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campigloo

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We went with the TT for two main reasons. First, we didn’t like the steps. Second and probably more important is one that most people don’t have. It’s using the bed of the truck. It’s nice to carry several ice chests and buckets and fishing poles. We fish in the Gulf of Mexico and carry live fish, minnows and other small fish for bait. If the bucket sloshes water around, if the shrimp jump out and cant be found, if we want to cut a fish and use half of him it’s no big deal. Ok, not what you asked for but the beach sure is fun!
Moral of the story, camping is not always neat and clean. We like to have a place to put wet or dirty or stinky things somewhere other than in the trailer storage bins.

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Worse excuse ever IMHO! "First, we didn’t like the steps" Other reasons are understandable.


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To each his (or her) own. I like the 5th wheel because it fits the way we want to do things.
This is why they make Class A, Class C, 5th wheels, travel trailers, campers and the list goes on.
We can all choose what fits our style.

Some like boondocking some like hookups, yet others prefer tents.

The important thing is not only that you do it, but that you have fun doing it.

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Wow some interesting responses for sure. Thank you all for taking the time to post.

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campigloo wrote:

We went with the TT for two main reasons. First, we didn’t like the steps. Second and probably more important is one that most people don’t have. It’s using the bed of the truck. It’s nice to carry several ice chests and buckets and fishing poles. We fish in the Gulf of Mexico and carry live fish, minnows and other small fish for bait. If the bucket sloshes water around, if the shrimp jump out and cant be found, if we want to cut a fish and use half of him it’s no big deal. Ok, not what you asked for but the beach sure is fun!
Moral of the story, camping is not always neat and clean. We like to have a place to put wet or dirty or stinky things somewhere other than in the trailer storage bins.

Well unless the bed is totally full of ice chest in a long bed there is lots of space available for ice chest, at least enough for sloppy ones. That and many 5ers have basements that have almost as much space as a long bed With a cap.
It is all personal choice, but just because there is a hitch in the bed doesn’t mean you can’t put anything in the bed. In fact one still has a good amount of bed space available.
I always enjoyed having all the stuff already in the 5er ready to go at a moments notice.
Once again personal choice, but there is still a lot of usable space in the bed.


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Well unless the bed is totally full of ice chest in a long bed there is lots of space available for ice chest, at least enough for sloppy ones. That and many 5ers have basements that have almost as much space as a long bed With a cap.
It is all personal choice, but just because there is a hitch in the bed doesn’t mean you can’t put anything in the bed. In fact one still has a good amount of bed space available.
I always enjoyed having all the stuff already in the 5er ready to go at a moments notice.
Once again personal choice, but there is still a lot of usable space in the bed.

This is a true statement. With our long bed, we have more than enough room for stuff in the bed.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Worse excuse ever IMHO! "First, we didn’t like the steps" Other reasons are understandable.


Those new morryde steps would def be a deal breaker for me. If a new trailer I was looking at had them I would not purchase that trailer TT or 5th wouldn't matter. Those steps to me are absolutely useless. Cons to me are: Where I park it at home I wouldn't be able to set them down so I couldn't get into the trailer when stored at home. Secondly when traveling those steps come out far and we get into the trailer every time we get fuel. I can see someone coming past them and taking them out for sure. Thirdly the fact that they take up so much room inside the trailer when up. A larger rig has 2 sets. Say one is in the bedroom you're stopped along side the road somewhere for the night you can't even walk around the bed in most I've seen with a bedroom door. Dumbest design ever for people who actually still utilize their trailer while traveling.

Pro? Well honestly I see not one as I've never had a trailer that didn't have stable steps [emoticon]


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BigDinAZ wrote:

rhagfo wrote:


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Once again personal choice, but there is still a lot of usable space in the bed.

This is a true statement. With our long bed, we have more than enough room for stuff in the bed.


Heck even with my short bed Ive got room for lots of fire wood or ice chests. When did having a 5er mean you couldnt use the bed?

Fake News!!!

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"many 5ers have basements that have almost as much space as a long bed With a cap"

I have been thinking about renting out my basement. [emoticon]

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Heck even with my short bed Ive got room for lots of fire wood or ice chests. When did having a 5er mean you couldnt use the bed?

Fake News!!!


Come on lets be honest about pros and cons. Yes you can still use the bed but it's dramatically compromised compared to towing a TT. I even banged up my generator a little bit on our last trip trying to use the bed.

I think both are fine. To me the pros of the fifth wheel are the shorter overall package and better towing characteristics, while the pro of the TT is a wide open truck bed. I think we're about 50/50 on which style we'll go with when the kids get a little bigger and we want to make a change. Either way it'll be a toy hauler, though.

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