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Old 09-28-2008, 08:10 AM   #1
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Anyone thought of 5th wheel?

Just curious if anyone else considered a 5th wheel? We have an 07 27FBSE and love it. Only thing I don't like is the bathroom, shower a little snug and the loo I have to leave the door open. Better than out Bambi though.

The other nice thing would be an extra bedroom. Bed time we can toss the little one in and not have to do the late night switcheroo.

Anyway, popped into local dealer out of curiosity and had a quick look. Hideous!

They're huge, decorated for "old" people, not overly well made. The only one that really compared was the Mobile Suites but they're HUGE money.

So what are other folks thoughts?
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:30 AM   #2
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No thanks to 5er's....

Well we are back from our 16 day, 2,000klm adventure up North which included nights at Kilbear, Algonquin, Arrowhead, Grundy Lake, Killarney, and Oasler Bay Provincial parks.

My bh usually doesn't notice towing issues but we came up behind another RV and she commented on how it was swaying and getting slapped around by wind gusts. We passed the slower moving rig and was surprised to see it was about a 24' 5er towed by a pick up. Normally the 5er's are very stable in straight line towing but this one was struggling at 90K/h with the buffeting and wind issues. Ironically, we easily passed this rig with our car and Airstream towing at 100kph without any sway issues or handling concerns.

On our first day out we got 18.5 MPG (IMP) and averaged over 16 MPG towing for the whole trip. With a 5er it is tough to get those kinds of numbers.

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Old 09-28-2008, 08:58 AM   #3
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Hi guys, still riding the bikes a lot? We met a couple years back at Science Hill when we had the Bambi. My daughter still has the little bell...

Hope to run into you again some time.
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:46 AM   #4
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Not all fivers are decorated for "old" people. I've seen some with modern European decor. By the way, that's an accusation made of Airstreams, especially of the Classic models.

A two-bedroom Airstream would be fine for those who'd be willing to stay in bed all day on a rainy day, including having to eat off TV trays from the bed. Here's a two bedroom version of your 27' trailer (with a little length stolen out of the front bedroom).
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:11 AM   #5
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Hey Maurice
Our 27fter is two bed rooms One in the front and one in the rear next to the BR.
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:16 AM   #6
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I recall Airstream made some and I think in one model, one of the twins could have a bunk above it.
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:37 AM   #7
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Check this one out. Definitely not OLD FOLKS decoration. Have seen one in person and they are very nice looking.
We traded a 29ft 5th wheel for our Airstream 25FB SE in February. The main drawback with the 5er was the height. At almost 13ft tall, it limited the side roads and parks we could get to. Hubby likes towing the AS much better.
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:27 PM   #8
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Hi guys, still riding the bikes a lot? We met a couple years back at Science Hill when we had the Bambi. My daughter still has the little bell...

Hope to run into you again some time.
For sure!

Yes we recall the Science Hill meet. I asked you if you were the famous rock star from Toronto. The bh says she was thinking of you folks for some reason just last week. I think she was looking for the "bell" and forgot she gave it away..lol. We actually got to Science Hill a couple months ago for a quiet weekend with the Grandson. St. Mary's had the harvest festival going on then.

Still recall your cool Bambi and diesel Rover.

Yes gowyn we are still on the bikes a lot. We did 35k this AM along the Hamilton beach strip.
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:28 PM   #9
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For me, the height, both interior and exterior, is the best AND worst part of the 5th wheel format.

The best, becasue at my height (5'17") I can use everything there is in height and then some. The first thing I noticed about the few 5ers I have seen was that I could stand up in almost all of the trailer.

But on the downside, they act like a kite when they move. In fact, they look like them too, when you approach form the opposite direction on the road. Big, huge displacement of air to drag around everywhere, can't be good for mileage.

Gowyn, I wouldn't worry about the "switch around" procedure, it takes care of itself very quickly. In the blink of an eye they won't need that any more because they'll be asking for the car keys and a few bucks for gas...

Road Ruler, we've been to all those camps and more, but tenting. I can't wait to get back to them all, wrapped in aluminum instead of canvas (or nylon I guess tents are today).

Not as remote a park, but one we love to camp at and boat on is Six Mile Lake in Muskoka. Great fishing, and a very complete and clean camp.

In fact, the one and only drawback for us to go from tent to trailer is that no matter what, unless we get foolish enough to take two TVs, we will have to leave our boat at home when we go camping. Big issue for us, not sure how it will work out.

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Old 09-28-2008, 04:12 PM   #10
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Big bang for the buck, but I have yet to hear anyone say: "Wow, look at the vintage fifth wheel!"

They carnies must dispose of them somewhere?

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Hello... We sold our 26" Argosy and bought a 30 5th wheel with 2 slides.... Loved it at first for the room BUT it felt like a monster going done the road took longer to set up , and felt like a mountain goat going up and done the stairs in and out .... sold it and we are now back with another Argosy 30' and love it ... will never go back...
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:01 PM   #13
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5th wheel Airstreams

Remember folks Airstream made 5th wheel trailer.
In 1988 they made the Argose 5th wheel and then in 1989 they made the same trailer as an Airstream.Both are nice units but only about 150 where made and only about 5 with a slide out.You can find info on them on this forum under trailer forums then click squarestream.
Airstream tride the 5th wheel market again in 1996/97 with the Integrity,that some say was just a rebaged Dutchman.Info on this unit is also on the trailer forum of the air forums under Integrity 5th Wheels.
The Airstream park at Show Low Arizona has one squarestream TT,a Airstream 5th wheel and a Integrity 5th if any of you are in the area and want to see them.Note the park is closed mid Oct. till the 1st of May.
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:29 PM   #14
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A 5th wheel was the first thing we looked at when we realized a pop-up wasn't going to be our ticket back into camping. However, we gagged and shielded our eyes upon entering that very spacious abode (slide outs galore.)
Discouraged, we saw a little lozenge thing in a showroom (don't remember what it was called) and the salesman said something like "that's an attempt to emulate an Airstream."
That did it. We'd seen Airstreams, we loved the look, but most of all we loved the simplicity of the design. So we were off to explore. And boy did our brains fall out when we saw all that aluminum beauty at a local Airstream dealer. It was so clearly what we were looking for--and it didn't take long for our Rollertoaster to become our #1 source of fun.
You chose well!
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