Posted by: Mark Polk | 2017

Types of RVs: 5th Wheel Trailer

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers are the trailers you see that extend over the bed of the pickup or custom tow vehicle. This bi-level design results in fifth-wheels offering the most living space of any towable RV. They range in size from 21 to 40 feet.

Fifth wheel trailers require a special type of hitch to be installed in the bed of the truck. The truck must be properly equipped and capable of handling the weight; this includes the trailer pin weight placed directly over the rear axle of the vehicle.

Fifth wheel trailers tow and handle better than conventional travel trailers, and combined with spacious living quarters are often times the choice for fulltime RVers. Fifth wheel trailers, like other towables, are available in entry level, mid-line and high-end models. Fifth wheel trailer manufacturers offer many different floor plans. Two-thirds of all fifth wheels built today offer at least one slide-out and most have multiple slide-outs, increasing the already spacious interiors. Lightweight versions that can be towed by smaller trucks are also very popular.

Construction techniques vary from wood frame with aluminum siding to welded aluminum frame with fiberglass siding. Like most other RVs, fifth-wheels offer kitchen facilities, dining areas, living rooms, bathrooms and sleeping arrangements. Optional equipment like generators, make fifth-wheels fully self-contained.

Fifth wheel travel trailers can sleep up to six people, depending on the model and prices range from $14,000 to $120,000.

Fifth Wheel Trailer Pros

1) Extremely spacious

2) Tows and handles better than conventional travel trailers

3) More storage than travel trailers

4) Still have a vehicle to use

Fifth Wheel Trailer Cons

1) Requires a specialized tow vehicle

2) More expensive than travel trailers

3) Weight concerns & issues

4) Hitching and unhitching

4) Requires towing and backing skills

 

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

RV Education 101


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