Tips & Advice for Living in a Fifth Wheel Trailer

Living in a fifth wheel trailer is a lot different from taking shorter, temporary trips. Packing, deciding on which items are necessities, and figuring out what to leave behind isn't an easy task. If the fifth wheel trailer will become the sole home, there are a lot of decisions to be made about what to do with the items that won't fit. A little planning before hitting the road will ease the transition and help travelers make the best decisions.


It's best to take the present lifestyle into consideration. When living in a fifth wheel, there won't be a lot of space for extra items and curios. If a person is used to buying new things all the time, storage will be an issue. This can be a tough adjustment for a shopper or collector. Make sure the restriction in this area will be something that can be lived with.

The amount of clothing that will fit in a fifth wheel is limited. Though most units have creative storage, every inch will be needed for the pertinent supplies. A few choice mix-and-match outfits will be best when living on the road. Items that are easy to clean are also a necessity. Specialty garments that need to be dry-cleaned will be a burden in this situation. Pack the basic necessities that will cover the various weather situations of the traveler.

The kitchen area will need to be streamlined. Instead of full-size bags of flour and sugar, etc., consider putting those staples into smaller-size stackable storage containers. Plan to shop more often so the kitchen cabinets won't be overfilled. If finances allow, eating out a meal or two a day will cut down on the storage needed for meals.

Taking a family pet along is a necessity in this case. Plan for the items a pet will need. Cats need litter, food, and water. Dogs will need leashes, food and water. Heavy water and food containers that won't move around when traveling will be appreciated when on the road. Consider buying smaller quantities of food for them, too, in order to save space when storing. A tote in the back of the truck can be handy for storing some of these supplies.

Privacy is an issue when living in such a small space. When traveling with a spouse, make sure to give each other space when needed. Sometimes a walk alone will allow one person to have time to themselves, while also allowing the other person to clean, cook or read in quiet. A little downtime will go a long way in restoring patience for the next leg of the journey.


About the Author

Renee Winship is a published author and has worked in the family restaurant and catering business and has also worked in a medical lab facility. She's an adoptive parent and has worked in daycare. Winship has written more than 200 articles for Suite 101 and other online publications. She attended Southwest Missouri State University in Missouri with a nursing major.