We have to remind ourselves ” we are hauling”
Last year I did a post about WHY we chose the fifth wheel for our toy hauler and today I am going to write about our truck and hitch. Thank you to everyone for the email inquires about what we use to tow our fifth wheel.
Our truck is more than sufficient for hauling the weight of our fifth wheel, a choice we made for when we make the decision to go full time in the RV world we have what we need. Our truck is a Ford 250 Super Duty Diesel, we chose diesel as it is more cost efficient when we are hauling.
No extra cost for fuel when we tow even with a crosswind, or driving into wind there is no effect on the fuel consumption, as fifth wheel hauling you cannot feel the wind or get any sways like a tag trailer.
A gas powered truck would be affected but diesel trucks don’t experience that. It is quite easy to tow and the truck is unaware of the extra weight.
The truck is equipped with an engine brake and has a trailer brake built in, with a couple of different features, one being manual or auto mode. The brake controller allows for a trustworthy pull check by voltage, so to adjust or decrease the gain needed to slow the trailer down it works by just pressing the brake.
Our truck was fitted with mirrors for towing, so they extend out, and fold in, if needed, a real advantage for sure. We tested a few trucks and they never had this feature, however on the model we chose it is a standard option and we loved the truck so it worked out great.
Our fifth wheel is a 2 wheel axle and we use the Husky hitch for hook up. Again, something we read reviews on and this one is the one we chose.
The Husky Hitch is just a work horse. This is like what a semi would use, of course a much smaller version however, the hitch had amazing reviews and came highly recommended.
The big single joint is awesome, with full yard articulating pivot action, you can see it in action as we travel down the road, really doing a fine job and so smooth and almost weightlessly.
The entire hitch head of the 26K articulates to take the torque twist off the truck and trailer and allows for a smoother ride. Hooking and unhooking on uneven ground with this hitch is with ease.
It is heavy duty and allows a 3 postiion for apt adjustment for proper hitch over axle placement of the king pin. A wrap around jaw fully enclosed the trailer kingpin. A visible hook up indicator shows when the jaw is open.
If we ever needed to remove it from the truck bed, two sliding pins pull out for release of the hitch.
The 26K can haul fifth wheels up to 26000 pounds and Husky has a 10 year warranty.
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