Moving 5th wheel RV trailer with big truck

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by slow.rider, May 3, 2021.

  1. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    In a nutshell there are three "issues" pulling a 5th wheel camper.
    1. Frame swing. Make sure there is clearance so the frame/mudflaps don't hit the RV in a turn.
    2. 7 flat to 7 round and combining the tail lights converter.
    3. Brake adapter. Anything from an electric brake controller, to a proportional air to electric converter.

    All three are fairly easy to manage, and all have over the counter solutions.
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  3. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    Ah, This is the one. @Mr. Cob

    Pulling 5th wheel camper trailer with big truck

    Side note: It baffles me how I can remember a random forum post from years ago, but I often can’t even remember why I walked into a room.
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  4. MacLean

    MacLean Light Load Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    Just plate it and it write a bol and tow it. You’ll need a 7 pin plug and a brake controller wired up. I heard it’s different then a pickup but your semi has a brake switch so it should work. Maybe. I’m actually looking into building a dedicated RV puller / bike hauler for Sturgis.
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  5. Cowboyrich

    Cowboyrich Medium Load Member

    Dec 11, 2017
    Dayton, Washington
    Legality is not really an issue, perfectly legal to live in one. Biggest benefit...if you need to get hell outta dodge it doesn't take long and you have your home(personal best for the wife and I 20min.)
    Land on each end is pretty much perfect.
    5th wheel trailer, more storage more living space. Motorhome unless you go all in and go BIG don't have much storage.
    And you can tow a 5th wheel with a tractor. Same size kingpin.
    Bout I got right now

    Oh and I do know someone with a 1/4 acre outside Deming.....getting a little cheaper every year or so.
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  6. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas

    You can even do bumper pull if you want.
  7. ChevyCam

    ChevyCam Light Load Member

    Mar 4, 2018
    Do you mind sharing a picture of the hitch plate setup?
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  8. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    I will get some in the next couple days. It was home fabbed to fit on rear behind the air trac springs without drilling any new holes in frame and keep it hidden inside the taper. Anyone with a Pete knows there is no room to do this easily.
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  9. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Light Load Member

    Howdy slow.rider,

    There really is no big deal about towing an RV trailer with a real truck, many of us do it. Do what is needed to make the trailer lights and brakes work, the most expensive thing is having a hitch setup that WON'T wreck the trailer.

    I am "assuming" you want to keep your truck in commercial service, if that is true again I am "assuming" you don't want to swap out your commercial 5th wheel for a cushioned RV style hitch, that being the case if you don't want to wreck the trailer I would STRONGLY suggest going with one of the trailer pin boxs that has suspension built into it. The reason for the suspension hitch/pin box is that there is not enough pin weight from an RV trailer to make the suspension on the truck work, it pretty much does NOT move, if the suspension doesn't absorb the road shock it gets transferred directly into the trailer frame which it is NOT designed to withstand it and it won't be long before the part of the trailer that overhangs the truck WILL crack and break leaving you with a mess.

    Hope this has been of help to you, if you have any particular questions just ask and I'll do the best I can to help you, I have been doing this for the last 9 years and know personally at least another 50 people who have been doing this for many years.

    Last edited: May 7, 2021
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  10. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
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  11. roundhouse

    roundhouse Medium Load Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    Lots of people use medium duty trucks to tow with.

    Usually a single axle but a tandem will work.

    minuses to have my truck leased on to the same place and another o o used his rig to tow his very large boat
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