First Purchase RV

First Purchase RV

by Brice S. Beaman
(Alger, Ohio USA)

Cant decide on Class A versus Fifth wheel for first time RV.

I know both are very different but plan on travel not just always parked in RV parks for season.
Wondering about best bang for buck and already own truck capable of big 5th and would be comfortable pulling 5th but feel like Class A would be easier to travel around in.

Stories and advise would be greatly appreciated

Brice in ohio

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Mar 14, 2012
by: Brice in Ohio

Went to look at some new Fifth wheels tonight and very impressed in what you can get for the money verses Class A.

Of course when the money is going for creature comfort instead of engines and drive trains you get a lot of good things.

Thanks for your comments it has me considering tow-able over drivable.

More comments will surely help to make the right RV to buy.

Thanks and safe travel and wonderful things to be found and explored.

Mar 13, 2012
Class A vs 5th Wheel
by: buckeye6977

5th wheel RV's have much more room for storage both inside and out. And like Cowgirl Kathy said, you already have the truck to pull it with. Good luck with your decision. Wife and I have been full timing it for a year now and love it. We have a 37ft 5th wheel.

Mar 13, 2012
Class A vs 5th Wheel Trailer
by: Cowgirl Kathi


You are having the same dilemma as I am EXCEPT I already KNOW that maneuvering a Class A is NOT my idea of a fun time.

This link will take you to a pretty good article here on the pros and cons, ins and outs of both.

The primary reason I am considering a 5th wheel or tag-along vs. a "drivable" home is that I will already have a vehicle (the truck) to use for sightseeing, errands, etc. I am not comfortable with the idea of towing yet another vehicle behind a motorhome that is already 30' or longer!
One other con would be this: if something goes awry with the engine or tranny of a motorhome and it needs to go in the shop, you lose your home for as long as the repairs take.

If you already have a good heavy truck, then I would say go for the 5th wheel. They are my favorites -- especially the "upstairs" feature!

Good luck to you!

the Cowgirl

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