If you know you want to explore life on the road, and you don't want your house to be permanently in one location, you need to seriously consider whether a class A motor home or a 5th wheel is the best driving and living choice for you.
The Driving Set-Up
One of the biggest differences between a class A motor home and 5th wheel is how they are set up and how you drive them.
With a class A motor home, you are driving around a giant house on wheels. The driver's seat is generally shaped like a captain's seat; it feels more like being the driver of a bus than driving a standard vehicle. You can easily hear and see everything that is going on in the home behind you while you drive. You will have a great view of the road in front of you; class A motor homes have very large windshields.
You don't drive a 5th wheel, you tow it. You'll need a heavy-duty pick-up truck to attach your 5th wheel to. When you drive, you will not be distracted by what is going on inside your moving home because you will not have access to it. Pulling a 5th wheel is more like pulling a very large trailer than it is like driving a bus. You have to know how to turn and navigate something that is hitched to your vehicle, which is very different from driving a large attached vehicle like a 5th wheel or a bus.
The Transportation Set-Up
If you choose to purchase a class A motor home, and you plan on using it as your primary residence, you'll need to purchase a vehicle to tow behind your motor home. That way, when your motor home is parked, you'll have another form of transportation. You'll need to make sure that the vehicle you currently have or that you purchase is easy to tow and hook up to your motor home and meets your transportation needs. You can tow anything from a small economy car to a truck behind your motor home.
When you purchase a 5th wheel, you don't need to tow another vehicle behind your 5th wheel because you are using your vehicle to tow your 5th wheel. When you park your 5th wheel, you can detach it from the truck and use the truck for all your transportation needs. The biggest drawback is that you have to use a truck for both towing and regular transportation. You don't have as many choices for your transportation set-up as you do with a motor home.
If you don't want to drive a truck around all the time and want a little choice over your second vehicle, and if you are comfortable sitting in and driving from a captain's chair, then a class A motor home may be the right fit for you. However, if you want your driving area separate from your living area, and you don't mind getting around in a truck, a 5th wheeler could be a better choice for you. It really comes down to your driving and transportation preference.
For more information and ideas for your transportation options, contact a used vehicle dealership.