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Old 01-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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I am sure from reading posts that I will love pulling my new 5er over my travel trailer. But can I get some help with specifics? I pulled a 30 ft travel trailer. My new 5er is just over 31ft. Will I need to swing even wider to turn a curve without running up on the curb? How is backing effected, do I need to pull up further before I do my large over-correction or about the normal 10 ft past the site. Does the fiver correct more quickly when I make an adjustment in backing? What is different except it pulls better? Thanks in advance for all the great feedback I know you can provide. JT
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I don't think you'll see too much difference between a 30' TT and and 31' 5W. The 5W will track more inside when turning and will be a little slower to react when backing up. After towing and backing in a few times, you'll be fine.

I'd be a good idea when you first get it is to head to an empty mall parking lot and do some practice manuevering. Try to turn at full lock to the left and right to ensure that you have clearance between the TV and camper.

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I am sure from reading posts that I will love pulling my new 5er over my travel trailer. But can I get some help with specifics? I pulled a 30 ft travel trailer. My new 5er is just over 31ft. Will I need to swing even wider to turn a curve without running up on the curb? How is backing effected, do I need to pull up further before I do my large over-correction or about the normal 10 ft past the site. Does the fiver correct more quickly when I make an adjustment in backing? What is different except it pulls better? Thanks in advance for all the great feedback I know you can provide. JT
Your pivot point is closer so you'll have to learn all over to an extant.
Imo backing is much faster/easier.
Turning corners you may or may not have to swing wider "doubtfully" but there's a chance...

Take it to walmart and practice some .
Backing, pulling ahead, going around curbs.

It'll be similar to the tt you'll just have yto get used to the pivot in your bed and not on your bumper!

Good luck

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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I went from 32 ft tt to a 42 ft 5er. Much better towing. You will just have to get use to the different pivot Pts.
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While I was pretty good with a travel and boat trailer, I had to learn all over again with my 5th wheel.

I bought a large toy plastic tractor trailer at Kids Are Us (cheap) that had steerable wheels and used it so I could understand the dynamics of how the tractor related to the trailer when turning.

http://www.amazon.com/Seattle-Marine...ractor+trailer

That was all I needed to get a LOT better. Practice backing will make you an old hand before you know it.

You can also make a cardboard pickup truck and camper (in 2D) and pin them together at the king pin point. Same idea.
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Like others above JT, go to a big parking lot and practice. That's the best way to get the feel for everything, especially the backing though. Once you do it a few times, you'll get the hang of it.
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i find the 5th wheel easier to manuever than old tt. both about the same (5er is 31 ft, tt was 30). 5er tracks closer to what the truck is doing compared to tt. backing is both faster and easier as turbs noted.
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I agree with others that the fifth wheel is much easier to back and park than a TT.

If you have a short bed pickup, make sure you get a slider hitch. It will make tight backing much easier.

If you have a short bed pickup and are pulling with your slider in the forward position (which you should always be unless you are parking), make sure you don't cut too sharp when turning or you'll be at the body shop repairing your cab corner on your truck and replacing your back glass. (Or so I've been told. Haven't done it myself, but have been warned by others who have.)

Be aware of a condition known as "chocking", whereby when you hit a significant bump in the road, like you may hit as you approach a bridge or other uneven spot in the pavement and the front of the trailer starts to jump up and down. Note that your trailer is solidly hitched to your truck, so the back of the truck will do the same thing, making driving a bit scary for a few seconds. I put a set of Firestone Ride-Rite air bags on my truck, and it took most of the "chocking" effect away. I've seen 5ers with the air shocks on the kingpin box that would probably help with that, too. However, if you do neither, just slowing down as you approach uneven pavement will take care of it.

Make sure that you have a positive latch. In other words, look at your latch and make sure it is firmly closed around your kingpin before you try to pull. Otherwise, you'll be replacing the bedsides on your truck. (Again, something I've seen and filed away in my "don't want to do that" folder.)

As others have noted, your 5er will track more to the inside as you corner than the TT did. That takes a bit of getting used to, but after you pull it a few times, you'll be an old pro at it.

I went from a 34' TT to a 40' 5er. I was pretty nervous at first, but after about my second or third trip with it, I got used to it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #9
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Hook up the 5er and go! you will not be disappointed! Everyone said 5ers tow better and they really do.
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Keep this in mind. Now that you have a fiver that most likely is 12+ feet high, have a keen second set of eyes on overhead obstacles like tree branches and gas station overhangs. Hitting one of those will ruin your whole day.
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