Factors To Consider When Buying A Fifth Wheel

Posted on: 5 September 2018

An RV can be a great investment for you and your family. Unfortunately, the different types of RVs and amenities each offer can make selecting the right one overwhelming. Today, more and more people are seeing the benefits of a fifth wheel, since you will have the opportunity to travel with both your camper/RV and your traditional vehicle. Even though they are a great investment, finding the right fifth wheel can be challenging. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a used fifth wheel.

Holding Tanks

Knowing the names and purposes of your RV's holding tanks is important. Plus, making sure you have an adequate capacity is important especially if you are camping at a location that does not have a fresh water supply you can connect your RV to.

A grey water tank is the tank that collects the dirty water from your sinks, tubs, and shower drains. Older models may not actually have a grey water tank, so this is something to consider if you are buying a used or vintage RV.

The black water tank collects the water and waste from the RV's toilet. The idea of holding this dirty water and waste on your fifth wheel may be unappealing, but it is necessary.

Finally, the fresh water tank is the tank that holds the water you will use to shower, brush your teeth, wash your hands, and do the dishes. In most cases, the fresh water tank will be about the size of BOTH the grey and black water tanks.

If you are traveling long distances at a time or you believe you will not have a fresh water supply to connect your RV to once you part to camp, opt for a fifth wheel with larger holding tanks.

Size and Weight

When it comes to buying a fifth wheel, size does matter. Weight is also a key factor to consider when choosing your fifth wheel, since some vehicles are not equipped to haul certain weight loads.

The longer your fifth wheel, the more difficult it will be to tow. Also, you will have to plan in more detail when towing a longer RV because some campgrounds and RV parks have length restrictions. While it may offer more space for your family, the longer RV may become problematic when you want to camp inside certain national parks.

Check your vehicle's manual to determine how much weight capacity your truck can tow. Your truck will need to be equipped with a heavy-duty tow package that can handle pulling a fifth wheel.

To make memories that last a lifetime, an RV can be a great investment for your family. This guide will help you narrow down the search for a fifth wheel suited to your family.