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Old 09-21-2014, 05:28 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Towing

I've always towed a travel trailer. When turning corners I have to turn really wide to keep from clipping any obstacles that might be in the inside of the turn.

With that said does a 5th wheel of equal length track the TV better, staying in line with it?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 09-21-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Yes. It'll shorten the overall length thus increase your turning radius. You pivot point is in the bed of the truck and not on your bumper.


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Old 09-21-2014, 05:43 PM   #3
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The 5er will track the truck a little tighter in turns than the tt.
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Old 09-21-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!

It's all about the pivot point and the length of your trailer (either TT or 5W). Your pivot point for a TT is the ball at the end of your vehicle whereas for a 5W, it's the hitch receiver in the back of the truck. BOTH setups are going to require extra clearance on the inside of your turn as NEITHER will track behind your tow vehicle.

A longer trailer of either design will require more inside clearance. I think, at least in theory, comparing a TT and 5W of equal length, a TT will track slightly worse than the 5W during the turn due to the pivot point being further aft. But in practice, it doesn't matter. You just learn how much space you need and get better and better the more you drive your rig!

That's my 2 cents anyway...
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:26 PM   #5
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I guess I am the lone dissenter here but it is my experience that the bumper pull trailer follows the tow vehicle in a turn better than a fifth wheel. It believe it is for the reason stated earlier, the 5th wheel hitch is turning over the rear axle and the bumper pull trailer hitch is thrown to the outside of the corner because it is behind the rear axle.
My 5th wheel is a 26 footer and has less trailer behind the truck than my 25 ft. bumper pull, but the bumper pull follows about 6 inches to a foot outside the TV tracks in a sharp 90 degree turn while the 5th wheel requires about a foot and a half or more.
That's just my experience. I have a bent 5th wheel axle as evidence.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:39 AM   #6
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I guess I am the lone dissenter here but it is my experience that the bumper pull trailer follows the tow vehicle in a turn better than a fifth wheel. It believe it is for the reason stated earlier, the 5th wheel hitch is turning over the rear axle and the bumper pull trailer hitch is thrown to the outside of the corner because it is behind the rear axle.
My 5th wheel is a 26 footer and has less trailer behind the truck than my 25 ft. bumper pull, but the bumper pull follows about 6 inches to a foot outside the TV tracks in a sharp 90 degree turn while the 5th wheel requires about a foot and a half or more.
That's just my experience. I have a bent 5th wheel axle as evidence.
I agree!
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:15 AM   #7
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:29 AM   #8
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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
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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.
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