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Old 01-24-2013, 05:56 AM   #21
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:49 PM   #22
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Our hitch has a lock pin that will not go into place unless the fifth wheel pin is fully captured. Simple, but 100% foolproof.
I like 100% foolproof!

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:14 PM   #23
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I cannot release my jaw inless the pin is fully fdw in the hitch head, so not worried about stupid people pulling the handle out plus it is locked, but I am going to install one of these butchservices asap. cheap ins..
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:05 AM   #24
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After making an incredibly stupid mistake the first year we owned a fifth wheel (2003), I now use a checklist all the time, every time. At the end of a very long day of driving I rushed myself trying to get unhitched and I actually unhitched without have the landing gear down. I really lucked out that time and only put superficial damage on the truck. Since then I use a checklist for hitching and unhitching all the time, every time, and never rush myself.

I also do a test pull after hitching up, put a lock on the hitch latch, and have paint on the locking jaws so I can see they have captured the kingpin.

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:24 PM   #25
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I dropped my 41ft XLR on my F-450 and did about $3500 damage. As a result I learned:

Do not put blocks under the front jacks more than 2 inches thick.

Put X chocks between the trailer tires to lock the trailer in place.

An alternative to the X chocks is to connect your electrical cable from the RV to the truck and lock down the RV brakes before you make the final backward movement to lock the pin into the hitch.

Purchase a Bed Saver. I purchased the one made by Blue Ox, though I may purchase the one by Anderson.

Do not depend on those orange or yellow plastic chocks to keep the trailer from rolling.

I agree that Hitch manufacturers should make the Bed Saver standard equipment on all fifth wheel hitches.

All RV Dealers should recommend that the buyer purchase a Bed Saver and have it installed by the dealer prior to leaving the dealership with a brand new and expensive Fifth Wheel RV until such time as the Bed Saver becomes standard equipment.

I like the idea of painting the closure jaws of the hitch yellow to make it easier to verify that the pin is locked in place.

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:48 PM   #26
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I stuff a 4X6 cement block between the tires on both sides here at home, on the road I use four rubber wheel chocks from Harbor Freight two behind and two in front of the tires.

I can hear the jaws lock but I GOAL just to be sure.
Tug test before lifting the legs.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:20 PM   #27
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Man! I do the same thing you did and I haven't had anything go wrong but after reading this I will purchase wheel chocks that will do the job of keeping the rug in place. I do a tug test and GOAL before I ride. Thanks for the input. I feel for you.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:09 PM   #28
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ok... I prolly wasted my $85.00, but I will feel better anyway. I ordered me one from Butch's. I don't think my hitch will close unless its coupled...

I am old and piece of mind is good...
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:26 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by bigdaddy51200 View Post
I just had my RV cover installed Friday 1-11-13 and need to move the trailer Saturday afternoon to do some prep work under the new cover . I backed the truck under the trailer as I always do, latched the Butch services bed saver , done a pull test and Boom , it came unhitched and the king pin caught on the bed saver as advertised . This was totally my fault for not checking and making sure the latch on the hitch was in place , I was in a hurry. This was a totally human error on my part because the latch never closed and I didn't check it . Thanks so much for this product !!!

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Old 09-29-2014, 01:27 PM   #30
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I used a padlock to secure the latching handle on my BMW Hitch. I do this because in Yuma, AZ a few years ago, some kids were going through the parking lots (Walmart, Sams Club, etc.) pulling the latches on the hitches.

Now I'll be adding a B&W Companion Hitch to my hauler, and will see how that mechanism can be secured.

Never did find out how many suffered damage, but it was quite a few.

This is seems to be impossible with a B&W Companion. I can't get my handle to budge if there is weight on the hitch at all. I have to see daylight between the two before I can open the jaws.

BUT- I've read people putting a padlock where the pin goes to lock the handle in place.

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