Originally Posted by W5CI
OK, what is a fifth wheel bed saver??
It's a device that is supposed to "catch" your kingpin when you screw up the hitching and your trailer wasn't really locked in.
I agree with others, these are really just unnecessary costs if you are diligent about ensuring your kingpin is actually locked in. And if you have a hitch like mine (sidewinder) by the time the kingpin moves out of the hitch a few inches to where a bed saver would catch it, you've already hit your tailgate with the back of the hitch if it was up (which it should be if you are moving).
I dropped my rig in the bed of my truck years ago when I was distracted. Ever since then Liz and I both triple check the kingpin is locked by actually looking at the jaws and the lock. I even painted the jaws white so increased visibility.
Most of the bed savers I've seen actually hinder you being able to view the jaws directly.
I've had several friends that installed them, then eventually took them off as they were just a PITA.
And don't get distracted during your hook up routine
Scott and Liz - Southern NM
2012 Wildcat Sterling 32RL - w/level up (best option ever)
2007 Chevy 2500HD 4dr short bed Duramax w/allison
Reese Fifth Airborne air ride king pin coupler with Sidewinder