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BigT

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Couple newbie questions
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:40:38 AM »
I will try to keep this short but I may be taking a job traveling and working 13 week contracts. Meaning I will be moving every 13 weeks from state to state. After doing a very little bit of research I am considering buying a fifth wheel trailer  to live in along with a new truck. I would like to keep the truck and trailer as small as possible but still be livable. Is this possible to do on your own, especially someone with very little knowledge about fifth wheels and trailers in general? This would not be for at least 8 months but I want to start thinking about this to see if it would be worth pursuing. Any advice?

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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 05:59:38 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum! Check out our library and resources sections or use the search function for specifics.  Ask any questions you need to.

I would say yes. We have a travel trailer and it doesn't take you long to get up to speed with things. As long as you are aware of requirements for cold weather I'm sure you would be fine. We have seen lots of people living in them and working close by.

Others will be along with 5th wheel suggestions and other advice.

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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 06:12:46 AM »
If you want a fifth wheel you will need a very big truck. Half tons just won't cut it. You might be better off paying to have it moved rather than buying a truck.
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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 07:27:44 AM »
Jackie and Tom have good comments, but basically since you'll move every quarter, unless you know that you'll be in the south every winter, you need to consider that places like Minnesota get temperatures (and often snow) that can be rough to deal with in an RV, but otherwise yes, it's quite doable, and you have plenty of time to figure things out. So if a 3/4 ton (or bigger) pickup is OK as your daily driver, you'll probably do fine.
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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 08:26:42 AM »
Everyone handles situations differently.  What you are thinking can be done, but I would be looking at a 3/4 ton and a 5er in the 30 foot range for  sure.  In something that size you have plenty of room and won't feel quite so cramped.  As Larry said, stay out of the north country in the winter.  Although this winter has been colder almost everywhere at some point.  Try to stay in the southern 1/3 of the US if possible.  The last few days in Minnesota have  been anywhere from -20 to -30 degrees.
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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2018, 12:22:00 PM »
Thanks for the info everyone. Thankfully I get to choose my location so I will definitely stay southern during winter (currently in AZ and it has been mid 70’s this week 8) ) I have been looking at something like 2018 KZ RV SPORTSMEN ® 231RK which is 24ft long, GVW 6140lbs. Not this exact model, don’t plan on buying new due to deprecation, but something of similar size/weight/floor plan. With something of this size would a half ton still be out of the question? I have been looking at F 150’s.

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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 07:45:19 AM »
There are VERY few small 5th wheel models that are suitable for an F150, especially older ones. These trucks just don't have the carrying capacity which is normally required,  20% of the trailer's GVWR + hitch ++.
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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 07:48:46 AM »
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Thankfully I get to choose my location so I will definitely stay southern during winter (currently in AZ and it has been mid 70’s this week 8) )

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2018, 07:53:25 AM »
Yeah, I've been looking at the temps across the country. It seems like one has to go to somewhere around Miami or so to stay warm. It's weird, because if you look at the global temp maps, the rest of the world is a bit warmer. Maybe I'm going to have to put an RV somewhere over seas to winter in when I retire. ;D
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Re: Couple newbie questions
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2018, 10:25:10 AM »
Yeah, it's gonna dip down to the low 80s here in Lakeside today - a veritable ice age!
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 10:30:53 AM »
Yeah, you guys have it rough too!
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