Fifth Wheel Tips and Tricks
Below you will find information and products that the professionals
have found to be valuable when RVing.
The products below will help protect your RV and make for a better camping experience.
Many new RVers purchase their RV and then immediately
purchase accessories. The accessories that they
purchase may not be suitable for their RV or
are quick buys that lack the experience needed
to make an informed purchasing decision, resulting
in wasted money. All of the items below have
proven to be the best equipment that has proven
itself many times over.
30 amp Surge Protector
Here is one product that is
of vital importance when hooking-up your RV to
the electrical box in the RV park. Many RV parks
are inconsistantly wired and you can almost be
assured of spikes and surges while hooked up, which can burn out appliances
in your RV, causing costly damage and ruining
your trip. Indicators on the surge protector will warn
you if there is a problem with the RV electrical
box so that you can move to a different site.
50 amp Surge Protector
This surge protector is for 50 amp Fifth Wheels.
Plug the surge protector into the sites electrical box before you setup in the site.
If there is a problem with the electrical box, the surge protector will warn you, saving you wasted time
having to move to another site after setting up your rig.
15 amp male to 30 amp female.
Allows you to plug your 30 amp RV electrical connector
into a standard home extension cable to provide
power to the RV while it's in the driveway of your home.
50 amp to 30 amp Dog Bone Adapter.
Definately a must-have if you have a 30 amp RV.
This allows you to plug your 30 amp RV electrical
cable into a 50 amp RV site electric. There will come
the day when there are no 30 amp sites available
and you will be prepared for a 50 amp site. The
dog bone adapter safely supplies the RV with 30
amp service although it is plugged into a 50 amp
Tire Monitoring System
for safety. The TPMS system
monitors both tire pressure and temperature and
alerts you to any problems with a tire. The system
can monitor up to 22 wheels. Easy setup. Simply hold
the monitor to the sensor and the sensor unique
Id code is recorded for each wheel. Most tire
failures have increased temperature and this monitors
To check all of your tire pressures before a trip, simply turn
on the unit and it will show all tire pressures.
This saves having to check every wheels pressure manually.
Nearly all tire failures are due to incorrectly inflated tires.
Another very important item to have with you is
checklists for your fifth wheel. All of the long
time RV'ers have them and they are vital. Type
up your checklist and have it laminated and easily
accessible. A checklist details the steps to take
when arriving and unhitching and another to detail
hitching up to leave. You would be amazed at how
many people forget to unhook the power from the
pedastal only to drive off still attached or forget
to lock the hitch pin in place or to have checked
tire pressures before departure or to have checked
the torque on the bolts holding the hitch pin
box or the torque on the fifth wheel lug nuts
or to retract the fifth wheel access steps or
to have turned off the propane tanks. And of course
the main one, forgetting to put the TV antenna
down before going under that low lying tree branch.
These are great when backing into a site. Someone
at the rear of the fifth wheel can guide you in
using the two-way radio. They are also useful if you have a
second vehicle that follows the Fifth Wheel.
As we all know - cell phones
suddenly get spotty reception out in the wilderness
when you really need them.
X-Chock Tire Locking Chock
Applies opposing force to tandem tires so that
your fifth wheel does not move around when people
are in the camper.
chock can be locked with a padlock to
ensure that it is not removed.
We cannot emphasize enough the need to have at
least two or more fire extinguishers in your fifth
wheel. Class A fires are ordinary combustibles
such as paper, wood, cloth, fiberglass, tires,
12-volt. Class B fires include flammable liquids
such as gas, propane, oil, oil based paint. Over
80% of RV fires are Class A fires. Make sure your
fire extinguishers are A/B extinguishers
which can put out both Class A & B fires or are
rated as "All Fire".
Water Pressure Regulator
Here is another product that
can help protect your Fifth Wheel from potential
damage. A good water regulator keeps the pressure
into the RV plumbing at a constant pressure,
normally around 45 psi. RV parks have inconsistant
water pressure which can cause damage to your
fifth wheels plumbing.
The water pressure regulator can also help with
better pressure which means a more pleasant
A good quality sewer hose will save you alot of
frustration and messy accidents. A RhinoFlex sewer
hose kit is one of the best, and is tough and reliable.
lengths to join together and you will never have
the problem of to short a sewer hose in the campgound.
- Always dump the blackwater tank first and then the grey water (shower and sinks water).
This way the grey water tanks will clean out any debris in the sewer hose left from the blackwater tank.
Never leave your black tank open, even if you are connected to a sewer for a long period. The water will
drain and leave the solids behind to harden, which will be very difficult to clean.
Here is a link on dumping your 5th wheel tanks:
How to Empty RV Black and Grey Holding Tanks
Tire Changing Tool
Here is a tool that can be very helpful when stuck
on the interstate with a flat fifth wheel or Toy
Hauler tire. Simply drive the fifth wheel up onto
the Trailer-Aid to lift the flat tire off the
fifth wheel has an independent suspension,
then there is a good chance the Trailer-Aid
will not work on your unit.
Heavy Duty Tire Inflator
Your truck and Fifth Wheel tire inflation pressures
are critical to the safety of your rig and to
you. Most tire blowouts are cause by incorrectly inflated tires.
pressures should be checked before each trip,
both on the fifth wheel and on the tow vehicle.
If you have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System on your rig, you simply
turn on the display and it will show all your tire pressures. No need to check
The Slime Tire Inflator screws onto the tire valve, and is very helpful on
dual rear wheels where the tire valve is difficult to reach.
No-Spill 5-Gallon Diesel Can
We all know that it's a big problem when a diesel
truck runs out of fuel. Trying to prime the fuel
system is no fun at all. This diesel container has a
no spill patented spout and fits
easily into a truck box.