Deciding Between a Fifth Wheel and Traditional Travel Trailer

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With so much to think about when deciding between a traditional travel trailer and a fifth wheel, I thought it would be a good idea to break down every little detail.

Fifth wheels can be an economically stable choice, while travel trailers are more spacious, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that – so let’s jump in and settle this once and for all.

Traditional Travel Trailer

Travel Trailers (or caravans) are used by millions of people all over the world every day. Whether you are interested in using the camper to tow some of your extra luggage, a nice and cozy place to sleep away from the elements, or even as a second bedroom – the general consensus is that they are fantastic.

For a traditional travel trailer, all you really need to set it up is a trailer hitch. You can find one of these things almost anywhere auto parts are sold, so finding one shouldn’t be too difficult. Unlike its fifth wheel counterpart, the travel trailer (or camper) can be towed and secured easily.

The only downside to having an easy hitch setup is the weight. Traditional travel trailers are often heavier than fifth wheels, and they can be troublesome to tow around comfortably. The fifth wheel requires a special hook system that connects to the bed of your truck for towing – meaning that you’ll be more secure in terms of towing. Some people think this is enough to pick the fifth wheel, so let’s dive a little deeper into fifth wheels to find out why that might not be true.

Fifth Wheel

Like I already said, the fifth wheel needs a specific attachment hitch that you might not be able to find on a moments notice, but never the less, it’s a secure connection.

Fifth wheels offer a little more space than traditional travel trailers, meaning that if you have to spend an extended amount of time within them, it’s a better idea to go with the fifth wheel. SOme fifth wheels even come equipped with a set of stairs that help you reach the upper level above the truck bed. This could offer you a more comfortable living experience.

When it comes to fuel economy, the fifth wheel is lacking. The traditional travel trailer is going to be your best bet if you’re trying to save money and fuel, but if you’re feeling like a big spender, then you should go with the fifth wheel. It’s a little hard to back up with – but not impossible. It just takes some getting used to.


If you’re thinking about buying a travel trailer and you’re short on cash, the traditional travel trailer would be the best option for you. Even if you’re not low on cash, but you don’t think that you’re going to be spending a ton of time in the camper – the travel trailer is still a great option.

The fifth wheel is a bit more luxurious, but it’s not easy to get around. If you’re looking for a temporary home to live in, then the fifth wheel should be calling to you.

It’s harder to get around than the travel trailer, but it’s worth the trouble. With multiple players to space and more space in general, the fifth wheel is the way to go. It just depends on who’s buying it.