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Old 05-17-2015, 03:43 AM   #1
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Differences in driving/pulling, parking, and living in M.H. vs 5th wheel

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.

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We started last June with a beautiful 2013 Blackwood fifthwheel bunkhouse and 09DodgeRam 3500 diesel. We loved the finished of the rv, but the logistics, hooking, unhooking, backing and leveling of the rv was not condusive to much travel.
When we traded to a ClassA gasser, and then our current diesel coach, it became quickly apparent why ClassA's are better for travel.
I pull in, or back in, and push a button to level. done.
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We started last June with a beautiful 2013 Blackwood fifthwheel bunkhouse and 09DodgeRam 3500 diesel. We loved the finished of the rv, but the logistics, hooking, unhooking, backing and leveling of the rv was not condusive to much travel.
When we traded to a ClassA gasser, and then our current diesel coach, it became quickly apparent why ClassA's are better for travel.
I pull in, or back in, and push a button to level. done.

Agree. Plus disconnecting/connecting a toad from the Motorhome is pretty quick and easy. So if you want to stop somewhere and go exploring or shopping using the toad it is not a problem.
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6 point auto leveling is available in most fifth wheelers. So if leveling is of concern you can check that off of the list.
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I really think it boils down to personal preference ... for us, the tow vehicle was just to big for the exploring after arrival we wanted to do ...... Each has their pros & cons ...
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We just downsized from a 35ft 5th wheel to a 25ft class c. It is much easier to drive, easier to park and setup. While we may miss some interior space it is much less stressful and therefore more enjoyable
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With a MH if you are staying at a rest area or Wall Mart or any other overnight stop you dont have to get out to take a rest. If you stop for lunch everything is at your fingertips with out leaving the tow vehicle.
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We've never had a 5'ver but we had three TT's and now the third MH. Yes both have their good and bad things. If living space is what you ar looking for the 5'ver has more space. I did not like pulling a TT. and would never go back to pulling one. Yes you still have to pull something to drive but we much prefer to drive a 31 foot MH and a Honda Civic as a TOAD. I'd even go up to a 35 0r 36' MH and still pull a small TOAD over pulling a big TT with a Big truck. Set up is still easier with a MH.
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We traded our truck and 5'ver in on our motorhome.
The motorhome is 10 times more enjoyable of an experience over the 5'ver.
But it was 2 times as expensive also, so you have to consider that.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:02 AM   #10
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By the time you figure the cost of a 5ver plus a tow vehicle you are about the same money as a MH. With a 5ver your tow vehicle is what you use to go sight seeing. With a MH your toad is more cost effective $45,000 vs $25,000. We have been full time RVing for 4 years and have put about 20,000 miles on the MH and 40,000 miles on the toad if you add those 2 together that's 60,000 miles on your tow vehicle with a 5ver.
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Poster #10, That's just about what I was going to add. So I'll just say " DITTO"

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It's my observation from reading the escapees. com discussion forums, about half full-time in a MH and about half full-time in a 5er. Both groups appear quite happy with their lifestyle.
If you plan to move often, a MH may be best for you. If you plan to stay in one place for a few weeks or more, a 5er may be best. Either way, I'd recommend an auto-leveling system.
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I've been Rv'ing since 1957 and have had numerous TT's and Pu's and MH's over the years. Have never seriously considered a 5th wheel. As was said, if I was going to stay for long periods a 5th wheel makes sense, if moving every few days or weeks a MH makes more sense. Personally I enjoy driving a MH, driving a PU pulling a trailer, not so much.
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I am wondering if buying a truck and 5th wheel 35-40' to live in full time and travel around the country would be as wise as buying an equally large motor home 35-40' to travel and live in.
Larger trailers will beat you up going down the road. Even with the air-bag hitch in my Ford Superduty, pulling the 39' fiver we just sold was a constant chore - very unpleasant.

When you arrive at a campground in a Class A, you're already comfortable inside. With a fiver, you have to get set up and wait - very inconvenient when it's really hot or cold outside.

Tough maneuvering a big pickup and trailer combo 65' long or so through a lot of campgrounds and campsites. Class A handles it a lot better.

There are other obvious drawbacks to most fivers as well, such as less basement storage, no generator, no city water connection to fresh water tank on some fivers, etc. Most fivers come equipped with electric brakes, which require frequent maintenance just to keep them working, can be quite trouble-prone, and which don't have a lot of stopping power.

Only you can decide what's best for you, but having owned both, the choice for me is easy.
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