Fifth Wheel Campers are the largest and most luxurious of the pull behind recreational vehicles. Fifth wheel refers to the hitch attached in the bed of the transport vehicle that the travel trailer's king pin connects to and to it into place. The vehicle transporting these travel trailers require a Fifth Wheel hitch. Fifth wheel trailers are furnished with plush amenities and have some of the largest sleeping and living areas of any type of recreational vehicles. These travel trailers require medium-heavy duty or heavy-duty pickup truck for safe towing. New standard models start at about $40,000. More luxurious, larger units can reach up to over $120,000.
These luxurious travel trailers are usually larger than conventional travel trailers and provide a spacious bi-level floor plan because of its raised forward section construction. Unlike a standard travel trailer with a ball coupler-type hitch the fifth wheel trailer swivels above the rear axle of the transport vehicle rather than behind the truck. The fifth wheel trailer handles much better than similarly-sized travel trailer because this configuration.
These deluxe travel trailers are normally about 31 to 39 feet in length depending on the body style and customarily accommodate eight to ten individuals. A portion of the trailer body extends over the truck bed, shortening the overall length of the transport vehicle and fifth wheel camper combined. Trailers over 18,000 pounds in weight and 40 feet in length are frequently towed by small semi-trucks.
The fifth wheel trailer can come furnished with all amenities found in modern day homes like all recreational vehicles including entertainment, dining area, sleeping facilities, kitchens, bathrooms, storage space and more. Some often have as many as four slide outs that move the trailer walls outward up to three feet to increase the living area when parked.