A warning to all 5th wheel owners - don't just look at the latch bar pin, really see it

Wayne

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When you hook up to your 5th wheel, you must see that the latch pin is fully engaged. I get into the back of the truck to hook up the break-away and look directly at the latch bar pin. I did my normal routine, but didn't actually SEE the latch bar pin. It was dark, I was distracted, blah, blah, blah, excuses, excuses.

The result.

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Wayne

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The hitch is fixed, but the truck won't be fixed until at least July. Trailersaver sent me new shocks at a reasonable price and included the new pins, which was very nice of them. My friend owns a shop and did the welding, I did most of the grinding.

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Wayne

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This video give a good explanation of the latch. What I didn't do is make sure the latch pin was in the locked position. I looked at the bar and it 'looked' locked.

 

Wayne

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but that hurts to look at!
Yes it sure does. Stupid mistake, but it can be fixed and I won't do it again.

I personally know three other people who have done the same thing to their 5th wheel RVs. Two of them are professional truck drivers. We all knew better. I talked to a body shop in Texas, they said they fix about one truck/week that this has happened to. The moral of the story is that it is very easy to do, very.
 

spasm3

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Thanks for posting! Things like this help others! I will remember this should i ever move to a fifth wheel.
 

Wayne

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Thanks for posting! Things like this help others! I will remember this should i ever move to a fifth wheel.
From now until forever, when I'm connecting the break-away cable, I will look at the latch pin and touch it and say, "Locked".
 
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