What is the fifth wheel camper and what are the benefits in comparison to the traditional Class A or Class C recreational vehicle? The most obvious difference is the fact that the Fifth Wheel camper has to be hitched to a pulling vehicle. This requires a pickup truck for towing. Fifth wheels typically offer a lot of room with a master bedroom over the hitch (bi-level floor plan).
When comparing the fifth wheel camper (sometimes called Fivers) it quickly becomes obvious that there are some exclusive benefits that make it popular for a high number of RVers:
– Maneuverability: the fifth wheel camper is hitched to the truck bed right above the rear tires. This increases traction and handling and makes it easier to tow than other towable vehicles.
– Luxury: fifth wheel campers are known for offering a wide number of benefits that are often reserved for the most luxurious of recreational vehicles. Some fifth wheel campers even have full washer and dryers and generators on board.
– Privacy: the fifth wheel camper’s bi-level floor plan increases the opportunity for privacy. Many RVs can sleep a lot of people, but in many layouts privacy does not seem to be a consideration for sleeping quarters.
– Price: the fifth wheel camper is typically seen as fairly affordable in consideration of the amount of people it can sleep, the amount of space it provides and the luxury options that can be included.
– Size: Fivers often sleep more than 6 people comfortably.
In addition to the above stated benefits many RVers find it advantageous that they can pull their RV to their chosen camping spot or destination and then they can unhitch and they have a vehicle to drive around in the local area without carting their full RV from spot to spot. This decreases the gas bill and decreases the stress of searching for parking spots for the large vehicles.
Not quite sure if the Fiver is for you or not? Look a bit closer. There are so many benefits and there’s really only one downside. You DO have to make sure that you have a vehicle that is an appropriate choice for towing your fifth wheel camper of choice. But other than that…there isn’t anything bad to say about the fifth wheel RV.