Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cameron Park Ca
I have have had both and this is my .02
Pull behinds are typically lighter than 5ers as the trucks towing capacity is less for a pull behind. You are correct, the bed of the truck is usable. More difficult to hitch and unhitch. Hitch is less expensive. Most pull behinds do not have slide out rooms as they add a lot of weight to the trailer. If your pull behind can weigh over 10,000lbs you need a Non commercial class A license.
5th wheels will weigh more. I believe they tow better. You can have passengers in the 5th wheel when traveling. If the 5th wheel can weigh over 15,000lbs you will need an Non commercial class A license. I get stuck less in the dunes with my 5th wheel.
I have a 12 foot deep garage in my 5er and put 2 YFZ 450s, 1 stock travel rhino and 1 trx 90 in it. Trailers without garage walls with handle more toys.
I believe that most horse trailers get narrower in the front toward the cab of the truck, were as 5ers do not. With a short bed truck you will need some type of sliding hitch for tight turns like gas stations. Automatic sliding hitches are expensive.
From Galt you have a few good choices for shopping, Pan Pacific in Lathrop and in Sacramento there are at least 4 great places to look also.
With the economy the way it is you can get a great price on a new trailer and you get a warranty unless you purchase a WW.