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Old 01-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #21
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I guess my question would be about wheels while hooking up. Should they be chocked or should I leave x clocks in place during hookup and pull test or not? JT
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #22
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One trick I have seen is to paint the jaws of the hitch a bright color or white so you can visually see it is closed easier.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #23
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In my opinion, I would take the x chocks out and use regular wheel chocks. The wheels should be able to move slightly in relation to each other when raising or lowering the coach with the landing gear. It may work to leave them in, but I think I would take them out.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:29 PM   #24
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thanks jd for taking the time to type out diections for those that dont know or are worried about the first time hooking up fifth wheel. you can save yourself an additional walk around inspection of the lights by turning on either headlights or parking lights along with 4 ways.
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Wheels chocked and I actually leave the landing gear entirely down. I follow the instructions that B&W provides:
http://www.turnoverball.com/sites/de...07_12_2012.pdf
(Steps 5 & 6)

I leave whatever wheel chocks in that I have in- be it between the wheel chocks or the behind the wheel chocks.
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thanks jd for taking the time to type out diections for those that dont know or are worried about the first time hooking up fifth wheel. you can save yourself an additional walk around inspection of the lights by turning on either headlights or parking lights along with 4 ways.
You can certainly do this, I have just found that in brighter daylight, it seems easier for me to check one element at a time. I also like the extra walk around, I am kind of a "belt and suspender" kind of guy....

Of course the extra exercise helps too...
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Wheels chocked and I actually leave the landing gear entirely down. I follow the instructions that B&W provides:
http://www.turnoverball.com/sites/de...07_12_2012.pdf
(Steps 5 & 6)

I leave whatever wheel chocks in that I have in- be it between the wheel chocks or the behind the wheel chocks.
Good point ependydad.

I guess my thinking is that if the coach moves any with the landing gear down, it could mess up the landing gear. But if you are chocked good, the coach should not move, thus no worries about the landing gear.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:24 PM   #28
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That's the idea for me- between the wheel chocks and I ALSO hold the trailer brake so the trailer shouldn't move. I've also been getting a little more aggressive when trying to pull away from the camper from reading the "dropped my fiver" threads.

I think that as long as you're doing *A* pull-test, you're good.
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Do not leave the X-Chocks installed. They are not designed to withstand that much twisting and rotational/counter rotational force. Use "standard" wheel blocks/chocks.
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If you are worried about "dropping the fiver" check out:

Butch's 5th Wheel Latch Kit

Also MAKE SURE you have your X-Chock removed before you move your camper. If you drive off with an X-Cock in the edges of the chock (as it rotates) WILL break your steel belts. The tire(s) may not blow immediately. It may take many miles for that broken wire to make its way to the surface and cause a blow out.
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