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Old 05-16-2022, 05:52 PM   #1
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Which is The Best MH or Trailer

Looking for opinions on which is the best for Highway travel for posted speed limits in the Wind.

1. Class A MH towing a Toad?

2. Class C MH towing a Toad?

3. Truck pulling a 5th wheel?

4. Truck pulling a pull trailer?
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Old 05-16-2022, 06:06 PM   #2
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Boy, are you wanting to start a war? We have had bumper pulls, 5th wheels, class A and class C RVs. And each served its purpose for what we needed at that time in our life.

Basically, a motorhome is better suited to traveling frequently, but diesel motorhomes can be an expensive option when it comes to maintenance and repairs.

A trailer, especially a 5th wheel, is better for longer stays and they provide a more residential feel and better use of space in my opinion.

A 5th wheel will tow better in most highway conditions and not as subject to the wind as much as a travel trailer.

The big plus for the trailer we discovered a few years back was if the truck needs maintenance or repairs, it goes to the truck shop and the trailer is parked for us to live in. If it will be a few days, we rent a small car. If you have a engine or chassis problem with a motorhome, your house goes to the shop and you go to a motel.

A motorhome has a huge windshield, and this is a big heat gain in the summer and cold in the winter.

You did not mention how big of a unit you are looking for, how much you plan to spend or how you intend to use the RV. List some additional information and yo will get much better answers.

But full time living, we went to a 40-foot 5th wheel and a one-ton diesel truck. It works fine for sightseeing and the wife drives it with no problems.

And we do not run the "posted " speed limits and limit our maximum speed to 65 mpg. These are Recreational Vehicles, not Race Vehicles. If we try to run at higher speeds, it is not worth the stress and poor fuel economy.

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I can only give an opinion on #1 vs #3 .

Class A with toad way easier to control in any situation compared to my 4 fivers and their two tow vehicles .

And one particular truck and 5er combination; handled like they were made for each other. at least that's what I though at the time.

Would a bigger , heavier class A with a tag handle better ? No doubt in my mind ; but this combination works for me and I consider it being the best because it works and is paid for.
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Old 05-16-2022, 06:13 PM   #4
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That is kind of a which do you like more, an apple or an orange type of question. I don't think that anyone could dispute that a Class A MH, diesel pusher with a tag axle that has a weight approaching 40,000 lbs will be the most stable in high winds. That being said no-one can also dispute that that MH will not be the best choice for everyone. A lot more thought needs to go into what choice would be best for you than just the one aspect. Livability, drivability, cost, maint., storage, how it will actually be used, and so on and so on. Many questions and tons of research before a good decision can be made.
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Old 05-16-2022, 06:20 PM   #5
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I usually run around 62-63 mph with my Tradewinds and average between 10-12 miles per gallon (diesel). I hate the pushy feeling as Semi's pass me and really hate driving in windy conditions. This is why I'm asking which is better.
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Class A 45 ft diesel with a tag axle. The weight and extra axle both add to the stability. But there will still be days when the wind wins.
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Lots of variables here. We just spent a month in Arizona, Utah , and Colorado. Worst winds I’ve ever encountered. My sister and BIL were getting pushed around pretty badly in a 38’ Tiffin bus ( no tag ). Other than fuel economy I never really noticed the wind towing a 36’ fiver behind a dually. Occasionally with a big cross wind gust I’d feel a bump but never got a pushing sensation. Probably would have been worse behind a SRW.
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2. Class C MH towing a Toad?


Probably one of these on the F550


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I usually run around 62-63 mph with my Tradewinds and average between 10-12 miles per gallon (diesel). I hate the pushy feeling as Semi's pass me and really hate driving in windy conditions. This is why I'm asking which is better.
Our current rig in the signature is stable in wind. Passing trucks do not bother us

We had a Minnie Winnie 31' class C that was originally a bear to drive in windy conditions. I had it driving like a champ after some $$$$
1. Front end alignment while loaded for travel. Done by a truck shop, not Ford.
2. HD Bilstein shocks front and rear.
3. Air springs front and rear.
4. Heavier anti-roll bars with urethane bushings, front and rear.

Happy rolling.

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It all depends on where you're at in life and what type of RVing you like to do. When we were young and first starting out, we needed two vehicles as daily drivers and something that could pull a boat. I also did construction work on the side. So, a truck with a slide in camper fit our needs. I could remove the camper and use the truck as a daily driver and work truck.

We eventually moved up to a Class C, as we still needed something to tow the boat. Later we moved to a Class A gas and then to a DP. We still had a boat, so the motorhome was still the best option.

We no longer have a boat but got used to a Class A that allows you to move around while going down the road. We tow a vehicle behind us.

If we had never boated, we probably would have gone the route of a bumper pull trailer and later a fifth wheel.
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The best? Well if there was one everyone would make them all the same.
The "best" is what suits your current needs with a floor plan you like.

We started with a large tent, it was the best when we were young and did a ton of boat camping.

Then we bought recreation property in CleElum Wa. A 4x4 truck and camper was the best for that situation and our snowmobiling boondock adventures.

Later in life we bought a 22' travel trailer. It fit in our suburban home driveway, slept the kids fine, made a great "guest house" and allowed us to haul three dirt bikes in the truck bed. It was the best at that time.

After kids, we bought a 23' class c. Again, it fit in our driveway and allowed just the two of us many a quick getaway wherever we wanted to go. It fit most state park remote campsites.

Ah, retirement! Sold the suburban home and moved to our "Lake Cabin".
Well that 23' class c became too small for serious adventures. Built a big shop (we have acreage) and bought a 37' diesel pusher to pamper ourselves. Out of all RVs we've owned, it IS the best. But it didn't make sense to own it before retirement.

Moral of the story, the best is what suits your current needs, not wants.
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Boy, are you wanting to start a war? We have had bumper pulls, 5th wheels, class A and class C RVs. And each served its purpose for what we needed at that time in our life.

Basically, a motorhome is better suited to traveling frequently, but diesel motorhomes can be an expensive option when it comes to maintenance and repairs.

A trailer, especially a 5th wheel, is better for longer stays and they provide a more residential feel and better use of space in my opinion.

A 5th wheel will tow better in most highway conditions and not as subject to the wind as much as a travel trailer.

The big plus for the trailer we discovered a few years back was if the truck needs maintenance or repairs, it goes to the truck shop and the trailer is parked for us to live in. If it will be a few days, we rent a small car. If you have a engine or chassis problem with a motorhome, your house goes to the shop and you go to a motel.

A motorhome has a huge windshield, and this is a big heat gain in the summer and cold in the winter.

You did not mention how big of a unit you are looking for, how much you plan to spend or how you intend to use the RV. List some additional information and yo will get much better answers.

But full time living, we went to a 40-foot 5th wheel and a one-ton diesel truck. It works fine for sightseeing and the wife drives it with no problems.

And we do not run the "posted " speed limits and limit our maximum speed to 65 mpg. These are Recreational Vehicles, not Race Vehicles. If we try to run at higher speeds, it is not worth the stress and poor fuel economy.

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Just considering high crosswinds,
We’ve had Class A with toad, Class C with toad, and a couple of bumper pulls, but no fiver yet. Class A with toad wins towing stability in wind hands down. We’ve been forced to get off the road with Class C and bumper pull due to dangerous instability in cross winds over 35mph. Class A can be forced off road too, but at a much higher wind speed.
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