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Old 06-06-2016, 06:55 AM   #31
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I've always worried about this but have never purchased a lock. Need to put this on my to do list. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:35 AM   #32
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That's a plus for me using the hard Undercover tonneau cover while towing. You can't get the cover up high enough to get to the latch which is padlocked anyway.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:40 AM   #33
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I drove trucks through the 90's...never saw or heard of behavior like the OP described. I wonder if his hitch needs to be serviced or replaced.

One thing I have always done while hitching is to hook the electrical connection before backing completely under the pin. I do this so that I can pull the trailers brakes (with the manual control on brake controller) while backing under the pin. I've never really felt the landing gear on these RV's is heavy duty enough and this method gives me a little more of that warm and fuzzy feeling.

I'm playing with fire with this comment, but (IMHO) if he had Roto-Chocks instead of X-Chocks, he wouldn't have broken one...even with his aggressive methods.
Not sure what a rotors chock is but his was not technically an x chock. It looked like two black chocks that were pulled to the center towards each other with a short Rachel strap like thing.

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Yeah this morning my wife finally got the courage and did a complete hookup of the fiver this morning. Only took four years to get her to do this. Next step get her behind the wheel and actually drive the truck and pull the fifth wheel. Baby steps.
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Not sure what a rotors chock is but his was not technically an x chock. It looked like two black chocks that were pulled to the center towards each other with a short Rachel strap like thing.

See what I mean!
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Old 06-16-2016, 05:29 PM   #37
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Please beware, some hitches you are to leave closed and when you back in it will open and then close around the pin. Also I don't let the pin get to high. I leave it a little lower then the plate so that the pin doesn't ride over the plate.
This thread got me thinking, as many of them do....and I went and checked my manual...low and behold it says to leave the jaws closed and back into the kingpin. For the past 4 years I could swear it said to open the jaws and back in, so I have been doing that the last 4 years. It does caution to make sure the locking lever in unlatched from the arm so as to allow the jaws to open. Heading out in the morning...this time when hooking up I will leave the jaws closed....not that it makes a huge difference...just meant in the past I would always get out of the truck to close the jaws.
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