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If the Fifth Wheel is sitting on a level surface, and the truck is running uphill about 16 inches in the length of the truck, is this going to create a problem when hooking up. I have no trouble hooking up my travel trailer, but I'm wondering if this situation would cause a problem when hooking up a Fifth Wheel.

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Nope. Just follow normal procedure.


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Stop concerning yourself and give it a go!


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I've had a 5er for only 1 year now and been parked on some pretty uneven campsites, including trailer and truck being at weird horizontal angles to each other. It takes some minor raising and lowering of the front of the trailer, a pinch at a time, but apart from really taking my time to do so, not a problem. The secret is to just take your time, get out and check everything a little bit at a time. And make very, very minor moves, AND take your time. It's not a race. It's about doing it right.

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The 5W hitch head should swivel to help with the angels. I think you find yourself hitching from side angels also, just insure the pins in the hitch & latched.


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If you do have trouble unhitching, try putting your tv in nuetral and keeping the trailer brake engaged. I never have trouble hitching, but at times when not level, unhitching can be problomatic.

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You should be fine but I advise to ALWAYS do a quick pull test. I have been pulling fivers for many years and always take a few moments to do a pull test. Some folks argue that if the hitch is engaged properly by visually looking at it you are good to go. But I have seen fivers dropped into the bed with not so pretty results. It is cheap insurance.


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The only issue I would see is if you have a tight rail to 5er clearance, the rear of the bed could get close to or touch the bottom of the 5er.


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rhagfo wrote:

The only issue I would see is if you have a tight rail to 5er clearance, the rear of the bed could get close to or touch the bottom of the 5er.


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DutchmenSport wrote:

I've had a 5er for only 1 year now and been parked on some pretty uneven campsites, including trailer and truck being at weird horizontal angles to each other. It takes some minor raising and lowering of the front of the trailer, a pinch at a time, but apart from really taking my time to do so, not a problem. The secret is to just take your time, get out and check everything a little bit at a time. And make very, very minor moves, AND take your time. It's not a race. It's about doing it right.



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