Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm Thinking Fifth Wheel!!!

Welcome Karen V., a new follower.  It doesn't look like you have a blog so I don't have anything to plug for you.  Enjoy and thanks for following.

I went and looked at fifth wheels today and I'm in love...with the Jayco Pinnacle 36REQS (introduced one month ago!!).  OMGosh.  I've been aware of Jayco for years but what  I didn't realize is that they're a privately owned company and many of their employees are Amish and Mennonite.  I knew about the Amish but not the Mennonite.  I believe it after looking at the interior wood details.  

This really draws me because I eat organic, use natural products in my house and have been worrying about formaldehyde in RVs and possibly living in that environment.  Ta da...
Before I forget, this particular model has a built in vacuum and I really like that.  One less cumbersome thing to store and mess with.  The bed is king size which I don't want.  According to the brochure king size is standard but I do remember the salesman saying I could get queen size.

This chair  becomes this  a step stool in order to reach the cupboards above the tv/fireplace.  The tv is behind the fireplace until it's time to watch it, then it rises up for viewing.  The chair stores to the left of the fireplace.

The kitchen is fantastic. I love the bar with the stools, but see below for replacement.   Notice the rounded cupboard at the entrance to the opens and has shelves in it.

I would probably replace the wooden stools with this one.  I have another one in the garage still in the box.  I haven't needed two stools so I haven't taken the time to put it together.  

This will be my last picture because I'm going nuts trying to get them to go the way I want for this post. AARGH.  I  want to show the detail of the dining room chairs.  The padded seats lift up for storage.

If I buy a fifth wheel I need a truck. The salesman said I'd need a one ton and he recommended a diesel.  I'm not crazy about a diesel because of the noise and smell.  He said they're a lot quieter now, we didn't get into the smell.

I mentioned once before that I think fifth wheels are more livable.  This one is certainly more livable than the one my son and I lived in for two years which was seven feet shorter and had no slideouts.  I wouldn't have to worry about a tow vehicle, just what I'd do with my SUV while I'm on the road.  

Decisions, decisions.  

More sunshine please,



  1. Stu loved his Jayco...he pulled it with a one ton dualie pickup. The trailer was around 12,500 and the truck was rated for 15,000. Newer ones are rated even higher!

  2. That sure looks like a great unit to "live" in.

    There are soooo many pros and cons...we have tried them all ( not good for our pocketbook )

    Will be watching your progress Jeana...


  3. So many advantages to the fiver for full-timing. Can't wait to see what you end up in!

  4. I found out that a 5W has the following advantages on flexibility and lower expenses. :
    A.You can still stay at "home" if the truck is in the shop.
    B.I do not have to pull another vehicle behind .
    C.Can do side trips easily with the tow.
    But it is also a personal preference.