Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Travel Trailers vs Motor Home
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > Travel Trailers vs Motor Home

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next
MarkTwain

Northern, Ca. , USA

Senior Member

Joined: 07/26/2002

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 09/24/22 05:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

samsontdog wrote:

I don't think the poster asked about the 5th wheels. I have owned and towed many TT, etc plus owned Class C, and Class A motor homes and have switched back and forth between Claa A and TT at least 10 times in the over 60 yrs of towing RVs. I have a 34 ft TT at the present time but I am thinking about going back to a Class A.I have had no problem with towing TT or driving a 36 ft Class A


Interesting observation! I thought that tow trailers and 5th wheels were both trailers[emoticon]

wildtoad

Blythewood, SC

Senior Member

Joined: 06/05/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 09/24/22 05:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see lots of people these days with various sized MH’s going toad less. If you plan it correctly you can usually find transportation nearby, but there are times when having a toad is a life saver.

Renting a motorhome eliminates a toad, unless you use a dolly or car carrying trailer.

All forms of RV’s “require” two components. Either you have a car/truck and a trailer (5th wheel included), or a MH and a toad (various setups). Which is better is an opinion.


Tom Wilds
Blythewood, SC
2016 Newmar Baystar Sport 3004
2015 Jeep Wrangler 2dr HT

bukhrn

Lanexa, Va

Senior Member

Joined: 03/20/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 09/24/22 05:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only thing I don't see referenced is, Difference in size, ie: if you have a 34-36 ft Class A and go to a 28 ft TT, there's a big difference in comfort space/ storage space and generally lower class amenities. (Notice the term, Generally) as nothing about an RV is written in stone.


2007 Forester 2941DS
2014 Ford Focus
Zamboni, Long Haired Mini Dachshund
You can have my RV, when you pry my cold dead fingers from the Steering Wheel

Grit dog

Black Diamond, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/06/2013

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 09/24/22 10:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

larry cad wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

With a motorhome and no towed, you are “trapped” in the campsite IMO. No one wants to break camp to go to town for lunch.


And with a travel trailer and no "tow vehicle", you are "trapped" also. Not sure what you point was, except that with a motorhome you can travel without a towed.


Derrp


2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29 - Sold.
Couple of Arctic Fox TCs - Sold

NamMedevac 70

Reno

Senior Member

Joined: 11/09/2020

View Profile



Posted: 09/24/22 11:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have observed many many times in RV parks and campgrounds people stuck for days at a time with complicated mechanical issues with their newer Class A MHs and repeated visits from mobile repair technicians. In 16 years of towing a TT I never had a serious maintenance issue with my R-Vision 28 foot lte Trail Cruiser. Worry and maintenance free for fun and fishing in local areas whereas Class A folks set in chairs at campsite with all MH outside compartments open trying to solve their problems. Cheers to the truth and the d

Skibane

San Antonio, TX

Senior Member

Joined: 11/09/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 09/24/22 11:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a 28 foot Class A before doing a significant "downsize" to a 17 foot TT.

The Class A was roomier, but some of that additional space was inefficiently used in the driving area - which really can't be used for much else except seating.

The driver's area was also cold and drafty in the winter time, due to the difficulty of installing adequate insulation and gasketing in all the surfaces around the engine compartment immediately below it.

The TT is definitely more airtight, even though it is single-wall molded fiberglass, without a separate layer of insulation.

For ease of maintenance and repair, there is absolutely no comparison - Keeping the running gear working on the TT is a trivial job.

A pair of top-quality 15" tires for the trailer is under $300.
A set of 6 top-quality 19.5" tires for the MH is well over $3K.

Fuel economy of the Class A (towing a compact pickup) was 5-8 MPG.
Fuel economy of the TT (being towed by a mid-size pickup) is 15-17 MPG.

I will never own another Class A.

* This post was edited 09/25/22 02:44pm by Skibane *

toedtoes

California

Senior Member

Joined: 05/17/2014

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 09/24/22 11:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Everyone will give you their opinion, but only you can decide which works best for you.

Both have their pros and cons. And both will require compromises.

I recommend making a list of pros and cons of each and using that to make the best decision.


1975 American Clipper RV with Dodge 360 (photo in profile)
1998 American Clipper Fold n Roll Folding Trailer
Both born in Morgan Hill, CA to Irv Perch (Daddy of the Aristocrat trailers)

larry cad

ohio

Senior Member

Joined: 05/23/2004

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 09/25/22 04:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

I have observed many many times in RV parks and campgrounds people stuck for days at a time with complicated mechanical issues with their newer Class A MHs and repeated visits from mobile repair technicians. In 16 years of towing a TT I never had a serious maintenance issue with my R-Vision 28 foot lte Trail Cruiser. Worry and maintenance free for fun and fishing in local areas whereas Class A folks set in chairs at campsite with all MH outside compartments open trying to solve their problems. Cheers to the truth and the d


Now that there is one of the funniest posts I have read on RV.NET in 17 years as a member here. Great sense of humor Nam!

[emoticon][emoticon][emoticon]


Today is my personal best for most consecutive days alive.

Our Travel Blog

Bobbo

Wherever I park

Senior Member

Joined: 09/16/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 09/25/22 07:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

I have observed many many times in RV parks and campgrounds people stuck for days at a time with complicated mechanical issues with their newer Class A MHs and repeated visits from mobile repair technicians. In 16 years of towing a TT I never had a serious maintenance issue with my R-Vision 28 foot lte Trail Cruiser. Worry and maintenance free for fun and fishing in local areas whereas Class A folks set in chairs at campsite with all MH outside compartments open trying to solve their problems. Cheers to the truth and the d

On the other hand, in August we were camping on Newfoundland island in Canada. The guy next to us had been there for 5 weeks in his travel trailer. He was supposed to be there for 3 or 4 days, but blew the engine in his truck and was stuck. He had been waiting for a crate engine to be shipped there that whole time. Vehicle problems can happen to any vehicle, not just a motorhome.

And, to head off the question of why he didn't just buy a new truck, I don't know. Unless it was that he was from the US and didn't want to buy a Canadian truck. Or, he really, really liked his truck. Or, due to the vehicle shortages he couldn't find one that would tow his TT.


Bobbo and Lin
2017 F-150 XLT 4x4 SuperCab w/Max Tow Package 3.5l EcoBoost V6
2017 Airstream Flying Cloud 23FB

Lwiddis

Southern California :(

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 09/25/22 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“And with a travel trailer and no "tow vehicle", you are "trapped" also.”

Who would have a TT and not have a tow vehicle, Larry?


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, WindyNation 300 watt solar-Lossigy 200 AH Lithium battery. Prefer boondocking, USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, state camps. Bicyclist. 14 yr. Army -11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560) IOBC & IOAC grad


Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > Travel Trailers vs Motor Home
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2022 CWI, Inc. © 2022 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.