Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-02-2016, 11:19 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 129
5th wheel parking brake

Ok, dumb question. Is there such thing as a parking brake for a 5th wheel? Just got to a new site and its not level at all. I feel like we are going to roll down hill into the lake we are staying at I have chocked all the wheels, but would feel better if I knew the brakes where on. Tow vehicle is disconnected, so no cable connection for braking from the tow vehicle.
__________________

__________________
2014 Dodge Ram DRW Cummins - 2013 Montana Big Sky FB
McRod is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-02-2016, 11:33 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,535
You have electric brakes, they will burn up if left on for very long. Chocks or maybe one of the locking units that fits between the tires is about your only options.
__________________

__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 07:49 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
wingnut60's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Wherever the Suites is
Posts: 2,986
Mr_D says it all--age-old practice of a valid chock in front of the tire in the direction of the slant, or a chock/locking device between the tires. The ground chock is simple and usually available in the form of a rock or log nearby, or you can buy a rubber one from a trailer supply store that the truckers use. The locking devices can be tricky to use, especially if you place them while the tire are hot from travel--as they cool, the tire will contract and possibly loosen the contact between the lock and the tires.
Use whatever you feel most comfortable with, just remember to place the chock before unhitching from the tow vehicle, especially if the angle/slant is steep or there is a tree or lake behind the trailer. Have seen some stories and pics about carelessness in locating the rv on a steep pad....
Joe
__________________
'15 38RSSA Mobile Suites
'05 36TK3 Mobile Suites--retired but not forgotten
'17 F450--trying one more Ford
'09 F450--died, replaced with '10--retired
wingnut60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 07:50 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 13
I have a set of the locking units that go between the tires. I always put it in before I disconnect from the truck. The trailer won't move with them in. Get metal ones. I have friends with plastic, and they are not close to as strong.
__________________
3pedal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 05:03 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10
Chocking will hold it as the above described. Nobody does this but I imagine you could activate the emergency braking cable/switch at the hitch. BUT, if you are like me you might forget to reengage it when you try to pull out & wonder why it won't go.
__________________
Instymp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 05:21 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 9,916
Pulling the emergency pin should not be done, because it will run your batteries down quick and probably overheat the electromagnets in the brakes.

Brake controllers regulate the power to the magnets, only suppling full power in hard stops. The breakaway is full power.
__________________
twinboat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 04:43 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10
Now I know why I have never seen it done, learn something new every day!
__________________
Instymp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 09:03 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
wingnut60's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Wherever the Suites is
Posts: 2,986
Pulling the e-brake pin will immediately draw all the amps available from the batteries and set the brakes--good for not letting the unit roll, very bad for wiring and batteries.
Don't do this unless testing the brakes.
__________________

__________________
'15 38RSSA Mobile Suites
'05 36TK3 Mobile Suites--retired but not forgotten
'17 F450--trying one more Ford
'09 F450--died, replaced with '10--retired
wingnut60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
5th wheel, brake



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
5th wheel RV Parking area project PDXDave 5th Wheel Discussion 54 04-09-2015 06:47 PM
5th Wheel - Parking on Incline athenamr1 5th Wheel Discussion 9 11-14-2014 10:52 AM
4 wheel drive or 2 wheel drive for 5th wheel merlins Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 27 08-22-2014 03:40 PM
New 5th Wheel owner asks will 1983 F250 SC LB safely pull a 34ft 5th wheel ? abacusblack 5th Wheel Discussion 28 11-19-2011 12:38 AM
Driving Course for towing, parking a 5th Wheel Glassalley52 Mid-Atlantic Region 2 06-03-2011 09:25 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.