When making the decision to purchase a used fifth wheel, there are a couple serious issues to check into. Thousands of persons will buy and utilize previously owned 5th wheels. Unless you purchase from a reputable dealer you could potentially lose your life.
With the recent financial crunch millions where placed under as a result of bad loan decisions. People have been looking at alternative living arrangements to regroup financially.
One alternative is a 5th wheel. They can be towed behind a truck with a 5th wheel hitch mounted properly in the trucks bed. Any truck with a V8 engine and a strong heavy duty towing package may be able to pull a small 5th wheel. Always check your owner’s manual and call the dealership just to make sure, both long bed and short beds can use the hitch however the shorter bed requires a different type of hitch. The cost run’s around $300.00 up.
What a 5th wheel can offer is a much smaller version of a house. Some give you a small washer dryer combo that will tackle one outfit at a time. Not very economical but if the price is right one outfit may last you a few days in the right weather conditions.
These small homes on wheels were never meant to be used as permanent living situations. However, all across America you can see them in every trailer and RV Park. People have found a cost effective way to counter our government’s irresponsibility with our tax dollars and the massive mismanagement of our investments. Plus the rising cost to persons who own homes with taxes that keep going up. Folks on fixed income can no longer afford some homes that were once taxed in the lower hundreds now in the thousands. The American dream is changing.
Inside a fifth wheel you have a microwave, refrigerator and stove. Propane is utilized throughout these systems along with electric. Before you buy the units look at the refrigerator and microwave carefully. In the last few years since 1997 Dometic and Norco both began recalls on these small units due to a fire hazard. Look at your units closely and write down the model numbers. Check on line at your local library if your unit is on the recall list. Or click on the words above to see if the unit you are about to buy is one that is on recall. Tell the party you are doing business with about your results. They may be able to get the units replaced without cost to them or you. Once you have a 5th wheel enjoy and be sure to follow all highway towing rules for your safety and those around you.