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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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40' vs 33' fifthwheel around town ???

I was all set for a 33' 2 bed/ 2 bath fifthwheel - until I walked through a nice 40' that's gray and will match my truck. I know I have to be selective about rv parks, but will I see much of a difference between the to lengths trying to maneuver it off the freeways??? I can fit it along side my house but what about getting it there? Or will they turn about the same? I've towed alot of 33'ish goosenecks horse trailers with wheels set back but never a 40' rv.

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I went from a 23 ft fifth wheel to a 40 ft fifth wheel toyhauler. You have to make your turns a little wider around town; but it is not a problem. Maneuvering when backing took some getting used to. As long as you have plenty of room to turn your truck to get the trailer along side your house you should not have a problem. I traded my F350 for an F450 and the turning radius is do much shorter that it makes my toyhauler easy to maneuver. After a short time you will be as comfortable with the 40ft as you are with the 33ft.

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How long do you stay in the trailer and how many people with you? Do you need the extra room? Where do you camp....ever off road? With fuel prices and the extra wear and tear on the tow truck, I will always choose the smallest trailer that fits my needs.

You will get used to driving whatever you buy but smaller is easier in all cases. With that said, mine is a 33 foot fiver.....and I wish it were about 27 some days.

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You will get used to driving whatever you buy but smaller is easier in all cases. With that said, mine is a 33 foot fiver.....and I wish it were about 27 some days.
I down sized from a 33' to 27.5'
In actuality my 33'er was like 35' end to end. My 27.5 is 30' 1".

Smaller is easier, and depending on your tow vehicle, it can get tricky. CC LB takes a little planning and cooperation from others making turns in the city. We do a lot of camping in Columbia, near Sonora. When I make the left turn into the narrow Main Street, I have to just about run the curb to clear the cars waiting at the light. MUCH less stressful with 5 feet less.

Back in '97 my mantra was bigger is better. Now my mantra is comfortable is enough. I know plenty of people that think they have to have the biggest, longest, most slides to feel like a man, once they grow up they start thinking more practical.

If you need the space for family, friends etc. then by all means go big, if not your going to take away the opportunity to see some of Americas finest landscapes. Best of luck deciding.






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Thanks for all the input. I think for the moment I've decided to hold off till I know exactly what I want. Most my traveling is with my friends and their family so was thinking of something that would house us all. My thought was the bigger and more comfortable the more likely we are to use it. But after talking about it last night I think in reality I shouldn't base it on other people and I won't use it much on my own (especially that large of one), for the moment think I will hold tight and stick to renting houses here and there until I decide what I wan to use on my own. I haven't broken the news to my truck yet though!

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Good decision. For the two years we looked for our present fiver, we had lots of family telling us what we (they) should get. Bigger trailers use more fuel too. I went from 10.3 on the flats to 12, may not seem like much but considering our cross country trek was 8511 miles I'm sure the fuel bill would have been a lot less.


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Go with whatever makes you happy! My first TT was a bunkhouse because I wanted to have room for all my buddies. We never took advantage of it and therefore I sold it.

I wanted a fifth wheel because the TT was a pain to tow. I bought one that I THOUGHT was going to be perfect. It was...for about a year. Now I've started a family and wish I had the bunkhouse again.

Now I'm shopping for a fifth wheel that has a separate bunk room for the babies. Once we narrow those down, we will look at floorplans, length and weight. I can tell you that I want one that's over 30' because I have had to pack 8 people in my current one on a rainy day and it was no fun.

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Always like to match :-) if you want around the 33' range check out the Laredo 293sbh. It's one set of bunks in the back ands 1/2 bath all in only 33'. I personally like the 2nd bath option. Of course if you go up and to 40' then there's all kind of options.


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Always like to match :-) if you want around the 33' range check out the Laredo 293sbh. It's one set of bunks in the back ands 1/2 bath all in only 33'. I personally like the 2nd bath option. Of course if you go up and to 40' then there's all kind of options.


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That one looks awesome! Pretty much exactly what we are looking for.

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