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Your Fifth Wheel: Choosing A Truck And Maintaining Safety

by Jacob Scott

Fifth wheels are an ideal solution to traveling and many individuals are ready to hook them up and start their adventures right away. Depending on the type of fifth wheel you choose, the length will vary from around 20 feet to upwards of 40 feet. Before you simply attach the fifth wheel and take a drive, there are some things you need to consider.

Choose the Right Size Truck

It is important that you choose the right size truck to tow the fifth wheel. If the truck is not a match for the fifth wheel, you will find that you are unable to control the trailer on the road and you will run into safety concerns along the way.

You should research the truck you are interested in and make sure that the towing capacity fits within the weight limits of your fifth wheel. If your fifth wheel weighs more than your truck's towing capacity, don't try to tow it as you can cause damage to the truck and the fifth wheel.

In addition, a 4x4 truck will be able to better tow your fifth wheel over a two-wheel drive truck. This is because the 4x4 can grip onto gravel, sand, and other terrains that the two-wheel drive would not otherwise be able to do.

If you do not choose the right type of truck for your fifth wheel, you may experience jackknifing where the trailer slides and collides with your vehicle. Jackknifing is dangerous and can cause damage to your vehicle, your fifth wheel, and even other drivers' vehicles.

Brake the Vehicle Carefully

Interstate and highway driving can be stressful in and of itself, but it is important that you are always cautious when you are driving. Braking erratically or hard will cause you to lose control of your fifth wheel. Remember, larger vehicles do not stop on a dime, so you should ease into a stop and pump your brakes slowly to ensure a safe and slow stop.

Always Check Your Tires

Before you head off on the road, check your tires—that means all of them. You should inspect the tires on the fifth wheel and on your truck to ensure that each one is at proper inflation.

If you do not check your tires, you run the risk of a flat tire on the highway, which can be dangerous.

Be Prepared and Pay Attention

When driving down the road with your fifth wheel attached, make sure that you are always paying attention to the road and do not become distracted.

If you hear any odd noises or you feel like your truck is not driving properly, have it inspected. It is better to be safe than to be in an accident.

For more tips on choosing and driving with a trailer, contact a company like Brad's Trailer Supply.