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Blazing Zippers

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Posted: 02/28/20 09:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Having owned 2 fifth wheels and 2 travel trailers, we now own a travel trailer again. Yeah, more money then brains-but we do like the travel trailer a bunch. Both rigs have their points as written before in this column.
What we noticed right away after getting our new trailer is that we really miss being able to walk between the truck and trailer. Sounds stupid, but old legs just don't lift high enough to climb over the hitch.
Having a truck bed and shell to carry our "stuff" in made the decision easy for us.

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There are some really great things about a 5r, but we went the other route for our last 3 trailers. Travel Trailers.

MY Cons against a 5r:
We prefer trailers all on one level
I have two bad knees and a bad back. Need Low steps...
My wife has bad knees.
When we camp it's just the 2 of us.
I actually use the bed of my truck, so a 5th wheel is in the way.


We don't have to carry everything we own when we go camping.
My current camper is 20'. It fits in every camp ground.
We have spent years simplifying our camping, so we don't generally carry things we don't need.
AND... Being retired we prefer to camp during the middle of the week.
When I show up on Mondays the campgrounds have lots of empty spaces.
Camp grounds like to see people leave on Fridays so they can fill up on weekends.

Lastly towing a 20' is a breeze.

CJM1973

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A Hensley Arrow or Propride 3P will solve all sway issues any pull behind trailer may have. Generally speaking, there is a significant cost savings in buying a travel trailer over a similar-floorplan 5ver. These savings can more than pay for one of these premium hitches.

The lower profile TT is also at much less risk of a roof strike in low tree-canopy subdivisions. This is my reality.

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