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mowermech

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Posted: 02/22/14 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maintenance?
I get the oil and filter changed every spring, and lube what needs to be lubed. I get the propane and water filled as needed, and dump the holding tanks as needed.
that's about it.
a fifth wheel should have the wheel bearings packed and the brakes inspected annually. The propane and water should be filled as needed, and the holding tanks dumped as needed.
We lived in a 32 foot triple slide fiver for a little over two years, moving every 13 weeks. It was great to live in, and having a one ton dually for a daily driver was no big deal.
However, I like the 32 foot single slide Class A MoHo much better. Having the PT or the Jeep for a daily driver is wonderful. true, there seems to be a little less actual living space in the MoHo, but it isn't all that bad.
I like the motorhome.


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Going through this myself.
I LOVE my 5th wheel but the wife hates to drive my truck, with or without the rig.
The youngest is going off to college and empty nest is already getting to my wife. She wants to be able to take off on her own if I'm at work and go spend the weekend with the daughter.
So we have been looking around at different layouts and classes.
It will be a bit before we change but it will happen so I am reading every comment with interest.


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Posted: 02/22/14 11:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have been having this very same discussion too. The comfortable 5th wheel is great, on the road if you move around a lot the mo ho has the advantage. Perhaps the bottom line is that spending the extra money for a mo ho would hinder the ability to travel as much.
It actually boils down to a personal preference.


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Moving around a lot... have seen this mentioned several times when considering a MH vs. 5er.

Curious... what do you consider moving around a lot?

a day or 2... a week... 2 weeks?

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sidney wrote:

Moving around a lot... have seen this mentioned several times when considering a MH vs. 5er.

Curious... what do you consider moving around a lot?

a day or 2... a week... 2 weeks?


...I also question the "moving around a lot" difference when comparing the two RV types. I will grant that if you are motor homing without a "towed" the changing of campgrounds is likely easier than with a fiver...if you have to hook up the towed, I see no real advantage over hooking up the fiver...one still needs to break camp, retract levelers and disconnect services...I can hook my fiver to my truck just a quickly as I used to hook my Grand Cherokee to my Beaver diesel pusher...

Living space while on site, no comparison...the fiver has a much more home like feel...motor home always was a bit more tunnel like...JMO...YMMV

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Ugh, we're going through this too. We prefer the space and layout options of a fifthwheel, but the advantage of accessing the kitchen & potty of a MH. There are some nice looking RV resorts that are Class A only, and that's making me consider Class As. Ultimately I don't think we'll go that route. When it comes right down to it, the fifth wheel just makes more sense. For us


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Same here: We have a TH, we do 90% camping without the toys. We started to look at a larger 5th but all those slides get real heavy. Then we need a new truck. $50k truck, $50k camper? There are some really nice used MH out there in that price range and only one unit to maintain.....


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If money were no object we'd have a Newell. But, it is, and we found the cost of maintenance and service on the diesel pusher we had for 7 years was increasing, plus no one in our area would work on it. It made much better financial sense to go back to a fifth wheel. As far as comfort, going down the road was much better for the wife as she could get up and move around. My comfort level is better with the fifth wheel because it behaves better on the road. We do find our 35' triple slide fiver is more roomy than the 39' triple slide dp we had. Basically, it is a matter of preference and what fits your lifestyle and pocketbook the best.


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Posted: 02/23/14 06:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

they tell me to buy bigger than what u think u need,and keep the throne saperate from the shower, the rest is up to u . now its all happy-camping

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Costs are what got me into a fiver. C mh $145 a year for liscense. Fiver $16. Extra insurance (now have a only a truck rather than truck and MH) if I remember correctly over $600. Service. no one wants to work on a motorhome, so you are stuck going to a rv shop where the people are not fimalar with the motor, transmission, brakes, etc of the chassis you bring them and no longer price competive. I really like the "C" and maybe will go back to it someday but right now the PU works best.And I can take it almost anywhere to have it serviced, And fuel milage doubled over the C

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