An introduction to recreational vehicle types
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The fifth wheel is a towable that connects to the tow truck directly above the rear axle by way of a special fifth wheel hitch. This causes several feet of the connected trailer to hang over the tow truck, placing about 15 to 25% of the trailerís weight on the rear axle of the truck.
Commercial semi trucks and trailers use this hitch configuration.
Other terms used for fifth wheel:
The fifth wheel has one sub-type:
The term toy hauler is applied to both fifth wheels and travel trailers, and it describes an RV designed to carry toys—small cars, dune buggies, four wheelers, motorcycles, etc.
Distinguishing features of a toy hauler is the large door in the back which opens down to create a ramp, dedicated garage area or fold-away furniture in the main living compartment, and often a third axle to support the heavy toys.
Fifth Wheel Pros
Fifth Wheel Cons
The following RV checklists on our web site are applicable to fifth wheels:
A list of recommended fifth wheel resources on our web site: