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Old 04-22-2015, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Tag along, 5th wheel, pop up, motorhome. Who has what? Show pictures of your home away from home. I've been wanting one forever and feel that the time is almost right.

We may start out with a light weight 5th wheel that I can tow with my 1/2 ton pickup just to see if we really enjoy going to state parks and that type of camping. That way we won't have a lot of money invested in something that might be a flop. But I see us ultimately moving up to a motorhome and going cross country. I hear you meet the nicest people when you're out camping.
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My "RV" rolls up into a pack about 20" long and 8" in diameter.
Although I have gotten a bit soft and bought a Thermarest pad for under the sleeping bag.
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I don't have an RV but I have pulled a lot of trailers from hay buggies to semis. Just a heads up but with a camper, wind resistance will typically be a bigger issue than weight as far as pulling it, especially with the height of a 5th wheel.

Btw, the good break controllers that increase breaking as you increase pressure on the pedal are much better than the cheap on/off type. I haven't priced them but whatever they cost, they are worth the difference in price.
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When my wife and I were dating (many moons ago) we went tent camping with some friends at Grayson Highland state park in Virginia. It was..... interesting. It was cold, we weren't completely prepared, we were uncomfortable, the neighbors across the road were noisy. She had a smokers cough that wouldn't quit and she kept calling for her stupid little dog.

We went again another time up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were better prepared this time. It was cold again but this time I took a ceramic heater (the sights had 110 power) so we could make the tent a little more comfortable. But it still was a little too primitive for us. I prefer the security of four solid walls and a roof over my head when I'm sleeping. Plus A/C and heat don't hurt.

I know there are folks out there that just love primitive camping. Wouldn't have it any other way. It's just not for us. So that's why we're looking for a 5th wheel. It will give us a chance to at least take some long weekends and get away relatively inexpensively. We also like the idea of sleeping in our own bed. My wife is a germaphobe and every time we go into a hotel room she spends the first hour wiping down everything. We won't have to do that if we take out room with us. It just has perks that will work for us.
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Oppo, you're right. The brake controller I got for my truck is progressive. It senses how quickly I'm decelerating and applies the brakes on the trailer the same way.

My wife is a nervous rider. We towed a tag along back from Florida once. She'll never do that again. Every semi that passed us caused the truck/trailer to sway. Yeah, I know they have better systems to control sway these days. But just about everyone I talk to says 5th wheels tow the best. They are the steadiest.

The reason I'm looking at light weight is not to go over GVCW on the truck. Since it's just a half ton truck I want to be as low as I can get. I think my bed will handle a 1500 lb. load and total weight should not exceed 12,500 lb. The trailer I have in mind has a 900 lb. hitch weight and the whole trailer only weighs around 5000 lb. I've upgraded the brakes on my truck and have an airbag system for leveling the weight. It should be alright. And I don't think the 5th wheel stands any taller than about 9 feet. I just want to get to a camp ground to see how we're going to like it. I feel certain we're going to love it but want to wade in slowly (financially) before taking the big plunge.
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SRT- I wasn't so much poking fun at you as I was [oking fun at myself and my budget.
I can definately see the allure of RVing. Stopping when and wherever you want and having most, if not all, the comforts of home. I can't think of a better way to travel...just wish I could pull one behind the Victory.
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Originally Posted by Jo6pak View Post
SRT- I wasn't so much poking fun at you as I was [oking fun at myself and my budget.
I can definately see the allure of RVing. Stopping when and wherever you want and having most, if not all, the comforts of home. I can't think of a better way to travel...just wish I could pull one behind the Victory.
I didn't take it as poking fun at me at all. I thought that a sleeping bag was just your preference. And there's nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. Some people want to be able to see the stars as they fall asleep. My followup post was just reliving the tent camping adventures we've had. Lets just say, I probably wouldn't have made a good cowboy. Sleeping on a bedroll with a rock for a pillow. Nope!

Hey! Here ya go.


But for real...

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There is also a pop up that the Victory can haul. I like the high lows .My son asked if they were for midgets? I live on vacation.
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There is also a pop up that the Victory can haul. I like the high lows .My son asked if they were for midgets? I live on vacation.
I like the idea of the high/lows too. But I've got to have something I can stand up straight in. That's my biggest dilemma is finding a bathroom that I can actually use the shower in. I'm 3" shy of 7 feet tall. It just so happens this lite weight 5th that I found has the bath on the main floor. The ceiling in the bath is about 8' high. So it being lite weight and having a high ceiling in the bath is a win/win for me.
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I bought a 3/4 ton Cummins Ram in December with the intention of buying a 5th wheel this year. Now I'm on the prowl for a good condition 5-10 year old 25-30' camper that I can haul down to the lake.
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