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Posted: 12/16/19 01:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oasisbob wrote:

I am not a fiver guy so did not spot why this happened? Anyone else? What a bummer


Improperly hitched.

It fell so far because they didn't do a proper pull test. A proper pull test would have either had the feet on the ground and no drop, just a separation from the truck OR the feet 1" off of the ground and just a minor drop. (On the ground or 1" off is the subject of great fiver debates.)


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Posted: 12/16/19 01:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ford truck guy wrote:

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If she is like my wife, she does ALL of the figuring out ! [emoticon]


She's smarter than me, so it only makes sense that she does! [emoticon]

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Oasisbob wrote:

I am not a fiver guy so did not spot why this happened? Anyone else? What a bummer

I think someone thought that the pin was locked in too high in the jaws.


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It amazes me how many of these Youtubers there are rving. I never even heard of these folks, and they have 50k subs. Everyone trying to rv for free I guess. Why not.

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Posted: 12/16/19 01:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

winniman wrote:

Everyone trying to rv for free I guess. Why not.


It's not "for free". With this many subs and a 20 minute video, these people have a sizable investment into computer power and time in editing the videos. I am acquaintances with a couple of YouTubers and the amount of time they spend editing videos for posting regularly to YouTube is tantamount to a fulltime+ job.

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ependydad wrote:

winniman wrote:

Everyone trying to rv for free I guess. Why not.


It's not "for free". With this many subs and a 20 minute video, these people have a sizable investment into computer power and time in editing the videos. I am acquaintances with a couple of YouTubers and the amount of time they spend editing videos for posting regularly to YouTube is tantamount to a fulltime+ job.

For sure, it is lots of work to do all the filming and editing. I more amazed at how many of them there is. I follow quite a few of them, but there seems to be literally many hundreds, if not thousands of them. That video isn't going to help the resale on that camper when the possible buyer sees every screw up the dude did on YouTube.

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Posted: 12/16/19 01:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

agesilaus wrote:

They did not do a test pull tho it seems like they pulled the rv a short distance before it dropped.

With any brand RV hitch or any brand professional grade OTR hitch a high pin usually falls as the operator pulls forward and turning.
Saw my first OTR drop in a loading yard in the '70s. Newby driver thought a pull test wasn't necessary even after going through training class required by the loading yard and truck companies working out of the yard. He was sent down the road looking for another job.
As Ford guy mentioned the vid shows way too much gap between the plates (hitch plate and pin box plate). Looks like a usual rv slip plate and another thickness of some type.

Sad....all the name calling....... when someone makes a honest mistake.


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ependydad wrote:

Oasisbob wrote:

I am not a fiver guy so did not spot why this happened? Anyone else? What a bummer


Improperly hitched.

It fell so far because they didn't do a proper pull test. A proper pull test would have either had the feet on the ground and no drop, just a separation from the truck OR the feet 1" off of the ground and just a minor drop. (On the ground or 1" off is the subject of great fiver debates.)


IMO its no debate, I don't want to be dragging the landing what so ever, and that is a possibility .That one inch drop can't hurt much.

Plus if I had a level up system I would not want to have that fifth moving at all with the weight on those hydraulic cylinders, its one thing on the electric landing gear ,another on those hydraulics.

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Posted: 12/16/19 02:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I follow a number of them and they put out good and helpful info. I look for boondocking sites ideas for one thing.

But there are some or many low info vblogers. One pair of millenials over on Escapees made videos of them walking their dog up and down dirt roads somewhere and rattling off inane chatter. You got no idea of where they were, the one that I finally had enough on was supposedly near Tetons. But they gave no clue to where they were camping and I don't even recall seeing the mountains in the background.

So I fired off a comment on their yt page pointing out how worthless they were. They actually replied that they did not give out any useful info deliberately! They did not want to reveal their secret campsites! LOL. OK then don't make videos about them...heh. I got got supportive comments on mine. I did not continue on since I'm not looking for a Flame War. But I noticed that their output took a sudden change after that. Still not great but better.

I recall on other pair in a huge Class A up in Alaska. Same age group. They had a slow leak on one of the coach tires. Could not find help so they finally stopped and got their 12V air pump out. It looked more suitable for pumping up pool swans than massive coach tires and the guy had no idea whatsoever what he was doing. He was fumbling around trying to air up the tire she was, on camera, spending her time saying what a fumble fingered idiot he was. That was it for that channel.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Face it it's a crappy hitch design!

Look at 21:34 the pinbox and top of hitch head are tight to each other. It's NOT high hitched.

At 19:45 it shows the slide bar is right where it should be. If high hitched you would have seen it then.

I'm telling ya there have been MANY dropped RV's with this type of hitch with no reasonable explanation.



I have had that so called crappy hitch design, I faced it without issue. Towed a lot of miles with it, probably would still have it ,but needed a higher weight rating.

It appears to be same the style I had, you can back into with the jaws closed as long as you don't lock the handle , pretty sure the jaws cannot open when pulling against them . The handle was a crappy design.

Whatever he did was WRONG, design or not, they don't drop if properly hitched . We can jump up, and down all we want ,and blame it on the hitch, but its operator error.

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