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The MH / 5th wheel thing is definitely a personal preference and even your preference could change depending on your situation. “Big Foot” levers are a good thing on either a 5th wheel or motor home as commented already. They really make either much easier to set up. But there is no heavy lifting for either type of rig. But “heavy” could be based on your personal situation.
That said here’s a suggestion: Go to an RV dealer who sells 5th wheels. A lot of them, maybe even one that doesn’t sell motor homes. (You don’t want bias and “generally” MH cost more so they could be trying to make a bigger $$$ sale.) Then after you’ve “toured” a few 5th wheels, ask them to go get their truck and show you exactly how it works. That way you can see about the hitching and unhitching – setup, etc. Tell ‘em you need to know if you’re going to purchase one.
You could then try the same thing with a motor home dealer and ask them to show you about connecting and un-hitching a toad. (Tag along car.) I assume you will want one of those with the motor home.
This might give you a good idea about the procedure. Neither is “easier” as such, IMO. Both have their “issues” and it’s really a personal preference in most cases.
In my opinion, the water, sewer and power are no different between the two.
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Kathryn wrote:Do you have to unhitch your tow truck from the 5th wheel? For example, if you have a short overnight stay somewhere?
Kathryn wrote:Do you have to unhitch your tow truck from the 5th wheel? For example, if you have a short overnight stay somewhere? Also, is leveling procedure very different than with a MH? As in, more time-consuming?
Do you have to unhitch your tow truck from the 5th wheel? For example, if you have a short overnight stay somewhere? Also, is leveling procedure very different than with a MH? As in, more time-consuming?
In most cases, no, you don’t have to unhook assuming the rig is not too unlevel- mostly front to back. If you have to unhook, then you are really way off level IMO.
Left to right is almost never a problem when you’re connected. Front to back may require either extra “blocks” under the rear wheels and naturally dropping the “landing gear” and jacking up the front some regardless just to take some weight off the truck and get a little better stability. But it takes no more time than a MH in our experience for the same amount of “leveling.”
The MH vs. 5’er discussion – which is easier or faster – is an old one and the answer is neither. It just depends on each situation and your preference. I would rather unhook a truck than deal with a toad. I think it is easier. But that is personal preference and those with toads will naturally feel the differently and for them, they're correct as well.
Our 5’er has the same hydraulic leveling jacks as some MH and we level in “seconds” regardless of the conditions. But before that we used blocks and never had to unhook just to level.
If we don’t have to unhook, we can be setup in 20 minutes and that includes satellite. Unhooking takes about 5 minutes more, tops. Just not a big deal in anyway.