5th wheel or motorhome??

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    hello everyone.
    my name is glenn and only just joined this site! i'm after some advice regarding which one to go for a motor home or 5th wheel trailer and pick up!!

    my intentions or to live in either full time, recently seperated from my wife and don't want to join the rat race of renting someone else's property.. i have already found somewhere to site it, its now just a case of which one?? any help would be much appreciated!
    thanks...
     
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    Hi Jimbobs and welcome.

    if its not going to be a largish american motorhome (RV) then a fifth wheel will be better than a European motorhome for full timing.

    you will need as much room as possible to avoid cabin fever....not so important for touring but for full time living its a must.

    americans have the advantage of much larger black, grey and fresh water tanks than eurobox tanks so far less time taken dumping water.
    same goes for LPG...an under slung tank will hold many time what a gas bottle will, so less refilling/bottle changing.
     
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    First of all, welcome to the site. :BigGrin:

    I am no expert, but if you are going to "site" your new home it sounds like you are not going to move far, if at all. So you will probably need another means of transport for shopping trips, commuting to work etc.
    The 5th wheel option would give you the freedom to move around and have a vehicle for other duties.
    You could have a MH and a small car and either tow the car behind the MH or leave it on site when you feel like a wander.
    Without knowing your precise position (which I don't think is any of my business) it is difficult to give an opinion one way or the other.

    Best of luck whatever you decide. :thumb:
     
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    no choice really get a mini artic . much better than a m,home or a normal 5er.
    ideally trailer under 3500kg gvw . truck over 3500kg ideal .
    depends on your age and when you passed your car test really .
    one tax fairly cheap insurance . use the unit as a car.
    look for mitsubishi ,isuzi, iveco daily , possible vw /merc sprinter.
    dont have to be enormous mine fits in a cars space.
    plus you get cheap crossings on ferries as a car and caravan.
    hope that helps .cheers alan.
     
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    Have to disagree with you there sorry, Not a must.

    I live in a fiat Ducato panel van and have done for the last 2 years. It's living space is 3.5Mtr by 2Mtr and I'm not suffering Cabin fever:Wink:

    I know a number of people who fulltime in B544 and B584 type vans and these are just under 6mtrs in size. Those are couples so for a solo fulltimer it is quite luxurious and they can fit in supermarket car parking spots:thumb:

    Each person is different. I think he would be better making a list of what he wants from the vehicle and that will direct him to which end of the compromise scale he wants to go.
    (panel van, small euro) Maneuverability <-----------------------> Living Space (RV, 5th Wheel, mini Artic)

    I love my little van as I can pack it up within 5 minutes and be off. I don't have to plan my routes to ensure there are no sharp turns or narrow bits that my vehicle can't navigate. I am all the way to the left of the above scale. I have practically no living space but the convenience of going anywhere with my home on my back is worth it.

    I am now looking to get something with a double bed and space for 2 people and I will still be looking for something as small as possible. I will be going the old hymer 544 or 584 route....
     
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    Have you pulled? :BigGrin:
     
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    Agreed....I get cabin fever in our four bedroom house.
    and i'm biased :Laughing:
     
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    I get it when in a house as well. I can't imagine ever living in a house again.. Stuck in one place all the time >shudders<
     
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    Having to move every 28days >shudders<

    To answer the OP

    Look no further than what our travelling friends use.. they have donkeys years experience ..

    Tranny flat bed and an LMC caravan:Wink:
     
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    depends a lot on budget, give us a clue

    <10g
    >10g
    >15g
    >20g
    >25g

    There’s quite a few big RV's around a good money, buy wisely and the drop will be less (but they will drop), people cant sell them, 5ers are getting more popular so the price will reflect that, sub £15g Vans are imo less value as they are in more peoples price range and as such tend to hold the value....
    so if you have around £25 grand to spare you can buy a stunner and get a huge amount of kit for your money , look on eBay and watch loads of different types of van to see what sells and what dosnt.

    There’s one Id buy if I had the spare mulla


    As other people have said, if you’re moving about al the time that’s a different kettle of fish, but if you can stay put for a guarantied period big is better.
     
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    getting a 5er can be very cheap .there was a nice fleetwood going near paignton recently for about 5 grand . fleetwood road runner .quite liked it myself.
    easy get a modern pick up to pull it.
    very often there are mini artic set ups going reasonable on ebay.
    to be honest i paid 1650 for mine with the vw lt50 pulling it . converted the trailer and was on the road for less than 8grand .that was 12 yrs ago.
    get the right set up and you can be made for life .
    cant lose anything if you get it right .
    forget fancy go for reliability and practicality .
     
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    If you're on a site and not moving much I'd recommend a trailer caravan, much cheaper and can be as big as a fiver.
     
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    trouble with normal trailers is the hitch .makes for long tows or space wasted when parked .
    the overlap on 5ers etc makes for a compact tow rig and better manouverability. plus much more stable .
    with removable screens around the neck you get a built in shed as well.
     
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    5th wheeler or motorhome??

    thanks for all your replies, just a little update, the site i will be useing will be a base near to my work place. "not as fortunate as some of you who have retired" :Sad: i will be doing the odd bit of travelling now and then but not to frequent!!
    my budget is roughly 20-23k. also if it was to be a motorhome it would preferably be an american rv, recently lived in a 19' touring van for six months and yes i did get cabin fever!!

    oh forgot to add, i have a class1 hgv licence if tha twould helpin any way??
     
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    I am biased and preffer an A class RV but as others have said we are all different......with your budget you should be able to find either a fiver or RV to suit.

    All the best Rick
     
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    hi rick i know a man that could give you training to drive that rig, ha ha.
    lives in leicester . hee hee .
    not sure it may be one of those silent gennies .
     
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    Hi you sound like you are not going to be moving much so I would go for a caravan :Eeek: cannot believe I said that :Doh::BigGrin: Motorhomes are for moving around in :Wink:A big yank RV will give you a lot of bang for your buck :BigGrin:(room )while a euro will probably cost more for a bigger one :Smile:You can pick up some almost new yanks that have very little mileage cheaply -indeed Old Mo on here has a 2007 -17k miles -30 ft LPG converted 3 slide out for 29 k now that has to be a bargain :thumb: At present there are quite a few yanks for sale (ebay)but not many actually selling simply because people don't want to get 10 mpg (about 18 ish with LPG) WITH FUEL PRICES THE WAY THEY ARE :BigGrin:People who full time and don't move like the room but people who full time and move around a lot tend to go for a larger type euro van :Smile:
    terry
     
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    If I had a site I'd go for a 5th wheel or a caravan. (caravan first choice, cheaper and easier to sell if you sort out your differences or meet a perfect partner, like me! :BigGrin:) If I wanted to move about regularly, a M/H, (as an HGV driver, a waste of money as you'll always be at work, or sleeping) odd trips out, a caravan. Resale values on 5th wheel may be a limited market. Cabin fever for a HGV driver? You don't do enough nights out!

    Hope all works out for you.
     
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