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Old 07-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Hitch-up

Curious as I have yet to hook-up a fifth wheel (I will in a couple of weeks). I saw a video on the RV Travel.com site that said to connect your 7 pin connector to the TV before trying to hitch-up. He said this way you could use trailer brakes to keep from rolling. Being the newbe that I am to fifth wheels, I'd like to get your opinon on this, what say you?

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Old 07-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Curious as I have yet to hook-up a fifth wheel (I will in a couple of weeks). I saw a video on the RV Travel.com site that said to connect your 7 pin connector to the TV before trying to hitch-up. He said this way you could use trailer brakes to keep from rolling. Being the newbe that I am to fifth wheels, I'd like to get your opinon on this, what say you?

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I do this frequently when hitching up if wheels are not blocked.
Especially at home as its not blocked there.


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Old 07-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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I *always* have my wheels chocked if the camper isn't attached to the truck. I trust my chocks.

BUT- I can definitely see the value in hooking up the umbilical cord before hitching up.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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Not a bad idea, but I would find it awkward to reach down to my brake control to activate the trailer brakes, while at the same time looking back to hit the fifth wheel pin.
I use Bal X-chocks on my camper tires, and that serves the same purpose.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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Always have Bal X Chocks installed when I hitch up except at home when it is against the wheel chocks. Removing the Bal X Chocks is the last thing I do on the final walk around checking lights.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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Curious as I have yet to hook-up a fifth wheel (I will in a couple of weeks). I saw a video on the RV Travel.com site that said to connect your 7 pin connector to the TV before trying to hitch-up. He said this way you could use trailer brakes to keep from rolling. Being the newbe that I am to fifth wheels, I'd like to get your opinon on this, what say you?

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I guess this would work if you needed extra chocking. We have never found it necessary due to having the 4 wheels chocked and the front landing gear down when hooking up.

One possible problem I could see is if for any reason you have to pull forward to make another attempt to hook up and you forget to disconnect the cord before doing so - well you can visualize what might happen.
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Doesn't the camper wheels still go a 1/4 - 1/2 turns before the brakes are engaged?

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One possible problem I could see is if for any reason you have to pull forward to make another attempt to hook up and you forget to disconnect the cord before doing so - well you can visualize what might happen.
Oh, hey - I just did that MONDAY. Went to pull the truck forward after parking the camper and watched both my emergency breakaway and umbilical cord pop out.

I was just having one of those trips...
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One possible problem I could see is if for any reason you have to pull forward to make another attempt to hook up and you forget to disconnect the cord before doing so - well you can visualize what might happen.
I will have to agree with B on this one... About the only hook up/disconnect "oops" I have committed in several years of towing a 5th wheel is driving away from the trailer after forgetting to unhook the cord... it plays havoc with the truck side connector.

Had to replace the whole truck side part of the connection. Imho, using the umbilical when hooking up *could* cause the problem B stated.

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Oh, hey - I just did that MONDAY. Went to pull the truck forward after parking the camper and watched both my emergency breakaway and umbilical cord pop out.

I was just having one of those trips...
Much damage?

Remember some time ago there was a video showing a new style umbilical cord connector that was designed to release the cord if it was not pulled out even at a 90 degree angle? I never heard anymore about it and was skepical about that part.
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