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Fifth Wheel Hitches

Maintaining Your Fifth Wheel Hitches

Fifth wheel campers often have more living space than motorhomes because of the slide out options available. They are typically easier to move when trying to park or maneuver. If an engine repair is needed while on the road, your entire living space won't need to go to the repair shop along with the engine. Fifth wheel hitches are a large, flat plate that has a shape similar to a horseshoe. The metal rails that run beneath the...

Maintaining Your Fifth Wheel Hitches

Fifth wheel campers often have more living space than motorhomes because of the slide out options available. They are typically easier to move when trying to park or maneuver. If an engine repair is needed while on the road, your entire living space won't need to go to the repair shop along with the engine. Fifth wheel hitches are a large, flat plate that has a shape similar to a horseshoe. The metal rails that run beneath the hitch attach to the frame of the pickup truck for strength. The trailer connects to the fifth wheel hitch by a downward-facing pin called a “king pin” along with a plate that rests on top of the fifth wheel hitch plate. The king pin locks into position to be able to secure within the hitch but can freely move or pivot to accommodate turns.

As much as possible, you must attempt to purchase a complete fifth wheel hitch installation kit that is designed specifically for your vehicle. This will save you a lot of time and energy, as these custom-fit kits require no tiring works such as drilling or welding. These kits usually contain all of the hardware you'll need for installation and the holes in the brackets line up with pre-existing holes in the vehicle's frame. If you buy a universal installation kit, you may be required to do some modifications either drilling holes in the vehicle's frame or welding the brackets in place to properly mount the hitch. The flat plate of the trailer and the flat plate of the fifth wheel hitch must be in constant contact with one another. They slide against one another continuously when the trailer is in motion, lubrication between these two components is very important. Maintaining your fifth wheel RV is important for long-term use and also for your safety and be sure to follow any user manual and instructions from your dealer.

Something’s to remember when maintaining your 5th wheel trailers and RV:

Maintaining the RV hitch

  • Inspect and re-lube the hitch regularly.
  • Check your parts at least every 3-6 months depending how far and have been traveling.
  • Check the torque and tighten any bolts and nuts at least once a year.
  • Check the breakaway cable and make sure the lock is working properly.

Exterior Fifth Wheel Hitch Maintenance

  • Inspect the exterior of your RV more often.
  • All hardware, seals and vents need to be kept in good shape.
  • Check for cracks or damage to the exterior and underneath your trailer.
  • If you have a rubber roof, it can be scrubbed with basic household cleaning detergents and a medium or soft bristle brush. Reseal the roof annually or sooner if needed.
  • Your 5th wheel trailer and RV should be washed as need and waxed at least once a year for longer protection.
  • Inspect and clean your awning. Also, you might do some lubrication.

One downside to a 5th wheel is that it uses up your entire truck bed. If you want to bring large items such as bikes or motorcycles, you will have to find an alternative option.

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