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Old 08-19-2021, 11:45 PM   #15
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Old 08-20-2021, 01:51 AM   #16
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I have my CDL-A and still drive for work on a pretty regular basis. Taking wide turns is just how things have to be. My trucks aren't as long as most 'van' trailers, we have mostly dump trailers, but only about 45' overall length.
one thing to remember driving a 5ver is that you do indeed have to watch the off track going around turns. You do as well with a TT, though not to the same degree. You just have to learn to use the 'space' in front of the white Stop line that most everyone ignores. I must admit that I take a certain amount of 'glee' when some clueless 4 wheeler 'driver' gets the 'deer in a headlight' face when I Have to swing my rig wide to make a 'tight' turn. If they're over the line, I of course allow for that when I make the turn, but it's satisfying to have that teaching moment . I once had a cop tell a whole line of cars that were over the line to back up when I was making a turn off of Comm-Ave in a Boston suburb. I needed every inch of the opposite lane to bend my tractor with sleeper, and a 53' trailer around the corner. I had the tandems pulled as far forward as possible ( to make the trailer tow 'shorter'. the tail had a pretty major overhang, but it was the only way to get in to that customer.
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When I was picking my rig back in the early 90ís I chose 5th wheel. The hitch does take up the bed, but itís easy to hook up.

Well yes a 5er hitch does take some space in the bed of the TV, BUT most 5ers have large basements that mean the stuff you need to load into the bed of the TV every trip with a TT, can now be carried in the basement of the 5er and remain there between trips.
I still carry a fair amount of stuff in the bed. I have a rail height tool box, and put our kindling tote in the bed, carry a 30# and 30# propane tank, some fire wood, and a bug tent.
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I had a storage box in the nose of my bed, which carried some of my photography gear, the rest of the bed was empty. I was traveling for work, so I didn't haul around a lot of firewood etc...
It was basically a rolling apartment that I live out of. This was pre-cell phone days. I read a Lot of books back then.
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Books are heavy...

Remember anything you put in that big front basement storage will add weight to the truck. Just what the OP does not want.

Agree the OP needs a 5th wheel with a GVWR of about 10,000lbs. This 5th wheel will put 2,000lbs on the truck.

They make very nice 3 slide 5th wheels with two oppsing slides in the living area which really makes the living area nice. In the bedroom they will have a wardrobe slide with the bed being north/south.

The OP could look at travel trailers with that same configuration. Opposing slides in the living area and a wardrobe slide in the bedroom. Look at Rockwood Signature or Flagstaff Classic travel trailers. These are very nice travel trailers that have slide toppers and other nice features.

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Old 08-23-2021, 12:24 PM   #20
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Let me just say this, as I have had both...TT and now a 5ver. IF....IF the travel trailer has a large enough truck towing it...and IF you have a good W.D. hitch and properly setup, the travel trailer will tow pretty good. But the fact that it is still hitched up "behind" the truck, makes it more prone to having movement that is not desirable.

The fifth wheel camping trailer, because the pin weight is normally over (or within an inch or two) of the rear axle, does not have the ability to move around as much as a Tow Behind. Generally speaking, the 5vers are more steady than a Tow Behind.

The one downside, and I say that somewhat hesitantly, is that when turning, a 5ver will track to the inside of the turn somewhat more than a tow behind...but you will soon learn to keep an eye on that to avoid issues.
This exactly. I've had both and prefer a 5th wheel for the difference in towing. It does turn a bit different but you get used to that pretty quickly.
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