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Old 01-14-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Dropped the 5th wheel , yes I done it !

I just had my RV cover installed Friday 1-11-13 and need to move the trailer Saturday afternoon to do some prep work under the new cover . I backed the truck under the trailer as I always do, latched the Butch services bed saver , done a pull test and Boom , it came unhitched and the king pin caught on the bed saver as advertised . This was totally my fault for not checking and making sure the latch on the hitch was in place , I was in a hurry. This was a totally human error on my part because the latch never closed and I didn't check it . Thanks so much for this product !!!

No 5th wheel hitch should be without one !!! Best money I have ever spent !!!

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Thanks for letting us know that it works! Glad to know we made a good investment.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Thanks for letting us know that it works! Glad to know we made a good investment.
It does work, I just didn't intended to be a test subject
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It does work, I just didn't intended to be a test subject
Two types of fifth wheel people, those that have dropped one and those that are going to. Good info, Thanks, Don
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Two types of fifth wheel people, those that have dropped one and those that are going to. Good info, Thanks, Don
Yup, even some of us so-called professionals have dropped a trailer or two. It happens. Glad to hear the product works as advertised.
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WOW....glad to hear such a product exists. This is one of my fears....not if but when would I drop my 5th wheel on my expensive truck!

I just ordered the Bed Saver .......nice price too!
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:19 PM   #7
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I put mine on last spring. Thanks for proving that to be a good decision. Umm, good for me, even more for you.

How badly bent is the bar?
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There was no damage to the bar or anything , still good as new .
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Been there an have done that without the "Bedsaver", a new tailgate later and a "Bed saver". I have not dropped it again since I installed my "Bedsaver".
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When hitching up I back into the hitch until I hear the clang of it closing. I then push the manual trailer brake operation button and put the truck in drive and pull forward a little to test the hookup. The legs are down during this operation so if the hitch didn't catch no harm done. So far I have never had a hookup that did not catch on the first try.

When just starting to move as I pull out I push the trailer brake button for a brake test. Here I have had some failures because I did not get the plug in right.
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The problem is the design of the hitch. They are still being sold.

My hitch is 20 years old and no way will it not lock the pin in. Never tested and will never need to. When I lift my legs the hitch is locked in, with the bar across the slot.
Why are there unsafe hitches used these days. Its been years that the problem has existed.
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Just had the Blue Ox Bed Saver installed. Am a newbie with a 5th wheel and hope I will not need this gizmo.
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This sort of reminds me of a story back when I bought my (now gone) 5th wheel from an older gentleman. We made the deal on a Jayco Designer and when I went to pick it up he noted that my truck looked exactly like his. Then he said "come here, let me show you what NOT to do". He showed me a completely mangled Chevy tailgate. He said they went camping and he leveled and unhooked the trailer and drove away. He made it about 3 feet before something "stopped" him. So, he just gave it a little gas. Turns out he'd forgotten to drop the tailgate and THAT was what stopped him. Mangled it to pieces
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The problem is the design of the hitch. They are still being sold.

My hitch is 20 years old and no way will it not lock the pin in. Never tested and will never need to. When I lift my legs the hitch is locked in, with the bar across the slot.
Why are there unsafe hitches used these days. Its been years that the problem has existed.
Type of hitch head has nothing to do with the issue. Its simply operator error.
I've seen several posts from owners with a sliding bar type of hitch heads that had a drop, myself included. In fact most 5er drop stories I've read about are high pinned sliding bar types.

IMO has to do with there are probably more sliding bar types still in use from the old days that the newer type two piece hitch heads (split jaw) like the big rigs use.

There are no unsafe 5th wheel hitches out here.
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