5th Wheel info

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by PreacherNed, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. PreacherNed


    Aug 21, 2010
    West Midlands
    Hi All,
    My wife and I are newbie to this site but we have been motorhoming for three years. Now considering a 5th wheeler as a full timer. We would welcome advice from anyone who has taken the plunge. Any practical information welcome. Also, is there a specialist 5th wheeler forum anywhere?

    Our research so far has been quite confusing so anyhelp will be welcome.

  2. DESCO


    Mar 11, 2009
    Hi PreacherNed :welcomefunster:

    Can't personally help but we do have quite a number of 5th wheeler people who visit the forum.
    I am sure one of those will be along to help before long
    There are also some full-timers

    Dave :thumb::thumb:
  3. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Haughton, Stafford..
    Hi and a warm welcome.
    You will find a lot of usefull information in the 5th Wheel section/forum.. :thumb:

    Go to forums & roll down and you will find the FIFTH WHEELERS.
  4. chatter


    Aug 3, 2009
    Hi and welcome

    I dont full time in my 5ver but there are a couple of funsters that do full time in a 5ver, one is over in the states at the mo though, but landy lover is around somewhere, he will no doubt shout when he is on the computer
  5. Sundowners

    Sundowners Funster Life Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Well where do you start? We have owned a fifth wheel for 4 years and have full timed in it for just over two years now.

    We were not sure if the concept was going to suit us so we purchased an old fifth wheel and truck. That way if that setup was not for us we would not lose a lot if we sold it on.

    For us it is the best option, so much so that this year we had a new fifth wheel imported from the states.

    We did change tow vehicle early on as we knew that it would not be viable keeping it, as it was an old Ford F250 V8 petrol and the fuel consumption would not suit the miles we intended to do in it in the future. We changed it for a Diesel Ram 3500 1999 with a 5.9 Cummins engine.

    As Chatters said we are at present in the States on an extended trip and have purchased another Dodge Ram 3500 2006 with a truck camper to travel with. This outfit will be coming back to England with us.

    We also have a truck camper in England and is what we call our holiday home, we can use this for short breaks away. Our main aim on having both is to travel fulltime with the fifth wheel in the UK during the summer, then store the fifth wheel in England and use the truck camper in Europe during the winter. The reason for this we like to go to out of the way places and it also keeps costs down on ferry fares and tolls etc.

    The new fifth wheel was chosen for the size and weight after having experience of the old one, which helped us a lot when chosing. We have gone all american, some have not, it is of course personal preference, what suits us does not necessarily suit others. We feel our choice of vehicle is built to do the job for towing a fifth wheel and we are very comfortable with it.

    We are more than happy to help with any other queiries you may have, however, we can not always get wifi on our travels. We will be back in the UK middle of October, but please pm us if you need anything further and we'll help all we can.

    Nigel and Pamala
  6. Landy lover

    Landy lover Funster Life Member

    Jul 11, 2009
    Hi and welcome

    I agree with all that has been said on here and would say that Sundowners were the ones to introduce us to this forum and we found it very usefull - we have been fulltiiming now for just over 2 years and would not change it . We started in a caravan while we waited for our fifth wheeler to be ready. We are still enjoying life and the freedom it offers. Most important is to plan your way in and ensure you have a good exit strategy if all goes wrong . There have been some excellent threads on here under 'Fulltiming' and 'Fifth wheel' sections - I would suggest that you read these through and come back with specifics as there is a wealth of knowledge (& many hours of reading:roflmto:) in those threads that highlight the pitfalls and worries as well as the pleasures of fulltiming and will not only give the pro and cons but many of the answers you will need.

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