Fifth wheels and travel trailers are the two most popular types of towable RVs. While similar in some ways, each offers unique advantages and a few disadvantages. Today, we continue our comparison of these two popular RVs:
- Fifth wheels are considered easier and safer to tow than travel trailers because they attach directly to the truck bed with a gooseneck hitch, increasing stability. Travel trailers connect to the tow vehicle via a rear hitch which is easier to disconnect when you arrive at your destination but makes trailers prone to swaying when towed. This problem can be corrected by using an anti-sway hitch or bar.
- If you’re a full-time RVer, storage space is always an issue, giving 5th wheels, which offer greater underneath storage, an advantage over travel trailers.
- Full-timers also profit from the 5th wheel’s more spacious design which allows for large kitchens with full-size appliances and luxury features such as bay windows, washer/dryers, full-size shower stalls, electric fireplaces, etc. Larger, newer travel trailers now offer similar advantages.
- Light-weight travel trailers can be towed by an SUV or pickup and some ultralights by a sedan. Heavier 5th wheels require a mid-size truck.
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