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JOS66

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Posted: 01/11/18 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good Day Everyone

We are preparing to buy either a 5th Wheel, Class A or Toter. We are trying to decide which one to go with. Now I know this horse has been ridden to death, but I need some different points of view from people with experience. Feedback from RV owners that have owned both 5th Wheel and Class A and/or Toter would really be great as well.

To clear the air and simplify things, I have vast experience towing and handling both types of Setups. So dealing with all aspects of diesels (have owned many) and trailers (same thing but not 5th Wheels) are not an issue.

What I really need help and testimonies for is your experience with either or both. The Pros and Cons and What would you do different.

Before my wife and I spend such a large amount of money, I want to hear from the RV Community that is dealing with and living in these things everyday.

Here are our details:

1. 3 people (2 adults / 1 (16) year old) and 1-2 Pups traveling
2. Will do mostly 1-4 week trips. But may do 2-4 month trips.
3. Prefer Heavy Duty with all trailers and vehicles
4. I have experience with RVing
5. Thinking about taking a Golf Cart or ATV or 2 Dirt Bikes (not on top of list)
6. Traveling Nation wide and into Canada

Please also tell us your preferred 5th Wheel or Motor Home (Class A or Toter) and the reason why it is your preferred.

Thanks so much in advance. I pray that everyone has a Blessed 2018!!!!

* This post was edited 01/11/18 11:47am by JOS66 *

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5. Thinking about taking a Golf Cart or ATV or 2 Dirt Bikes (not on top of list)

With this restriction, you need to consider a 5er or a TT toy hauler. This way you have a run around vehicle and tow vehicle, somewhere to live (and will require separation from the run-around vehicle), and a garage for the 'toys'.

Motor Homes with garages are very scarce, and then you'd need to tow another vehicle, or use an auto trailer to bring the "toed" along so it will be off the ground.

For your situation, I'd vote for the 5er Toy Hauler. They make nice lofts in some for the kids, and the garage area can also be equipped with bunks.


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Like TTs fifth wheels top the list if your going to park for a few days or more at a time. Motor homes are better suited if your moving every day or two. Motor homes dictate a toad to get around. Meaning two drive trains to maintain. Motor homes are probably the most expensive RV to purchase and maintain. Motor homes still need maintenance even when parked. Fifth wheels unless its a toy hauler dont offer anyplace for toys. Fifth wheels need a lot more truck to tow them.


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Posted: 01/11/18 12:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd look at fifth wheel toy hauler options for your purposes.


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toy hauler all the way ,you have lots of space for the bikes,lots of sleeping arrangements

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Posted: 01/11/18 12:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have seen a Class A with an hydraulic lift on the back for a motorcycle. The towed was a pickup with a quad in the back. The clas A was a DP. For exampleLook here


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It sounds like you should be looking at a Toy hauler. I don't know if it is just me, but I seem to see more and more of these on the road today.
The reason could be that they are making the garages more of a duel purpose room, to the point that they hardly look like garages. They are more of a secondary living area with even the door reverting to a sun deck.

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Pipeman wrote:

I have seen a Class A with an hydraulic lift on the back for a motorcycle. The towed was a pickup with a quad in the back. The clas A was a DP. For exampleLook here


Whoa, I like that, never thought of a combo like that.

But, why not just skip to a full size trailer and do this:

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ToddD wrote:

Pipeman wrote:

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But, why not just skip to a full size trailer and do this:

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That is one magnificent set up there! Wow! I can't imagine how much $$$ is invested into that arrangement!

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Posted: 01/11/18 10:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have owned 2 motorhomes, one gas for 2 years, one a 40' dp for 7 years, 5 fifth wheels and 2 pop-ups since the early 70's. Wallet wise, fifth wheels don't empty it quite as quickly. A whole lot less moving parts. Most folks say a motorhome for traveling and a fifth wheel for staying. For us not so. We frequently take trips that require moving every few days and it is just not a big deal if you have auto leveling and a quality hitch. Yes, you can't get the wife to get you a sandwich but you can pack one in a cooler in the back seat. The driver can't go the bathroom without stopping in either but you do have to go outside with a fifth wheel which may be a big deal to some but not us. I would vote for a toy hauler.


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