Originally Posted by jcghill
1. What is the process for hitching and unhtiching the 5th wheel? Don't want to drop it onto the truck?
Once you learn how, definitely have a routine to hook-up
! We didn't back in 1995. We usually hooked up together but one day Don had to work late and I was in a hurry to get outta town, so I hooked the 5'er up to the truck by myself. I thought I did everything, but low and behold I pulled foreward and the 5'er dropped on the lip of the truck bed :lightning: I was mortified!
$800 later the truck looked like new again though *ouch*
Lesson learned! We used a checklist until we got the routine down for whatever we pulled. Now, whether Don or I hitch as a team or alone, we always use a count method (works for us anyhow). We have to count 8 items using pairs. We then either double check the other, or double check ourselves prior to drive off.......(mind you we have a tt now but the below is just to give you an idea).
1,2. locking hitch pins secured to hitch and tongue
3,4. both chains secured to truck
5,6. breakaway cable secured and electric connector plugged in
7,8. both wdh bars secured with pins/etc
Of course, depending on the type of 5'er hitch you get, you will develop your own routine. Happy hitching and enjoy the new 5'er!