This New Horizons Travel Trailer is extremely well built and offers many features that a fifth wheel does not have. Lets look at the pros and cons of a large ( when compared to an equal size and weight 5er) Travel trailer. Pros: Larger size box than standard TT's. Higher height means more storage cabinets a...
This New Horizons Travel Trailer is extremely well built and offers many features that a fifth wheel does not have. Lets look at the pros and cons of a large ( when compared to an equal size and weight 5er) Travel trailer. Pros: Larger size box than standard TT's. Higher height means more storage cabinets and much larger basement storage than either standard TT's or 5ers. All modern appliance's such as Diesel Generators, W/D, 2 Stage Furnace, 100 Gal. Propane tank, 16 Gal. Hot Water Heater, Refrigerator, Center Island in Kitchen, Larger shower, etc. 4 All Hydraulic Slides for more living area for full timing. Basically, anything you want in a 5er you can have in a large TT. A TT will follow the TV much better in tight places. An example would be a Walmart parking lot where curbs are everywhere and turning is tight. With a 5er you just can't turn sharp enough. Why do you think all those semi trailers have signs on the back saying "Caution, this vehicle makes wide turns" ? It's because they can't turn sharply due to the pin placement. What about backing up? Well, yes a 5er can back up sharper due to pin placement and being able to really put the hurt on the tires and rims. Do you really want to do that? Most drivers don't want tire and rim damage so they simply learn how to back up properly and not get into a jam if the first place.
Cons: Large TT's will cost more to build. This is due to the fact that it cost more to build more. You will need a larger tow vehicle. This is the primary reason that big trailers are usually 5ers. This is where there is a very common misconception that a big trailer has to be a 5er. Do you know what the largest "Bumper Pull" trailer is? It is 170,000 lbs. with a 30,000 lb. tongue weight. In fact, a standard size "Bumper Pull" equipment trailer is a 20 Ton unit. They tow just fine. You see them all the time going down the interstates. Most all are towed by large trucks. So it isn't that they are hard to tow or unsafe, its just that you can't tow them with little trucks. As far as New Horizons trailers are concerned the majority are towed with at least an MDT like a Dodge 5500 and about half of them are being towed with an HDT, So if you are going to have to get a big truck anyway why not get more storage in the trailer and be able to utilize your entire truck bed for something else. This particular TT is towed with a 4 door HDT Freightliner M112. It is the exact same length and width as a Dodge 5500 except that it is taller, higher, heavier, and of course, costs more. It has air ride suspension and seats. It has automatic air ride leveling, so as you put load on it, the air levels the chassis and no weight distribution hitch or sway control is needed. It also gets better mileage than a Dodge 5500 and fits in the same parking place and has a better turning radius. Not to mention the additional safety of being in an HDT in the event of a collision or a trailer brake failure. Most NH trailers have 3 axles and naturally tow straighter than a 2 axle trailer. This TT is a larger TT than most, however, I have seen a Spacecraft 48 ft. TT that has 4 axles and a 7,000 lb. tongue weight that is towed with an HDT and is 78"ft. long all hooked up. It is owned by a full timing RV couple that do a lot of traveling. These are some of the reasons that all of the large well built TT's are custom builds. Manufacturers are not going to make something that most people can't afford. They don't want to try and overcome the issue of needing the larger TV and the misconception that 5ers are better and safer when they are not. They know that you can tow an equal weight/size 5er with a smaller lighter truck so that is what sells. Its always about the money! Lets be honest here. We are talking about an RV that is probably less than 1/10 of 1% of the RV trailer market so this is never going to be something that is mass produced by any manufacturer. This is for someone that knows what they want and will take nothing less. It is somewhat like a toy hauler in that you can load your toy on your truck, take it to where you want to play, but without having to take your house with you. In the end it is all whatever the owner wants to do and how he wants to travel. Why else would there be so many RV types to choose from?