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Old 02-08-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Towing a 5th Wheel With a Van

Does anyone have any info on towing a 5th wheel with a van with a tow dolly type rig. I know they make them, but have never seen any in use.

I would really like feedback from someone who is currently using one.

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If this works, a van should have NO problem! Lol



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Old 02-09-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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They have been around for a long time. Do a search for 5th wheel tow dolly.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:34 PM   #5
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Tow Buddy/Hitch Buddy was available for years, but they seem to have gone belly up - no longer on the web or mentioned by hitch retailers such as ETrailer.com.

There is now an expensive one that allows 5ers and gooseneck trailers to be towed by SUVs and vans and pickups with camper shells, and owners rave by them, but plan on spending over $10,000 total.

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The Automated Safety Hitch for Fifth Wheel RVs and Gooseneck trailers

Sounds like what you're looking for, but no, I don't have any personal experience with one.

Here's a link to a recent IRV2 thread about the so-called Automated Safety Hitch. Beware of the claims of snake-oil salesmen, and DO NOT exceed any of the weight limits of your van.

Automated Safety Hitch System Review
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SmokeyWren,

Thanks, that is who I have been researching and will probably use, if we go this route. I appreciate the info.

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One of the nice things about 5'vers is how well they back up. I would think that double hitch (double hinge) would back up like a MH with toad.

Even semi's pulling "doubles" don't back up much.

Just wondering. Hope you post how it works for you.
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One of the nice things about 5'vers is how well they back up. I would think that double hitch (double hinge) would back up like a MH with toad.

Even semi's pulling "doubles" don't back up much.

Just wondering. Hope you post how it works for you.
Maybe you missed this from the link in post #5


How is backing up with the Automated Safety Hitch System?

- You back up and jack knife with the Automated Safety Hitch System the same as you do with trailers in the bed of the pickup. There is only one pivot point. The Automated Safety Hitch System literally extends the frame of the vehicle.
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Something like this might work...


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Something like this might work...
Of course, but the mods to the van would cost a heck of a lot more than $11,000. Notice the dually rear end?
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I remember those!

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Something like this might work...


My dad always wanted one of those to pull the 5th wheel. In fact that would suit my needs perfectly now. I wish they still made then today. Two captains chairs up front with a tv in the overhead console, a sofa with seat belts that pulls out into a bed and an ice box etc...that would give a MH a run for it's money.

Really wish chevy or ford would make something like this with say an 11,000gvw and 4,000payload in gas and diesel. If they made it diesel only it would be $60,000
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I am sure you could get a chassis cab and have a conversion done; that is what the rig above was. Build cost would be the real question.

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One of the nice things about 5'vers is how well they back up. I would think that double hitch (double hinge) would back up like a MH with toad.

Even semi's pulling "doubles" don't back up much.

Just wondering. Hope you post how it works for you.
My thoughts also!
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Just build or buy a pickup box trailer and put a 5th wheel hitch in that.
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