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Handle closed and locked and jaws fully enclosing around kingpin-visual check, that's your "pull test".


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Handle closed and locked and jaws fully enclosing around kingpin-visual check, that's your "pull test".


Visual check is great, but a pull test is FOOLPROOF

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cummins2014 wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Handle closed and locked and jaws fully enclosing around kingpin-visual check, that's your "pull test".


Visual check is great, but a pull test is FOOLPROOF


People with older Reese hitches have report dropping trailers after doing a pull test and leaving the campground/miles later.

So nothing seems to be completely FOOLPROOF.


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Rv websites are a hoot when it comes to folks bragging about their hitch brand/type doesn't require a tug test or bashing other brands.

On haulers type websites everyone is in agreement only a fool doesn't do a tug test with any brand OTR professional type 5th wheel hitches.....and admit any brand can be hi pinned which can result in drops.

There isn't a hitch maker out here from the lightweight rv type hitch on up to SAF Holland.....Fontaine.....Jost/other OTR type hitch that doesn't recommend a tug test.

RV world tug test is optional because its a xxx brand hitch [emoticon].

Haulers world tug test is usually mandatory regardless of hitch brand. Some trucking companies require it or your fired.

When I hauled I did the tug test when the hitch slammed shut....then a visual when raising the jacks and hooking air and electric up. I use the same procedure with all rv 5th wheel trailers I've owned.


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God gave you a brain, use it. Pull test is no different than a visual test on a B&W. Other brands I don’t care.

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As said a pull test is foolproof . You know what they say about assume . That’s why god gave you a brain.

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People with older Reese hitches have report dropping trailers after doing a pull test and leaving the campground/miles later.

So nothing seems to be completely FOOLPROOF.


Can you explain that , have not heard that one .

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B&W recommendation on page #5; B&W pull test
PULL TEST
***Have the truck stationary with the emergency brake
on, the trailer wheels blocked and landing gear still
resting firm on the ground supporting the weight of
the trailer. Make sure no one is between the truck
and trailer, return to the cab of the truck. Release the
emergency brake and apply the trailer brakes. Try to
pull the trailer forward with the truck. If the trailer is
properly hooked up, the wheel blocks and trailer
brakes should not allow the truck to move forward. If
trailer is not hitched correctly, the trailer will separate
from the truck. However, with the landing gear
resting firmly on the ground, it will support the trailer
and not allow it to drop or fall on the truck sides.***

B&W like all lite duty rv or heavy duty OTR 5th wheel hitch makers offer this bit of advise. Being in the industry they all know and understand the reasons for a tug test which has less to do with a liability statement but rather a fact of life with any brand, or jaw type, 5th wheel hitch.

If your a bla bla bla brand hitch owner and don't want to do a tug test then thats fine. Thats doesn't mean a tug test isn't needed for that brand hitch.

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OP says;
""Well, we settled on a B&W Patriot 16,000 non-slider. Good price, good reviews. Having never used a 5th wheel hitch before, I have no idea how good it is, but it seems to have a good reputation. I'll be pulling a 5th wheel with GVWR under 10,500lbs. Thanks.""
You bought one of the top 5 rv type hitch brands and being a new to a 5th wheel trailer world I would suggest you follow B&W recommendations on this subject.

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