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Picking up our 5th wheel


Cathy and Paula

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It may be too late, but plan on staying at least 24 hours at the place you are buying it and check out everything you can before leaving. If at all possible don't pay for it until everything is fixed and you are ready to drive off. Even if that is 3 days to a week.

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You need either grease or a teflon plate for the hitch plate. Be aware that some hitches may experience difficulty locking with a too thick plate so a small tube or can of grease as a back up plan might be advisable. Also educate yourself on how to do a pull test after hitching up to avoid dumping the trailer on the bed of the truck. Best Wishes, Jay

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+1 on the pull test. Also, know how far you can get the trailer at an angle before hitting the corner of the truck cab on your 5th wheel nose. Make sure to keep an eye on it when backing up and turning! You should also have the hitch set up so the 5th wheel rails are parallel to the truck bed rails, and there should be plenty of clearance (IIRC, 12" is good?) the 5th wheel should be riding level, not nose up or down.

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