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Old 11-28-2013, 08:31 PM   #29
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I painted my jaw white to make it easier to see. One time I saw the with a flashlight that the jaw was only 1/2 way locked. I unhooked and rehooked. After you make sure you have 100% hooked then do the pull test then look again.

I agree, use a flashlight.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #30
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I painted my jaw white to make it easier to see. One time I saw the with a flashlight that the jaw was only 1/2 way locked. I unhooked and rehooked. After you make sure you have 100% hooked then do the pull test then look again.

I agree, use a flashlight.
Exactly !!! Thankyou sir !! I pull a minimum of 20 trailers a week, so I see some things... Just trying to keep people safe and trouble free...
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That's one of the advantages of the B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch - the handle won't move to the closed position where the locking pin can be inserted unless the jaws are closed. With that said, I still visually check the jaws anyway when I close the tailgate and retract the front jacks.

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East Texan what part of East Texas, IM close to Longview.
I am just south of Toledo(Burkeville), I worked up in Henderson a few years back. And thanks for all the tips folks.
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That looks nice! Do I detect a little "squat" in the rear or is this normal?
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #34
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That's one of the advantages of the B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch - the handle won't move to the closed position where the locking pin can be inserted unless the jaws are closed. With that said, I still visually check the jaws anyway when I close the tailgate and retract the front jacks.

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Exactly! Can't stand the thought of dropping the 5er..
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Finally! Pulled great, little jerky on the bumps -Arthur-
nice trailer I have the 2012 model w/o the rear kitchen, also the same year truck but I added air bags to bring her back to stock height
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I found that a good routine is that after backing up and hitching I get out of the truck and walk back and while getting the 7pin plug out of the pin box, I take a look at the jaws to see if they are around the pin. I always hook the brake safety line to the pin that holds the latching bar closed. That way everything's hooked up. Never dropped it yet. Of course IMO having a B&W helps.
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