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Old 03-14-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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first time fifth wheel pull advice

Picking up my 5W tomorrow. went up to see it the other day. could not wait. Its about a 3 hour drive.

Ive pulled many long trailers and travel tailers. Never a 5W before. Anything I should know? Any advice for a 5W newbie?

Here's a few pics from my visit. They were busy prepping it when I arrived.



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Old 03-14-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the new unit, watch for tail swing.

Double check that the jaws lock, with the landing legs down do a pull test.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:18 PM   #3
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Nice looking rig....If you've pulled long TT's before and have the right TV to pull this rig, you may be amazed at how stable it is to pull a 5er
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:32 PM   #4
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nice rig. You'll never go back to bumper pull once you tow a 5th
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Don't ever, and I mean ever back up without a spotter. When in doubt, stop and evaluate your situation. Watch out for that rear end swing. Enjoy your new rig.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #6
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Went from a TT to a 5er, biggest watch out I found is that it pivots differently, the trailer tracks differently in a turn or backing. In a turn the trailer tracks inside a good bit more than a TT. Backing up when folded tight it seems to pivot more instead of moving backwards.

My towing wheelbase is shorter than with my TT despite the length growing ten feet, that makes the tail longer than I was used to, it swings pretty bad during tight maneuvers but I got used to it pretty quickly.

Good luck and have fun with it!
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:38 PM   #7
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first time fifth wheel pull advice

Watch your height on overpasses and bridges , 5th wheels tend to be taller , happy towing .
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Congratulations!!! Always think 100 yards in front of you (when in a congested area or maneuvering in campgrounds or shopping centers etc). Make wider turns to prevent hopping the curb and ruining a tire. Know the height of your FW and always watch low hanging anything. The best part is, when you are on the interstate...that 18 wheeler passing you on the left is not going to push you to the right. I've never gotten any wind disturbance from an 18 wheeler like I did on the motorhomes.
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Congratulations!!! Always think 100 yards in front of you (when in a congested area or maneuvering in campgrounds or shopping centers etc). Make wider turns to prevent hopping the curb and ruining a tire. Know the height of your FW and always watch low hanging anything. The best part is, when you are on the interstate...that 18 wheeler passing you on the left is not going to push you to the right. I've never gotten any wind disturbance from an 18 wheeler like I did on the motorhomes.
X'2 on that advice, but pulling big trailers you won't have a problem, just remember it's back there sometimes I forget. Backing up is different then the TT i owned but now I think it easier.......Congrads on the new unit and many happy miles to you and yours....
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It won't track as close to your truck tracks when turning so allow plenty of room when making those right turns. It'll want to climb the curb.

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