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Old 04-10-2021, 01:40 PM   #1
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More advice on motorhome vs 5th wheel

Am considering a 2016 AC Allegiance. My wife thinks that is too big and wants to try a 5th wheel. It looks like a newer 5th if higher quality is only about 1/2 the cost of the AC. I already have a truck, but from pictures, the trailers don’t seem to hold a candle to the AC in amenities.
Having never had either, I would greatly appreciate your thoughts.
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Old 04-10-2021, 02:33 PM   #2
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The lifestyle is completely different in a 5th wheel vs a driveable.
I did a ton of research before I went full time as to which one I wanted. There are endless discussions on that first decision.
Once you make that decision then the next one would be logically which brand and model work best for YOUR lifestyle. Everyone uses RVs differently so take their advice with caution. What works for others may not work for you.
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Old 04-10-2021, 10:37 PM   #3
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As mentioned everyone uses an RV differently, the question is how do you plan to use one (grand tour of 48/49 states, seasonal snowbird, etc) , also when you get where you are going do you want to drive around everywhere i a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck, or would you prefer something smaller which you can drag around behind the motorhome. I own a crew cab F250 in addition to my 28 ft class A motorhome, and know from experience as I suspect you do how not fun a large pickup truck can be in city driving, dealing with parking garages, and cramped parking lots, if you plan to travel to such places keep this in mind.
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Generally 5th wheels have more living space per foot. Are cheaper to operate/own.
Motorhomes are usually faster setting up, breaking down. Without a towed trailer/car are easier to park. Diesel motorhomes are usually more luxurious. And expensive to operate.
We have both.
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As others said...
5er
More room & comfort possible
More set up tear down hook up time
Tougher to drive than a DP MH especially in less than ideal conditions
Less expensive for same space IF YOU HAVE OR NEED A CAPABLE TOW VEHICLE
Requires driving a HD truck as a daily driver
Well suited if stays are long and travel infrequent

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DP MH drive & handle very well (some brands more so than others)
EZ set up tear down & connecting a 4 down toad is a EZ 5 min job.
Daily driver can be a comfy car.
More expensive than 5er along... add a 5er tow vehicle and close to comparable.
One time cost to equip / set up a 4 down toad
Better suited if moving often
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:41 PM   #6
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Since you already have a truck, you need to find out if it will safely tow & stop whatever 5th wheel at which you are looking. Trucks vary greatly in towing & GCWR capacity. You might want to offer up your truck year/make/model so we can advise you more on that.

I've had a 5th wheel & 2 motorhomes (1 gas/1 diesel). Up until my last coach, my 30ft 5th wheel had more living space than my prior 37ft gas coach. As others have stated & IMO, towables are more for extended stays in 1 place. Motorhomes are more for covering distances in comfort, especially air ride coaches.

If you're looking at a motorhome, find out if your truck can be towed 4-down. If it can't, then you'll either need a tow dolly to tow it or you'll have to shell out even more for a toad.

An AC is a luxury motorhome. You would have to get a very high end 5th wheel to compare to the amenities on the AC.
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Biggest difference people haven't hit on yet - comfort while on the road. When you are driving down the road, passengers can go to the bathroom, get food, stretch their legs without stopping. Of course driver doesn't get as many of these luxuries Running around with small kids/grandkids... bathroom breaks would be every 5 miles....

In a 5th wheel, you are in the truck for hours and hours.

Oh and 1 other thing - fuel capacity. Most HD trucks have 30-40ish gallons (Gas class A are 80, and they get a similar MPG). Often times auxiliary bed tanks or gas cans are added to get more range without stopping for gas multiple times a day.
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Motorhomes don’t have airbags in the cockpit.
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Not full timers by any means but extended timers of sometimes up to 4 or 5 months. We had a 36ft 5th and F350 dually from 1999 to 2003 = young family and road warrior years = several long weekends, and 3 or 4 x 10day to 3 week trips. It was all we had ever known so yep it worked well or so we felt at the time.

Hubby was yearning for a coach (DP ideally), so in 2003 we ended up getting a FW Southwind 37+ft with mid bath, tons of counter space in kitchen for cooking, W/D and double closets 2 slides. Price point and not having had either was the deciding factor back then on gas. Having now had both, I can say we do love the MH more because of the way we travel and the conveniences on board and easy access as we travel.

We don't stay in any one location typically for more than a few days (we are travellers not sitters for the mostpart!).

Ironically we've never towed and prefer it that way for many reasons (mainly health walking forced), and it's never hindered us doing anything we've wanted to. However, it is nice to know if we ever wanted to it would be a SUV type vehicle not the big truck which I never enjoyed the bulkiness/comfort of driving in local areas for sightseeing anyways.

As mentioned by others, it really is a totally different experience and your decision would likely be based on how you intend to roll. There are trade offs to both.

Are you planning on settling down in certain areas for say a month or more at a time and would appreciate the space of maybe an island kitchen, larger living areas etc of a 5er and don't mind the big truck as your run around? Or are you planning on maybe just stopping for a week or few days here and there as you travel, and would appreciate the facilities on board easy access being on the road more, and a smaller more nimbler toad for tootling around from base camp?

There are no right or wrong answers, it's purely personal preference of what's important to you.

Being avid boondockers now, to us the size of the tanks play a huge part in any future upgrades we might consider, as well external storage bays and the ability to take lots of fishing gear, kayaks with us. Everyone has different desires/wants/needs.

First decide how you intend to travel and where = what you are drawn to. Organised/Private CG's, wilderness/nature locations. Then from that decide what size tanks etc you think you might need. Then pick maybe 3 floorpans which you like of each, that might work in theory, and spend some serious time in them, pretending you were living in them = shower comfort, bedroom comfort, your heights versus accessing things - what would likely irritate you about them. Even the kitchen counter spaces, cupboards if you are avid homebody cooks like us. Are you happy using laundromats or is a Washer Dryer a must have? To access more remote areas if that is your desire would your rig size/weight/set up affect those desires somewhat?

As you can see there is absolutely no one easy answer it's totally all down to personal preference.

Good luck, and here's to very happy travels ahead
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Motorhomes don’t have airbags in the cockpit.
True but they have a whole lot of mass, so as long as you don't hit something made of rock or concrete they still have an advantage in most accidents.
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True but they have a whole lot of mass, so as long as you don't hit something made of rock or concrete they still have an advantage in most accidents.


Not really
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