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Old 06-15-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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I bought my 5er at RVW. They gave the bums rush on the customer walk-through and when they got to the part about the hitch they simply said that "if the lever drops back in then you are locked properly to the 5th wheel." This was true all of last year. On my first trip of 2012 I hooked up like I had all of last year and the 5er pulled off when leaving my driveway!!! I should have gone through the owners manual, but it worked so well all of last year that I didn't give it a thought. If you were given the same BAD information and if you were stupid and didn't read the owners manual....Let me enlighten you..The hookup procedure is three steps 1. Back onto the 5er as described above and make sure that the lever dropped back to it's locked position; 2. Check the rotating plate that locks the hitch to the 5er. It should have rotated at least 90 degrees and the little pawl that holds it in place should be locked against the plate; 3. Raise your front jacks just enough that they are clearing the ground then engage the trailer brakes with your brake controller and try to pull forward with the TV. If it's not locked it will pull off and drop a fraction of an inch to a resting position as opposed to what mine did, which was to do thousands of dollars of damage to the 5er and my truck. Beware of salesmen who are in a hurry!!!



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Old 06-15-2012, 07:44 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear CygnusSailor. Hope you get things repaired quickly.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:56 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your problem. But it is not clear to me what went wrong in your case. Please explain what went wrong and what kind of hitch you have. We all can learn from others that have problems. Also all hitches are not the same in the way they close. But most do have a locking means that should always be used. Mine requires a snap pin or in my case I use a small padlock to prevent any tampering while I am in a Cafe or such. But all bets are off if you high hitch. Make sure you understand what high hitching is so you never get caught by one.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #4
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Pretty sure CR is not paying for those repairs. Is RVW helping since they didn't give proper instruction?
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:50 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about you little mishap. I'm not exactly sure what kind of hitch you have, but it looks like a bedsaver would have saved you a bit of cash. I had one mounted on my Reese 16K hitch from day one and it's saved me from embarrassment only once, but that was enough.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #6
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papa2...no they just said they were sorry!!!!

Hamops...What is a bedsaver??? Just by the name it sounds like what would have SAVED me!




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Old 06-15-2012, 12:39 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear about dropping your camper. I always do a pull test. Lock the hitch as you normally would and lift the landing gear 2 inches above the ground. With the wheels chocked just give it a little tug to make sure it is locked. If the trailer is to drop it will only drop the 2 inches and most likely it will not hit the rails of the truck bed. If you do this you will not need a bed saver. The big 18 wheelers do it so can I.



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Old 06-15-2012, 12:55 PM   #8
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A bed-saver is a device that attaches to your hitch and catches the pin in case the hitch does not engage properly. Here is a link that shows how it works.

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Old 06-15-2012, 09:30 PM   #9
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CygnusSailor, you may not want to submit the claims but your auto insurance would cover the truck and your trailer coverage the 5er.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:10 PM   #10
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That sucks, sorry to hear about that! Our dealer warned us of this. I will never go without putting the padlock in place.
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