Owning an RV can be a lot of fun and provide a great sense of freedom. When deciding what type of RV to purchase you must make a careful decision.
There are Class A motorized and Class C motorized motorhomes, travel trailers, folding camper trailers, and fifth wheel RV’s. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of fifth wheel trailers.
Fifth wheel trailers are generally large trailers that can accommodate a family with many of the comforts of home including showers, full kitchens, large sleeping areas, television and more. They’re easier to tow than travel trailers, and they provide more living space per foot length than a motorhome because they don’t house an engine. Fifth wheel trailers also provide the option of unhitching the tow vehicle for local transportation.
There are some potential drawbacks to consider as well.
Fifth wheel trailers must be towed by a truck with a “wheel hitch” in the bed. Larger fifth wheelers require at least a medium duty truck for towing. Tall models sometimes present clearance problems for low bridges, branches, and even gas stations or a bank canopy. Also, the living area of fifth wheelers cannot be accessed while the vehicle is in motion and can require a very large storage area when not in use.
Overall, a fifth wheel trailer can provide a nice alternative to a Coachmen or Gulf Stream motorhome but you have to weigh the various factors when looking at motorhomes for sale to ensure a fifth wheel trailer is the right choice for your travel needs.