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Old 01-24-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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To "C" or not to "C" - That is the Question

We have owned a beautiful 5th Wheel for three years along with an 09 Silverado HD 2500 (love the truck), and hardly ever used the 5th wheel trailer because my wife just can not relax as we travel down the road. As well getting ready to travel (hooking up etc) as well as unhooking when we get to where we are going is so stressful for her (and as a result me), I just don't want to go through the exercise anymore. We have come to the conclusion that we should sell the 5th wheel and buy a Class "C" as we feel it is much better suited to our use/needs and should eliminate a lot of stress. She will also be comfortable driving a Class "C" as she drives the truck regularly (without the 5th.) We have also looked at Class "A" and since neither of us are interested in full timing or spending a month or so down south or on a trip and we both felt uncomfortable with the size/feeling when test driving the "A"

We are currently looking at a one owner used 2007 29 ft. Gulfstream Yellowstone with 3600 miles/6000 Km. 6.0 Chevrolet Vortec V8 engine and transmission with O D. We realize the size/space will require a compromise on our part as far as what we can take with us, however for weekending and vacation trips we are hoping it will work O.K. and we can finally begin to enoy RVing. Any thoughts or suggestions by experienced members would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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We are really enjoying our class c. It is smaller than most, 24 ft, but with the slide it is quite roomy. And it is a pleasure to drive, actually easier than my husbands Dodge truck! I don't know the unit you are thing about, but I'm sure your wife will have a lot less stress, you too! Good luck with your decision.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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We had a 1984 23ft C. Loved it. Slept 6. Did 45,000 miles in 7 years.
Next was A 1996 25ft A. Yeah only 24ft. Slept 4. Did 65,000 miles in 10 years. A wonderful machine.
Now, we have gone fulltime in a 2011 33ft A.
Size does not matter. It is how much you like it, and how much you USE it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:09 AM   #4
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How about renting one for a weekend and see how it goes? Good luck with your decision.
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How about renting one for a weekend and see how it goes? Good luck with your decision.
That's exactly what we did to see how we liked Rving. Great idea.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:25 AM   #6
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We have a 40' 5th wheel that we fulltime in and a conversion van for trips because the 5er is SOOO big. were now looking at a 28' C to do the side trips in and pull the Jeep behind it if needed.
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Most of my customers liked their class C. The major complaint was the legroom for the copilot. In the class A you have plenty of room to "Spread out." The other compliant was working on the engine. It is tighter than the A. The biggest "like" was the doors for easy in and out and the coziness of the cab area.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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Wink Trading 5th wheel for Class C

We know how you feel. We just traded our 2011 Ford truck and 2011 Colorado 5th wheel for a Winnie Vista 27' Class A. We love it. We were tired of all the hook ups and setups with the 5th wheel. When driving the A you can see everywhere.


Whatever you decide, enjoy it.
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We started with a TT and the DW hated the towing experience. She was white knuckle all the way. Sold it after 1 summer and bought a Class A and used it for the last 2 years. We just purchased a 2003 26' Chateau and she said she will drive it. Much less room and have been working on storage solutions, about solved. My only concern would be the size of the engine (6.0 L) mine has the 8.1L Vortec. But if the DW is happy you will be happy.

My DW is incharge of setting the menu, setting up the inside, stocking food, stocking her and the kids clothes, and making the beds for the kids. Everything else is my responsiblility. Reservations, route, maintenance, loading any additional gear, bulk of driving, setup and breakdown, she does assist in backing into spot if needed. After that is relaxation time for her and me.
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When I decided what to get from a blank slate it became obvious to me all RV's have just about equal plus and minus values, pros and cons etc.

I rented a class 'C' from Cruise America. It was really cool to have everything right there in the coach. I did not like driving it. It was a cheaper rental unit and rattled and shimmied down the highway. Then I drove a Jayco 31D V10. I liked it better but not enough to buy it. It also rattled and shimmied some.

Ended up with a 5th wheel and diesel truck. I do not understand white knuckled as I go down the highway in un-believable comfort. No rattles or shaking. Now I have a mor-ryde pin box and have mor-ryde suspension on the trailer. It is as if trailer and truck are super-glued together.

In 2011 Chevy really improved their truck frame and engine. But still a 2009 truck should be solid enough.

Can you explain what causes the white knuckles?
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When I decided what to get from a blank slate it became obvious to me all RV's have just about equal plus and minus values, pros and cons etc.

I rented a class 'C' from Cruise America. It was really cool to have everything right there in the coach. I did not like driving it. It was a cheaper rental unit and rattled and shimmied down the highway. Then I drove a Jayco 31D V10. I liked it better but not enough to buy it. It also rattled and shimmied some.

Ended up with a 5th wheel and diesel truck. I do not understand white knuckled as I go down the highway in un-believable comfort. No rattles or shaking. Now I have a mor-ryde pin box and have mor-ryde suspension on the trailer. It is as if trailer and truck are super-glued together.

In 2011 Chevy really improved their truck frame and engine. But still a 2009 truck should be solid enough.

Can you explain what causes the white knuckles?
Thanks for your reply. Our 5er and truck handle very smoothly as the trailer has a full suspension and a Mor-ryde pin box and a good hitch. Apart from the "white knuckles" however, I believe the "C" will be more "usable" for the two of us as we prefer to travel rather than spend days in campgrounds and also to visit towns and cities. Last but not least we can easily week-end with the "C" and visit friends in town as well as take some friends and go to the beach for the day with minimal maneuvering and parking issues. It just seems to us that we will get more use out of a "C" but the "proof will be in the pudding" Thanks, Brian.
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Thank you for the response and your thoughts about making the change.
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After a lot of after market adds we finally got our class C where it drove very nicely. With my 5er and truck, it has been hook it up and go and it handles much better than our 31' class C. The 5er is the one in our signature.

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Class C owner wondering if you are considering to tow a car? Adds a little to set-up and driving experience. BTW find ability to easily stop and boon-dock a huge plus.
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