Fifth-Wheel Driving Tips

3 Things to Know Before Driving Your Fifth Wheel

When deciding which RV is best for you, there are many considerations to keep in mind.

How frequently will you use it?

Is your vehicle capable of towing it?

What features are important to you?

IIf you answer these questions and decide on a fifth wheel, a whole new set of questions arise! Here are some things to keep in mind before you hook up that hitch and start your adventure in a fifth wheel.


1. What Truck is Best for Fifth Wheel Towing?

When it comes to fifth wheel towing, picking the right truck is key! Many people think that any truck will do. While you can make almost any truck work when towing a fifth wheel, there are certain trucks that make towing MUCH easier. Take a look at what you should be looking for in your truck if you want maximum ease for towing.

  • 3/4 Ton Pickups are your best bet. While most half-ton trucks are able to pull a fifth wheel, if you have a particular large fifth wheel, you might want to opt for the 3/4 ton pickup to allow your truck to be in control of the trailer.
  • The bed length of your truck is also important. If you have a shorter bed, you might have to buy extensions to make sure your RV is secure. A longer bed is good for towing fifth wheels and will eliminate the need to buy extra extensions for the hitch.

2. How to Hook Up Your Hitch

Before you take off, you will also need to learn how to hook up your fifth wheel to a hitch. Properly hooking up your fifth wheel hitch is very important, and if you don't feel comfortable doing it or feel like it hasn't been installed properly, let a professional look at it. You will know if your hitch is attached correctly because your fifth wheel should now sag. Of course a lot of how to hitch your fifth wheel will depend on what type of hitch you bought and your fifth wheel, but you should find plenty of resources and instructions to help you get it attached!

3. Learn to Drive

If you haven't driven a fifth wheel before, we suggest practicing! It is very different than just driving a truck and can definitely take some getting used to. The most important thing to remember is to take your time. Going fast and trying to get somewhere quick in a fifth wheel doesn't make sense and won't work. Try backing up, making smooth turns and feeling out how it feels to brake. Once you feel like you have mastered it, make your first trip a short one to start off.

Trailside RV

If you need any assistance picking out the hitch that works with your fifth wheel, stop by Trailside RVs parts store today! Our parts department has great hitches and a knowledgeable staff that will get you out the door and into your new fifth wheel in no time!

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