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 03-28-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 157
For people new to 5th wheel lifestyle

Just a few suggestions for newbies...Before you start out on your 1st adventure make a check list of procedures for hooking and unhooking your 5th wheel from your tow vehicle...This is most important as doing the wrong thing, could injure you or cost you thousands of dollars in damages...I have been enjoying camping with an RV for 30 years and have seen several people make some horrible costly mistakes...For an example a few years ago I seen a couple pull in a campground,park there brand new 5th wheel and truck pull the unlock handle on there hitch...Get back in the truck and pull the truck out from under the 5th wheel and forgot to put the landing gear down...It totally destroyed the front cap on the 5th wheel and crushed the bed and tailgate of there truck...
__________________

__________________
suiteowner 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 03-28-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
Senior Member
Commercial Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 527
Yes, don't forget to lower the front landing gear but also don't forget to chock the wheels so it won't roll forward.
__________________

__________________
www.allprowaterflow.com
06 HR Navigator 45'PBQ Detroit 60 / 2014 4D Jeep
USAF 72-82 A1E/A1H(SkyRaider) DW Retired Nurse
niceguy9605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2015, 06:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by niceguy9605 View Post
Yes, don't forget to lower the front landing gear but also don't forget to chock the wheels so it won't roll forward.
I'm new to the 5th wheel lifestyle, but pulled a regular tow behind several years ago. I always made my first thing to do after getting the trailer where I wanted it was the chock the wheels on both sides of the trailer. I don't think that procedure should be any different with the 5th wheel, and then make sure lower the front landing gear down before you even think of pulling the unlock handle.
__________________
Dave, Vanessa & Mindye
SFC E-7, US Army Retired
2003 Kit Road Ranger 5th Wheel
dvkiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2015, 07:22 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 45
And don't forget to lower the tailgate!
__________________
2014 Desert Fox 24AS
2013 F350 Lariat CC 4x4
BadDogPSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2015, 06:01 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by BadDogPSD View Post
And don't forget to lower the tailgate!
oh yes and the tailgate down as well.
__________________
Dave, Vanessa & Mindye
SFC E-7, US Army Retired
2003 Kit Road Ranger 5th Wheel
dvkiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2015, 09:35 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 204
For people new to 5th wheel lifestyle

True story. Years ago I had a new for truck with the original tailgate. At a family's gathering in Fun Valley, Colorado. I back in with my5th wheel chocked the tires and lowered my legs. My dad, brother, father in law, cousin and uncle are resting on the bed of the truck just talking. My dad tells me to "jump in and pull away I pull your lever". So, I get in the truck by dad say your unlatch pull out. The other grown men back up and I pull forward but only go 3 feet and Wham! No one lowered the tail gate... Truck with less than 3000 miles. So, use a check list.

5 grown men and no one noticed... Needless to say I purchased trailer tail gate.
__________________
tucsonrv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2015, 09:56 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
jimcumminsw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oswego IL
Posts: 1,257
I believe this will provide all the information that you will need for RV'ing.
I use a modified version of these every time we go out that I store on my PC.


RV Camping Checklists


Jim W.
__________________
Jim & Jill
Sold: 2010 318SAB Cougar:New: 2016 Cedar Creek 34RL. 2008 Dodge 6.7LCummins the original 6.7L engine, w/68RFE Auto
jimcumminsw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2015, 10:13 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
J Birder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Lake County, IL
Posts: 1,194
Quote:
Originally Posted by dvkiel View Post
oh yes and the tailgate down as well.
Or better yet, get a 5th wheel, notched tailgate. Ti makes hitching and unhitching much easier.
2011 Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate | etrailer.com.

Joel
__________________
Retired electronics engineer. Avid paddler & birder.
2011 Silverado 2500HD, diesel, 4x4,crew cab, 8' bed
Palomino Puma 253FBS (27' 5er) & '94 19' Class B
J Birder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2015, 06:26 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
tuffr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Palm Coast Florida
Posts: 2,456
I have my checklist laminated and on easy to find pink paper. It saved me at least once with my tailgate. If you do have a checklist make it a solid habit to 'always' use it !!! Else mayhem can happen.
__________________
tuffr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2015, 09:47 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by tuffr2 View Post
I have my checklist laminated and on easy to find pink paper. It saved me at least once with my tailgate. If you do have a checklist make it a solid habit to 'always' use it !!! Else mayhem can happen.
Being new to the 5th wheel lifestyle could you provide me with a copy of your checklist, I would be very appreciative.
__________________
Dave, Vanessa & Mindye
SFC E-7, US Army Retired
2003 Kit Road Ranger 5th Wheel
dvkiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 01:38 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 179
Just read the checklist. All I can say is wow. Unless I'm FT, it's overkill IMHO.
__________________

__________________
2016 Anthem 44B - Go Blue!
2014 Jeep Rubicon
Making memories, one day at a time!
lincoln20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
5th wheel



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
Winnebago Destination 5th Wheel update mcumbie Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 17 11-02-2015 11:01 PM
5th wheel hitch recommendations Bruce A 5th Wheel Discussion 18 03-08-2015 11:18 AM
Who is towing a 5th wheel with a 1/2 ton? ykcamom Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 22 01-07-2015 02:11 PM
Installing Winegard Travler on 5th Wheel James Weid 5th Wheel Discussion 8 08-22-2014 02:54 PM
Any 5th Wheel Rentals? SmilinJack 5th Wheel Discussion 8 03-09-2014 07:31 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:59 PM.


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