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What id really like is to find someone that had a spot with hook ups that would rent to me by the month say in South Carolina etc...I could leave NY in the winter, park it for the winter in a warm area, not a crowded campground, then head back home for summer...
Would a 25 ft be a fifth wheel or a travel trailer ??
Id rather get a 3/4 ton than a 1/2 ton just to be sure it would handle the pull...
But the MH is still in my mind

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^ If this is your planned use, then it has 5ver or TT written all over it. Drag the trailer somewhere, park it/ use it long term in 1 spot, hook up when its time to go
Moho will work the same, but you’ll not be using it for the convienence of a moho. It’ll be a glorified trailer with an engine. If you were traveling all over the place, stopping short term, a moho and toad could be more convienent
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Plus if you have/want/need a pickup and use it as a daily driver as well, you’ll get by ALOT cheaper for a comparable or better 5ver than moho.

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so a 25 ft trailer, would that be a 5th or travel ??
And would a 3/4 ton Ford diesel be best to tow or gas or ???

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We've had both, still prefer a motorhome over a trailer. It's a snap to unhook or hookup a car. You can leave a motorhome in a store parking lot for the day and unhook car and go sight seeing or to your favorite restaurant without looking like you're camping. You always have a generator and can run your air-conditioner 24/7. If you have a dog it is necessary to have the air on if it's a hot day. My sister and her husband have a 5th wheel and many of times have to go to a fast food restaurant because she can't leave the dogs in the 5th Wheel. If we are traveling with them they puts their dogs in our motorhome. I would have a 5th Wheel if were parked permanently.


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Do you trust leaving the gen running with ax while you are gone ?? If it quit the dogs probably wouldn't do well

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luberhill wrote:

so a 25 ft trailer, would that be a 5th or travel ??
And would a 3/4 ton Ford diesel be best to tow or gas or ???


Has to mean Travel Trailer.
A 25' 5th wheel is rarer and way less room than a 25' TT. The 5th wheel is measured from nose to bumper, while a TT is measured from tongue to bumper.
The nose of a 5th wheel is longer than the TT tongue.


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jplante4 wrote:

I figured that it was easier to unhook a toad from a motor home that it was to unhook a 5er from a truck.
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It's about a wash to hook up.

With a 5th wheel, you just back the pickup onto the pin and it snaps in place. Lock it and pull the landing gear and you are done.

With a TOAD, not greatly different. Pull up to the back of the MH, go around attach the links, lock in place and you still have to pull up the MH stabilizers.

A TT is a little more as you have the torsion bars and sway control and you have to be more precise backing up to the trailer but even that is only maybe 2-3 minutes more effort once you get the hang of it.

Where a MH starts to be advantageous for moving frequently is if you get into the sub 25' units with no slides, no toad and you don't set up much at the campsite. There you can unplug and be on your way a little quicker but are you really under that much time pressure to save 10 minutes?


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luberhill wrote:

so a 25 ft trailer, would that be a 5th or travel ??
And would a 3/4 ton Ford diesel be best to tow or gas or ???


A 3/4 ton diesel would tow very nicely but is probably overkill for either.

A basic gas V8 1/2 ton will likely be enough. Check the ratings as they can vary quite a bit but the more capable 1/2 ton trucks could handle a 25' from either.

If you get up around 28-30', you probably want to consider a 3/4ton if you go 5th wheel. The key consideration is typically the pin weight for a 5th wheel. A gas engine is still very reasonable in this size range. This will typically have much more living space compared to a 29' MH where the cockpit eats up 4-5' of living space.

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Id rather have overkill than underkill [emoticon] Question, Ive always liked Ford, are they the truck of choice with most for pulling 5th wheels ?? And it looks like all the F250's have diesels, don't they use the V10 anymore ??
Isnt the diesel noisy going down the road ?? That constant roar...

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