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SUPER: HOW TO HOOK UP TO A 5TH WHEEL TRAILER
SUPER: JD Schmid – Big Tex Trailers
SUPER: Brant Combs – Ram Heavy Duty Brand Manager
JD: I'm JD Schmid with Big Tex Trailers.
Brant: and I'm Brant Combs with Ram Trucks. Today we're going to show you how to hitch up a 5th wheel trailer. Before doing anything make sure your truck is rated to handle a 5th wheel. In general, that means trucks in the 2500 class and up.
LEGAL: Always tow within the vehicle’s capacity. Properly secure all cargo.
JD: After you've installed the fifth wheel hitch you'll be using, secure the trailer with wheel chocks and grease the hitch locking plate.
Brant: Then you'll want to use the trailer jack to raise the trailer, so the King Pin is slightly below the top of the hitch locking plate.
SUPER: King Pin slightly lower than 5th WHEEL Hitch Locking Plate
Brant: Using the cargo view camera located in your center high mounted stop lamp to guide you... ...back the truck up to the trailer......until the King Pin engages with the hitch locking plate, starting slightly lower and sliding up into place. Starting a little low help to prevent high hitching. You'll need to move the truck forward to make sure it's properly locked in place.
JD: Then insert the hitch locking pin. Attach the breakaway cable. Connect the trailer wiring and you're almost done.
Brant: Then you can press your hazard lights, hop out, make sure that all your clearance lights and brake lights and blinkers are working.
JD: Check all the lighting. Pull the wheel chocks. Make sure you crank the jack all the way up until its clear. And you're good to go.
Brant: You're going to want to drive a short way and set the trailer brake gain. That properly proportions the truck's brakes and the trailer braking system so you're towing, even the largest trailers with confidence.
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