Gary, I am sad to hear this. But I am more curious to understand the logic. Can you explain the pro's and cons you feel of the 5th wheel over the Bus?
We had a beautiful 37 foot 5th wheel. It had four slides, and was absolutely huge inside once parked and set up. But on the highway it was ju st a b it ch going d own th e r oad, the ride was horrible, mileage dropped down 8 to 9 mpg. 55 to 60 mph was really the safest maximum speed, any faster just became real stressful. The 5th wheel weighed 17K pounds all by itself. When we parked, we were stuck driving a 1 ton truck anywhere we wanted to go. On a long trip nobody liked being crammed inside that truck.
The Mrs really loved that 5th wheel, she still has fond memories of it, it really was very very nice. At least when parked. But the only option I could see was moving up to a newer crew cab truck with a turbo, but the mileage was never going to improve. So instead, I sold the 5th wheel and bought a 32 foot Bounder diesel, and pulled a Jeep Cherokee behind.
What did we we lose? Nothing. Okay we lost a lot of space, but it was virtually unusable space with the slides pushed in, the space only existed when parked. Now if we wanted something to drink, or a snack, it was within arms reach. Everyone could use the bathroom going down the highway, stretch out and take a nap, read a book, watch a movie. It was quiet, at least 10 times quieter than the truck pulling the 5th wheel, incredibly comfortable, the mileage stayed the same, but I was now rolling 70 mph with the same fuel mileage and didn't have a ginormous trailer that weighed as much a Bus behind me I had to watch.
Where 100 miles seemed a strain with the 5th wheel, I could put 600 miles behind me with the bounder and be ready for more. We put over 50K miles on that rig, all over the south eastern US, through the smokies, down to Key West, along the gulf, and many trips back and forth to Minnesota after we moved, and moving, I would never have done all that with a 5th wheel.
I expect our MC5 Bus will give about the same mileage, but ill be rolling on true HD OTR Truck running gear and tires. It will do everything the Bounder could do, with better parts and service support, and do it quieter with an even better ride.
I guess I think you would make a great mistake ditching the Bus for a 5th wheel. No better fuel economy, no weight loss and likely weight gain, more tires, and much less convenience. Besides, in this economy, your going to be giving your beautiful Bus away for a fraction of the expense and love you've put into it.