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Old 12-03-2011, 11:35 AM   #11
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As for me, after I have backed up the truck within inches of the pin of the 5er, I'll raise and/or lower the 5er within an inch below of the receiver plate, so when backing into the pin, the truck will actually lefts the trailer up a bit. There's nothing like the sound of the pin locking into place on the receiver. When detaching, after chalking the 5er tires, I just raise the pin enough to see a space between the receiver plate and the lube plate, pull the handle out to release the pin, unplug the cord and brake cable and pull forward.

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Old 12-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #12
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For those who like to hit the fifth wheel plate half-way up, make sure the camper wheels are chocked solid. If not, the truck will be trying to push the camper back, and the only thing resisting will be the front legs, and they won't like that!
I actually hitch up with the camper pin plate only very slightly below the truck hitch plate, so I don't put too much backward force on the camper. I unhitch just like the poster 'nailit', and just raise the camper enough to see a small space.
But everyone has their own approach, and most work just fine.

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