There are 4 vitally important things that must be checked before you start installing your own 5th wheel hitch. They'll seem obvious to a seasoned camper, but without them, it's all too easy to completely mess up a hitch installation and have an epic disaster on the road.

First: Buy the Right Hitch for Your Vehicle

Your hitch is going to be towing around a lot of poundage. With the wrong hitch, you'll find that the weight you're towing doesn't get transferred to the ground in a balanced and stable manner. Buying a generic hitch that isn't made to work with your vehicle will 'usually' work fine, but it basically means you're pulling part of a heavy load based on the strength of some sheet metal -- worth the little extra effort to get a hitch that's purpose-made to work with your vehicle.

Second: Can Your Handle The Weight?

Before you hitch anything to your vehicle, check the owner's manual for the maximum towing capacity for your model. If you're not certain about what you're reading, call ...

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