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95impala

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Posted: 07/14/19 10:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are thinking of moving from Class A to either a fifth wheel or a Tow behind. We currently have a 34 ft and Toad we travel with. Would be very interested in comments and advice as to what to look for.

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We moved from a 5th to a Class A 3 years ago. As we age we prefer the A for ease of setup and backing. Just push a lot of buttons for setup, rarely need blocks. Very nice when raining, windy or cold. The negatives for us were: less exterior storage, can't back up with the toad attached, harder to level if needing blocks and need to take the MH to get propane(have realy big tank though). Trailer and 5th are on a fulcrum so if not level they are easier to level and a 5th has a lot more basement storage.

All in all it is a personal choice.

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In the pure traveling sense until recently we owned both our MH and a 33' TT. The TT was well set up and I pulled it with a '16 Super Duty diesel, 4 door long box, Lariat Ultimate package - the point being it's a nice truck and the right tool for the job.

With that said, I would rather drive the MH cross country than I would pull the TT across town. I just find pulling anything adds a level of stress not seen driving the MH. The one (*) I'd say is pulling the toad doesn't add much, if any, stress. The MH is big enough the toad is like it isn't even there.

Put another way, the TT is gone, the MH stayed.

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Posted: 07/14/19 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What truck will you be using to pull a trailer?


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Posted: 07/14/19 11:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With the same bells and whistles, it will take about the same amount of time and effort to set up. Now if you compare a loaded DP to a bare bones TT, sure it will seem spartan and more effort but that's not comparing apples to apples.

Particularly for a 5th wheel, driving is very comfortable...and even a properly set up TT isn't difficult.


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Posted: 07/15/19 03:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A couple years ago we went the other way, 5th wheel to Class A. Have not regretted one bit. The 5er was a large 35' had a 1 ton dully to pull it with. The truck road like a truck the wife was never happy with the ride. Even though I had the 5er for years sometimes the backing got to be a challenge I am glad that part is over. From me the trade to Class A was happy wife happy life.


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We went from a fiver to a dp class a and after a few years went back to a fiver. You asked what to look for but that is more of a personal choice. We went to a 40 foot fiver with res frig, large kitchen and much more room than a motor home offers. I would make sure the fiver you look for has the auto leveling system with the auto reconnect and 6 point system if applicable, washer dryer, and whatever else you want/need. With that being said make sure your tow vehicle is capable of pulling what you like BEFORE you buy.

Again it is a personal choice but at least go apples to apples when you trade as far as amenities.


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We traveled with a 34' TT for 9 years. I ended up pulling with a 3/4 ton diesel PU. Lots of highways produce rough ride that is hard on the neck and back + leveling was a pain. Decided to quit RV'ing. Then changed mind and bought an older 40' diesel pusher. Absolutely enjoy RV'ing again. Currently on a 4 month, 6000 mile trip through the north west. Driving is so much better and the added length allow us to have a washer & dryer that the wife just loves.

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Went from a TT to a class A this year. After 15 years of trailering I wish I would’ve went Class A years ago. Easier to travel, setup and level. I would never go back to a trailer.


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The comfort of a class A is hard to beat. I'm looking to switch to a TT for financial reasons. The depreciation and maintenance on the DP is bad. Two things fail before I can fix even one thing. My class A is worth half what I paid for it. With a towable a 50% depreciation isn't as painful since you start with a lower number to begin with.


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