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Old 10-29-2018, 07:09 PM   #1
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Hello fellow 5ers. Did I spell that right? We have decided to be mobile in our retirement and have decided to use a 5th wheel for our travels.
We enjoy cycling on rail trails and plan to travel to ride. Looking forward to hearing from those of you who have traveled the road before us. So we will have many questions regarding a good size-not too big 5er for a couple and the appropriate towing vehicle. Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:23 AM   #2
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If you are going full time don’t go too small or you will go nuts. We have a full package for sale 2014 38RsB3 and 2017 Ford F-350 DRW.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:28 AM   #3
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Trail Rider,
Welcome to the forum.
Lots of options, surely you need to do a lot of research before you buy--check out RV shows for floorplans you like, then go to RVtrader.com for pricing on used units. Suggest you go used first purchase to avoid the huge depreciation right off the lot--that way if you change your mind later about what you need for taking bikes along.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:07 PM   #4
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...We enjoy cycling on rail trails and plan to travel to ride. ...So we will have many questions regarding a good size-not too big 5er for a couple and the appropriate towing vehicle. ...
Plan ahead on how you want to carry your bicycles. Toting expensive bikes them on a carrier on the back of the rig can get them really dirty. Putting them in bags designed for the purpose helps but may block taillights or license tag. Toy haulers are nice but probably overkill for just a couple of bikes. After going the rear carrier route for our long wheel base recumbents, we finally removed the sofabed from the rig and I built a custom platform attaching the bikes with fork clamps. The bikes rode inside across the back wall of the rig, out of the weather and more secure.


Size wise, we found our 37' rig with four slides to be ideal for our purposes. We weren't full timers so the rig was big enough to be out for a couple of months, but short enough to be able to fit into almost any campground.


After 20 years, 49 states, and several Canadian provinces, we're about done with RVing. We don't regret a minute of our time on the road. Have fun in your search for the right rig.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:36 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your responses! We have been looking at all the used ones out there so will definitely go that route. We are wondering if a bunk house can be remodeled to install an inside bike rack as Half Dimes did without affecting he integrity of the trailer. Leave the upper bunk in for storage and remove the lower bunk for access from an outside door. Would make it easy to get them in and out. We are trying to pin down our needs/wants. Others have said to buy a cheap one first then after you have traveled in it a while trade it towards what you want. I would rather skip that step if possible and do the additional research up front. Let me know what your suggestions and experiences are about this please. And thanks again. Hope to see you on the trails someday.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:43 AM   #6
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Taking a bunk out and installing the bike rack shouldn't be difficult--putting in an outside door would be a deal for a knowledgeable/competent RV tech. Or finding a model with 2 doors, maybe--they make them in fivers.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:19 PM   #7
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Wingnut60, we have seen bunkhouse 5ers that have an outside access door already installed. Not full size but look big enough to roll the bikes out. So there's that. Then there's the whole gas vs diesel shortbed vs longbed considerations. I like the idea of an extra cab longbed for the clearance. Not convinced about a diesel though. Seems like a big cost difference per gallon. Still have time to figure these things out. Planning to hit the shows starting next year.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:29 PM   #8
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If you don't go real long/heavy, then one of the new Ford 6.2L gas trucks should work.
Ford is also rumored to have a new 7.3L gas engine coming out soon.
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