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Old 10-16-2022, 06:09 PM   #21
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I am experienced both trailer types. The 5th wheel is by far my favorite! It is an easy tow. I had the best tow bar on my pull behind which kept the trailer pretty stable with minimal sway. A 5th wheel has no sway. They do chuck which is minimized if your hitch is properly adjusted. Connection time is greatly reduced with a 5th wheel. I had a Lance 27ft pull behind and upgraded to the Montana 2021 3121 Legacy 35ft with full solar.

I pulled both with my 2017 Silverado 2500 Duramax engine. (Duramax is a high torque engine giving the torque of a regular 1 ton truck) I would not even consider towing the 5th wheel with a 1/2 ton pick up truck besides weight issues, I doubt it could pull it up a steep hill. I upgraded this year to a 2022 Silverado 3500 with the Duramax engine. I have not had the opportunity to pull the trailer on any steep hills but expect it to take the hills easier than the 2500. Difference in gas milage has been 1-2 miles per gallon with the truck yet to be broken in. Love the new truck with the amazing cameras that make hitching up slick and easy with no spotter needed.

I have a short bed truck which is much easier to park and maneuver. With the short bed a super glide hitch is a must. It automatically moves forward and back to prevent the trailer from going through your back window. Other hitches require manual adjustment any time you are making a tight turn. From what I have read they are a pain to adjust and if you forget there goes the window.

I have not owned a dually. Based upon my research and friends and family that have owned them, they are harder to park in standard parking spaces. If one tire goes needs to be replaced, you must replace all 4. I have never felt either of my trucks feeling unstable or any need of the dual tires.

Parking depends on driver skills. I have easily parked my 5th wheel in tight small places that I am told I can't fit in.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-16-2022, 06:53 PM   #22
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My simple answer is a fifth wheel tows, turns and backs up much better then a bumper pull. I traded my 30' Cougar for a 34' Montana. I can park this in just about any camp ground. At 12000 lbs it tows amazingly with my 2020 GMC 2500. I know I'm slightly over tongue weight but it works well with plenty of power and stability. I get a solid 10 MPG about the same as my bumper pull. I could feel sway when passing big rigs with the Cougar but zero with the Monty.
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