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Old 02-23-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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How to Tow a 5th Wheel

Hi,

Picking up our first 5th Wheel tomorrow and more than a little nervous about towing it.

Are there any websites that give insight into how to drive while towing a 5th Wheel?

Thanks
Barbara
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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Don't know of any websites. We bought our 5ver back in 07/08 time frame. Basically, drive easier and allow more braking distance. Turn wider to allow the back wheels room to avoid a curb shot. Driver over speed bumps easy and any other big bumps. Don't turn so sharp that the front of the camper touches your truck as it will shatter the window with a loud pop!!!
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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Yes, Google RV education 101. Lots of info, I have there video how to drive a 5th wheel like a pro.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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Yes, Google RV education 101. Lots of info, I have there video how to drive a 5th wheel like a pro.

I also got Marks vidio but I got it to help my DW understand what I couldn't seem to explain to her and now she knows how to guide me when backing into tight spots.
I pulled trailers when I was in blacktopping but still was very nervous my first time with my 5er. The fear and insecurity will go away very quickly. Just be very aware of cars on side streets--they will pull out right in frount of you because they do not want to be stuck behind you. If you see a car at a stop sign just assume that they are going to pull out and cut you off and be prepaired for it. Take wide turns til you learn where the 5er follows on corners and remember you are pulling a high rig so be aware of ALL overpasses and know the height of your rig. Take it slow and use common sence and you will be fine.
Good luck with your new toy!









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Old 02-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #5
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The biggest difference between a 5th wheel and a pull behind is since the 5th wheel's hitch is in the bed of the truck, when trailering, the trailer will cut the corner and go inside the TV's wheels. Make wide turns, and watch the trailer in the mirror.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:37 AM   #6
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Take your 5ver to a big empty parking lot and practice braking,turning and backing up it will help you get the fell of the trailer on your truck.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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as with anything in life, the biggest fear is the unknown. So you're nervous because you haven't experienced pulling a 5er before. totally and completely natural to be nervous. The first time i pulled the 5er we had, i was nervous, and i've pulled everything from big rig flatbeds (which carry ALL kinds of freight) a log truck, dump trucks with all kinds of equipment, etc etc, yet the 5r made me nervous.

a few miles down the road, a few turns, a few times backing, and boom, familiarity breeds comfort and i wasn't nervous anymore. i always respected it being back there, but was no longer nervous about it.

i'm guessing the same will happen with y'all. already some good advice here in this thread. take it easy, practice practice practice, and you'll outgrow the nervous stage of your relationship with your NTU (new to you) 5r in no time
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This forum is awesome. I like how supportive all of you are.
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Congrats on your new 5th wheel.
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Yes, Google RV education 101. Lots of info, I have there video how to drive a 5th wheel like a pro.

Just received my 4 CD set in the mail. Looking forward to watching them and learning. Thanks so much for listing the web site. VERY HELPFUL for a newbie like me !!!!!!
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Home Depot after hours is a great place for practice. The Home Depot parking lot has lots of stop signs and rows of parking spaces. If you can master their parking lot you should have no problems.


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Take your 5ver to a big empty parking lot and practice braking,turning and backing up it will help you get the fell of the trailer on your truck.
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