Friendly competion between friends.

I have a old friend Ive known for many many years,, and hes a Diehard Bumper puller or go home in shame type of guy. He hates,, and I do mean Hates 5th wheel RV's. He complains that they have sooooooo much wasted space and harder to pull,, very unstable when towing, etc.

Now mind you,, hes a retired truck driver,(lol). He brings up the subject that 5th wheel RV's waste so much space up front because the hitch goes up over the bed of the truck,, leaving a huge area underneath that could be valuable real estate.He also says having a front bedroom is the worst idea they have ever conceived, (his bumper pull is a front bedroom,, kinda redundant arguement if you ask me.) He also mentions it takes way to long to hook up a 5th wheel compared to bumper pull. So here comes the competition. I bet him dinner at a real classy food joint and even upt the aney and threw in super sizing the happy meal. So hes parked in front of his rig,, I in front of mine,

I blasted my portable air horn and the games began.. I started up my truck,, aligned the back of the truck with tail gate down and backed up,, right into the hitch with a nice click and lock,, I put the truck in park,, walk around to the back and flip the tailgate up,, grab the power cord,, plug it in, connect the break away switch, and put the safety pin in the hitch lock, I flip the power switch for the landing gear and whirrrrrr,, up they went,, I walk to the back of the 5th and use my power drill and retract my stabalizing jacks in the back, on both sides, and grab the wheel chocks,I put the chocks in the storage bin, and disconnect the power,, water and sewer ,, and stow them away,, I go inside and flip the switch for the slide out,, get it retracted,, I shut the front door, and blasted my horn,, All ready to roll.

I walk down and he has just got the hitch onto the hitch ball after numerous times backing up and trying to align the hitch and ball.

He was in the middle of getting out his torsion bars and sway bar. I said, come on ole man,,, times a ticking,, and he says you cant be done already,, and i said Im ready to be tearing up blacktop,, you still have to attach everything to your hitch, and disconnect your power,water and waste line,, not to mention, retract your stabalizer jacks and remove your chocks,,, He gave up and said,, well it would have gone faster if he had a couple helpers to help him line up the hitch and retract his stabalizers and disconnect his service lines,,

It was fun,,,  I dont mess around when its time to bug out so to speak,

BTW,, He still hates 5th wheel RV's,,,

BUT,, whether ya have a Bumper pull,a 5th wheel.or motorhome or a slide in camper,.... Its all fun when you get to take a road trip.

Each RV rig has its pro's and cons,, And as long as you can call it HOME wherever you Roam,, then thats all that counts.

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Comment by M K Wilkie on May 22, 2017 at 4:03pm
And maybe stopping to gas up some places.
Comment by Lakota Wolf on May 22, 2017 at 3:53pm

I also have an 85 Fun time  24 footer that I towed From Ca. to Michigan, to visit kids and grand kids and tow dollied a full size 4 door Lincoln behind the 5'er. You get some funny looks when your towing a car Backwards on a dolly,,lol.. As long as you have safety chains from the TOW vehicle back to the double,, your legal by Federal terms, Only drawback to doubles is backing up..lol

Comment by M K Wilkie on May 22, 2017 at 3:05pm
It's legal to tow behind a fifth wheel here in Michigan but We rarely see it. We have a 14' boat that would be fun to take but we usually only camp around Michigan for two nights at s time...two cats (and a feral) that we leave at home. But that might change with the bigger rig too.
Comment by Lakota Wolf on May 22, 2017 at 12:57pm

In all fairness,,,,,, ANY  RV   is the best to own,, Its each persons choice what they want,, To get it all spiffy=fied and glamyfied etc to their own comfort.To me,its all Gooderz.  I prefer a 5th due to the fact Im a FULL TIMER,, and when you full time,, You have to take what you own everywhere you go, And with a 5th wheel,, your ALLOWED to tow doubles. Mine being a pup trailer behind the ole 5'er. Now I have seen several bumper pullers tow doubles and actually get away with it,,, even though 46 states outlaw it, (Texas being one of them).Some farmer/ ranchers have been seen towing double bumper pulls and get away with it,, But I have talked with D.P.S (dept of public safety,highway patrol) and they say when they do come across and pull them over, its a $500 ticket AND impound of vehicle and trailers.And just recently they have cracked down on any and all trailers that are not safe,, as not having tail lights, turn signals, safety chains,, break away switches on double axles etc.. It was getting pretty bad, going down the road and seeing numerous trailers that should have been scraped being dragged down the road.

Comment by M K Wilkie on May 22, 2017 at 12:27pm
Hah! All of the reasons he cited are just the opposite of why people like fifth wheels. They are safer and easier to tow, generally have more storage (except ours!), and are easier to get ready to tow. But, they also cost more new. Ahhh, different strokes for different folks.
Comment by Dawn Michelle on May 21, 2017 at 8:08pm

As always, I got such a chuckle.  I like those front bedrooms - like going up to the loft!  All cozy like. Adds dimension.  Good feng shui.

Comment by Pat Daly on May 21, 2017 at 8:26am

Well, that was quite a contest. Remember 5ers often leaving us in the dust with my bumper pull as I was still struggling with the dang stabilizer bars and the pins dropped in the mud or snow while they headed down the road...  

Comment by Rich Thomas on May 20, 2017 at 2:12pm

I've never been lucky enough to have a camp site to have sewer and water hook ups so that's a task I can scratch off the old list. My biggest hold up on a pull out is leveling material. I'm a bit anal when it comes to leveling. The upswing though is I threw out the cord of treated lumber and got the lago stackers. less weight and works great but even with that I would say it would be an interesting race with a 5-er. As always, an interesting read.

 

Comment by Russ Johnson on May 20, 2017 at 12:24am
Oh come on now. We motor home people are not all that forgetful. LOL and we don't have to roll up stabilizer jacks. That stiff suspension doesn't rock much. So did you get cheese on your happy meal? Fun things to do while in camp.
Comment by Lakota Wolf on May 19, 2017 at 11:17pm

Have to add, this,,, Motorhomes are even quicker,, it just involves, turning the key and varoom, go go gadget mobile,,, we will get a new water hose and sewer line at the next stop, and dont worry about the power cord,, it will stretch a little then un;plug and just dangle behind us,,

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