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.