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Old 05-10-2007, 05:50 AM   #1
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Man, I just got a sweet deal on a fifth-wheel trailer!! This thing is saweet!! It has all the amenities that a person could want and more. The guy I bought it from said I should get a one-ton pick-up truck to pull it, but I knew better than that. I did some precision modifications to my truck and it pulls it great!! I admit that it took some time, but from the attached pictures you will be able to see that it was well worth the effort!!

Hooked up and ready to fly!!
It really smooths out the ride in the truck. I did have to air up the rear tires a bit (around 160 psi)



I added some heavy-duty chain for extra support on the tailgate (note that I used the "Sever-Duty 'S' hooks to attach the chain) I also paid-up for some BIG 5/16 sheetmetal screws to attach the frame to the tailgate. Yeah, I know it's overkill, but I don't want to have any accidents.



Much of my time was spent on the front porch whittling down that MASSIVE 4x4 board to fit precisely into the ball mount receiver. Also note that I used a 14" chunk of 1x4 to distribute the load more evenly--YOU CAN"T BE TOO SAFE, YOU KNOW!! It cost a little more, but you just can't be too safe when pulling a trailer of this magnitude!!

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Man, I just got a sweet deal on a fifth-wheel trailer!! This thing is saweet!! It has all the amenities that a person could want and more. The guy I bought it from said I should get a one-ton pick-up truck to pull it, but I knew better than that. I did some precision modifications to my truck and it pulls it great!! I admit that it took some time, but from the attached pictures you will be able to see that it was well worth the effort!!

Hooked up and ready to fly!!
It really smooths out the ride in the truck. I did have to air up the rear tires a bit (around 160 psi)



I added some heavy-duty chain for extra support on the tailgate (note that I used the "Sever-Duty 'S' hooks to attach the chain) I also paid-up for some BIG 5/16 sheetmetal screws to attach the frame to the tailgate. Yeah, I know it's overkill, but I don't want to have any accidents.



Much of my time was spent on the front porch whittling down that MASSIVE 4x4 board to fit precisely into the ball mount receiver. Also note that I used a 14" chunk of 1x4 to distribute the load more evenly--YOU CAN"T BE TOO SAFE, YOU KNOW!! It cost a little more, but you just can't be too safe when pulling a trailer of this magnitude!!

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Old 05-10-2007, 07:57 AM   #3
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:57 PM   #4
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Now that's the kind of fun stuff we need around here. I'll be laughing about that for a while to come.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:41 PM   #5
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That is truly one funny set up and the wording you added is perfect. Truly enjoyed it....thanks for making my day.
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:56 AM   #6
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Ah, good ole 'merican engineuity... some bailing wire, a couple of 4X4's and that all-important gorilla glue and you're set to go!
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That was too funny ... I had to pass it on to a friend of mine whose self-appointed" nickname is "trailer trash"!
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Joel,
I noticed that you were careful to blackout the Utah license plate number. Where did you discover this fine example of "'merican engineuity" (by Terbie)? I'd love to see it truckin' on down the road (from a safe distance, of course). Most fun I've had all day!
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He should patent that great idea and make lots of money. LOL
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:39 AM   #11
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Great idea!! Now I know how I can save some money when I am ready to replace my truck. No more need for that big one ton diesel. I will just replace it with a fuel efficient SUV to tow the 5th wheel
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You'll be the envy of "trailer trash" everywhere!
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