Originally Posted by Paul R. Haller
I bought a 4 month old 38 foot fiver used barely used and it came with a 7KW Onan installed. When I bought it the dealer asked if they could keep the generator and give me 5000 off. The hours Meter showed 3 hours on the clock. I declined the offer. I live in the SF bay area and earthquake country. I figured as I parked my rig next to my house that if the big one came, it would not swallow the trailer and I would have a survival shelter. I loved having that generator all over the US. Used it to run both c units when hot and dry camping. Added a residential fridge 10 years ago and Drove that rig across the country twice, into canada and mexico. So much for that crap about fiver owners going no further then 75 miles. Now that PGE is shutting off my power every other week I made a transfer switch and it powers my house when PGE is off line. Who would have thought California with the 5th largest economy in the world has a 3rd rate electrical grid?!! In the 12 years of ownership and 300,000 miles I did have a front cross member failure and it is a lippert frame, maybe the added generator weight contributed to that failure. All that said, it was a great buy and very nice to have.
Last year I drove 10,000 miles going from the bay area through all the southwest, death valley, grand Canyon, Colorado, New mexico, and finally monument valley, and back home. Paul R. Haller
The original poster ask "Why don't more fifth wheel trailers have generators"? My responding post was that I notice a considerable number of RVers in my circle of camps are local. I did not state or meant to imply that all 5th wheels only go a few miles.
I think that dealers view a market, stock what they think will sell. Several folks have posted different ideas as to why fifth wheels typically come without generators. I think all of them are valid points.
The real answer probably comes from polling the fifth wheel dealers, manufactures and see what they say.