove and store. Also I would recommend a tandem axle and not a single axle. Hooking up and unhooking is a one person job as well. Pickup is equally as important as a tow vehicle, I wouldn't go anything less than a 3/4 ton. I used a Chevy 2500HD and I could scoot right down the road.
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:56 PM   #5
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The biggest difference is the tow vehicle. A 3/4 ton diesel can haul just about any TT, but cannot haul a big 5th wheel because it cannot carry the heavy pin weight. For a big 5th wheel you need a diesel dually.
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We pulled a 36' 5er for 10 years before getting the MH. We loved it! I never owned a TT, but I've heard some horror stories about fishtailing, etc. Our 5th wheel was steady as a rock at any speed, although we tried to keep it at no more than 60 MPH for safety. We pulled it with a Ford F250 PSD SRW, not a dually, and never had a problem.

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Old 01-25-2016, 02:01 PM   #7
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I've had both and depending on what you do with it depends on what you need. I went from tt to 5th wheel back to tt because I needed the bed of my truck back. Now in a class A and won't look back.

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