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Old 10-11-2012, 12:19 PM   #15
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Perhaps watching a few episodes of Ice Road Truckers, lol.

Yeah, do what Hugh does and by time you get to where you are going, you have nothing left of your trailer but the frame.

I am a member of the sit tight and wait it out crowd. I have no experience towing in those conditions, so I'd rather be safe in a CG then pulling my 5er in that kind of weather.
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Drive smoothly with no sudden changes if on ice or snow. Be careful with cruise control. The transmission may downshift on an incline to maintain speed and this might cause the rear wheels to break traction. Fifth wheels tend to put more weight on the truck and they tow quite nicely even under slippery conditions. It is wise to slow down. Another suggestion is to make sure to wash your truck and RV off as soon as possible. I made a mistake of bringing a new fifth wheel back home without washing right away. The trip was about 400 miles of slush, ice, and snow. It was -20. I left the fifth wheel unwashed for a few weeks until the weather warmed up. Rust started so quickly. Next time I would take the unit to a truck wash and rinse off even the undercarriage after the trip.
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I've hit small patches road ice, twice, and luckily was able to ride it out. No sudden actions such as touching the brakes. I will carry chains for the fifth but there are times there are small patches of ice in a shady spot when the rest of the road is dry and clear. I think the best thing to do is to watch the outside temps.

Being retired I am never in a hurry so if there is a chance of snow or ice we just wait until the roads are clear. Better to be late than never.
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Drive smoothly with no sudden changes if on ice or snow. Be careful with cruise control. The transmission may downshift on an incline to maintain speed and this might cause the rear wheels to break traction. Fifth wheels tend to put more weight on the truck and they tow quite nicely even under slippery conditions. It is wise to slow down. Another suggestion is to make sure to wash your truck and RV off as soon as possible. I made a mistake of bringing a new fifth wheel back home without washing right away. The trip was about 400 miles of slush, ice, and snow. It was -20. I left the fifth wheel unwashed for a few weeks until the weather warmed up. Rust started so quickly. Next time I would take the unit to a truck wash and rinse off even the undercarriage after the trip.
I agree with you except I believe that the cruise control and exhaust/jake brake is a real NO NO on slick road (even just wet, especially right after a long dry spell) with or with out a trailer.
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