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The Big Decision: Class A or Fifth-Wheel?

We glazed over our decision to go with a fifth-wheel over a Class A, but it is worthy of its own post since there are so many factors to consider.

The main downfall of a Class A for us was briefly mentioned in the last blog. If there is a major mechanical issue, our home goes into the shop and we have to pack up & find someplace to stay in the meantime. We couldn’t really get comfortable with that possibility so it was the driving force in our decision to tow.

  • Accessibility
    • We won’t be on the road a majority of the year at this point, so if we had a Class A our motor would sit and waste away.
    • We have a small car for city driving already since we are still living the city life…to an extent.
    • We need a truck.
      • Trips for building & gardening supplies.
      • Once we buy land and need to make improvements, we have a beast of a truck to help us out.
      • We want a boat!
      • We might also want a rescue animal trailer…just in case!
  • Cost
    • All of the Class As we saw that were up to our quality standards and had a layout we could make work (and no leather) were $65,000 and up. Ouch!
    • Class As also come with higher maintenance costs. Having a fifth-wheel with no engine and no slides, the likelihood of there being an issue so major we can’t fix it (or have it fixed) where we’re parked is much lower.
    • Knowing that we would still need a truck in addition to the RV, a Class A wasn’t a cost-effective choice for us.

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  • Space
    • One of the primary reasons we decided we didn’t want slides was because it was an unnecessary addition to maintenance costs. Class As with no slides, furnished with standard RV furniture felt very cramped to us.
    • Since we opted for a toy-hauler the interior space was easy to customize so we have a comfortable living space with room to move around. Here is the Goodship empty (the ladder latches to the ceiling):

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While it took us some time to work through the pros and cons, it was definitely worth the time. We couldn’t be happier with our decision and the truck is a huge asset for us on this path to freedom.

We would love to hear what the deciding factors were for other RVers as everyone’s needs are so varied. Happy travels, folks!

By Jessica Caviness

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Living happy & healthy on wheels!

2 thoughts on “The Big Decision: Class A or Fifth-Wheel?

  1. Hello,
    I’ve been camping and travelling for many years. Started out with a tent, went to camper, 18 ft. trailer, 26 ft. 5th wheel and now am back to a 26 foot trailer. I’ve never had a slide problem and I owned my 5th for 13 years. Reason for going back to a trailer is I found I needed more storage space and my pickup box was being wasted with just the 5th hitch. I purchased a canopy for the truck and now I have more than enough cargo space. I never was interested in a motor home for the same reasons you have. I am retired now so I do a lot more travelling with my RV. I’m actually thinking of installing solar panels so I can last longer off grid when I travel. Safe travelling.
    Niel

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