5 Reasons Why We Chose a Travel Trailer Over a 5th Wheel

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  1. My brother has an older (not sure how old) fifth wheel. My best friend has a travel trailer. The biggest difference I've seen between the two is their maneuverability when backing up. The travel trailer beats the fifth wheel every time, hands down.

  2. As someone who has towed trailers of all kinds for the past 40 years I would chose a 5th wheel for ONE compelling reason! The increased stability! Yes, it requires a pickup truck with some heft! However, anything heavier that 6-7,000 lbs deserves to be pulled by something with some heft! I operated a nation wide equine transport company for some years. Averaged 10-12,000 miles a month. I saw numerous trailer wrecks! All but one involved a "bumper pull" trailer, and usually an inadequate tow vehicle! The one gooseneck/5th wheel wreck I came upon was the tow vehicle was hit by an out of control car, causing the driver of the truck pulling the trailer to loose control! It did remain right side up! I would never have considered pulling 12,000 lbs of trailer and horses with anything other than a gooseneck! Bumper pulls are much more apt to become the tail that wags the dog.

  3. Good points! The cab high camper shell I have is great in combo with my 21 ft travel trailer. Can’t have that with a 5th wheel. Covered storage is a lot easier to find or construct for a trailer too.

  4. I opted to purchase and completely rebuild a 7.3 F-350 diesel dually with a Banks Turbo, at a total cost of just under $23,000 with new paint. Then I found a used, mint condition 5th wheel (36' Montana) for a total cost of $9,100. So I spent $32,100 for the entire rig. I also average around $400 a week in income from the truck (in addition to my full time job) Took me 18 months but I owe nothing. I'm very happy with my choice.

  5. Also everyone I talk to tell me if you’re serious about a 5th you should get a dually. Well I don’t want a damn dually pick up. I can tow a really nice TT with 3/4 SRW just fine.

  6. Reason #6.

    If your tow vehicle breaks down while you're out of town/in other areas where you don't know people. Good luck finding a wrecker service that's is capable of moving your fifth wheel for you.

    Most tow companies (though not all) are not set up to haul your fifth wheel. They are (generally) only able to tow a gooseneck and almost always able to tow a travel trailer.

  7. Had a 33 foot fifth wheel with crew cab 1 ton diesel truck different varieties for 20 years in 2008.went to gas truck and travel trailer with equalizer hitch and have never look back great video

  8. Love our Minnie 2500fl, we are retired and it fits us perfect, living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom. Nothing extra! Easy to tow, great floor plan and a quality build by Winnebago.

  9. Weight distribution hitches have gotten better not the trailers. pull a bumper pull without W/D and you will see that it is the hitch doing all the work. Plus most newer trucks can handle more than 500 pounds without a W/D hitch, not the case with an older truck add that with most newer trucks have boxed frames adding to stiffness and stability. Pull a new trailer without the w/d and it will not be fun. I have had a bumper pull and have a current 5th wheel. The 5th pulls way better than the bumper pull ever could. The other thing is the physics of the weight. The 5th wheels weight is dead center over the rear axle and the pivot point is much different than the weight hanging off the bumper. You need to live with a 5th wheel and you will see the difference. I am guilty of the same justification, but it was gas vs diesel for me. Yes, a gas engine will work and get the job done. A diesel will do it much better and with more confidence. A diesel was designed to work. You will never see a gas engine semi truck, why because even if there was a cost advantage. The gas engine would never take the duty cycle a semi runs. Industry standard diesel warranty 250,000 miles. You can easily swing 400k-600k miles before an in frame needs to be done. Gas engine would be toast before it hits a 100k. Sorry for the rant. Good videos, keep them coming 🍻🍻

  10. My experience has been that a travel trailer is easier to back into a site than a fifth wheel, at least in my case with a hitch that is stationary, it should be easier with a sliding hitch since it can be moved behind the axle and would respond quicker.

    After having everything from a tent to a motorhome over the years we went with a fifth wheel on a seasonal site when we retired.

  11. I bought my latest RV, last year, new instead of used as I have in the past. We are now (mostly) new "empty-nesters" so we did not/do not need bunks and such to accommodate more than just the two of us on a regular basis. In our new rig we wanted a comfortable living space with his/hers recliners, we wanted a comfortable to use bathroom, we wanted two entry doors and we did not want a slide on the curbside and the largest possible awning since we spend as much time outside as possible. We are not fulltimers and likely will not be for another 5-7 years if at all. Both or us are tall so headroom is also a consideration. We certainly did not need a 35+ long RV and actually wanted to keep the size a small as possible to allow more access to state/federal parks. At the time I had a 2006 RAM Mega-Cab 1500HD so I had a 10K max pull capability. I have purchased a '19 F250 SD (no worries my Ram brethren…did not trade in the Ram…thats my daily driver!) but at the time I wanted to stay within the capability of my truck.

    We did start looking at fivers but unless I wanted to go with the larger units, the bedroom areas required me to hunch over…there was no standing straight up. This was a no go for my wife I may add. The other issue that very few were light enough to be towed with the RAM and those that were lacked a suitable floor plan….these revelations quickly moved us off the 5th wheel and back to trailers. There were a lot more choices and we found the right combination of weight, floor plan, and cost that met our criteria.

    So my story aside….start your journey to purchasing an RV with a list of requirements. What do you need in features, floor plan, cost considerations, tow vehicle requirements and must haves. Let those move you to the RV type that "checks those boxes". If you go in with no expectations and game plan, you will quickly be overwhelmed by all the new RV's with all the pretty "bells and whistles" and possibly end up with a rig that does not measure up. Sales people are there to sell you a rig and they will smile and nod at everything. Their job is to sell you an RV…your job is to know what you want and need and stick with the plan. You may want a 5th wheel but you may find a TT meets more of your needs….or maybe a Class C or B that you may not have looked at initially!

    I may add that I have towed both 5th wheels (most agriculteral), travel trailers and even owned a Class A. Each brought something different to the table. I can tell you that if you size your tow vehicle to properly match your RV, and spend a few bucks on a good hitch system, a travel trailer will tow excellent. Additionally there is no guarantee that a 5th wheel will tow better either especially if the trailer is overloaded or the tow vehicle is under or at capacity. The tow rating on your vehicle is not a goal…it is the max rating of that vehicle and the closer you get to max, the more any handling issues will be amplified. DO NOT expect your RV sales person to guide you through this part of the decision process. Know your numbers, because ultimately you will have to live with the rig, not the sales person.

    So really I have 1 Reason I bought my RV….it met my needs.

    Great video and thank you for sharing and starting the conversation!

  12. My fiance and I first absolutely knew we needed a fifth wheel then after a while studying them we decided that we needed a class c absolutely knew it, then after a while studying them we settled on a travel trailer just picked one up last week 297 rsts reflection Grand design. I'll let you know in the future if we are happy. What I know is we are happy now. I agree with all your points. And technology has come a long way with sway control.

  13. I see the major difference is that 5th wheels have way more storage than do travel trailers, having said that, I chose travel trailer basically like you, the slick look. I have 2018 Keystone Outback 266RB, I have a RAM 2500 6.4 HEMI (Gas) 8 foot bed two wheel drive. Yea i know the first reply will be why I did not get a diesel. That is simple, I don't drive on the open round that much to make a diesel perform its best. In town diesels load up. That was the other consideration for getting a travel trailer. I use my truck as my primary transportation in town and on the road. So I have everything I need for traveling loaded in the back of the truck. When I am home, I store everything in a storage area. I keep weight down easier this way. Again, it is personal preference. Another is the cost of both the tow truck and the 5th wheel. I would have if I wanted to be full time, but I am not, so the was the major consideration when I got my travel trailer and the tow vehicle. There are two schools of thought which is the better of the two. Again comes down to what are your plans, full time or part time. So to summarize, how am I going to use RV for and then the cost.

  14. just bought a 38ft 2017 heritage glen lite to replace my 2006 30ft keystone springdale. i live in a camper 6-8 months of the year for the work i presently do. Newer Travel trailors are getting pretty nice but they still cannot compare to a 5th wheel for my uses. You make great points for a family of 50 going out on weekends only, though

  15. I've owned both and switched to a travel trailer, the main reason every time I bought a new truck it cost a ton to have the 5th wheel hitch installed into the new truck. The travel trailer was the way to go for me. Just found your channel recently and I am enjoying your videos

  16. I'm in the process of building a hybrid trailer because it will be 16ft shorter (than a TT with the same space) and have a huge hitch weight over the back wheels. The bed of the truck is removed and replaced with a low, flat bed. Regular hitch used which is detachable and sits on the flat bed above the wheels. Will be the same height as a TT, with one step up to the bedroom

  17. I keep thinking I want to dump my TT for a fifth wheel but it’s the height and weight that keep me away. To darn high. We camp in provincial parks in wooded lots wit lots of trees. That height would limit our choices.

  18. We have both.
    We live full time in a Grand Design 367 BHS (41' 5th wheel $55K). We only move this thing when we want to move our central location. Taking this thing out is not "camping", ok? It's is a PIA to deal with moving it since we live in it and the size of it is difficult to deal with at times. Living in it is great, though, with 2 bedrooms, full size fridge, huge pantry, comfortable furniture, and high ceilings.

    For going camping, we have a Forest River Rockwood Mini-Lite 2109S ($16K). It is perfect for 2-people to take camping. EVERYTHING is usable with the slide IN. If we want to pull off and use the bathroom, kitchen, bed, no problem without even putting the slide out. It is an all season unit, well constructed, 2 axle, and we camp when it's down to 20 degrees at night. Being that we tow it with a big ol' diesel truck, no special hitch is required (just 8" drop) and it only squats the truck an inch. Tows like a dream… zero sway, truck stays in high gear up hills and has exhaust brake for downhill. The truck with trailer attached probably accelerates as well as my wife's Jeep does. I forget it's back there.

    5th wheel — You lose the truck bed.
    TT– The truck bed is still available.

    For a family just going camping, You don't need a great big 5th wheel and a dually. That's for the "campground contest" of who has the biggest rig. We pull in in a 21' TT and say, "YOU WIN!". We don't do this to impress anyone. We camp EVERY DAY.

  19. Many of these you are spot on. Cost is always higher for 5th wheels than tow. 5th wheelers generally need a 3/4 – 1 ton truck whereas a tow behind can be done with a 1/2 ton. One thing that you didn't discuss was the prices between new vs used & fuel economy of tow vehicle(s). Good video!

  20. trading in our 38 2018 cougar bhs fifthwheel
    for a small travel trailer , bought our fifthwheel in 2017 . our mistake was to go big and no truck bed storage. love your points

  21. The only reason I prefer a TT over a 5er is the tow vehicle required. I own a 1/2 ton Ram pickup. And a 1/2 ton is what most ppl own. Aside from a smaller couples 5er which I believe are too cramped for my taste, you will need 3/4 ton or higher when you want to pull a bigger more spacious 5er. These HD trucks are more expensive and not to mention when you are not pulling your 5er, you are stuck driving that truck everywhere. Nice video.

  22. Actually you don't have the same access to some parks with a 5th wheel like you do with a travel trailer. Most state parks were not originally designed for trailers of any kind so they are narrow and short with low over hang which can limit you because of the height of most 5th wheels. Also the big bulgy front end and the enormous height of them just takes away from the ascetics of it. People that buy those 42 ft monsters just put a limit on where they can camp and spend most of their time in crowded RV parks. And yes I enjoy having access to the bed of my truck because I also have a cover on it and store all my wood, generator, and sometimes ice chests depending on the trip.

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