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 1/20/2007 4:05 PM
Another newbie here! I have finally decieded to purchase my own RV and hit the road! I grew up on family vacations in a motorcoach (and I can drive one too), but I am now trying to make up my mind between purchasing a 5th wheeler or a travel trailer. I am 32 years old and work as a resort/lodging manager at a few various locations from California to Colorado and from the Canadian Border to Southern Texas. My work schedual is normally from Mid March till Mid October, and I can either take the rest of the year off or head out to a winter resort for extra work. I have spent WAAAYYY too many years living in the dormatories they provide for us at the resorts and its time I moved over to the campgrounds for some more space and freedom. A place I can actually call my own and not have to share a bunk bed and bathroom with someone. Each resort I work at allows each employee to have a 5th wheel or travel trailer that is hard bodied and fully self contained. So as you can see, I will be a full time RV'er who will need all the ameneties and living capabilities for myself and my cat, Sadie. After talking with sooo many people, manufacturers, sales people, and experts, It seems EVERYONE has their own opinion about which type of rec. vehicle is the best. BUT ... I really havent heard any suggestions from any female RV'ers. One of the sales people I spoke with once mentioned he knew of a website for female RV'ers and that I might check it out..... SO here I am :) I would REALLY love to hear some opinions from the ladies about ease of hitching, ease of towing, safety concerns and reliability. I am really leaning towards a 5th wheel since I already have a 4 wheel drive 1 ton truck, but I am concerned about hitching safety and driving safety. Or am I being a little over cautious??
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 1/20/2007 4:18 PM
Trust me, you can hitch up a 5th wheel easily. You can look out the back window and see where you are going. When hubby was alive he cursed and swore and hashed around trying to hitch until I said, let me try. I did it on the first try and it was my job ever after. women have more patience and a more delicate touch I think. I drove a king cab Silverado long bed and towed a 28ft 5th on my own. I could get away from work more often than hubby. With a TT you can't see your hitch unless you get gadgets and/or mirrors. Also I've heard that TT's sway more especially in the wind. Welcome to the Forum, we have fun along with all sorts of advice, gossip, complaining, joking, griping, you know, women stuff! 1984 Class A Allegro(Miss Piggy) Jean the Scot Bogie the Pit (rescued) Shona the Calico Cat

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 1/20/2007 4:37 PM
Welcome to our Forum...happy to have you.. You have definitely come to the right place.
There are no limits as to what you can do.. we gals can do anything anyone else can do.. We now have a trailer, but have owned 5ers and motorhomes as well. Each has their own pros and cons.
Keep studying all of them and base your decision on what YOU LIKE...and the rest will come naturally...You can handle any and all of them.
We have members on this Forum who own and drive all of them.
There is a wealth of information on this Board. Kick back, make yourself at home---- read, learn and enjoy.
Don't hesitate to ask any particulars..We are here to help..
Welcome to our world...future RVer!!! :)

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 1/20/2007 9:16 PM
I don't get to vote cause I don't have experience with either, but before Dad went to a motor coach he had TT's and the never ending pain of every trip was not being able to see to hook and unhook. In and out of the suv a dozen times before he was finished. And he was a former truck driver with driver of the year awards so it wasn't like he didn't know what he was doing. But not being able to see was a major complaint. getting my ducks in a row

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 1/20/2007 11:54 PM
Hi every one. I am new . boy do I appreciate reading every thing you all have shared. in July I fullfilled my life time dream of living in a travel trailer. I bought a 2004 forrest city trailer with a 14 ft slide out and live in it full time. I live in the nc mountains. I never realized how much there was to learn about travel trailers. I am learning one experience at a time> KNowing there are other women out there doing the same thing gives me a more of an i can do it attitude. I have yet to pull it. The dealers tell me about so much expensive stuff i need to put on my vehicle and i don't know wheather to trust them or if they just want to make a sale so I am just waiting till i find out more about what i really need then i will be able to start pullin it and traveling more. I will just keep reading and learning more from you other women
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 1/21/2007 1:43 AM
Hi Serendipity - glad to have you with us.
I'm from the hospitality industry too - but no more. I think you'll be really happy in your own little (or big) home.
I looked lots and decided against TT or 5th wheels for a Class C. But that decision is really very personal. I like, especially when I'm on the road, to be able to pull over and use my bathroom, fix my lunch, etc - without leaving my vehicle, so to say. But, again, that's a personal preference, and you say they allow TT or 5th wheels, so they might not allow Class C or Class A motorhomes.
Look at everything - make sure you like the floorplan, because you'll be the one living in it. Don't decide based on what anyone else likes, except to listen to why they do. Some say you have to go big - I prefer small - but be careful about buying something bigger or smaller than you'll like. Although, if you've been sharing space - it sounds like anything will be great for you.
Again, welcome - glad to have you with us. Smiling is contagious - try it!

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 1/21/2007 3:48 AM
A Warm Welcome Serendipity, I can't provide much assistance on deciding between a TT and 5er as after my search, going to many many many RV shows and online research, I opted for getting a Class A. I initially looked at TT and ToyHaulers as we go to the desert and needed to pull ATVs. I decided I really didn't want to mess with cranking down levelers, I was very particular on what I wanted in a floor plan (specifically a bedroom with a wall and door), and I ran into problems with getting what I wanted and being able to tow it with my Ford Expedition (weight restrictions). Sooooo ended up trading in my Expedition for the Class A in 2005. Got a Jeep to tow and now only have to get it rigged and ready to go. Another factor I looked into was quality in workmanship. I pulled out drawers to see if they were dovetailed, stapled cardboard, or nailed pressbord, what were the sliding tracks made of metal or plastic, how well were the wiring harnesses afixed into place, were there extensions on the dual tires for easy access, how was the kitchen laid out (I was particular in that I didn't want my kitchen stove or sink anywhere near my dinette upholtered seating or couch, as I was concerned about spillage and cooking splatter. These were some of the things I looked for. When going to RV shows I would get flyers on some of the models I was interested in, walk away, and do searches online - kept me from getting one particular model I was favoring, due to the name brand, as I ran into a couple of reviews on that particular model that were less than favorable. So write down or make mental notes of what you want, what you are willing to give up as a minimum, if needed to get what you want (may have 5 out of 6 things you really wanted so is the 6th thing something you can do without?) Do you want new versus used? Affordability? etc. You'll certainly learn a lot here, I know I have, and continue to. If ever you need an answer to a question, a little moral support, or a good laugh, we're here for ya. Good luck on your endeavor and be sure to keep a camera with you so we can see your new home :)
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 1/21/2007 9:04 AM
Littlespirit, your request for information on the towing equipment you need maybe got lost in the Newbies section. Why don't you post a New Topic on the Open Forum. You are sure to get lots of answers there. 1984 Class A Allegro(Miss Piggy) Jean the Scot Bogie the Pit (rescued) Shona the Calico Cat

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 1/21/2007 12:28 PM
I went to a showroom once and test drove a Alpinlite on a dodge truck and felt comfortable with the electric slider hitch they had in the truck bed. And it was easy to hitch and turn tightly. But of course there was others around to guide me and such, but I still got a good experience. The swaying is what worries me sooo much. Considering the terrain and such that I may travel through (and I am a cautious driver) I am really leaning towards a 5th instead of a TT. I havent towed a TT yet, but I felt really comfortable in the 5th. I am a pretty strong gal and can hold my own, but when were talking 20,000+ I really want to be secure.
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 1/21/2007 12:30 PM
THANKS ALOT LADIES!!! Such a warm and fine welcome :) I look forward to reading up on everything I can from all of you here. And Im lovin the reciepe section!!!
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