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Hi,
awhile ago I had posted a question about towing a 5th wheel with our Titan and had gotten mixed reviews. Everyone was very helpful whether you were for it or against it. Those of you who had responded to my post will most likely know that we had decided to trade in the TT and get the 5th wheel. I would like to share our first experience traveling with it this past weekend.

WOW! Titan is under-rated! My husband and I didn't even know it was attatched to our truck. A couple of times I had to look back to make sure we didn't lose it somewhere down the road.. lol

We have a 2008 Titan 4x4 4 door crew cab (short box) Big Tow. The only mod's we made on the truck itself were buying E rated tires.
We also purchased the 12K Pullrite Slider Hitch which is super sweet! We get about a 70degree turn radius. We don't use the camper for 'camping' so we don't have a problem getting in and out of spots. We use her at Nascar races and all the spots we park in are straight in and out.

Our first trip was to the Richmond race this weekend. It is about a 3 hour drive for us. I can say that we used a little less gas that we would normally have used pulling our TT which was nice. I was a little worried about some of the 'hills'. Even though they are not 'mountains', some of the inclines on 95 south tend to be lengthy. Not a problem! We rolled at about 70 mph which was the speed limit and once in awhile up an incline she'd drop to about 60mph. If my husband wanted to keep the 70mph he'd give her a little gas.
RPM's stayed at 2.5 which is where it was with the TT. She would go up to 3 or 3.5 RPMs every once in awhile if he pushed it up the hill, but was not often at all. Used the Tow Mode the whole time of course. Heat/Cold gaige on Titan never wavered!!

We didn't haul with any water on the way down. We have city connection once we get there. We did travel with 1/3 full black tank and gray on the way back. Didn't feel a big difference.

Since hubby always tows and I give orders and panic and stress the whole time.. lol he said it felt alot better pulling the 5th wheel!

Normally when we traveled with our TT hubby would stay in the left most lane (fast lane) most of the time depending on traffic, just because of sway and cars coming onto the highway interferring with our cruise. With the 5th Wheel he was able to stay in the center 90% of the trip with NO sway AT ALL! He said he couldn't believe it, that he would NEVER be able to drive in the center like that especially with 18 wheelers rolling next to you.

All in all, I have to say I'm very pleased with the Titan and our 5th wheel! We load her light and mostly in the rear. We will use her 5 times per year with the farthest travel 3 hours from home.

Oh, We had some looks. One guy behind us at the welcome center when we were dumping coudn't believe we were hauling a 5th wheel. He said when he saw us blow past him his mouth dropped. He said that the set up looked awesome and he couldn't believe that little truck was pulling that. :)

This other guy walked past our 5th wheel while we were parked at the race and he was just standing there.. I could only see his legs from my position and I didn't know what he was doing. So I called out.. Sir is everything ok? He goes.. oh yeah.. Are you pulling this with that? I'm just trying to read the weights here. I go oh, yes we are.. he goes WOW.. I have an 18,000lb toy hauler and I have to pull her with a dueley. I was like oh, well the 5th only weighs 7600. It was like pulling a feather behind us. He was just in shock!
LOVED IT!!

anyways.. We take her out again on the 13th for Dover.. This trip is an easy one since it's close to home and all flat! So looking forward to all the looks and comments again. All positive stuff so far!

Hope my trip report helps those who may be considering a 5th wheel. Just keep her light and pack right. Be safe!
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Thanks
Teri
 

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What model number is that again?

Congrats on a successful first journey.
 

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Last year I was at a welding/auto repair shop getting my car repaired. On the side a fabricator was trying to install a 5th wheel hitch into a 99-2000 S10. Yeah, there was a lot of grinding, hacking, cutting, welding and cursing going on. But hey, the S-10's owner said he knew it seemed silly, but he was towing one of the smallest 5th wheels around, and it is the safest way to max out your rig. Well, that's what he said.

I towed our 18' Larson OB all season last year with a 1997 Maxima. I got a lot of looks too, honestly that Maxima handled 3000 pound boat better than you'd think, and she was still fast....

I would never doubt the Titan, besides a Titan is not small...

Your setup looks real nice....I hope to get a nice toy like that some day!
 
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I love seein' T's towing giant loads like that :D

Looks great, and congrats on the first trip!
 
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Nice read and gratz
 
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As a comparison, what was the make and model of the Travel Trailer you previously towed?

I had kind of given up on towing a 5th wheel that met our requirements (slide, rear bunks), but your glowing report has rekindled my interest in Fivers.
 

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As a comparison, what was the make and model of the Travel Trailer you previously towed?

I had kind of given up on towing a 5th wheel that met our requirements (slide, rear bunks), but your glowing report has rekindled my interest in Fivers.
Well... we've actually had two TT's previously. The first one was a 33ft Kingsport 33RBKS. We HATED IT! It was a really cheap camper. It looked nice but all in all we found out it was poorly made. Also it had quad bunks in the rear which really dragged down the road! We didn't even have that camper for 6 months or so. We only used the bunk area one time with the kids and every other time we used it as a dressing area. It just seemed like wasted space to us. We do usually have either another couple or my daughter and her boyfriend come to the races with us but we just use the couch/bed now which is fine! We told ourselves to trade it before we go upside down!

We ended up getting a 2008 31RKS Jayco. I loved it. Had a huge side window with two swivel rockers. Rear kitchen and nice open bathroom off the master bedroom. Very nice! I think it weight just over 8000. It towed real nice but we've always wanted a 5th wheel. We had the Jayco for about 2 years. I opened it up when I was cleaning it out and told my husband. There is NOTHING wrong with this camper! I was still trying to convince him to keep it.. lol I lost that battle as you can see. lol

When we first got the Kingsport we were actually looking at the 5th wheels but becuase our truck was brand spankin' new my hubby said no way does he want holes drilled into a new bed PLUS pay $3000 for a hitch! So I guess since she's 3 years old now it didn't seem so bad doing it. The Pullrite Slider hitch is really nice. Heavy and a beast but nice. It's amazing the things people think of inventing. We do spray the tracks down with silicone before each use which was recommended and we also keep it covered. The only downside to the 5th wheel and hitch is you lose your bed space. We use to put our generator, bikes, gas cans, coolers all in the bed. Now we load them into the back door or rear of the 5th wheel, which isn't too bad, but still. We do still keep the gas cans in the bed. Once in each corner by the back window.

Hitching and unhitching is a cinch! Even though we had an electric jack on both our TT's it was still a pain getting the sway bars out and putting them on and this and that. Now we just back up and lock.. SO EASY!
If you get the right 5th wheel it can be done. Just make sure she's light enough so your not putting too much weight on your rear axels. I think we are right at max with this one.

There are smaller 5th wheels than the one we have so if you were to just look around I'm sure you'd find something that suits your needs.
I like this one becuase when I pack her up I don't have to put the slide out to get to the kitchen. I can access everything without letting out either slide. Plus I still have my big window (in the rear) with 2 leather lazy boy rocker recliners!

We live in a residental neighbor hood (townhouse) so we don't have our own driveway and since we park her on the side of the road in the common area we really can't put the slide out into the traffic. If we know we have to get in there with the slide out we park her the oposite way which is fine, but still a hassle. Can't wait to sell this place and get a single family home with our own drive way. Pain in the rear getting the camper from the storage lot when we need to use it.

anywho... you can also do a search on here for other 5th wheel owners. That's what I did. I just sent them private messages to ask their experiences and most of them replied back to me.

Good luck to ya!
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Holy crap that's nice! How much does something like that cost?

If I had one of those to tow with my Titan, it would blow my wife's mind that you can cart something like that around...that's going out in style!

Oh yeah, and BTW, when you get a single fam home, please avoid homeowners association at all costs! Nothing worse than having a HOA meddling with your SFR!
 

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Holy crap that's nice! How much does something like that cost?

If I had one of those to tow with my Titan, it would blow my wife's mind that you can cart something like that around...that's going out in style!

Oh yeah, and BTW, when you get a single fam home, please avoid homeowners association at all costs! Nothing worse than having a HOA meddling with your SFR!
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lol... We got it at the RV show in March. Not sure I want to disclose the price.. lol let's just say we got a good deal on it.

We have HOA here where I live now and I can't stand them. We've had a neighbor complain about the camper being parked across from him in the common area but we went to the city and they said we were fine as long as it wasn't parked for more than 10 days which it never is. We bring her home, clean her up and pack her a day or so before we leave. Then have her home after our trip for another day then take it back to storage. He said we were blocking his view.. Give me a break! He's just jealous!
 

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I live in an HOA as well...Kinda hate it! A buddy that lives across from me has a small fishing boat, 15 horse motor on it, enough for 3 of us to spend a day out on the lake comfortably, and he got complaints because he kept it in the driveway, but we used it every weekend. They claimed it was an eyesore to the community. The dude is going to be really pissed when his boat shows back up from being parked at his father inlaws (2 states away), and his 76 vette gets pushed into the driveway for a couple weeks as he rebuilds the motor in the thing and cleans up the garage a bit! Not impressed with the landscaping, snow removal. Just overall could do without it! Nice camper though! I think if I ever get a camper it's either going to be a hard sided pop up, or what I really want is an Airstream. BTW, What is there a "view" of that you could possibly block?
 

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I live in an HOA as well...Kinda hate it! A buddy that lives across from me has a small fishing boat, 15 horse motor on it, enough for 3 of us to spend a day out on the lake comfortably, and he got complaints because he kept it in the driveway, but we used it every weekend. They claimed it was an eyesore to the community. The dude is going to be really pissed when his boat shows back up from being parked at his father inlaws (2 states away), and his 76 vette gets pushed into the driveway for a couple weeks as he rebuilds the motor in the thing and cleans up the garage a bit! Not impressed with the landscaping, snow removal. Just overall could do without it! Nice camper though! I think if I ever get a camper it's either going to be a hard sided pop up, or what I really want is an Airstream. BTW, What is there a "view" of that you could possibly block?
At our HOA we have 15 rental homes, all do not pay dues. The renters drag race their crappy cars and trucks w/loud exhausts on our residential streets with kids. All the while, I get reminders to keep up on my yard and don't forget to put the trash bins away! How can I keep up my yard when my neighbor's rental yard is 90% dandelions and trying to take over mine?

We had a big November windstorm, an HOA tree fell onto my property destroying my fence. I had to take a day off work and fix my fence, I sent the HOA a bill for my fence and they said "so sorry, act of God, oh and BTW you are now late on your dues so we are changing the RV gate keys and charging you a $100 penalty a month" They can KISS MY A55! I put the boat in my driveway (big no-no here) so they couldn't lock it up and I will stop maintaining my home (it's at the main entrance!) and let it look like a rental, and I am going to buy a new house and rent this one out and never pay my dues....

Hey TERIMD, come on don't be shy, give me a ball-park range on that bad boy! I'm curious, to me it looks like a $40K+ rig
 

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At our HOA we have 15 rental homes, all do not pay dues. The renters drag race their crappy cars and trucks w/loud exhausts on our residential streets with kids. All the while, I get reminders to keep up on my yard and don't forget to put the trash bins away! How can I keep up my yard when my neighbor's rental yard is 90% dandelions and trying to take over mine?

We had a big November windstorm, an HOA tree fell onto my property destroying my fence. I had to take a day off work and fix my fence, I sent the HOA a bill for my fence and they said "so sorry, act of God, oh and BTW you are now late on your dues so we are changing the RV gate keys and charging you a $100 penalty a month" They can KISS MY A55! I put the boat in my driveway (big no-no here) so they couldn't lock it up and I will stop maintaining my home (it's at the main entrance!) and let it look like a rental, and I am going to buy a new house and rent this one out and never pay my dues....

Hey TERIMD, come on don't be shy, give me a ball-park range on that bad boy! I'm curious, to me it looks like a $40K+ rig

Our HOA is a joke! They don't even do snow removal, they just mow the common areas once in a while and they say the rest of the money goes in to funds for the retention pond in back of our house. O. K. whatever. Oh and the view we were blocking were the 50 foot trees.. hahaa.. so funny. He's just jealous that he's bought a house on the side of the street that backs to other houses and we have woods and a pond in the back of our house. I'm sure the camper and our 22ft pontoon make him jealous as well since he has a piece of crap truck!

We have some renters here too. Pisses me off our one neighbor who is military just moved and rented out his place. He said the ppl moving in was a young couple with a baby. ok cool. NOT.. they have SIX kids!! PLUS they threw food in my pool last weekend so I said something to them and she tried to tell me how petty that was? Really? Maybe to YOU.. ok told my other neighbor to save his dogs sh&t and let me throw it in their yard and then she can tell me how petty that is! I can't wait to move!!!

anyways.. getting off topic a bit with this.. lol
Well.. your close on the price. I can say it lists for 42 but like I said we got it at the RV show for 29. I thought that was fair for all it has.

2 leather lazy boy rocker/recliners, wood laminate flooring/carpet, super slide plus wardrobe slide, queen serta mattress, fan in bedroom skylight, Flat screen in living room, and flat screen in bedroom, game system hookup, counter extender, table extender, fold out couch with auto blow up mattress, Free standing table, Resin sinks with stainless steel fixtures, Kitchen sink has pull out nozzle(which I love), paneled fridge, stainless steel stove and hood, ceiling fan, electric jacks, heated underbelly, slideout awnings, Atrium windows in the dining area, Lazy Susan in the main cabinet, 2 bar stools, XM satelite radio, DVD/CD/Radio center, security lights, and my favorite....wait for it... a laundry shoot! YES! LOVE IT!


satisfied? lol
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Wow! HOA's are a joke. I'm glad I don't have to do the maintenance and such outside, but considering how much these dudes get paid, it would be nice to see them take some care with their job. Oh well. I will say though, I'm a renter as well. I live in a college town, so everybody in our neighborhood pretty much rents. I think there is actually only 2 actual homeowners in the community. One is the president of the association crap, and the other is just a couple with a kid. I find it funny that furniture ends up on roofs, cars pretty much block every possible parking spot other than your direct driveway, I have to make a 4 point turn to get into mine, but yet they complain about a small boat being parked in the driveway. Oh well...

The trailer looks pretty nice though! We were looking at renting a 28' TT from one of the local RV places...Holy Moly! I could not believe how much they want for a week. I'm pretty sure I could make a monthly payment for the weekly rate. I also couldn't believe how much it runs for a week at a campground. I've contemplated purchasing one, but I still couldn't get over the cost of campgrounds. Maybe if we owned one we would have better ideas of places for better rates as well. Either way, enjoy!
 

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Great report, I knew you whould enjoy the 5th wheel.
 
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That was nice to see that it all worked out! .. :)
 
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