Difference Between a Fifth Wheel and an RV

There is no doubt that you have seen both on the road during a trip or in your day-to-day life. Taking into account their popularity and impact it is no secret that fifth wheels and RVs are a major part of camping culture. Despite this, there is still a large amount of confusion as to what the difference between a fifth wheel and an RV is.

Is a Fifth Wheel the Same as an RV?

Even though they accomplish the same purpose, a fifth wheel and an RV have entirely different methods of doing so. RVs come in two drastically different variations. The first is a motorized RV that is one singular mode of transportation. The other variant which will be the main focus of this article is the travel trailer. This version of the RV connects to a truck’s hitch on its bumper and is towed from place to place. It is detachable and can be viewed as a separate vehicle from the one you are using to pull it.

Fifth wheels are similar to the travel trailer RVs that connect to a hitch to get from place to place. With that being said, they have a different methods of transportation. While RVs are attached to the bumper to move around, fifth wheels are attached to the bed of the truck. This brings them in closer to the vehicle meaning that unlike the travel trailer, which can be seen as its own separate vehicle, a fifth wheel becomes an extension to the truck that is more compact.

The Pros and Cons of a Fifth Wheel and a Travel Trailer

When compared to a travel trailer, a fifth wheel takes up less space and is easier to maneuver. This gives you more freedom on the road and is generally safer for the vehicles around you. The main disadvantage that comes with purchasing a fifth wheel is the price tag. Most travel trailers are a lot cheaper than a fifth wheel meaning that if you have never had either towable before, then you may want to consider going with the less expensive option.

Should You Buy a Fifth Wheel or an RV?

Ultimately whether or not you choose to buy a fifth wheel or an RV is an entirely personal preference. Though there are many advantages that come with a fifth wheel you need to decide if those justify the higher price tag that comes with them. With that being said, you are bound to get usage out of whichever option you choose so don’t hesitate to purchase one! 

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