Does anyone allow their family to ride in their fifth wheel trailer, and do you have seat belts? I checked with my state and they allow riding in a fifth wheel trailer with communication and seat belt laws do apply.
Have pulled a 5th wheel for 15 years and have never allowed it to happen. Too much at stake as far as I am concerned. I do know of people that do but feel the liabilites outweigh allowing them to ride in the trailer.
I've recently seen replys on this very site about TT's getting out of control and rolling themselves, and in some cases the tow vehicles also. In my opinon, the camper is a good place to store things when traveling, but a person is not one of those things. I have wanted to have my wife drive down the road a few miles so I can get in the camper and see what happens while traveling (rattling cabnets, swinging blinds, etc.), but not for very long. I know that 5er's are more stable going down the road, but it's still a chance.
*This Message was edited on 28-Aug-02 02:33 PM by Sublime*
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I believe TX law differentiated between FW and bumper pull. Passengers are allowed in FW but not bumper pulls.
I can not imagine a need that would out weigh the dangerousness for allowing passengers to ride inside the FW. I have seen a race trailer pulled by a big truck that had crew quarters in the trailer with the car. I would not want to ride in the thing though.
As far as seat belt laws, any truck over 3/4 ton (1 ton and up) used to be exempt from the seat belt laws.
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Under no circumstances would I allow anyone to ride in the fifth. Automobiles are made for riding in. The auto manufacturers have spent millions, perhaps billions, making them safer for the ouccupants. Ever seen pictures of a camper that has rolled down the highway? Not pretty.
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As I recall, a large percentage, if not a majority, of states allow you to ride in either a travel trailer or a fifth wheel, although it is a bad idea. You have a lot of metal and bracing protecting you when you roll a truck; you sometimes haven't much more than some 2x2 sticks protecting you if you roll a trailer, and a trailer will roll a lot more easily than a truck.
If there is a wreck, there's so much more stuff in a trailer to help you get injured that you'll think you're in a ball mill. Whether a head-on collision or a roll, depending on the RV, you'll have furniture, appliances, televisions and all sorts of things joining you on your new "ride" ... and some things that you assumed were securely bolted to the trailer may join in, too.
I've not seen any trailers equipped with seat belts. And if you tried installing belts yourself, where would you put them? Few seats in a trailer are very sturdy. And the belt must be bolted to something more secure than 1/2" particle board which implies that you'll have to go all the way down to a frame member. And do you want to be belted in when that microwave oven is heading straight toward you?
That's why we went to an extended cab truck. And next time, we might go with a crew cab just so the passengers are more comfortable yet.
Now, just so that you don't think that I'm all high and mighty about this ... we have had passengers in the fiver, a couple of times on the trip from Oklahoma City to Eureka Springs since we had more than three people and an old 3-passenger 1979 F-250. Those curvy switchbacks on U.S. 62 west of Eureka Springs? What were we thinking? Fools, all of us. We've come to our senses and never have done it since.
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We all know how dangerous riding in campers, TT, 5th wheels is, but I imagine I'm not the only one that remembers how much fun we had riding in the overhead bed of a camper (we're talking about the 50's here) when I was young before we grew up and realized how dangerous it was/is.
Sometimes I still wish for those days before I knew about all the dangers of life when things were so simple.
*This Message was edited on 28-Aug-02 09:29 PM by MommaJo*
I think the question should be, who would really want to ride in a fifth wheel? There is nothing about it that sounds like fun. Think about how much time it takes to just secure everything down because its such a rough ride. Not to mention the lack of A/C. Sure it might be legal but that's about the only good part.Btown
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Folks, Texas DOES NOT ALLOW PEOPLE to ride in Fifth wheel trailers! Call DPS and find out. Also there is some web site also. An RV dealer in Granbury told me it was ok to have people ride in the fifth wheel. Geez. All it takes is a phone call to find out your state laws on this.
This website lists the states that do and the states that don't.
*This Message was edited on 30-Aug-02 09:51 PM by OSBALDO*
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