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Everything you need to know about Fifth Wheel RVs

Wondered what a fifth wheel RV is, and whether it’s the right choice for you? Let’s take a look!

What is a Fifth Wheel?

Fifth Wheels are a type of RV that connects via a special Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch into the bed of a truck, right behind the cab.

Iconic features of fifth wheel RVs are an elevated master bedroom that sits above the truck bed, a tall ceiling, and the most spacious floor plans and storage of any other recreational vehicles.

Fifth Wheel RVB&W Trailer Hitches
Fifth Wheel RVB&W Trailer Hitches

Advantages of a Fifth Wheel Camper:

1. Separate Master Bedroom

Because fifth wheel campers attach to the bed of the truck instead of the traditional ball hitch, they have an elevated bedroom situated above the truck. This creates the distinct look of the fifth wheel.

Inside the camper, there are several stairs leading up to the bedroom. This allows for greater separation of the bedroom from the rest of the living space, creating the feeling of a traditional house.

2. Ample Storage

Fifth wheel RVs are designed to offer ample storage space. There are storage areas underneath the living space of the camper, as well as in the cabinets and cubbies throughout the inside.

Because fifth wheels don’t have a drive-motor in them, like the Class B and Class C RVs do, the extra space is devoted to storage.

Fifth Wheel RV StorageForest River

3. Modern Amenities

Fifth wheels are among the most luxurious of recreational vehicles. Of course, the size of the RV can limit the options, and there are different levels of amenities.

It’s common for fifth wheels to include kitchens with stoves, microwaves and full sized refrigerators, and sometimes even dishwashers. They often boast at least one bathroom, with the option of a tub as well as a shower-head. This is a highly coveted feature for travelers with young children.

Other amenities like electric fireplaces, kitchen tables, pull out couches, office desk space and spacious living rooms are available depending on the RV length, floor plan and number of slide-outs.

The goal of a fifth wheel is to offer a truly luxurious home on wheels.

4. Lots of Space

Because fifth wheels have the master bedroom above the bed of the truck, they usually offer more spacious floor plans than other travel trailers.

They also have taller ceilings which make the inside seem much more open, and accommodate taller travelers better.

5. Driving Stability

Fifth wheels connect to a truck with a fifth wheel trailer hitch in the bed of the truck, instead of to the ball hitch at the back of the truck like a travel trailer does. Because the connection is more toward the center of the truck’s gravity, this makes it easier and more stable for the truck to tow.

Fifth wheels offer greater stability over travel trailers and are able to be towed at higher speeds without feeling the swaying effect that is common with travel trailers.

6. Ability to Detach Truck from Fifth Wheel

Fifth wheels can be easily detached from the tow vehicle, allowing you to have individual use of your truck. This is great if you are an infrequent RV user and want to use your truck in everyday life, or if you want to use your vehicle while you’re on the road RVing.

This is a distinct benefit over Class B Van Campers and Class C RVs, in which the vehicle and living space are one.

 

Disadvantages of a Fifth Wheel RV:

1. Require a powerful tow vehicle and special hitch.

Fifth wheels require a powerful truck in order to be towed. Depending on the size and weight of the fifth wheel, ½ ton trucks may be adequate. However, for larger fifth wheel RVs, ¾ or even 1 ton trucks may be necessary.

Careful consideration should be given to the weight rating of the fifth wheel and what your vehicle is rated to be able to tow. Consult an expert to determine if your vehicle is adequate to pull the RV you’re looking at.

You will also need a special fifth wheel hitch installed into the bed of your truck. This is where the fifth wheel is hooked to.

2. Gas mileage

Compared to a pickup camper, pop up camper, or small travel trailer RV which can possibly be pulled with a smaller vehicle, fifth wheels require large trucks as tow vehicles. This decreases the fuel efficiency and makes travel more expensive.

However, compared to many Class B and Class C campers, fifth wheels can get slightly better gas mileage.

3. Cost

Because of the luxury nature of fifth wheels, they are often more expensive than travel trailers of equal size.

One way to lower the cost is to consider buying a used fifth wheel.

Regardless of whether a fifth wheel is bought new or used, it is usually still a more affordable option than Class B van RVs or Class C motorhomes.

 

Styles of Fifth Wheel Recreational Vehichle:

Fifth Wheel RV Photo | Keystone CougarKeystone Cougar
Fifth Wheel RV Photo - Wildwood by Forest RiverForest River – Wildwood RV

If you’re truly looking for a small RV and a small fifth wheel is on your list, Scamp makes a 19 foot Fifth Wheel that offers many of the amenities that make a fifth wheel an amazing choice, in a very small package.

Small Fifth Wheel - ScampScamp Trailers

 

Fifth wheel RVs are luxurious campers that are the favorite choice of many retirees and people who RV full time.

They are among the most deluxe of RV options, and are truly a house on wheels.

Everything you need to know about Fifth Wheel RV's

A Small RV – What is it?

What is a Small RV?

RV is an abbreviation for “recreational vehicle”.

An RV is defined as a term for a motor vehicle or a towable trailer that has living space in it, and many of the amenities that are often found in people’s homes.

Usually used for travel and vacations, or a mobile home on wheels, RVs are popular across America and even the world.

There are many different kinds of recreational vehicles. They range in type and size from a small pop up camper to a huge 45 ft Class A motorhome, and everything in between. Regardless of a client’s needs, there is a perfect RV for them.

While the term “small RV” is a subjective term, on this site we cover a broad range of options of small and moderately sized RVs.

 

What are the different types of Small RV’s?

There are a wide range of types and styles of small RV’s to choose from.

  1. Pickup Campers

A Pickup Camper or a “Truck Camper” is an RV that is carried in the bed of a pickup truck.

There are many different styles and sizes of pickup campers, as well as a range of amenities.

The biggest benefit of this type is that they are small, affordable, and can go anywhere a truck can go.

Pickup Campers | Small RV Options Palomino

 

  1. Pop Up Campers

A Pop Up Camper or a “Tent Trailer” is a type of RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch. It is collapsible for easy travel and storage, and looks like a flat rectangle when it’s traveling down the road.

The camper is then “popped up” in order to use it. The roof is raised and there are canvas tented ends that slide out which increase the sleeping capacity inside.

The biggest benefit of this type of recreational vehicle is that they are affordable and can be easily collapsed for storage and travel.

Pop Up Campers | Small RVPalomino

 

  1. Travel trailers

A Travel Trailer is an RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch, in order to offer people a place to sleep and the amenities of home on the road.

There are a wide variety of sizes and types of travel trailers, from very small RV’s like the Scamp to 37 feet spacious homes-on-wheels.

Because there is a wide variety of travel trailer types, there are options for every budget and every style preference.

Travel Trailers | Small RV OptionsForest River

 

  1. Class B Van Campers

A Class B Motorhome is also known as a Van Camper.

This is a type of RV in which the beds, bathroom and kitchen are all in the back end of an extended van with a raised roof.

The benefits of this type are they are easy to drive, can be parked in most normal parking spaces, can be used as a second vehicle when not being used as an RV and they are more fuel efficient than many of the other types of RV’s.

Class B Motorhome | Van Camper | Small RVWinnebago / Leisure Travel Vans

 

  1. Class C Motorhomes

A Class C Motorhome is a smaller version of the huge Class A motorhomes that look like big buses.

The distinctive feature of a Class C RV is the bunk bed that sits above the cab.

There are a variety of styles and lengths of Class C’s with different layouts and slide-out options.

The main benefit of this type of camper is that it’s a home on wheels and doesn’t require a tow vehicle. They offer more space than a Class B van camper.

Class C Motorhome | Small RVForest River

 

  1. Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers are a type of recreational vehicle in which it is attached to the bed of a pickup truck with a special “fifth-wheel hitch”.

Fifth wheels have taller ceilings and the option of more slide-outs than the standard travel trailers offer, and they are often noted to have better handling on the road.

Like the rest of the larger RV’s, they come in a variety of sizes and offer a range of amenities from more simple to extreme luxury.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers | Small RVForest River

 


With each type of recreational vehicle, there are a range of amenities and in most cases, sizes of RV’s that are available.

The right RV awaits you, depending on your wants and needs!