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Old 09-24-2014, 11:58 AM   #11
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With all being stated, would a Reese Revolution actually decrease a 5th wheel inside track because it moves the pivot point about 20" back ?? A Reese representative at the Hershey RV Show was trying to get that through my thick skull, and with discussion here I am finally able to fathom how the tracking works.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:03 PM   #12
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I'm with you on the turn radius requiring more of it with the 5th wheel. I had been towing a 35' TT for over 15 years and now have a 41.5' 5th wheel trailer and I need alot more room to turn than before. I think more on the line of 10' more room for turning. The 5er just doesn't start turning or straighting out after the turn for quit some distance after I have turned and alot of caution turning is always at high priority for me and scary also. I have to watch real close at things when turning and I need a sign like the Semi's have "This thing takes really wide turners so keep your distance" Or "stay back because I'm about to turn and run over your little car" LOL
I'll come up with a good saying one day and then post it on the back of my 5er. Hey how about "I'm old and can't see like I used to so you better keep clear when I turn this corner" LOL
Wow, your trailer IS as long as some of the Semi trucks I drove when I was younger. Something I did to my "little" 26 ft. 5er to help traffic beside me notice that I want to change lanes is I installed a small yellow LED turn signal halfway down the side of the trailer. Now when I want to turn and traffic beside me won't let me in the next lane I know they are just being rude. I noticed that all the big rigs have this type of turn signal so I thought I would give it a try, I think it helps. Maybe that huge trailer of yours already has something like this.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:05 PM   #13
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With all being stated, would a Reese Revolution actually decrease a 5th wheel inside track because it moves the pivot point about 20" back ?? A Reese representative at the Hershey RV Show was trying to get that through my thick skull, and with discussion here I am finally able to fathom how the tracking works.
I believe it would.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:08 PM   #14
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I think the short answer to the OP's question is neither a TT nor a 5er is going to track following the truck, so always give yourself a lot of room.

I've had quite a few really close calls, but never a hit on my inside track. The swing on the end of the trailer on the outside is what got me in trouble with that tree last May. Don't forget to watch that too.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:11 PM   #15
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A 5W's pivot point is over the rear axle so as soon as the TV starts a turn the pivot point on a 5W tracks to the inside of the turn causing the trailer axles to come inside sooner.

In a tongue pull the pivot point is a few feet behind the TV axle so the hitch point actually moves slightly to the outside of the TV axle so the tongue of the TT is moved slightly to the outside and the wheels track a little bit less to the inside.
If I had been on here in time, I would have said this.
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I've always been too busy monitoring the inside mirror to notice which tracks better.

I do know that Semis turning right (towing 40' trailers) will easily crush the front of a car. A TT? Not so easily.

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I had a 33 foot travel trailer and comparing I now have a similar length fifth wheel 34 feet. Since the FF hangs over the bed a few feet the FF has a much tighter turning radius and tracks the truck much better then the TT. I do not think you can compare a 35 foot TT that is 6 feet less in length then 41 foot FF. Because a FF hangs over the truck more the pivot point is different. So in my experience towing the same size trailers, my FF has a much tighter turning radius
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Wow, your trailer IS as long as some of the Semi trucks I drove when I was younger. Something I did to my "little" 26 ft. 5er to help traffic beside me notice that I want to change lanes is I installed a small yellow LED turn signal halfway down the side of the trailer. Now when I want to turn and traffic beside me won't let me in the next lane I know they are just being rude. I noticed that all the big rigs have this type of turn signal so I thought I would give it a try, I think it helps. Maybe that huge trailer of yours already has something like this.
Hey thanks driftcreek I didn't think about that I'll check into putting some on the sides. Yes this thing is long and heavy, 5er is 41.5' and truck is about 24' with the brush guard on front bummper. The brush guard is for the varmets that don't want to move out of the way because I can't swerve to miss them. I haven't ran over anything yet but I'm prepared. LOL Thanks for the turn signal idea.
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I've always been too busy monitoring the inside mirror to notice which tracks better.

I do know that Semis turning right (towing 40' trailers) will easily crush the front of a car. A TT? Not so easily.


That's a bummer and not a situation I want to be in but I bet my 5er would have smashed that little car more.
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I had an incident similar to the picture of the trailer on the car when I was at a Nebraska truck stop, only mine involved a big cement baracade that was there to protect the fuel pumps. It seems they were tired of people hitting the pumps so they put in these big cement baracades and I was the first one to try it out. I swung right coming out of the pump and didn't check my inside mirror and rode that thing all the way to the top. Blew out my tire and bent my axle good. I think they made a good living selling tires there. After that when ever I fuel up I check BOTH mirrors before exiting the pumps.
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