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Old 08-19-2013, 09:44 PM   #11
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the 5th wheel! Very wise of you to start at the top on your first trailer! Enjoy it!
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #12
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Welcome to the Forum - I was in your shoes a couple months back. The folks here have helped more than I can tell you.

CHOCK FIRST!
UNCHOCK LAST.

My rule of thumb is that just when you think you are ready to roll, stop and think. More often than not, you forgot to do something.

Enjoy!
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:35 AM   #13
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Before we leave - my wife and I both do a walk around the camper. We look high and low for things we may have missed. Once I found a tennis ball size bubble on a tire. Fortunately, that's it.

At every stop (gas, potty, etc.) - I glance at the hitch to make sure everything is still latched and clipped and whatnot.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:03 AM   #14
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Yea I've never had a fifth wheel camper before but I have alway been a stickler for detail and I guess I have a little OCD so far we have just got to go out 3x and I bet I walk around the whole rig 4 or 5 times my worst fear is for it to come off the truck and hurt someone so check and double and sometimes triple check my hitch just to make sure it is secure. I am wondering if they make some kind of safety chains because there is none on any that I have seen
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:07 AM   #15
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There are none. With the design of fifth wheels, they're unneeded.

However, there are "catching" devices to save your truck bed. Blue Ox Bed Saver is expensive, but it's always there and always "active". If your pin comes out of the hitch, it'll catch it. But, it's also bulky.

Another similar product is Butch's Bed Saver which is much cheaper ($50 for it vs. $250 for the Blue Ox) but it works differently. It has to be engaged each time, but in the event of a mechanical failure- it'll be there to help you.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:26 AM   #16
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Look at films/pictures of crushed side beds from people when camper is parked in camping spot, from people pulling out of and/or backing into the camper to hookup/unhook. Learn from Their Mistakes.

With campers/trailers, bad things can happen and when they do they will happen quickly. Vision is very poor around you when going down the road or going into/out of campgrounds. "Where did that car come from that you just cut off" and 'I never saw that limb that just ripped off my air vent and AC cover. :

When pulling out or into a 'site'/drive, know where all of your people (and everyone else) are. Have your animals/dogs... in the truck with you or in someones arms, as we all know.... 'when truck moves' it is time go some where and the VERY LAST thing you want to do is run over your dog/wife/child.


Enjoy

As as my famous brother always says "Don't Drive Like My Brother"

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