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rvís pros and cons #12750245 05/10/18 01:39 PM
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looking to buy first rv and have watched tons of youtube vids and have been on a few forums also seeking wisdom on the subject. my question is what are the pros and cons of a bumper pull vs fifth wheel vs park models? and why do you happen to like one better than the others? please share any post purchase regrets you might have had and anything to look out for as a first time buyer.

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Ive had all of them on Fork. You need to decide what you want it for. If you are wanting a "LAke House" type deal, where you don't ever move it. Get a 5th wheel or park model. If it is something you will move, get a bumper pull. We have a 5th wheel on Fork, and it never moves. It's basically a lake house for us.

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thatís exactly what we want and donít ever plan on moving it once its setup.

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The fifth wheels generally are a little bigger. I would rather pull the fifth wheel as well, much safer load distribution

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Originally Posted By: Sinkey
Ive had all of them on Fork. You need to decide what you want it for. If you are wanting a "LAke House" type deal, where you don't ever move it. Get a 5th wheel or park model. If it is something you will move, get a bumper pull. We have a 5th wheel on Fork, and it never moves. It's basically a lake house for us.


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You wish! Im sure Kay and Shanda will be whoopin our a$$e$!!!! roflmao

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This is my parents 36í outback bunkhouse bumper pull that they keep at Lakeview at Rayburn. They are nice enough to let my wife and I have a set of keys to use it.

One thing to take into consideration is the number of beds. The bunkhouse option has more sleeping space than the living room layouts. The bunkhouse was the best option for my parents cause we usually have a lot of people up there on big weekends.


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I own an RV park and rent camper trailers. If you don't plan on moving it or traveling, I'd definitely get a park model. If it has grey and black water tanks, cut them out and plumb it directly to the sewer line. If not, you will always have to deal with the tanks clogging, draining the tanks and then stinking!

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I have a 43.5 ft fifth wheel at Bridgeview at lot #69. It has a full covered walkway down the length of the RV to a 25'x25' covered deck with all of the "stuff "on it
The RV has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, electronic fireplace, very nice with regular residential refrigerator, stove etc. 2 TV's One master bed room and another bedroom has three bunks for the grandkids. We bought it because there was a lot more useable room than a Park model. It works great for us. The Pqrk models are very nice, but they are small.
When we are at the lake, we are outside most of the time anyway.
I don't think you can go wrong with either one. As you can see at BV, all residences have similar setups with the decks. Bruce just put in a new 100' fishing pier, and a covered boat slip. BV also has a covered pavillion for parties with a big BAR B Q smoker.
I think its fair to say that the owner is very attentive to the needs of his customers, and stays out of the way when we go up to spend time.

I never plan to move our RV unless we move for good and I don't see that happening

Your move!


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I started with a pop up style w/roof air. Great little unit for a young couple just starting out and traveling. My next was a 24í bumper pull Prowler. Nice unit took my family all over south and southeast U.S. my next unit was a 31í Jayco Designer series 5th wheel and learned real quick that the 5th wheel is the easiest to tow, as said earlier weight distribution and they follow your tow vehicle better. Traveled the whole U.S. with this unit and eventually ended up being my deer camp cabin. I currently have a 31í Monte Vista at an annual lease at Lake Fork. This unit has stayed there since it was purchased. If I were to purchase another unit it would be either be a 5th wheel or park model. 5th wheels are more roomy then bumper pulls. If this is your 1st ever unit, the first thing you do when looking is sit on the pot and make sure you have room, nothing worse then doing your business and being all scrunched up. Mine is at West Fork Landing. Slide outs make a ton of difference in todayís RVís.


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We looked at this option, realized when its all said and done for a little bit more we could buy decent house for the costs of an 5th wheel RV and Monthly rental space.

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Originally Posted By: BMCD
We looked at this option, realized when its all said and done for a little bit more we could buy decent house for the costs of an 5th wheel RV and Monthly rental space.


Same here, we had a trailer at Bridgeview and Pelican Point at Fork and both were very pleasant but we have decided to have a weekend place there again and we are buying a house on the water.

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I got a trailer house because of the larger amount of room in it. I don't like being cramped up. Even a park model is limited to 600 sq.ft. and they are expensive.

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One thing everyone failed to mention is the maintenance.
Just cause it is new means nothing they still have issues.


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Have had about every type of fifth wheel, always something..... get you a park model, and forget the worries.


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