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Old 09-03-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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To rock or not to rock?

Hey everyone. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to do some boondocking in the forest with a bunch of friends. We had a blast riding atv and fishing and just hanging out. I really want to do some more of this.

My concern is that on the way out on the somewhat bumpy dirt road my trailer was moving around quite a bit with the terrain and almost hit the top rails of my truck. I have about 6 inches of clearance with a little rocker hitch. I think I have it set to rock and was wondering what position I should have it in for this type of terrain.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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I never had a rocker hitch on my 5ers. But , I think that locked would be the safe way to be set for the rugged terrain.
Anything in the instruction manual , for driving in cross winds or off pavement .
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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You need more clearance between hitch and your rails. You're at the minimum.
I would not lock the head to keep it from pivoting, that's a good thing that it does pivot.
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You need more clearance between hitch and your rails. You're at the minimum.
I would not lock the head to keep it from pivoting, that's a good thing that it does pivot.
This is entirely contradictory. If you have only minimum clearance and uneven terrain, you should lock the side pivot to prevent contact between the fiver overhang and truck bed. Just travel slow. Once you can adjust the hitch or make other changes to give you more clearance, then leaving it unlocked will be fine.
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I've never seen a pivoting head you can "lock" anyway.
Do you want possibly 3k lbs of pin weight on just the very edge of the pinbox, grinding away as you turn? I don't.
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I agree the clearance is minimal but as I sit right now the truck and trailer sit almost perfectly level. Would it be worth it to raise the hitch head up 1 or 2 holes for just these type of trips? My only concern with this would be excessive tire wear on the rear tires. These trips are less than 400 miles round trip and would only be 2 or 3 times a year at the most, I don't have a problem doing that changing but I really don't want to raise the whole trailer.
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Well, your choice. I'd want it higher and to pivot also.
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X2 no lock, raise the trailer.
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I agree the clearance is minimal but as I sit right now the truck and trailer sit almost perfectly level. Would it be worth it to raise the hitch head up 1 or 2 holes for just these type of trips? My only concern with this would be excessive tire wear on the rear tires. These trips are less than 400 miles round trip and would only be 2 or 3 times a year at the most, I don't have a problem doing that changing but I really don't want to raise the whole trailer.
Raise it for these occasions only.
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I've never seen a pivoting head you can "lock" anyway.
Do you want possibly 3k lbs of pin weight on just the very edge of the pinbox, grinding away as you turn? I don't.
Some side-pivot hitches have an optional lock-out, cost like $10 last time I looked. Regarding pin weight on the edge of the pin box, hitches w/o side pivot pre-date by many years hitch that include this feature. I've used fifth wheel hitches for 25 years and I still don't own one with side-to-side pivot, my present hitch is 13 years old. I've never had a hitch head or pin box issue and I've never heard of a failure or wear-out due to a non-pivoting hitch.
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Some side-pivot hitches have an optional lock-out, cost like $10 last time I looked. Regarding pin weight on the edge of the pin box, hitches w/o side pivot pre-date by many years hitch that include this feature. I've used fifth wheel hitches for 25 years and I still don't own one with side-to-side pivot, my present hitch is 13 years old. I've never had a hitch head or pin box issue and I've never heard of a failure or wear-out due to a non-pivoting hitch.
Agree, none rocker for 20 years.
Like it for ease of use and clearance once removed. I suggest you use 5th wheel grease instead of Teflon plate. I never use plate and off level use is great due to pin clearance with grease.
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I have a lil rocker and it is great for hooking up when camped on uneven terrain that I find when boondocking. I have 6 inch clearance and lock the rocker when navigating rough terrain. Rocker locked is just like all those hitches that don't have the rocker option. P.S. I have rub marks on the back and front of my bed rails. That is from boondocking in Alaska on roads others just wish they had the nerve to go on.
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