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Gjac

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Lantley wrote:

jffnkrn wrote:

Jay 58,
just curious as to what made you decide on going 5th wheel as we had been contemplating going motor home? If you care to share

While I consider a 5th wheel to be more work and less convenient than a motorhome. A 5th wheel provides equal amounts of space to a class A and cost a lot less. A 5th wheels gives you more bang for the buck.
The downside is 5'er is not as user friendly as a motorhome.
I have a Class A now and was wondering about this very issue. How much more work is it to set up a 5th wheel? Is leveling a chore? Is a 5th wheel still cheaper if you have to buy a new truck to tow it? One distinct advantage I see is if you get a small enough 5th wheel(28 ft or less) that can be towed with a SRW truck you can always use it for a second vehicle.

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Gjac wrote:

Lantley wrote:

jffnkrn wrote:

Jay 58,
just curious as to what made you decide on going 5th wheel as we had been contemplating going motor home? If you care to share

While I consider a 5th wheel to be more work and less convenient than a motorhome. A 5th wheel provides equal amounts of space to a class A and cost a lot less. A 5th wheels gives you more bang for the buck.
The downside is 5'er is not as user friendly as a motorhome.
I have a Class A now and was wondering about this very issue. How much more work is it to set up a 5th wheel? Is leveling a chore? Is a 5th wheel still cheaper if you have to buy a new truck to tow it? One distinct advantage I see is if you get a small enough 5th wheel(28 ft or less) that can be towed with a SRW truck you can always use it for a second vehicle.


First off, you can tow a [email protected] big FW with a SRW truck IF you have the right combination. No need to limit yourself to < 30'. Don't forget that a SRW covers both 3/4t and 1t trucks, though most will recommend getting the 1t as the cost is minimal over a 3/4t. FWIW, my KZ is 31'8" but only grosses 10,500. My '02 2500 D'max handles it just fine.

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Gjac wrote:

Lantley wrote:

jffnkrn wrote:

Jay 58,
just curious as to what made you decide on going 5th wheel as we had been contemplating going motor home? If you care to share

While I consider a 5th wheel to be more work and less convenient than a motorhome. A 5th wheel provides equal amounts of space to a class A and cost a lot less. A 5th wheels gives you more bang for the buck.
The downside is 5'er is not as user friendly as a motorhome.
I have a Class A now and was wondering about this very issue. How much more work is it to set up a 5th wheel? Is leveling a chore? Is a 5th wheel still cheaper if you have to buy a new truck to tow it? One distinct advantage I see is if you get a small enough 5th wheel(28 ft or less) that can be towed with a SRW truck you can always use it for a second vehicle.
Well, it seems like most Class A motorhomes are towing a car to drive around when parked, so you're looking at two vehicles anyway...much of the time anyway.

As far as leveling, it's definitely not going to be as quick as a 6-point or 4 point leveling system. But it doesn't really take that long. I pull into the spot I'm going park, if not level side-to-sied, then I put down a block or two, then pull on to them and chock the wheels. Drop the front stabilizers, unhook the truck and level front-to-back. Hooking up power, water, and sewer is basically the same.


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fj12ryder wrote:

Gjac wrote:

Lantley wrote:

jffnkrn wrote:

Jay 58,
just curious as to what made you decide on going 5th wheel as we had been contemplating going motor home? If you care to share

While I consider a 5th wheel to be more work and less convenient than a motorhome. A 5th wheel provides equal amounts of space to a class A and cost a lot less. A 5th wheels gives you more bang for the buck.
The downside is 5'er is not as user friendly as a motorhome.
I have a Class A now and was wondering about this very issue. How much more work is it to set up a 5th wheel? Is leveling a chore? Is a 5th wheel still cheaper if you have to buy a new truck to tow it? One distinct advantage I see is if you get a small enough 5th wheel(28 ft or less) that can be towed with a SRW truck you can always use it for a second vehicle.
Well, it seems like most Class A motorhomes are towing a car to drive around when parked, so you're looking at two vehicles anyway...much of the time anyway.

As far as leveling, it's definitely not going to be as quick as a 6-point or 4 point leveling system. But it doesn't really take that long. I pull into the spot I'm going park, if not level side-to-sied, then I put down a block or two, then pull on to them and chock the wheels. Drop the front stabilizers, unhook the truck and level front-to-back. Hooking up power, water, and sewer is basically the same.
If you level side to side do you just use the rear scissor jacks in the rear or do front jacks need adjusting also? What is involved with disconnecting the hitch from the truck bed?

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fj12ryder wrote:

Gjac wrote:

Lantley wrote:

jffnkrn wrote:

Jay 58,
just curious as to what made you decide on going 5th wheel as we had been contemplating going motor home? If you care to share

While I consider a 5th wheel to be more work and less convenient than a motorhome. A 5th wheel provides equal amounts of space to a class A and cost a lot less. A 5th wheels gives you more bang for the buck.
The downside is 5'er is not as user friendly as a motorhome.
I have a Class A now and was wondering about this very issue. How much more work is it to set up a 5th wheel? Is leveling a chore? Is a 5th wheel still cheaper if you have to buy a new truck to tow it? One distinct advantage I see is if you get a small enough 5th wheel(28 ft or less) that can be towed with a SRW truck you can always use it for a second vehicle.
Well, it seems like most Class A motorhomes are towing a car to drive around when parked, so you're looking at two vehicles anyway...much of the time anyway.

As far as leveling, it's definitely not going to be as quick as a 6-point or 4 point leveling system. But it doesn't really take that long. I pull into the spot I'm going park, if not level side-to-sied, then I put down a block or two, then pull on to them and chock the wheels. Drop the front stabilizers, unhook the truck and level front-to-back. Hooking up power, water, and sewer is basically the same.
If you have to level side to side do you just use the rear scissor jacks or do front jacks(stabilizers) need adjusting also? What is involved with disconnecting the hitch from the truck bed?

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I only use the stabilizing jacks for front-to-back leveling. The builders specifically recommend against using the stabilizers to level the trailer side-to-side.

As far as disconnecting, I disconnect the trailer electrics from the truck plug, raise the trailer to remove some weight from the hitch, make sure the trailer is chocked, pull the handle to release the hitch, and pull forward. Takes a couple minutes, but I have a B&W hitch so it's pretty easy to hitch and unhitch.

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Leveling side to side is normally done by driving up on some kind of platform so the wheels and tires take most of the weight. Some people use boards, some use plastic lego like blocks, some dig a hole on the high side, some just push a button, and some don't worry about it. If it is level enough to sleep in the it is probably level enough for all other purposes. [emoticon]

Regarding the hitch, I don't know many people who disconnect the hitch from the truck bed. Most just leave the hitch in the bed and carry it around.

To disconnect the trailer, You chock the tires on the trailer (both sides!), put down front jacks and raise trailer until pin is the correct height to pull out, pull lever on the hitch, make sure your trailer is at the right height and the tailgate is down (unless you have a V notch tailgate) and then pull the truck out from under the trailer.

After you pull the truck out, then is the time to level front to back using the front jack legs. When you get the trailer level front to back, then put down your corner stabilizers and finish hooking up everything. [emoticon]

The above is almost the exact same procedure as with a travel trailer with the exception of the hitch part. When done, you are ready to camp! [emoticon]
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ACZL wrote:

Anyone notice how there seems to be a lot more posts under the 5th wheel section of RV compared to the other types? Just seems to me more questions/topics about them. Plus, from my blind eye observation, appear to be gaining in popularity.
For 2017 sells from ( RV travel ) numbers.
TT- 274,294
5th- 78,046
Class A- 14,250
Class B- 3974
Class C- 27,530

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colliehauler wrote:

ACZL wrote:

Anyone notice how there seems to be a lot more posts under the 5th wheel section of RV compared to the other types? Just seems to me more questions/topics about them. Plus, from my blind eye observation, appear to be gaining in popularity.
For 2017 sells from ( RV travel ) numbers.
TT- 274,294
5th- 78,046
Class A- 14,250
Class B- 3974
Class C- 27,530


Guess, more/ess I was alluding to was it seems there is more chatter in the 5er section than the others. I would agree that overall, TT/bumper pulls far outsell the rest, but 5ers seem to be gaining a lot more popularity.


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the leveling off is as simple as it was for us with a bumper pull except unhooking and hooking up to the truck is easier, for me anyway. Leveling like said, side to side, then unhook and front to back, then stabilizers down. the level on the front that i can see from the cab is great. saves alot of in and out and up and down. Like anything else, you get used to it quickly. just have to remember when not really level from front to back, adjustment on the landing gear before you unhook is important. you will see and figure it out. Long run, i believe the cost for maintenance is the key for me so i am 99% sure we will stay with the fifth wheel.

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