How to Tow a 5th Wheel Camper

How to Tow a 5th Wheel Camper
If your personal vehicle allows it, towing your own 5th wheel camper is a great way enjoy nature while you are traveling. Whether you are taking a short weekend jaunt or heading out for a long, cross-country adventure, you will save a great deal of money compared to staying in a hotel. Additionally, staying in your camper will allow you to be closer to hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities. For a successful road trip, it is important to know how to tow a 5th wheel camper.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Determine the tow rating of your vehicle by consulting your vehicle's owner's manual to find out much weight you can tow. Similarly, if you need to get a hitch installed, you must check the manual for the proper-sized hitch for your vehicle.
Step 2
Determine the weight of your camper to ensure that it does not exceed the tow rating assigned to your vehicle. If your camper is too heavy for your vehicle to tow, you must borrow or rent a vehicle that can safely do the job.
Step 3
Hook your camper to your vehicle by backing your vehicle to the camper and connecting the ball and hitch system.
Step 4
Practice driving your 5th wheel camper locally before taking it out on a trip. Be sure to drive smoothly and avoid speeding.
Step 5
Learn to accurately judge distances in order to avoid property damage or damage to your camper which may be caused by making wide turns or passing under low overpasses or bridges.
Step 6
Check the weight of your camper. Many accidents have been caused by unbalanced or overloaded 5th wheel campers. Once you are completely loaded, head to a truck stop and use the scale to ensure you are within the pre-determined weight ranges for your particular camper.

Article Written By Jessica Morelock

Jessica Morelock began her professional writing career in 2007, after a three-year stint as a producer and co-host on Sirius Satellite Radio. She has also worked for the airline industry and as a travel agent. She completed a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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