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MrMachinist and any other CrewMax pulling 5th wheelers! I just got my CM a couple weeks ago, I have a travel trailer and would like to go to a 5th wheel down the road but, it said something in the manual that you canít do a 5th wheel connection. I figured it was something to do with clearance and turning radius. Whatís the big deal and what have yíall done to make it work?
Thanks for any input/advice (hopefully I didnít miss any posts related to 5th wheel)


I have a gooseneck hitch in the bed and the Andersen 5th wheel adapter. It moved the camper about 10Ē back. I can get almost 90 degrees if I need to. Not sure how other campers would do. Mine is made a little different (it tapers toward the front and doesnít extend over the kingpin). I didnít want a 5er honestly. I just couldnít pass up the father in law deal I got on it.

I know others use a slider hitch.

I donít remember seeing that in the manual. Iíll see what it says today. My build thread has some info as to what Iíve done to the truck and there are a couple 5th wheel threads on here.


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Man. Iím so sorry to hear that.

I have about four inches of clearance since the truck is lifted, it was about five and a half or so before but i dropped the head on the hitch one bolt hole to help with the fifth wheel being nose high. so I have to be very careful when the camper goes into a tilt if backing into a site. I did lean the camper quite a bit at gulf shores Alabama because we showed up late at night and the DW wasnít cooperating with me backing in.

(Now on a side note if the hitch is slide to the tailgate it helps when turning tight and the fifth wheel leaning)which I have only done about two or three times.

so I went off the pad quite a bit because of the angle of the site and the camper in front. It caused the underneath of the nose to rest on the rail and I didnít realize it as I was looking for the darn tree on the opposite side. I turned hard and moved forward causing the bedrail to rub the underneath of the fifth wheel and catch the front cap seal and break it off. Of course the truck was fine but that same plastic protector for the bed rail was like sand paper to the gel coat on the camper. It left a nasty half moon scrape that I had to use some rubbing compound to buff out and reattach the front cap seal with new caulking and new screws.

But so far that was the only issue with the height over the bed rails.

Now for some stupidity I had to replace the tailgate. Simply taking shortcuts.... I had my driveway pressure washed and wanted the guys to get under the camper so I moved it about 100 feet forward and of course the stupid claw on the hitch wasnt spring latching all the way. So I said well Iím only moving it a little.. The driveway is at an incline a bit not much. Long story short the fiver detached from the hitch and fell on the bed and the king pin enjoyed stretching the heck outta the tailgate. Thank god I only had the front jacks up about 5 or 6 inches. But surprisingly the bed rails had no damage but the tailgate lol that looked like a boomerang and unbelievably it never opened as it held all the weight of the fifth wheel rolling back plus it still went up and down lol.

Expensive lesson learned the insurance company said it was a collision, I said how it should be comprehensive, I wasnít even in the truck driving. It all happened as I was walking back down the driveway to the house when I heard bam!!. I have a zero dollar deductible? So after arguing I took it to the body shop and paid 1800 dollars for a new one and paint with install, i was furious.. I will always latch the part that has a hole to put a padlock through. The newer tundras have embossed words on the bed and the tailgate that causes the cost to be ridiculous.

While my truck was being repaired a brand new f350 DRW truck had the whole aluminum bed smashed like a pancake because his fifth wheel came off at 20 mph. His damage was over 15000. New bed tailgate and bumper. Plus the fifth wheel damaged the whole front nose on impact.

I was so mad I didnít even take pictures to remind myself!! Lol now my wife always asks did you lock it???
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Decided to spend the weekend with my older son at the deer lease this weekend. It rained all day Yesterday I was hoping it wouldnít be too bad getting the camper in the only clearing large enough to fit it. (I have a small 80 acre tract leased, not a large hunting club with a campground)

First time boondocking as well. Not too bad. Iím just paranoid to kill the battery and run out of water.









Got stuck on my initial try. Ha to winch it out. Tried moving it over on higher ground but still couldnít get it any further off the road. Tires caked up.

Very thankful for my multi mount winch. Hopefully I can get out tomorrow morning without having to winch. Or tearing anything up.




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Looks good, man I wish I could be out right now but lovely work .

Let some air out of those tires, well if you have a pump to replace the air.
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No air pump unfortunately. I need to add a quick connect to my air bag compressor and carry an air line. I could adjust my tire pressure with it. Thought about making a bait cannon for surf fishing and using that to charge it with air.

Iíll get out before the rain starts tomorrow.

This will be the last time the camper comes. Here unless it hasnít rained in weeks. Lesson learned.



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I too want to add an air chuck to the bags.

Well I know you are enjoying yourself.

If you come up with a crafty place for an air chuck, send some pictures Iím gonna be trying it soon.
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South Toledo Bend State Park.

First time here and honestly itís probably my favorite so far. Very quiet and pretty. Our spot is ok. We found ones with better views of the lake for next time.





The little one had fun flipping all our chairs.


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I added a steadyfast stabilizer system to the camper. It is a huge improvement on the shaking when setup. Itís very easy to use and a well designed system. The owner of the company is also very helpful and sent out the longer braces on Christmas Eve so I would get them in time for my trip this weekend. If your camper shakes when parked Iíd look into them.

Here are some pictures.

One goes lengthwise with the camper and 2 go across.

I got the one with 4 foot plates since Iím anal about everything being even and I like the larger footprint






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Hmm i think I will dear wife gets angry when I take the dog out and step off the entrance stairs.
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Hmm i think I will dear wife gets angry when I take the dog out and step off the entrance stairs.


It doesnít completely get rid of the movement, but Iíd say it reduces it 80-90%. Im very impressed with this system.


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My latest truck camper. Sold my Hallmark Milner. Downsizing to a camper for one . A quick get ot of town for the weekend setup.

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Very thankful for my multi mount winch. Hopefully I can get out tomorrow morning without having to winch. Or tearing anything up.

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Nice rig!

Can you tell us a bit more about your "multi mount winch"--possibly with links and/or pics?

Also, I see you have a front receiver hitch. I'm interested in that both for possibly mounting a (temporary) recovery winch (IF the hitch is strong enough?) and also for putting a light motorcycle carrier up front (dirtbike which would be no more than 200-215lbs.--plus MC carrier weight, of course).

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Nice rig!



Can you tell us a bit more about your "multi mount winch"--possibly with links and/or pics?



Also, I see you have a front receiver hitch. I'm interested in that both for possibly mounting a (temporary) recovery winch (IF the hitch is strong enough?) and also for putting a light motorcycle carrier up front (dirtbike which would be no more than 200-215lbs.--plus MC carrier weight, of course).



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I basically have the really old version of this winch and mount setup.

https://www.warn.com/95-cti-multi-mo...ic-winch-85760

It mounts into a 2Ē receiver hitch. And you wire quick connect plugs front and rear. Really simple to use. I also welded a hitch tube on my trailer so I can use it there too.

The front receiver was originally the Reese model, but it has since been modified to extend the tube more to the front and I removed the side plates more to simplify maintenance than anything. In its original configuration, I had to use a hitch extension for the winch and my pedal of my mountain bike rubbed the front bumper.

Most front hitches are rated to a 9,000 lb winch pull rating.



I have more details in my build thread 13 TSS build.


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