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Old 09-14-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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Fifth-Wheel First Time Out

My husband and I have purchased a new 5th-Wheel and truck. Dealer still has the coach as we have never pulled one yet so we have delayed our delivery. Anyone have suggestions for managing the first journey off the lot when there is no previous experience?

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Old 09-14-2015, 09:07 PM   #2
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Make your turns wider than you think and watch out for overhead tree limbs. Other than that they're pretty easy to maneuver.

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Old 09-14-2015, 09:18 PM   #3
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it,s really not hard just make wide turns and be aware of the height find an empty parking lot to try backing up lee
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:19 PM   #4
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1st thing...get a curly que cable for your safety brake to keep it off the bed of the truck. If the safety brake cable gets caught on anything when you make a turn it might pull out and lock the trailer brakes.

That pin is difficult to put back in when the 5er is sitting on the truck...don't ask how I know.

Have you towed anything else like a TT or a boat. If yes, note - when turning the 5th wheel will track way inside the path of the truck...

Ever notice how semi-Truck drivers make wide turns and yet their trailer tires still run over the curb?
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:13 AM   #5
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Make sure you do the hitch test to ensure your 5er is secured to the hitch and locked.
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:40 AM   #6
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Imo if you have a friend or know someone that tows a lot take them with you and let them show you all the little tricks.. If you were close to were iam i would go help.
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:50 PM   #7
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Everyone has given good advice. Just relax and drive your truck and the trailer will follow.

I bought a 5er for the first time this past June. I was very nervous when I took delivery of coach but once I got it off the lot I realized it wasn't as bad as I thought. Left turns are the easiest and right turns you need to swing wide.

I had a neighbor go to an empty parking lot and practiced with orange cone back into an imaginary camp site. I don't feel that I am good at backing into a site but so far I have not had any issues.


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