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Old 11-11-2011, 07:49 AM   #11
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We were on the fence for a while when at the RV Show in Hershey, PA. Bumper pull or 5th wheel. We started seriously looking / thinking about what we carried in the bed of the truck vs. the different storage arrangements between the longer bumper pulls and the 5th wheels actually were.

It came down to the 5th wheels had so much "on-board" storage that the stuff we carried in the bed of the truck easily fit in the basement storage of the 5ver, the overall length of my 35' 5th wheel is less than a 30' bumper pull (no tongue and a portion of the 5ver is in the truck bed), the 5th wheel handles better, backs easier and transfers the weight (pin) to the frame/rear axle more efficiently than the bumper pull (no leverage on the hitch/frame connection) and the beefed up frame of the 5ver allowed for much larger and numerous slides (we have 3) without sacrificing structural integrity. This also resulted in more interior room than a bumper pull and with the added weight carrying ability of the pin vs. hitch, more "posh" amenities inside and out. With the two rear slides out, the "living room" in the 5ver is actually bigger than our current living room in our sticks and bricks

I have nothing against bumper pulls and, to be honest, I've towed a bumper pull for so long, that "my comfort level" definitely leaned toward a larger bumper pull, and for many, the longer bumper pull trailers are a perfect fit, but, for us, with what we carry and how we "camp", the 5th wheel just worked out better. There are drawbacks, of course...when you start talking about 5th wheels of this size, you almost certainly need a diesel and a 3/4 ton truck, while a bumper pull can still be comfortably handled by a 1/2 ton or large SUV with a gas engine and there is a new "learning curve" in the additional weight, height and how it backs up. We already had the truck, everything fit in the 5th wheel, so....

Keep us posted on your "new house on wheels" , always fun to see what the neighborhood has!
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:45 AM   #12
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You are right, for the most part we could manage fitting everything inside the trailer....that would be 95% of the time, but we also own a couple of atv's and sometimes find ourselves on the Oregon dunes. With a bumper pull I'm able to have both quads in the bed of the truck and still have the ability to pull the trailer. With a fifth wheel I'm giving that up unless we go to a toy haulers, but then we would only actually be using it 5% of the time for its intended purpose and the rest of the time I would be lugging unnecessary weight.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:10 PM   #13
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ATVs...Cool

We've got a couple of Polaris X2s (hers a 500, mine an 800) and looked longingly at the Imperial Dunes and the Oregon Dunes when we were there last summer. Couldn't get even one of the X2s in the bed of my truck, let alone two, so, that wasn't an issue for us...we use them on our property; 106 acres here in the hills that we've cut our own trails on. I see your point and the logic...have "fun in the sand"! I'm jealous
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