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Old 04-26-2012, 08:17 PM   #31
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I do the same thing as Turbo when driving the tractors at work. We back under the trailer, wait for the clicking sound of the hitch, then before doing anything else we pull forward on the trailer and make sure that it is latched. If it passes this test we then hook all the air lines and electrical lines up and raise the landing gear and leave.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:42 PM   #32
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Yep, I always make sure they pass the Tug Test now!
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #33
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Herms1960, you just gave me the next mod I will be making tomorrow afternoon or Sat. I have the tubing and a spare crow bar that will work perfectly.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:40 PM   #34
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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.
WOW........thats me......I'M in........
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:17 AM   #35
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Had some good advice from Dave & Monica here that is now part of our pre-roll checklist.....

On hook up, after closing the jaws on the 16K Reese Slider, I raise the landing gear about 1.5" and with the trailer brakes on, pull forward, then release brakes and roll a few inches forward. I also like to back up slightly, too.

That way, if the jaws are not locked, the trailer will drop back onto the landing gear rather than my truck bed!
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:00 AM   #36
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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.
I bought the last Pullrite Latch Kit.
He will have more in two weeks, he said.

I have no room in the bed for a Blue Ox since it moves with the hitch head.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:06 AM   #37
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I keep this as a reminder, more then a scratch.
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...d/IMG_0743.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...d/IMG_0744.jpg

I didn't mention in my original post that there was no damage to the front of the 5th wheel. Lucked out there.
Sorry to hear about your mishap. I think the way your “drop” happened is a time when we are all the most susceptible to making a mistake. You’ve arrived at the RV site, unhitched and started the setup procedure and then realize the rig needs to be moved just a bit.

That had to make you sick to your stomach to see the damage to that big beautiful Ford you own. Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:03 PM   #38
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Dropped!

Yep, dropped mine. New to fith wheel and bought a new Crusader 290RLT last fall. Dropped it on our third outing. We have a Reese 16K slider with the jaws.....it was raining and wife was spotting and we were kinda in a hurry because the bad weather. We had the jaws inplace but the little latch that locks the bar for the jaws was not "flipped over" and locked. When I pulled away............bang! My support legs were all the way up so the rv landed fully on the side rails. But........good news.........the side rails on my 2006 Dodge ram saved my a--! Also the quality construction of the Crusader..........only a slight scratch and crease (1/64in) on the truck and absolutely NO damage or even marks to the RV! Whew......there is an RV God that watches over the complacent and stupid. My brother had a new 5th wheel also and was watching all this.......He now claims to be an only child.
Lessons learned:
- Checklist, checklist, checklist, checklist!
- All the lessons learned (latch, raise legs 1\2in, pull check, etc) are in the checklist.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:28 PM   #39
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Didn't get to make the safety latch today due to straightening up the new landing leg installation and the factory using a 5/8" inside dim square tube on a 1/2" dia shaft which lets the tubing flop around which I corrected after machining a bushing. Oh well, that's what keeps old retired folks busy.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:41 PM   #40
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One of my fears alos is dropping the unit on the truck. I'm not saying this is a fix but our Hi-jacker has no jaws. When the bar slide in front of the pin your good to go. That said with out a routine anyting is possible. Note the link.
Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitches » Auto Slide 18K

Note that this is not our set up exactly but it was the one that best shows the bar slide.
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