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Old 04-25-2012, 10:27 PM   #21
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For those of you that are new to 5th wheel hitching, take the time to watch this short video. If you follow these steps, you won't have the problem of dropping your fiver on your bed. Even if you are an old pro, or young pro, this is a good video.
I camped next to him at Gettysburg this month! Nice guy.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:04 PM   #22
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I did it at Camping World in Anaheim Calif. Had just had them install a new awning and was hooking up to pull the trailer out of their service bay. My friend was watching the hitch and said I was good to go, so I went, or should I say the truck went and the trailer stayed...I was going very slow so there wasnt very much damage to the bed rails and I left the scrapes there as a reminder from then on to trust no one else but me.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:18 AM   #23
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Herk/Amxpress, I must have watched that video 50 times over the winter. Turbo.....check that video out.....I think we put our stab. jack covers in upside down........... The door should open downward..............( see stab. cover forum )
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:36 AM   #24
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Herk/Amxpress, I must have watched that video 50 times over the winter. Turbo.....check that video out.....I think we put our stab. jack covers in upside down........... The door should open downward..............( see stab. cover forum )
My stab cover opens downward, but it is not a waterproof door so I doubt it matters. It's job is to keep water from running into the switch body.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:57 AM   #25
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I too knocked mine off the blocks last year and dropped it on the bed. I had 6 x 6's under the landing gear, but no chocks behind the tires. As I was pushing under the king pin I managed pushed the trailer off the blocks. It dropped the 6" and just barely made contact with the bed rails. The incident left a small crease on both sides of the bed. Fortunately, there was a metal strip on the camper where the cap joined the body. It took the full brunt of the impact and did not crack the fiberglass on the cap. If I didn't show you, it would be hard to spot the damage on the truck or the metal strip.

But it did teach me a lesson! I do not use blocks under my front jacks now, I bought a 10 foot 2 x 12 for the jack pads to rest on at home, and I make sure the king pin is high enough to easily slide into the hitch. I am thankful the damage was minimal, to both the trailer and truck bed.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:00 AM   #26
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Herk/Amxpress, I must have watched that video 50 times over the winter. Turbo.....check that video out.....I think we put our stab. jack covers in upside down........... The door should open downward..............( see stab. cover forum )
My cover was factory mounted that way but had I did it myself I still would have mounted it with the cover lifting up.
for fear it would fall open and someone would walk by and accidentally knock it off.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:42 AM   #27
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Never dropped the 5er on the truck, but almost tore my tailgate off my previous truck with previous 5er. I thought about it at the last second and stopped just as the pin bumped the inside of the tailgate. Put a tiny dent on the inside panel of the tailgate.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:48 AM   #28
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I keep this as a reminder, more then a scratch.
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I didn't mention in my original post that there was no damage to the front of the 5th wheel. Lucked out there.
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I saw this happen at an archery shoot I was participating in a few years ago. There were several people boondocking and as the shoot was winding down, people started to leave. I was sitting in the shade drinking a bottle of water and had watched this guy back under his 5'er and get everything all squared away to head out. He and his family loaded up and pulled the 5'er at least 60 yards before it fell on his bed. Made a heck of a racket and got everyone's attention.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #30
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I have towed a 5th wheel for almost 10 years with no accidents. However, I found an inexpensive latch for a 5th wheel which I am considering. Website is :
http://www.butchsservices.com/5605R.html. Looks like good insurance.
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