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Newbie - 36ft vs 41ft fifth wheel

tourusa
Explorer
Explorer
Hi all, as I’m sure most of you have seen my posts on a separate thread and got a f350 dually and looking for a fifth wheel.

My question - towing a 36 ft fifth wheel vs a 39.5 ft upto 41 ft what are your experiences and is there much difference when you going long distance.
Currently coast to coast
F350 dually 2020
2020 Vanleigh Pinecrest 392MBP
B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 25,000 lbs
ITEM # BWRVK3305
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tourusa
Explorer
Explorer
Thanks for sure will be planning the next move from AZ
Currently coast to coast
F350 dually 2020
2020 Vanleigh Pinecrest 392MBP
B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 25,000 lbs
ITEM # BWRVK3305

JRscooby
Explorer II
Explorer II
tourusa wrote:
Apologies for the short response before - Hi the plan upto now is 3 weeks at each site thousand trails or naco, moving over the weekends from Florida across state , most of those site through researching can accommodate the larger fifth wheels


From what I have seen you might have better luck getting sites if you move Sunday-Wednesday

dedmiston
Moderator
Moderator
Lantley wrote:
What does the extra length really get you?


In our 45 footer it gets us a garage to haul our off-road car and/or two queen beds for our kids.

More square footage is pretty nice.

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Lantley
Nomad
Nomad
What does the extra length really get you?

More Room!
Doesn't matter what's outside the door if your living space is cramped.

For me the extra space makes the camping experience more like home vs. living in a smaller trailer. I don't need to manage every inch of my living space.
I can stretch out somewhat. I can go to another room if I like.
I can watch a different TV show if I like. I can stay out for weeks at a time and not feel like I have been roughing it in a trailer he whole time.

In the end the additional space allows for longer more comfortable trips
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toedtoes
Explorer III
Explorer III
The OP has bought their RV. 39ft.

They're happy.
1975 American Clipper RV with Dodge 360 (photo in profile)
1998 American Clipper Fold n Roll Folding Trailer
Both born in Morgan Hill, CA to Irv Perch (Daddy of the Aristocrat trailers)

Veebyes
Explorer II
Explorer II
What does the extra length really get you?

The fridge is the same size. The stove is the same size. The table is the same size. The sofa is the same size. You might get a larger TV. The swivel rockers will be the same size. The bed will be the same size. The tankage will be the same size.

What you will get is more floor space & perhaps more storage. What you will lose is the ability to get into some of the most beautiful CGs inside the most desired places to visit with an RV, the National Parks, which are notorious for not being accommodating to large rigs.
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tourusa
Explorer
Explorer
Agreed will have to skip the national parks and stick to TT and Naco or resorts thanks all advise is golden from this group
Currently coast to coast
F350 dually 2020
2020 Vanleigh Pinecrest 392MBP
B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 25,000 lbs
ITEM # BWRVK3305

TXiceman
Explorer
Explorer
toedtoes wrote:
TXiceman wrote:
Two issues with a longer 5er....
One is weight....... does the truck have sufficient payload to handle 20% of the trailers GVWR as pin weight and the truck is within the trucks GCWR'

Two is site lengthh ...the longer length will be limited in site availability.

Ken


The OP was looking at RVs 36 feet and greater. At those lengths, the limited campsite availability will be pretty much the same regardless of the actual lengths.

Now if the OP had been deciding between 28ft and 36ft, then campsite availability would have been a factor.


In newer parks, the site length is not such an issue, but in older parks, 35 foot was a big RV back when they were built, and they will not have room for a 40 foot plus 5er. So, length is a major issue in some parks and should not be overlooked. It depends on the area the where they plan to travel.

Ken
Amateur Radio Operator.
2023 Cougar 22MLS, toted with a 2022, F150, 3.5L EcoBoost, Crewcab, Max Tow, FORMER Full Time RVer. Travel with a standard schnauzer and a Timneh African Gray parrot

toedtoes
Explorer III
Explorer III
TXiceman wrote:
Two issues with a longer 5er....
One is weight....... does the truck have sufficient payload to handle 20% of the trailers GVWR as pin weight and the truck is within the trucks GCWR'

Two is site lengthh ...the longer length will be limited in site availability.

Ken


The OP was looking at RVs 36 feet and greater. At those lengths, the limited campsite availability will be pretty much the same regardless of the actual lengths.

Now if the OP had been deciding between 28ft and 36ft, then campsite availability would have been a factor.
1975 American Clipper RV with Dodge 360 (photo in profile)
1998 American Clipper Fold n Roll Folding Trailer
Both born in Morgan Hill, CA to Irv Perch (Daddy of the Aristocrat trailers)

tourusa
Explorer
Explorer
Thanks all I have an f350 dually which is doing the job thanks for all your input and advise
Currently coast to coast
F350 dually 2020
2020 Vanleigh Pinecrest 392MBP
B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 25,000 lbs
ITEM # BWRVK3305

TXiceman
Explorer
Explorer
Two issues with a longer 5er....
One is weight....... does the truck have sufficient payload to handle 20% of the trailers GVWR as pin weight and the truck is within the trucks GCWR'

Two is site lengthh ...the longer length will be limited in site availability.

Ken
Amateur Radio Operator.
2023 Cougar 22MLS, toted with a 2022, F150, 3.5L EcoBoost, Crewcab, Max Tow, FORMER Full Time RVer. Travel with a standard schnauzer and a Timneh African Gray parrot

Bird_Freak
Explorer II
Explorer II
Think about it this way. The difference in length your talking about is likely about the same length as your arms spread out.
No real difference you will notice.
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tourusa
Explorer
Explorer
Thanks much for all input I went for a 39ft and will be installing backup and side cameras
Currently coast to coast
F350 dually 2020
2020 Vanleigh Pinecrest 392MBP
B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 25,000 lbs
ITEM # BWRVK3305

Imaroadrunnr
Explorer
Explorer
8X10 Coleman Tent
12 Foot Coleman Popup Trailer
13 Foot single axel trailer
15 Foot single axel trailer
34 Foot Cedar Creek 5er 2001

From my years of experience, don't go too small. I pull my Cedar Creek with a '05 Ram CTD dually with a 6 speed box. After racking up only 71k since I bought it new, and towing is a breeze. My 3rd hitch is a "Mountain Master" air cushion and I am totally satisfied. I had the roof and the Dometic refer replaced last year so I guess I'm good for another 20 years. Fingers crossed.
Good luck,
Stan