How to Hitch a 5th Wheel Trailer on Your Ram Truck
For drivers with serious hauling needs, 5th wheel towing is a must-have. The method offers enhanced stability and maneuverability so you can barrel down the road in complete confidence. Still, learning how to properly hitch your trailer can be a process. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide on how to hitch a 5th wheel trailer on your Ram truck.
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Before attempting to hitch, make sure your truck is rated for 5th wheel towing. In the Ram lineup, that generally means models of the 2500 class and up. Once your pickup is properly equipped, it’s time to get down to business.
Hitching a 5th Wheel Trailer
Step 1: Make sure ground is level and trailer is secured with wheel chocks
Step 2: Grease the hitch locking plate
Step 3: Lower your truck’s tailgate
Step 4: Use the trailer jack to raise the trailer to the proper height
Note: The kingpin should hang slightly lower than your 5th wheel locking plate. This helps prevent high hitching.
Step 5: Access your Ram’s cargo-view camera
Step 6: Slowly back the truck up to the trailer until the kingpin engages with the locking plate
Note: As it makes contact with the locking plate, the kingpin should slide up and into place.
Step 7: Move the truck forward to ensure the trailer is properly locked into place
Step 8: Insert the hitch locking pin
Step 9: Attach the breakaway cable
Step 10: Connect the trailer wiring
Step 11: Engage your truck’s hazard lights and check that all the trailer’s clearance lights, brake lights and blinkers are working properly
Step 12: Remove wheel chocks
Step 13: Crank trailer jack all the way up
Note: Once you’re all hooked up, you’ll want to drive a short way, then set the Trailer Brake Gain. This will proportion the truck’s brakes to the trailer braking system.