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I don't think there is a vast difference in towing between the two. BUT I have used the same hitch for 24 years. It has a slide sway bar and 1200# torsion bars.
The difference in anchor points is almost the same with the torsion bars moving a good percentage of the load point forward. As for wind, you deal with it. A quartering wind is the worst and it hitting any trailer on a 45 degree is nasty especially if it is gusty. Bottom line make your choice for your world, I prefer a TT, don't like stairs or being trapped in a nest with the door below.
Lastly IF you use your trailer you will learn what you can and can't do.


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39ft bumper pull just has “bad idea” written all over it. Will tow like **** regardless of TV.


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tomman58 wrote:

Bottom line make your choice for your world, I prefer a TT, don't like stairs or being trapped in a nest with the door below.


Most FWs have an emergency exit window/windows. As to being trapped in a fire, these windows are hinged, with quick release handles. I read about a practice jump, but think I'll wait until I am trapped before jumping. [emoticon] The downstairs window jump...may not be too bad, but the bedroom window height a little more challenging.

Anyway...how bout those jumping from 3+ floor building to avoid the flames???

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MFL wrote:

tomman58 wrote:

Bottom line make your choice for your world, I prefer a TT, don't like stairs or being trapped in a nest with the door below.


Most FWs have an emergency exit window/windows. As to being trapped in a fire, these windows are hinged, with quick release handles. I read about a practice jump, but think I'll wait until I am trapped before jumping. [emoticon] The downstairs window jump...may not be too bad, but the bedroom window height a little more challenging.

Anyway...how bout those jumping from 3+ floor building to avoid the flames???

In a 5er at 72 years old I would be looking at a broken leg minimum.

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N-Trouble wrote:

39ft bumper pull just has “bad idea” written all over it. Will tow like **** regardless of TV.


My 28 footer towed well but is far to small for us to live in for 5++ months each year. I tow from Michigan to Las Vegas and Tucson bi annually and to Texas ever year then on to Florida. I have been in winds in Oklahoma and near tornodic conditions in TX. I cross the big Mac at least 4 or 5 times a year under "high wind advisory" conditions. It takes at least 8000 to 10,000 miles a year to do our road travel.
Guess what the TT tows just fine and although this unit is higher (larger wheels and tires on both the truck and TT) we do well and have never had to lay over for more that 3 or 4 hours in Nevada waiting to turtle up with the semis to make it across the desert. Realize of course I am not using a 1500 but do have a 2500 with heavy suspension and DMAX.

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tomman58 wrote:

N-Trouble wrote:

39ft bumper pull just has “bad idea” written all over it. Will tow like **** regardless of TV.


My 28 footer towed well but is far to small for us to live in for 5++ months each year. I tow from Michigan to Las Vegas and Tucson bi annually and to Texas ever year then on to Florida. I have been in winds in Oklahoma and near tornodic conditions in TX. I cross the big Mac at least 4 or 5 times a year under "high wind advisory" conditions. It takes at least 8000 to 10,000 miles a year to do our road travel.
Guess what the TT tows just fine and although this unit is higher (larger wheels and tires on both the truck and TT) we do well and have never had to lay over for more that 3 or 4 hours in Nevada waiting to turtle up with the semis to make it across the desert. Realize of course I am not using a 1500 but do have a 2500 with heavy suspension and DMAX.


Well a 28 footer is no 39 footer... Have you ever pulled a 5er to compare to? Everything is relative.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Rare to see a 5er laying on it's side, TT's that's a different story!


2nd this! Older retired semi driver friend said the exact same thing to me back in '05.


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N-Trouble wrote:

tomman58 wrote:

N-Trouble wrote:

39ft bumper pull just has “bad idea” written all over it. Will tow like **** regardless of TV.


My 28 footer towed well but is far to small for us to live in for 5++ months each year. I tow from Michigan to Las Vegas and Tucson bi annually and to Texas ever year then on to Florida. I have been in winds in Oklahoma and near tornodic conditions in TX. I cross the big Mac at least 4 or 5 times a year under "high wind advisory" conditions. It takes at least 8000 to 10,000 miles a year to do our road travel.
Guess what the TT tows just fine and although this unit is higher (larger wheels and tires on both the truck and TT) we do well and have never had to lay over for more that 3 or 4 hours in Nevada waiting to turtle up with the semis to make it across the desert. Realize of course I am not using a 1500 but do have a 2500 with heavy suspension and DMAX.


Well a 28 footer is no 39 footer... Have you ever pulled a 5er to compare to? Everything is relative.


Never wanted one and as I posted don't like stairs or a nest that doesn't have a door in case of fire. I've always thought they should have emergency exit in the floor under the bed.

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Well there you go... If you’ve never pulled a 5er then yes you’ll think your bumper pulls really nice.

You have to go up stairs every time you go in/out your bumper pull. Whats a couple more?? Dont get the fire comment. All 5ers have escape windows.

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N-Trouble wrote:

Well there you go... If you’ve never pulled a 5er then yes you’ll think your bumper pulls really nice.

You have to go up stairs every time you go in/out your bumper pull. Whats a couple more?? Dont get the fire comment. All 5ers have escape windows.


Let me just say normally pulling my TT is like sitting in front of the TV and watching a travel program but I am in it. Get it?? I am at ease with my rig why would I change ??? Secondly for a 5er as big as mine loaded would cost about 35000 to 40000 more. Now lets put in a new heavier truck and more costly insurance. Get it??
Lastly you go in and out but a few times.... you go to the bathroom or change or nap in the bed room. In the TT you just go back and forth in a 5er you'll be up and down those stairs often and my wife has issues and so do I on occasion. You must not be a beer drinker LOL.

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