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Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Have Hitch; Will Travel

When you hitch your wagon to a star, what kind of hitch do you use?

A fifth-wheel camper does not attach to a truck the same way a travel trailer does. It is called a fifth-wheel, because it has a fifth wheel...from wikipedia: Some recreational vehicles use a fifth wheel configuration, requiring the coupling to be installed in the bed of a pickup truck as a towing vehicle. The coupling consists of a coupling pin (or king pin) on the front of the semi-trailer, and a horseshoe-shaped coupling device called a fifth wheel on the rear of the towing vehicle.

Our Dodge Ram 3500 has a mega cab. This is so the kids have ample space in the cab as we drive along the highways and byways of America. This longer cab makes for a shorter bed. A shorter bed allows for less room when the big ole fifth wheel is turning...the camper may hit the cab. Which would be a bad, bad thing.

So, the search has been on to locate the best hitch for our needs. Of course, the fancier, the pricier. Steve's research and comparison skills have been put to the test on this subject. He'll fill you in on what he has found.

So far, the hitch will probably be installed in Indiana where the RV is now being built. When the boys head out to grab the camper, hereinafter referred to as Eagle, they will have the hitch placed into the bed of the truck, then hitch up Eagle and be off.

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