Properly connecting your truck to your Fifth Wheel is a CRITICAL step in a safe travel day!
While we do show a bit of hitching in our Camp Breakdown and Setup video (https://youtu.be/uPXNmS0IBRQ), we wanted to put together a dedicated hitching video. Coincidentally, Reese reached out to us recently about trying out their new M5 hitch. So, we figured now was a good time to put this together.
Before we get into the checklist (you knew there had to be a checklist, right?), lets jump right to the highly debated topic of doing a pull test!
The only way to know one hundred percent that the pin will not come loose of the hitch is to do a pull test. Period. As you might have seen from our good friends Tom and Cheri from EnjoyTheJourney.Life (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuhIeTBsCysER-73DnGEegQ), they had every indication that they were properly hitched, yet the pin still came out! Their Fifth Wheel dropped onto the rails of their truck causing thousands in damages (youtu.be/7XPcug7I09k)!
Let's address the primary argument for NOT doing a pull test: harming the front landing gear. We completely agree with this. Pulling the RV (even just an inch or two) with the front gear down can damage it. Luckily, the remedy for that is easy! Perform the pull test with the front gear no more than one inch off the ground. This saves the landing gear from the stress of the pull check. If the pull test is a failure and the pin comes out of the hitch, the fifth wheel falls one inch or less to the ground (on the front landing gear).
Problem solved! Details of performing a pull test are below.
We've got over 22K miles using our original Reese 27K fifth wheel hitch (Ford branded accessory) and it's been super solid, so we were looking forward to trying out the M5! It did not disappoint.
Some features that are the same between our old hitch and the M5:
Some NEW features:
I also like that the release is accomplished by a rotation of the handle versus just a straight pull. This allows a lot more leverage and eliminates the need to put the truck in neutral to relieve pressure from the pin.
We really like the changes Reese has made to the M5!
Full Blog Post: https://changinglanesrv.com/fifth-wheel-hitching-reese-m5-review