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Old 09-08-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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We've been looking at the Sunset Trail 32rl TT and like it a lot. Then, we saw the Fifth Wheel Cruiser 305sk. We had not been thinking of a Fifth Wheel but he asking price is only $4500 more than the TT. We are going to buy a F250 Diesel. Do you think we should go for the 5th wheel and if so, why? We like the outdoor kitchen and long sofa in the TT but others have suggested that the 5th wheel is so much easier to tow.

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Old 09-08-2013, 08:31 PM   #2
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I own a 305SKP and can tell you we love the wide open floorplan. Our Patriot is a 2013, before it we owned a 2007 30SK, yes the same floorplan. I have never owned a TT so can not tell you how they tow, but I can say the 5er tows like a dream. You can see what I'm towing with by my signature

PS....Much more storage in a 5er.Edited by: sleepyT
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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We have had our 2013 305SK for two seasons and love it. Lots of counter space, and big windows. We had a TT for 17 years prior to this and wanted something with more living space. As much as we enjoyed travelling with the TT I don't think we'd ever go back to a TT after having the 5th wheel.
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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We like the openness of a fifth wheel. Like they way they tow. I have had tow behinds and fifth wheel. You may find that a fifth wheel is easier to hitch and unhitch.

I opted for a 3500HD - long box (8 foot). Higher GVWR and more room in the box for stuff. Plus I put 12' kayaks on the top of the truck when towing.


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I have owned both. The 5th wheel has been by far the easiest to tow. If you want to spend the money for a Hensley hitch for the tt you will be in the same towing comfort zone as with a 5er. The 5er will have more storage space, it also will be higher, requiring more fuel to pull it. If you store your rig inside it will also require a higher building to get it into.

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Janet
I own a 305SKP and can tell you we love the wide open floorplan. Our Patriot is a 2013, before it we owned a 2007 30SK, yes the same floorplan. I have never owned a TT so can not tell you how they tow, but I can say the 5er tows like a dream. You can see what I'm towing with by my signature

PS....Much more storage in a 5er.

WE also own the 30SK and both enjoy cooking, great kitchen area. We travel with two Portuguese water dogs and really like the openess. Great unit for a couple. Best of luck in your decision
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:18 AM   #7
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The openness is great. Labor Day weekend 2 of the kids came out where we were camping. We had 6 adults and 6 grand-kids (under 10) in the trailer, noisy, but everyone had a place to sit and not really feeling crowded. Ladies talking and the guys watching TV and talking.

FWIW this is my second 5er after using TT's for years. I will never go back to a TT.Edited by: avvidclif
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:43 AM   #8
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Just our take on this...
We started out in a small motor home(26') with two adults, our two children and two dogs. Only "weekended" back then and a week's vacation each year. Our children are grown and on their ownnow. I retired seven years ago to join my husband as we travel for his employment, not yet full time, but for extended time. In between we had a 30' travel trailer with one slide(and no storage), a 37' 5th wheel with four slides(and lots of storage)which we used for the pastsix yearsand loved it; and wejust traded it in on our new 41' 5er. Wecouldn't be happier with the front living roomfloor plan, the amount of space and storage.Our two Dobermanstravel with us also. We would not go back to towing a trailer across all the miles we put on. Hitching up the fifth wheel makes the truck and 5er one unit. So easy! You hardly know it's even back there!
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:16 AM   #9
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We've had our 5th wheel 4 yrs now, and don't regret moving up from a TT. With the hitch point over the rear axles, it tows extremely well on the highway. No sway from passing semi's, very steady and solid. You will have more storage room, and the overall length with a 5th wheel will be less. It does take getting used to the different way the trailer tracks behind the truck, but once you master that, you won't regret it. I also think it is much more maneuverable when backing into a campsite.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #10
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Having owned both, I think a lot depends on how you are going to use the rig. If storage is a high priority, then definitely a 5er. If better fuel economy and lower cost is a big concern, then maybe a TT is better. For fulltiming and long stays away from home base, I think the 5er is the way to go.
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