Our current “home on wheels” is actually our second RV. We started off this adventure thinking that we needed the biggest rig we could get because, after all, we were going to be living in it full time and had a whole house worth of stuff to move into it!…or so we thought. We learned the hard way that bigger isn’t always better.
We knew we wanted a fifth wheel, so we got a 2010 Heartland Cyclone toyhauler that was 41′ long.
Model: 32TK3 (translation: 32 ft interior, Telescoping Kitchen, 3 Slides)
Length: 32′ 10″
Layout features: Rear living area, shower and vanity in bedroom area, big telescoping kitchen
GVWR: 16500 lbs
Unloaded Vehicle weight: 12977 lbs
Carrying capacity: 3523 lbs (minus 800 lbs water weight = 2723 lbs)
Fresh Water tank: 100 gallons
Black tank: 50 gallons
Gray tank: 75 gallons
Model: Ram 3500, Dually
Drivetrain: 2WD (for better fuel economy)
Engine: Cummins 6.7, Diesel
Modifications: Re-geared differential from 3.42 to 4.10 gear ratio, for more towing torque
Upgrades/Fixes: Crank case filter (clogged), rebuilt front end control arms, valve lash adjustment, and replaced the engine thermostat
Why a Fifth Wheel vs. Motorhome or Travel Trailer?
This video explains why WE chose a fifth wheel for full-time RV living. We discuss what we perceived as pros & cons to other RV types and why the fifth wheel fit our life- and travelstyle.