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Old 05-26-2015, 03:54 PM   #15
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I would like the 5th wheel for me but DW has some knee issues so we went with a motorhome after fifth wheeling many years. More expensive repairs as to the running geer on the motorhome. Anything needing fixing on the trailer, I could do.

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Old 05-26-2015, 08:45 PM   #16
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Another plus with coach

Not having to do errands, sightseeing etc in a big dually pickup. Considering we travel after setting up it is so much nicer travelling in a much more economical toad. Jeeps and pre 2015 CRV's are most common toads
ps maintenance is a piece of cake on our gasser and the house part not much harder maintenance wise than our previous 5th wheel. The full body paint is a breeze to keep clean compared to gel coat on the trailer

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Old 05-27-2015, 06:26 PM   #17
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I will make my response short: GMC 2500 gas pick-up for touring and towing 28' 5er 7-8 mpg and Hassel parking. 36' gas motorhome 7-8 mpg. 06 HHR for touring 30 mpg nuff said
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:03 AM   #18
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We have the MH for health reasons (When you got to go, you got to GO!) I can roll into a rest area, park for a quick trip to the john, check the tires and the hookup and be gone within 10 minutes or less, Or, if it is raining and we need a longer break or overnite some place, then same deal, except now we fire the genset, hit the level and are ready for an extended break and/or a nap.
All this is great, but I believe my daughter's 5er has more useable space for extended stays. The MH fits our needs more but she has two kids and usually brings a third or forth with them, making the 5er more suitable for their needs
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:42 PM   #19
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We're new to the RV game - and are expecting to find ourselves fulltimers (or close to it) once we retire next year.

We opted to go the motorhome (2012 HR Endeaver 43' DFT) and toad (2012 Jeep Liberty) route - for several reasons. First and foremost - we liked how "solid" the motor home chassis feels underneath us as compared to virtually any of the 5'ers we looked at. Second, it seemed like the motor home house systems are more "industrial strength" than any of the 5'ers we looked at. Lastly, we're betting that even though we plan to move regularly - it's far more likely that we'll put more miles on the toad over the course of the year (sightseeing jaunts, day trips, errands, etc) than we will on the coach.

Our rationale was that by minimizing wear and tear on the BIG ticket item (the coach) we'll get a longer service life from it - and come out further ahead than we would purchasing a pickup truck large enough to safely tow a 5'er with comparable living space AND driving the wheels off of it using it for sightseeing, day trips and errands as well.

It's way too early to tell exactly how that's going to work out in the end ... but it's the rationale behind the choices we've made so far.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:51 PM   #20
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We've had both and I prefer the MH over the 5er. Keep in mind I had a 37' 4 slide Cedar Creek which is a very nice 5er but to me the MH is easier to drive and get around in. Even towing a 18' car hauler with the DW Mustang loaded on it. Hook up is about the same on both except for maybe leveling but as one responder said you can get automatic leveling with the 5er.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:57 AM   #21
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Have both. IMHO the only disadvantage of a MH and toad is not being able to back up to maneuver around in confined spaces like a 5er can. Not the end of the world if I have to unhook the toad to turn around but I'm always looking for an escape route.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:11 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by SissyBoyBob View Post
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, for as many years as I can, would be as wise as buying an equally large motor home 35-40' to travel and live in. I suppose I could go up to a foot smaller if it would make much difference. I expect to be staying at Indian Casinos in every state all around the country most of the time. 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.

Can those of you who have tried both for a long period tell me the differences and which you would prefer if in my situation.

We pulled 5ers for 11 years before getting the MH in 2012. Our last 5er was a 36' Cedar Creek that we really loved!
After we retired and wanted to do a lot of traveling, we decided that the MH would be a much better choice.

There's no comparison in driving comfort between the MH and the F250!

It's nice be be able to use the bathroom while traveling without getting out
in the weather!

We get about the same fuel mileage as before.

We can pull into a Wal-Mart or other parking lot and spend the night in total comfort without hunting a CG. (There's no cost savings if you have to run the generator, it's a convenience thing!)

It's so much easier to keep the MH clean (with full-body paint) than the 5er! I used to spend hours keeping the black streaks off the Cedar Creek. With the MH I can wipe the streaks off with a dry cloth!

The MH has a 128 gallon fuel tank so I can travel about 1000 miles without refueling (no, I don't push it that far!). The F250 held 35 gallons.

The MH has a 43 gallon LP tank that lasts us a LONG time!

The MH carries 87 gallons of freshwater, about twice what the 5er had.

It is MUCH easier to set up at the CG! It has air leveling so I can push one button and it's done. My power cord is extended and retracted electrically.

And then there's that HUGE windshield that gives us a wonderful view of the world ahead of us!

I guess you can tell that we're sold on the MH! We're getting ready to try a one-year fulltiming trial and I think we'll appreciate it even more during that time!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:22 AM   #23
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And don't forget bathroom breaks and convenient access to snacks and lunch. In a MH any pull-off will work and DW will gladly serve up a snack. Not so in a 5er. You are seat bound till you can find a safe place to stop, and still the creature comforts are not easy to get to. Go with a MH. We love ours.

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Old 05-31-2015, 05:37 AM   #24
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Don't you have to disconnect from the truck to automatic level the fiver?

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Hook up is about the same on both except for maybe leveling but as one responder said you can get automatic leveling with the 5er.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:12 AM   #25
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Don't know, my 5er did not have auto leveler but I am sure you do.

Also everything MShappycampers said above . Had the same experiences.
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:28 AM   #26
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We sold our 5th wheel and got a Class A. The 5th wheel had more living space but less storage. The reason was towing and backing into spaces, driving the dually to site see, and set up was not fun. We don't stay longer than a week or two in one place. The mh is so much easier to set up and drive, at least for me. Getting something to drink and taking a bathroom break is much easier to. The newer fivers have auto leveling, at least some do which is much nicer but I still would choose a mh.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:34 PM   #27
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Spent lots of time with both. Just get what you like, both the same amount of work imo. Generally the same options are available on either.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:44 PM   #28
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We also switched from a 37 fifth wheel and 1Ton dually truck to a 40 ft Diesel Pusher towing a 1/2 ton truck with a RZR on the back. I much prefer driving the MH as it is smoother riding and quieter than the dually was. I also found the dually a PITA to sight see with and to park in the overly small spaces most parking lots provide.
We really appreciate how quickly we can disconnect the 1/2 ton, less than a minute, and use it to scout ahead if necessary.
The MH also has larger tanks and we can boondock for longer periods of time.

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