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BayouBoys

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Posted: 06/21/19 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DW and I have been discussing upgrading to a 5th wheel. My question is the those who have went from a travel trailer to a 5th wheel. Does the 5th wheel pull any better with crosswinds? Or is it about the same. The cross winds kill me on long trips.


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Obviously cross winds affect a 5th wheel, but my two cents is that it’s less demanding to drive when the winds get blocked and come back suddenly because you can just steer back to correct without any tail wagging the dog.


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Posted: 06/21/19 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To be honest I've never been a cross wind situation with a 5th wheel where I felt uncomfortable. And I've been in some very strong crosswinds.


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Posted: 06/21/19 06:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we gone from a TT to 5th wheel, it was more stable in cross winds.


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Posted: 06/21/19 09:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's one of the pluses, 5W handles better than a TT all the time. I live in wind country and have pulled in 40MPH winds. You also need a truck big enough to handle the 5W, way too many trying to pull 5W with 1/2 tons. Yes they advertised they can be pulled by a 1/2 ton properly equipped. That properly equipped 1/2 ton will cost the same as a standard 3/4 ton. I will guarantee you will never hear someone say they have too muck truck.


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41’ long 5er in high side winds not an issue. DRW makes all the difference.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

41’ long 5er in high side winds not an issue. DRW makes all the difference.


One doesn't need a DRW to feel the difference in a crosswind between a TT and 5er.
I have tow our 32' 12,500# GVW 5er directly exposed to Gale Force winds on Hwy 101 just south of Garibaldi on the Oregon coast 2001 Ram 2500 never even felt the wind!! Actually the TV alone felt less stable without the 5er.
I think even a mildly a 1/2 ton with a 5er would be far more stable than the same 1/2 ton with a similar length TT.


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fj12ryder wrote:

To be honest I've never been a cross wind situation with a 5th wheel where I felt uncomfortable. And I've been in some very strong crosswinds.
Same here, but I pull with a dually also. Been in some awful crosswinds between Amarillo and New Mexico, no problems at all.

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rhagfo wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

41’ long 5er in high side winds not an issue. DRW makes all the difference.


One doesn't need a DRW to feel the difference in a crosswind between a TT and 5er.
I have tow our 32' 12,500# GVW 5er directly exposed to Gale Force winds on Hwy 101 just south of Garibaldi on the Oregon coast 2001 Ram 2500 never even felt the wind!! Actually the TV alone felt less stable without the 5er.
I think even a mildly a 1/2 ton with a 5er would be far more stable than the same 1/2 ton with a similar length TT.


I tow a lot in the SoCal PalmSprings area along I-10 to Phoenix. My 98 same as your 01 towing a 32.5' 5er you certainly could feel the wind along with semi's passing. Night and day difference going to the DRW and even a much longer and heavier RV.

For sure a TT is more prone to movement plain and simple!

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Posted: 06/22/19 07:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you think that a high profile 5th wheel will magically make the side wind pressure go away, think again. Just because you don't feel it doesn't make it safe.





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