texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Tywillbowhunter, TXGWP86, cowie14, Kerry Prudhomme, T.M.G.
65289 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 93,011
bill oxner 54,608
stxranchman 54,522
SnakeWrangler 45,611
RKHarm24 44,583
rifleman 44,430
BMD 41,029
Big Orn 37,484
txshntr 35,550
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics430,648
Posts9,256,521
Members65,289
Most Online16,728
Mar 25th, 2012
Print Thread
Pull behind or 5th wheel? #7518858
05/24/19 02:37 AM
05/24/19 02:37 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 313
Haslet, Tx.
T
tuf-duc Offline OP
Bird Dog
tuf-duc  Offline OP
Bird Dog
T

Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 313
Haslet, Tx.
I've owned a pull behind travel trailer for the last 10 years and I'm thinking of moving to a 5th wheel. Having never pulled a 5th wheel I'm curious if they pull better than the travel trailer or not. I know wind can sometimes be a bear when pulling the pull behind. Just looking for opinions.


Be the same Man on Monday that you are on Sunday
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7519139
05/24/19 03:07 PM
05/24/19 03:07 PM
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 30,561
Texas
R
redchevy Online content
THF Celebrity
redchevy  Online Content
THF Celebrity
R

Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 30,561
Texas
If properly set up I don't think there is much difference. Properly set up weight distribution makes a huge difference when using a bumper pull, especially if your truck is on the lighter side.

I backed trailers since a while before I could drive and it took a little getting use to with a GN/5th wheel but not bad. I wouldn't move to a 5th wheel just to move to one, but I wouldn't shy away from it if you have the truck to pull it and it fits your wants/needs.


It's hell eatin em live
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7519183
05/24/19 03:49 PM
05/24/19 03:49 PM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 267
Huntsville, Texas
P
phathawg Online content
Bird Dog
phathawg  Online Content
Bird Dog
P

Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 267
Huntsville, Texas
I think a bumper pull would leave more room in the truck bed for gear.


There's only 2 seasons in a year. Deer season and getting ready for deer season.
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7519410
05/24/19 09:01 PM
05/24/19 09:01 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,888
K
krmitchell Online content
Veteran Tracker
krmitchell  Online Content
Veteran Tracker
K

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,888
Keep in mind that resale on bumper pulls is way better. 1500’s can’t pull a 5W and when you go to sell it you have 1/4 of the people that can actually pull it vs. a bumper pull. We’ve been looking at stepping up to a 5W as well but looking at prices I don’t want to get killed when we have to sell it

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7519416
05/24/19 09:12 PM
05/24/19 09:12 PM
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 4,239
New Braunfels, San Saba county
W
Wilhunt Online content
Extreme Tracker
Wilhunt  Online Content
Extreme Tracker
W

Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 4,239
New Braunfels, San Saba county
Have a fifth wheel for some time now. I think they pull better and definitely easier to back in tough situation, Most fifth wheel trailers seem to have heavier furniture. Larger interior in most cases. Most have steps which you use getting in then many have extra steps up to the bedroom. Value is like anything else, clean well maintained trailers sell faster and for more money

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7519526
05/25/19 12:14 AM
05/25/19 12:14 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 973
Hunt county
B
Black Duck Dog Online content
Tracker
Black Duck Dog  Online Content
Tracker
B

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 973
Hunt county
Had both the 5 th wheel is the best at pulling without a doubt !!!!!!

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: Black Duck Dog] #7519565
05/25/19 01:19 AM
05/25/19 01:19 AM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 2,204
Flower Mound, TX
CharlieCTx Online content
Veteran Tracker
CharlieCTx  Online Content
Veteran Tracker

Joined: May 2013
Posts: 2,204
Flower Mound, TX
Originally Posted by Black Duck Dog
Had both the 5 th wheel is the best at pulling without a doubt !!!!!!


What this ^ guy said.

What's your tow vehicle?


Charlie

Kel-Tec RFB + Griffin Sportsman Ultra Light 300 + Pulsar Apex XQ-50
M&P-10 + AAC Cyclone
Remy 700 + Leupold VX3 3.5x10x50 CDS
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7519613
05/25/19 02:24 AM
05/25/19 02:24 AM
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 648
N. Dallas/Sulphur Bluff
B
bronco71 Online content
Tracker
bronco71  Online Content
Tracker
B

Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 648
N. Dallas/Sulphur Bluff
Also depends on bed length. For proper weight distribution a 5W hitch should be over or slightly forward of the rear axle. A short bed usually requires a hitch extension placing the weight behind the axle which doesn't ride as good. My tundra has a "long" 6.5 foot short bed and the camper barely clears the cab without an extension. I think the 5W trailers pull much better, can be jackknifed into tight places and have more useable space since one bed is over the bed/hitch. Tow rating is usually higher for a 5W vs. a bumper pull also

Last edited by bronco71; 05/25/19 02:25 AM.
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7519627
05/25/19 02:48 AM
05/25/19 02:48 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 313
Haslet, Tx.
T
tuf-duc Offline OP
Bird Dog
tuf-duc  Offline OP
Bird Dog
T

Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 313
Haslet, Tx.
Im currently driving a Tundra with a 10K towing capacity. Never do believe vehicle manufacturers on tow ratings. With the new pull behinds these days and multiple slideouts those trailers are starting to get 8K lbs plus. Some 10K. Might have to go to a 3/4 ton just for the added towing capacity.


Be the same Man on Monday that you are on Sunday
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7520271
05/26/19 01:46 PM
05/26/19 01:46 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 4,317
Carrollton/ Young, Blanco coun...
R
Rustler Online content
Extreme Tracker
Rustler  Online Content
Extreme Tracker
R

Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 4,317
Carrollton/ Young, Blanco coun...
Another consideration is how often do you pull your RV and short / more local trips or just about anywhere regardless of distance.

A fifth wheel set up distributes the weight over the rear axle and the steering axle giving you a far more stable towing experience. Easier to set up correctly and hook & unhook trailer.
Any difference in how they drive & manuver you'll become accustom to rapidly.
Many newer 5th wheels come with an air ride / air dampened pin plate and a few different air dampened hitch parts are available aftermarket which substantially improve tow vehicle ride quality.
I much prefer fifth wheel or gooseneck to tongue pull type trailers.

For TT tongue pull, a weight distribution hitch with sway control helps considerably.
The very best of the weight distr / sway control hitches is a Hensley Arrow with a price tag to match.
They are a big step up from a typical / low cost wd/sway hitch, if you want to go anywhere coast to coast border to border or tow mid to long distances frequently they are well worth the price.

They key to either is to get the tow vehicle and trailer set up correctly.

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7521174
05/27/19 09:57 PM
05/27/19 09:57 PM
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 1,608
Lewisville/ Red River County
onlysmith&wesson Online content
Pro Tracker
onlysmith&wesson  Online Content
Pro Tracker

Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 1,608
Lewisville/ Red River County
Pull behind, for resale ease.


An unethical shot is one you take, that you know you shouldn't.
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: bronco71] #7521203
05/27/19 10:28 PM
05/27/19 10:28 PM
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 14,406
Forney, Tx
B
BigPig Online content
THF Celebrity
BigPig  Online Content
THF Celebrity
B

Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 14,406
Forney, Tx
Originally Posted by bronco71
Also depends on bed length. For proper weight distribution a 5W hitch should be over or slightly forward of the rear axle. A short bed usually requires a hitch extension placing the weight behind the axle which doesn't ride as good. My tundra has a "long" 6.5 foot short bed and the camper barely clears the cab without an extension. I think the 5W trailers pull much better, can be jackknifed into tight places and have more useable space since one bed is over the bed/hitch. Tow rating is usually higher for a 5W vs. a bumper pull also


That’s wrong. The hitch extension still places the weight on the ball, which as you stated is on top of or slightly in front of the rear axle. Extension or not, the weight is still on the ball

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7521204
05/27/19 10:28 PM
05/27/19 10:28 PM
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 14,406
Forney, Tx
B
BigPig Online content
THF Celebrity
BigPig  Online Content
THF Celebrity
B

Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 14,406
Forney, Tx
Originally Posted by tuf-duc
Im currently driving a Tundra with a 10K towing capacity. Never do believe vehicle manufacturers on tow ratings. With the new pull behinds these days and multiple slideouts those trailers are starting to get 8K lbs plus. Some 10K. Might have to go to a 3/4 ton just for the added towing capacity.


If you go above the manufacturers weight rating, trust me the Hwy Patrol will love you

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: BigPig] #7521247
05/27/19 11:50 PM
05/27/19 11:50 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,888
K
krmitchell Online content
Veteran Tracker
krmitchell  Online Content
Veteran Tracker
K

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,888
Originally Posted by BigPig
Originally Posted by tuf-duc
Im currently driving a Tundra with a 10K towing capacity. Never do believe vehicle manufacturers on tow ratings. With the new pull behinds these days and multiple slideouts those trailers are starting to get 8K lbs plus. Some 10K. Might have to go to a 3/4 ton just for the added towing capacity.


If you go above the manufacturers weight rating, trust me the Hwy Patrol will love you


Not to mention if you ever get into a wreck and someone figures out you are over the weight rating, you are going to pay for it in court.

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: Rustler] #7521634
05/28/19 05:25 PM
05/28/19 05:25 PM
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 14,565
Rockport, Tx.
skinnerback Online content
THF Celebrity Chef
skinnerback  Online Content
THF Celebrity Chef

Joined: May 2011
Posts: 14,565
Rockport, Tx.
Originally Posted by Rustler


For TT tongue pull, a weight distribution hitch with sway control helps considerably.
The very best of the weight distr / sway control hitches is a Hensley Arrow with a price tag to match.
They are a big step up from a typical / low cost wd/sway hitch, if you want to go anywhere coast to coast border to border or tow mid to long distances frequently they are well worth the price.




You got that right! I've got a new 35' bumper pull that I recently towed from Rockport to Houston, just hooked to the ball of my F-350. This camper will not get moved again without a weight distribution hitch with sway bars, about pinched a hole in my seat!

Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7525894
06/03/19 03:38 PM
06/03/19 03:38 PM
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 30,561
Texas
R
redchevy Online content
THF Celebrity
redchevy  Online Content
THF Celebrity
R

Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 30,561
Texas
Weight distribution hitch makes a huge difference in control and stopping of a bumper pull TT. Towed our 30-footer with my 1/2 ton, took a couple attempts to get the setup correct, but it is absolutely night and day difference.


The big thing with towing TT's is the wind not the weight. Your not going to notice a 6000 lb TT is much easier to tow or get much better fuel mileage with it than an 8000 TT.

If your truck is rated at 10,000 lbs and well maintained I wouldn't be concerned towing an 8000 lb TT with it. Set it up correctly, maintain it well, and drive respectably and you will be fine. If I was going be anywhere near that 8000 lb number I would definitely not want the P tires that come stock on 1/2 ton pickups and I would want to take it to a CAT scale or similar to properly set up the weight distribution, do it right once and it makes a huge difference in handling! There are probably a bunch of video's on how to do it on youtube.


It's hell eatin em live
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7553736
07/11/19 10:44 AM
07/11/19 10:44 AM
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 83
dallas, tx
W
WendlingKnives Online content
Outdoorsman
WendlingKnives  Online Content
Outdoorsman
W

Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 83
dallas, tx
We also went from a bumper to 5er. More room and tows better, especially when looking at 30+ feet with a toyhauler


Follow on facebook for current builds https://www.facebook.com/WendlingKnives
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: tuf-duc] #7556559
07/15/19 01:51 PM
07/15/19 01:51 PM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,014
Gilmer
B
Big_Country01 Online happy
Veteran Tracker
Big_Country01  Online Happy
Veteran Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,014
Gilmer
How much time do you actually spend in your trailer and how much time does it sit not being used?


Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: BigPig] #7557415
07/16/19 04:57 AM
07/16/19 04:57 AM
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 662
R
regularguy11B Online content
Tracker
regularguy11B  Online Content
Tracker
R

Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 662
Originally Posted by BigPig
Originally Posted by tuf-duc
Im currently driving a Tundra with a 10K towing capacity. Never do believe vehicle manufacturers on tow ratings. With the new pull behinds these days and multiple slideouts those trailers are starting to get 8K lbs plus. Some 10K. Might have to go to a 3/4 ton just for the added towing capacity.


If you go above the manufacturers weight rating, trust me the Hwy Patrol will love you



That is a fact. They are really getting after anything that even looks like a hot shot these days too. DOT cracking down on hot shot drivers out of regs.


-Bryan
Re: Pull behind or 5th wheel? [Re: Big_Country01] #7561162
07/21/19 07:11 AM
07/21/19 07:11 AM
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 83
dallas, tx
W
WendlingKnives Online content
Outdoorsman
WendlingKnives  Online Content
Outdoorsman
W

Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 83
dallas, tx
Originally Posted by Big_Country01
How much time do you actually spend in your trailer and how much time does it sit not being used?

Spends a lot more time not being used, but sure is nice to have at the lease and to go explore Texas state parks and such instead of sitting in a hotel room


Follow on facebook for current builds https://www.facebook.com/WendlingKnives
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1