Hitching a fifth wheel trailer by RV Education 101®

Hitching a fifth wheel trailer by RV Education 101®
Demonstration on how to properly hitch a fifth wheel trailer to a truck. By Mark Polk owner of RV Education 101 http://www.RVeducation101.com.

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  • Reese says to leave the coupler lock engaged, or closed, when hitching.  The jaws will spread open when the kingpin enters the hitch and then close around it.  Also forgot to show the pull test.  Otherwise a good video.

  • I'd like to see a video about setting the mirrors properly.  I'm not a trucker.  I do know that 99.9% of the driving populace don't set their car mirrors properly either.  Tell us how both should be set; towing & not towing a 5th wheel.  Is it different in any way for a Class-A since the double duty of towing vehicles would not be considered?  

  • I think you have left out am important aspect to hitching up a 5th wheel. Mainly, that you should NOT remove your wheel chucks until AFTER the trailer is properly hitched to the trailer. The final part of hitching your trailer should be to THEN remove your wheel chucks and properly store them.

  • @SuperDutyFan1992 Your truck can tow 20,000 lbs. but your class IV hitch can only tow up to 10,000 lbs. The 5th wheel allows you to pull the full 20,000 your truck can handle.

  • They missed an important step. After hitching is complete, you need to do a tug test with the landing gear just off the ground. This way you are sure to have the hitch locked.

  • Very good. A tip for knowing the right height, hang a string from the pin box. My brake cable hangs from it, all I had to do was add a short string. I get the right height every time.