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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (5/15)
 7/16/15 12:39pm
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F4Gary said: Head on over to iRV2.com and sign up.  You will get a ton of info and any questions answered.


Thanks, I'll do that.

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Dave, I'll probably have lots of questions for you guys at ebo's or I'll aggravate you and call.


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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (6/15)
 7/16/15 4:33pm
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Dave, first find out what your 1/2 ton will tow.......it may narrow down your selections.
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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (7/15)
 7/16/15 4:52pm
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Drive out and buy one off Craigslist in Phoenix and make them deliver it to your "pad" and save all sorts of gas money tugging it out there!
 http://phoenix.craigslist.org/search/sss?sort=rel&query=5th%20wheel%20trailers

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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (8/15)
 7/16/15 7:12pm
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RV dealer I saw today came up with a figure of 7900# which really narrows down the options on a fifth wheel.  Keeps it at 25'-26'. I was also told that they are better insulated and have more storage space than travel trailers.  Seems like a weird blanket statement but these folks sell all types of trailers so there shouldn't be any bias.

John, this was my thinking. 

Pros for getting one here: 
I'd be able to give it a test run to familiarize myself with it while being near the comfort of larger living situation.
If something goes wrong the dealer would be close.
I'd practise towing with a couple of outings(ebofest)
I'd be able to pack my stuff in it for the move.


Cons:
Price. Slightly cheaper on new ones out west and way cheaper on used.
Less selection on new and used.
I feel I would have to buy new, used would be a big risk...where was it used/stored.
Have to get a fifth wheel. With my lack of experience towing and a 2000 mile trip, i'd have to go with the easier towing fifth wheel.

Buying out there makes sense as the selection of used and prices is far superior.  Of the half dozen or so dealers I've talked to, all have delivery available to where my property is located. Not having to worry about towing and cheaper prices would mean more bang for my buck.

On the third side of this coin, I could just get a prefab building shell that is built on skids and move it around on the property every few months. 


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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (9/15)
 7/16/15 7:29pm
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Is upgrading your truck to a bigger towing capacity an option?

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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (10/15)
 7/16/15 8:26pm
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+1 on fith wheel. More stable on the road, specially against side winds and that big 18 wheeler coming the other way on a two laner. Out there vs where your at 50-50. SW fifth wheels will be dry and rust free, but can definitely get baked by the sun. Paint, plastic, rubber etc. can all get pretty dried out if it's spent it's whole life in the SW. Buffalo area the rigs won't dry out as much but were they kept nice and dry and free from salt during storage ?? Run away from anything that's been stored outside on the grass or gravel during the winter. Personally, I think you should buy it in NY and experience the drive out to AZ. Things will go good and things will go bad (some very bad), but you'll never forget your first long trip in your RV, plus you'll be a seasoned veteran by the time you make it out to AZ. The biggest thing if you buy used in NY is tires, make sure they're new or almost new. Milage and tread wear mean nothing, time is an RV tires worst enemy. When you get out to AZ, cover them up !! Brand new tires will be baked in the AZ sun in less than a year. My two cents worth after 2 1/2 years and 15k miles in our motorhome. Good luck !!

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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (11/15)
 7/16/15 9:13pm
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Option Z,
 
I see these "park homes" at campgrounds more and more for year round renters.   They might be better insulated and cheaper to heat/cool and wiggle less in windy weather while you are watching TV.
http://www.rvtrader.com/dealers/Dennis-Trailers-Inc-756241/listing/1989-Trophy-Homes-Park-Model-112951595


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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (12/15)
 7/16/15 10:00pm
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Gary, I just bought an 03 GMC Sierra so I won't upgrade.  I thought long and hard about what truck to buy, gas or diesel, make, engine size.  Really came down to two things: 1. this will be the only serious thing I haul and it will only make it to the property.  Once it's there I won't move it again, I'm just using it as a temporary living arrangement until the cabin is built so getting a bigger truck for that seems a little drastic especially if I end up buying a bigger unit out there and having it delivered. 2.  I got a good deal on this truck. Kind of fell in my lap.

If I were to do the full time RVing thing I would have definitely gotten a bigger truck.


John, all excellent points.  If I go used it will be inspected by a third party I hire.  I'm too much of a newb and it's well worth the $50 or so.  As far as buying here to get the experience, I like your thought process makes a bunch of sense but for me personally, I never wanted the RV road trip.  Like I mentioned to my reply to Gary once it gets there it's sitting.  My big plan was to buy the property and use it as a base to travel the west and mid-west with the vette and tent camp. That's the scenario I have planned in my head anyway.  recently I just became enamored with tent camping, I really enjoy it.  When I bring the vette out I plan on heading to Central FL to visit friends then maybe down to the keys for a bit and then to Louisiana to visit family the to AZ.  Not the most direct route from Hamburg, NY!

John(2), option z might work well.  Lots of folks move to Phoenix/Mesa during the winter and pick up a Park Home to try it out before they decide they like the weather and area.  They end up dumping relatively new models, 2 or 3 yrs old, when they decide. The ones I remember seeing being advertised were cheap but you had to leave them in that park.  The ones that you could move would be better moved to a dump and burned.  But I wasn't really looking at those so now I'll take a closer look. The trailer, whatever kind it happens to be will end up being temporary or at least it had better. I have plans for a small 12x28 cabin with a wrap around deck(8' to 12' wide I haven't decided yet).  Very efficiently insulated, water catchment, solar and wind turbine with a generator for backup. Lots of passive solar heat. I have to work on some sort of cooling.  A swamp cooler might work but I'm not a fan of a/c and where my property is located the temps top out in the mid-eighties low nineties.

Thanks for all the great input and for listening or reading my blathering. 


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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (13/15)
 7/17/15 2:25pm
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Well, then max out the towing capacity of the truck.  It's only one trip and you can take it slow.

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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (14/15)
 7/17/15 6:00pm
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F4Gary said: Well, then max out the towing capacity of the truck.  It's only one trip and you can take it slow.

I visualize a picture of Dave driving so slow that the gray hairs in their Buicks are flipping him the "bird" for driving too slow.   Wink



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Re: Fifth wheel vs travel trailer (15/15)
 7/19/15 8:06pm
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Lots of good advice. A couple things to add, having owned both types. My last 3 have been 5th wheels. Just bought one a couple of weeks ago to use while working out of town. I will probably never go back to a TT. 5th wheels tow and maneuver so much better when backing up. 5th wheels generally cost more for an equal sized unit and if you need a hitch they can be rather expensive for a 5th wheel.  Also your trucks towing capacity may be higher for a 5th wheel. Happy trailering.
 
Dave


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