Choosing between a trailer/fifth wheel and motorhomeby Carl Lundquist
Newcomers to RVing are often torn between purchasing a trailer, 5th wheel or motorhome. There's no single answer that will beright for everyone, but the following are some considerations offered by forum staff member Carl Lundquist.
- With a motorhome, your home is your car. If you need service, your home has to go to the mechanic's for a stay. With a trailer, your tow vehicle can go by itself.
- Almost any garage or small town dealer can handle repairs to a trailer's tow vehicle, be it SUV or pickup truck. Repair facilities that can handle a Class A motorhome, or even a Class C, are going to be harder to find.
- A trailer-tow vehicle rig bends in the middle when you are trying to manuever into a campsite. Motorhomes do not.
- In camp, a trailer's tow vehicle is free for errands and sightseeing without breaking camp. Motorhomes have to break camp to go to the grocery store unless they have a towed car, known universally as a toad.
- Trailers require trucks, and some truly large trucks with big ones. Motorhomes can tow a reasonable sized 4WD, sedan, or even a Ferrari. A motorhome can also tow a boat.
- A truck towing a trailer can be backed up. A motorhome towing a car cannot; The car must be unhitched first.
- Motorhomes establish camp a tad faster than a trailer but in the upper reaches of trailers, the matter is a wash given conveniences such as power leveling jacks.
- Entry to a trailer can be lower to the ground than a Class A motorhome. Helpful with limited mobility.