5th Wheel single handed

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I had no problem with my caravan whilst on my own hitching up with a motor mover but are 5th wheels manageable? I cant remember:Doh::RollEyes:

I have towed a huge fifth wheel in the states but was assist by the dealer hooking up.

We did smash a rear truck window when manoeuvring at the auction, the dealer had not mentioned the flat bed was to small for the 5th wheel so turning smash a corner cab window if that makes sense? simulator to a jackknife, his fault he was guiding me:RollEyes:

Anyway from now on it will be just me so wondering if to go this way buying the truck first and looking for a 5th wheel in the future.

Can it be hitched and unhitched single handedly?
 

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The main thing with 5er is that the tow vehicle does ALL the manouvering, you cant simply unhitch it and shove it back a couple of feet :ROFLMAO: like you can with a caravan. :Eeek:

I guess fitting a reversing camera to the back of the 5er will make life a lot easier on your own and big mirrors on the pick up would also be a huge help. :thumb:
 

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Yes you can hitch and unhitch on your own it is very easy takes about 10mins once the trailer is in it place.
Reversing is ok as with anything take your time.
I have got good wide mirrors on my truck so it not a problem:thumb::thumb:

Andy & Sue
 

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really shouldnt be problem john providing you aint totally blind!!!!

the point being you can actually see the hitch through the rear window, unless you have a doublecab pickup ofcourse. :Doh:

unless yopu have loaded/unloaded the pickup since unhitching the height should be the same so get the 5er square in your rear window and reverse til you hit the hitch.
 
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Been reading this thread and thought of an idea,, just a thought so it might not work,,

This is really for double/twin cabs,,

Hows about fixing a flexi type car aerial (From breakers yard,, cheap) to the middle of the bed of the truck just in front of the hitch/coupling, so it sticks up above the rear glass, and getting a shorter one and fix from the under side of the 5er and cut off so there is an inch gap between them, then when you reverse and both tips are touching or sat on top of each other, you would be within a knats whisker of being lined up, just jump out and check and hey presto, drop the trailer down,,

Got to be easier and quicker than jumping in and out of the cab umpteem times..

And both as most are hinged can be folded out the way for travel,,

Dont shoot me,, I am new to this fith wheel lark,, :ROFLMAO:
 

Andy - V8 Diesel

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Been reading this thread and thought of an idea,, just a thought so it might not work,,

This is really for double/twin cabs,,

Hows about fixing a flexi type car aerial (From breakers yard,, cheap) to the middle of the bed of the truck just in front of the hitch/coupling, so it sticks up above the rear glass, and getting a shorter one and fix from the under side of the 5er and cut off so there is an inch gap between them, then when you reverse and both tips are touching or sat on top of each other, you would be within a knats whisker of being lined up, just jump out and check and hey presto, drop the trailer down,,

None of this is needed i have a crewcab pickup and when reversing you can see the fifth wheel realy easy.
I drop the rear tailgate line my truck up in the middle with the mirrors start backing up watching the height of the 5th wheel pin on the trailer if to low jump out and higher the trailer up.Then back up until the pin and rubbing plate meet and locks into place job do. All this is easy as you can see through the rear cab window even though its a crewcab pickup i would say its the same for all pickups unless you have no back window:Eeek:


Got to be easier and quicker than jumping in and out of the cab umpteem times..

And both as most are hinged can be folded out the way for travel,,

Dont shoot me,, I am new to this fith wheel lark,, :ROFLMAO:
Hope this helps.

Andy & Sue
 
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drop the trailer down,
Dont shoot me,, I am new to this fith wheel lark,, :ROFLMAO:
no shooting down needed Mo.:ROFLMAO:
sounds a useful tip to me......just one point though, on a fifth wheel you dont lower the hitch into place.

theres a large flat-ish plate with a V cutout and lock mechanism on the pickup bed and a pin sticking down from the Van....just reverse up to the pin...it goes into the V cutout on the plate and locks in place. check its locked, connect leads and away you go.:thumb::thumb:
 

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no shooting down needed Mo.:ROFLMAO:
sounds a useful tip to me......just one point though, on a fifth wheel you dont lower the hitch into place.

theres a large flat-ish plate with a V cutout and lock mechanism on the pickup bed and a pin sticking down from the Van....just reverse up to the pin...it goes into the V cutout on the plate and locks in place. check its locked, connect leads and away you go.:thumb::thumb:
Woops !!
Just testing , :Blush:

Being ex hgv1 of some years ago,, I should have thought of that before posting ,

Must remember to put brain in gear first , :active:
 
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