RV Fifth Wheel driving tips are a little unique due to the special hitch and the fact that many fifth wheel trailers provide the same space and interior area as the largest and most luxurious Class A’s.
Driving tips for the RV Fifth Wheel:
- First and foremost, you have to remember that you are towing a large trailer. Make sure the vehicle doing the towing is capable of handing the load. The truck must be rated to handle the load you are going to be requiring it to haul.
- Have a checklist that you go through before departure to make sure there’s nothing “going on” that will lead to danger on the road. Include the following: electrical system (*check brakes, lights, running lights, etc.), mirrors (make sure they are adequate to provide you with the view that you need to drive safely), etc.
- Know how to hitch and unhitch the trailer. You’ll want to do this frequently in order to set up camp and then drive the truck around sightseeing, etc.
- If your 5th Wheel has slideouts make sure to inspect the campsites that you choose to make sure they will be accommodated before setting up. You won’t want to hitch up again and move over 5 feet after finding out you didn’t remember the kitchen slideout, etc. Watch out for trees, hookups, etc. Be especially careful to inspect the area when you set up camp in the dark.
- Be very careful of the overhead clearance of your vehicle. Most highways and major gas stations can accommodate even the largest 5th wheel trailers, but some of the older overpasses and/or mom and pop gas stations/convenience stores may pose an issue.
- Don’t rush. Don’t let anybody on the road make you feel you need to speed or go faster if you’re not comfortable. Take you time to make sure you’ve got the room to get where you’re going and to make sure you’ll have the room to turn around/maneuver when necessary.
- Be aware of the 5th wheel’s size during passing, merging and other simple maneuvers.
- The easiest way to get comfortable pulling a 5th wheel is to practice. Practice makes perfect just like in any endeavor.
Access some of the online forums with other newbie RVers looking for driving tips. You might even find someone asking for specifics regarding driving the exact model of recreational vehicle that you are considering purchasing.