The Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer is instantly recognisable as the one which is twin level and which is designed to be pulled by a truck.  The hitching arrangement is located in the cargo area of the truck and part of the accommodation area of the trailer extends over the rear of the truck while it is being towed.

The coupling used replaces the standard car tow-hitch and it is a smaller version of that used on 18 wheel cargo trucks.  This is operated by reversing underneath the trailer section and avoids some of the juggling involved in attaching to a traditional tow-bar.

Photograph of a large white fifth wheel travel trailer with dynamic graphics attached to a nice red pickup truck.

I’m open to correction, but this is probably the biggest and most luxurious caravan or travel trailer that you will find anywhere in the world.   They are fully fitted out with all and everything that you might need for a short trip, a vacation or even to take to the roads on a full time basis. All water, heating and plumbing is standard as are electrics for site hookup.  Satellite television may be standard on most models and it is certainly rare these days to see one on a campsite without a dish oriented skyward.  The entertainment systems will include CD players, AM and FM radio and will also include newer stuff like mp3 compatibility.

The great thing about these is their flexibility.  While they offer more space inside than the traditional travel trailer they can still be used for weekends or longer breaks.  They can be left on the campsite to serve as a very comfortable, even luxurious base while you take off in the tow vehicle to explore the area.  If you use a crew cab truck you will have rear seats and can bring the family along in exactly the same way as using your usual tow-car.

You can go out at any time of the year in a fifth wheeler, however you will be limited to staying on the tarmac.  It really is better not to take these things or their tow vehicle on to soft ground or down roads that are too narrow for them.  If you are unfamiliar with where you are going it is good to call ahead to the campsite or even to check for pinch-points on Google street view.

These units can be a viable alternative to some of the motor-homes on the market, offering similar levels of comfort and space.

 

Manufacturers of Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers

Adventure Manufacturing LTD., 33541 Maclure Road, Abbots Ford, BC V2S 7W1.  Tel 604 852 5731

American Sport Trailer Company, 135 North Aspan Avenue #5, Azusa, CA 91702,  Tel 626 969 4740

Americana RV, 2651 Hwy 95, Bullhead City, AZ 86642.  Tel 800 552 5250

Augusta RV, 405 Kesco Drive, Bristol, IN 46507.  Tel 574 848 0200



Bigfoot Industries, 4114 Crozier Rd., Armstrong, BC VOE 1B0.  Tel 250 546 2155

Bridgeview Mfg LLC, 25876 Miner Road, Elkhart, IN 46514.  Tel 877 775 4591

Carriage, Inc., 230 Wabash Street, Millersburg, IN 46543.  Tel 574 642 3622

Carson Trailer, 14831 South Maple Avenue, Gardena, CA 90248.  Tel 310 516 6046

Cherokee Trailers, 11301 S I-44 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73173.  Tel 405 691 8222

Classic Manufacturing, Inc., 4600 N. Mason-Montgomery Rd. Mason, OH 45040.  Tel 513 923 5600

Coachmen Industries, 2831 Dexter Drive, Elkhart, IN 46515.  Tel 574 262 0123

CrossRoads RV, 305 Hawpatch Drive, Topeka, IN 46571.      Tel 260 593 3850

Cruiser RV, 7805 North SR 9, Howe, IN 46746.  Tel 260 562 3500

DRV Luxury Suites, 0160 W. 750 N., Howe, IN 46746.  Tel 260 562 1075

Dutchmen Mfg., 2164 Caragana Court, Goshen, IN 46526. Tel 574 537 0600

Eclipse Recreational Vehicles, Inc., 3016 Kansas Avenue, #14 Riverside, CA 92507.  Tel 951 684 6868

Enduramax, LLC, P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, IN 46550.  Tel    800 213 8151

Entegra Coach, Inc., 903 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540.  Tel 800 945 4787

EverGreen RV, LLC., 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540.  Tel 574 825 4298

Extreme RVs, 412 S Kit Avenue,Caldwell, ID 83606.  Tel 208 453 2500

Featherlite Mfg., Hwy 63 & 9, Cresco, IA 52136.  Tel 563 547 6000

Fleetwood RV, 3125 Myers Street, Riverside, CA 92503.  Tel 951 351 3500

Forest River, 55470 CR 1, Elkhart, IN 46515.  Tel 574 389 4600

Franklin Coach Company, 160 S. Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, IN 46550.  Tel 574 773 4106

Glacier Bay RV, 1845 Hemlock Court, Goshen, IN 46526.  Tel 574 534 4800

Grand Junction, 2164 Caragana Court, Goshen, IN 46526.  Tel 574 534 1224

Gulf Stream Coach, PO Box 1005, Nappanee, IN 46550.  Tel 574 773 7761

Hallmark Manufacturing, Inc., 12524 Weld County Road 25 1/2, Fort Lupton, CO 80621.  Tel 303 659 5572

Haulmark Industries, 13927 CR4, Bristol, IN 46507.  Tel 574 848 0723

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC, 1001 All-Pro Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514.  Tel 574 262 5992



Holiday Rambler, 91320 Coburg Industrial Way, Coburg, OR 97408.  Tel 541 686 8011

Hy-Line Enterprises Holdings LLC, 21674 Beck Drive, Elkhart, IN 46516.  Tel 574 294 1112

Jayco, 903 S. Main Street, Middlebury, IN 46540.  Tel 574 825 5861

K-Z RV, 0985 N 900 W, Shipshewana, IN 46565.  Tel 260 768 4016

Kaddy Kruiser RV, 423 S. Main St., Topeka, IN 46571.  Tel 260 593 2227

Keystone RV, 2642 Hackberry Drive, Goshen, IN 46526.  Tel 574 535 2100

King of the Road, P.O. Box 127, Aurora, NE 68467.  Tel 866 400 9840

Komfort Corporation, 12628 SE Jennifer, Clackamas, OR 97015.  Tel 503 722 5199

Lance Camper MFG., 43120 Venture Street, Lancaster, CA 93535-4510.  Tel 661 949 3322

Marathon Homes Corporation, 4420 Pine Creek Road, Elkhart, IN 46515.  Tel 574 294 6441

McKenzie RV, 91320 Coburg Industrial Way, Coburg, OR 97408.  Tel 800 634 0855

Mity-Lite Travel Trailers, 6020 Central, Hot Springs, AR 71913.  Tel 501 525 2267

MVP RV, 14255 Elsworth Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.  Tel 951 697 4190

New Horizons, 2401 Lacy Dr., Junction City, KS 66441.  Tel 785 238 7575

Newmar, 355 N Delaware Street Nappanee, IN 46550.  Tel 574 773 7791

North American Traveler, LLC, 1045 N. Nappanee Street, Elkhart, IN 46514.  Tel 574 264 9092

Northwood Manufacturing, 59948 Downs Road, La Grande, OR 97850.  Tel 541 962 6274

Nu-Wa Industries, 3701 Johnson Road, Chanute, KS 66720.  Tel 620 431 2088

Open Range RV Company, 3195 N. S.R. 5, Shipshewana, IN 46565.  Tel 260 768 7771

Outdoors RV Manufacturing, 62582 Pierce Road, La Grange, OR 97850.  Tel 541 624 5500

Pacific Coachworks, Inc., 549 Rivera Street, Riverside, CA 92501.  Tel 951 686 7294

Palomino RV, 1047 East M-86, Colon, MI 49040.     Tel 269 432 3271

Peterson Industries, 616 E Hwy 36, Smith Center, KS 66967.  Tel 785 282 6825

Play-Mor Trailers, Hwy 63 South, Westphalia, MO 65085.  Tel 573 455 2387

R-Vision, 1628 W. Beardsley, Elkhart, IN 46514.  Tel 574 268 2111

Rage’n, Inc., 16833 Krameria Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504.  Tel 888 500 3121

Recreation by Design, LLC, 21746 Buckingham Road, Elkhart, IN 46516.     Tel 574 294 2117

Redwood Residential Vehicles, 72440 State Road 13, Syracuse, IN 46567.  Tel 574 457 7800.

Scamp Evelands, Inc., 507 State 371 NW, Backus, MN 56435.  Tel 218 947 4932.

Skyline Corporation, 2520 By-Pass Road, Elkhart, IN 46515.  Tel 574 294 6521

Skyline RV, PO Box 388, McMinnville, OR 97128.  Tel 503 472 3181

Space Craft Mfg, Inc., 28115 Old Hwy 40, Concordia, MO 64020. Tel 660 463 7520.

Starcraft RV, Inc., 903 South Main Street, Middlebury, IN 46540.  Tel 800 945 4787

SunnyBrook RV, 201 14th Street, Middlebury, IN 46540. Tel 574 825 5250

Teton Homes, PO Box 2349, Mills, WY 82644.  Tel 307 235 1525

Thor California, 14255 Elsworth Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.  Tel 951 697 4190

Thor Industries, 419 W Pike Street, Jackson Center, OH 45334.  Tel 937 596 6849

Travel Supreme, 66149 SR 19, Wakarusa, IN 46573.  Tel 574 862 4484

Travelaire Canada, 6702 Golden West Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4P 1A8.  Tel 403 347 6641

Triple E Recreational Vehicles, 301 Roblin Blvd, Winkler, MB R6W 4C4. Tel 204 325 4361

UltraComp Trailers, 13480 US Hwy 40, Highland, IL 62249.  Tel 618 654 1523