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Difference between a fifth wheel and a travel trailer

Travel trailers and fifth-wheels have a lot of similarities – both are towed and are means to outdoor adventure. However, there are several important distinctions between them. If you’re having trouble deciding between a fifth-wheel and a travel trailer, come see us at All Seasons RV. We can help guide you in the direction that is best for your lifestyle and travel dreams!

The Hitch

The hitch is one of the primary differences between a travel trailer and a fifth-wheel. A travel trailer attaches to the bumper of the towing vehicle, while the fifth-wheel connects to the bed of a truck with a jaw hitch. The jaw hitch leads to greater stability. In addition, a fifth-wheel trailer hitch is often easier for one person to manipulate on his own.

The layout

A fifth-wheel offers more square footage, and with that square footage, more storage space. However, the single level of the travel trailer is more accessible for people with disabilities. In addition, the travel trailer has a lower roof height, so the chance of catching your trailer on something while driving is decreased.

Tow vehicle required

If you’re wanting to travel with an SUV, which provides more space for passengers, then a travel trailer is the way to go. A fifth-wheel requires a truck to be towed.

Towing Size

A travel trailer is lighter than a fifth-wheel, which means less strain on your vehicle, as well as better gas mileage. However, the tow set-up of the fifth-wheel gives greater control over the vehicle when driving.

Trip length

If you like to take longer excursions, the fifth-wheel is probably the best option for you. A fifth-wheel has larger waster and fresh water tanks, which means a longer getaway for you.

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