Originally Posted by Rustysocket
So I am getting ready to take delivery of my first fifth wheel. I have decades of experience towing and am not worried about pulling the rig, but I am concerned about proper hook up procedures and how to verify everything is ready to go.
I follow a procedure when I hook up to leave now. I don't like to talk to anybody or have any interruptions during that fifteen minutes. I do everything the same way every time and it has worked well that way.
I'm sure that it wont take me long to get a new procedure in place, but I'd like to hear from others how they hook up their fifth wheels and what steps they go through to make sure it is safe to tow.
I purchased the B&W Patriot 18K hitch. It looks like the release can be locked into place with either a pin or a padlock. Given how easy it would be for a vandal to pull that lever I will likely use a lock on it if we were to leave the rig unattended for any period of time. I just want to be safe and continue to be accident free.
Water and sewer lines stored.
Rear manual stabilizers retracted. Remove/store levelling blocks.
Rear auto levellers retracted. Remove/store levelling blocks.
Front auto levers raised to correct hitching height.
Confirm tailgate lowered.
Back truck into king pin.
Confirm jaws locked.
Retract front auto levellers.
Remove/store levelling blocks.
Drop front levelling legs manually to 1" above ground.
Disconnect 30/50 amp electrical cable and store.
Remove/store front wheel chocks.
Plug in trailer/truck connection and connect emergency brake cable.
Truck integral brake manually to max braking.
Pull slightly ahead and confirm good hitch up.
Visually confirm proper hitch up and jaws locked.
Retract front leveller legs to transport position.
Remove/store rear wheel chocks.
Confirm trailer lights functional.
Close tail gate.
Lock all trailer external doors.