5th Wheel or Bumper Pull Toyhauler?

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Hey y'all. I am in the market for a toyhauler to haul my H-D Street Glide and family of 4 around in. I have been doing some research and still can't decide whether to get a 5th wheel or bumper pull camper. I have a 2022 2500 CTD as my tow vehicle.

Other than the price difference, what are some of the main things to consider here? Apologies in advance for the noob question - just trying to get some opinions on things that I might not have thought of.

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Go to an RV Show and you should get a pretty good idea what probably won't work. Having a family and a bike there is no doubt a 5th wheel is the way to go for me. I might be bias but having 2 kids dogs and wife, there is no way a tag along trailer would suffice with the cramped space, limited floorplan options, and the size & weight restrictions, it would never work.
You may run into an issue though having only a 2500. Most fifth wheel toyhaulers loaded will be over weight for your truck, especially cargo capacity, so keep that in mind.
I'd start with you and your wife finding a suitable floorplan to go from. Many manufacturers offer the same floor plans and differences come down to quality and manufacturer support.
Best of luck.

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Hello from south Georgia. Your 2500 with the Cummins probably has close to the same payload as my 2020 2500 did, 2097 lbs. In my opinion the fifth wheel toy hauler is the way to go. Fifth wheels are so much easier and safer to tow, imo. As stated, shop around and compare floor plans and weights. Good luck.
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TT is what I have had for 50 years. (get off my lawn!) I really need the full 8' of bed and fill it up quickly. As far as towing/safety I have pulled 5th wheels and goosenecks and cant tell any difference except turning radius. Those that think bumper pulls are inferior to 5th wheels either havent tried both or had a bad balance setup on their bumper pull.
 

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Hey y'all. I am in the market for a toyhauler to haul my H-D Street Glide and family of 4 around in. I have been doing some research and still can't decide whether to get a 5th wheel or bumper pull camper. I have a 2022 2500 CTD as my tow vehicle.

Other than the price difference, what are some of the main things to consider here? Apologies in advance for the noob question - just trying to get some opinions on things that I might not have thought of.

Thanks!

-Jason

The key number is the payload.

Subtract the weight of your family from the payload and that is the pin weight or TT hitch weight you can handle.
 

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Hello from south Georgia. Your 2500 with the Cummins probably has close to the same payload as my 2020 2500 did, 2097 lbs. In my opinion the fifth wheel toy hauler is the way to go. Fifth wheels are so much easier and safer to tow, imo. As stated, shop around and compare floor plans and weights. Good luck.
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Lets go with 2100 payload; then subtract the family 450 = 1650 pin weight.

That sounds more like he can handle a travel trailer.
 

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I own an RV park, and the number of 2500's pulling toy haulers far outweighs the number of 3500's. In the 40'/- range any way. A lot of the haulers we see are families with all the usual kid stuff, but a number have Harleys and the like. If you talk 40'/+, a 3500 is the way to go for most. Watch the bed weight, and remember that the weight in the back will unload some of it.
Good luck in finding what suits your needs.
 

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I own an RV park, and the number of 2500's pulling toy haulers far outweighs the number of 3500's. In the 40'/- range any way. A lot of the haulers we see are families with all the usual kid stuff, but a number have Harleys and the like. If you talk 40'/+, a 3500 is the way to go for most. Watch the bed weight, and remember that the weight in the back will unload some of it.
Good luck in finding what suits your needs.

There is a difference in payload between 2500 gas vs diesel.

I agree with what you say about the 3500.
 
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The key number is the payload.

Subtract the weight of your family from the payload and that is the pin weight or TT hitch weight you can handle.
Thanks for the reply. I get the payload capacity and whatnot. I have been looking at some 5th wheels that do not exceed my limitations, as well as some bumper pulls. I guess my question was more around are there any benefits of getting a 5th wheel other than floorplan/size? Honestly, some of the bumper pull campers I have looked at have floorplans that I prefer over some of the 5th wheels.

I am leaning more towards a bumper pull, but am just wondering if there is anything I might be missing. I have heard so many people talk about how much nicer it is to tow a 5th wheel. Any truth to that?
 

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Thanks for the reply. I get the payload capacity and whatnot. I have been looking at some 5th wheels that do not exceed my limitations, as well as some bumper pulls. I guess my question was more around are there any benefits of getting a 5th wheel other than floorplan/size? Honestly, some of the bumper pull campers I have looked at have floorplans that I prefer over some of the 5th wheels.

I am leaning more towards a bumper pull, but am just wondering if there is anything I might be missing. I have heard so many people talk about how much nicer it is to tow a 5th wheel. Any truth to that?
I think you can find a TT with similar floor plans as a 5th.

If you are looking for a toy hauler; that might be more difficult.
 
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