Why is the fifth wheel trailer called such?
A fifth wheel trailer is named as such because of how the camper is attached to the truck bed that is towing it. The fifth wheel trailer is mounted via a fifth wheel, which is a hitch that extends over the towing vehicle on a plate. This makes it look as though the body of the unit is resting on top of a wheel for support. A full sized truck is the most common towing vehicle for a fifth wheel trailer.
When I travel for long distances, is a fifth wheel trailer livable?
Yes, it a fifth wheel trailer is livable. You will find that the fifth wheel trailer can reach up to 40 or so in length, making it spacious and very comfortable for a life on the road. This travel trailer is similar to its larger RV counterparts in luxury and space offered. You can choose from many different makes and models that each offer a variety of floor plans. Some people prefer lots of interior space when the unit is parked, which is why some models have additional slide-out options. You will find the most common space for the master bedroom is above the towing vehicle.
Prices for this kind of travel trailer
As with all types of motor home or recreational vehicle unit, the cost of the RV will vary. Prices will range anywhere from $15,000 – $100,000, depending on the make and model of towable purchased. Price will increase with size, quality, and added amenities. If you are interested in the difference between the lower priced towable unit and the larger one, keep reading below.
Priced at the lower end
Those units that are found at a price that is lower than $20K does not mean that they are less stable, safe, or sturdy. It does mean that they are more basic, meaning they will often be built with a steel and wood frame. Some may have corrugated sliding made of aluminum, and some may have insulation of fiberglass.
What do I get for a higher priced unit?
The higher ranged towable units vary with level of upgrade and amenities included in the sales price. Many people enjoy the luxury of living on the road and want their RV to resemble home as much as possible, meaning hardwood cabinets, washer and dryer on hand, etc. Another example, up to four slide outs can be added to increase interior space when the unit is parked.