Leaving fixed 5th wheel frame holes empty?

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  1. Gtrucking

    Gtrucking Bobtail Member

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    Hello i posted a thread before about moving my fixed 5th wheel back but i am posting a new thread because someone suggested to me i can move the 5th wheel frame couple holes back further even if theres not holes for it on the truck frame and just leave the back 2 holes empty on the 5th wheel frame so my question is will that be safe and legal to do? To leave 2 holes empty on the back of the 5th wheel frame? Idk if i was able to ask the right question i also posted a picture
     

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  3. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Rent a mag drill and buy a good reamer bit. Position it where you want it and mark the holes, then move the 5th wheel and drill the new holes. Bolt everything properly and shoot it with some rattle can black paint and you’re good to go.
     
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  4. Spyro2112

    Spyro2112 Medium Load Member

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    U can move it where u want, there has to be a certain amount of bolts holding it on ,Per DOT,
     
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  5. Gtrucking

    Gtrucking Bobtail Member

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    How many bolts has to be to hold it?
     
  6. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    I’d say a good starting point would be the number currently holding it.
     
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  7. Gtrucking

    Gtrucking Bobtail Member

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    Okay thank you
     
  8. 062

    062 Road Train Member

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    I wouldn’t leave any bolts out. It was designed to use a certain number for the amount of stress that it has to deal with.
    It would suck to be involved in a accident and the trailer crush the cab.
     
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