Doing a Single with The RapidHook Trailer

We have three single axle daycabs being moved from Hilliard, Ohio (1) and Gahanna, Ohio (2) to Grand Island, Nebraska.

Normally I would take the single while Joe has the other two for a full hookup. This time the 5th Wheels are not adjustable, meaning they don’t have the ability to slide forward or back.

This photo shows a “Sliding 5th Wheel”. Notches, or teeth, allow the 5th Wheel assembly to move forward or back. The locking mechanism is air actuated, as noted by the curled hose at the front of the 5th Wheel.


This is a photo of a “Solid” 5th Wheel. It can be moved with the aid of a shop or road service truck at a cost of $150.


The 5th Wheels on these daycabs are higher than on standard trucks.


Joe, ever the good Boy Scout, carries boards for situations like this. The boards are 4″ x 6″ and 5 feet long.


You will see how they are used a bit later. First, Joe needs to have a 5th wheel to stub the back of the trailer in. If there is not a truck available he can drive on from the back of the trailer. Just easier to do things the regular way. My back truck will be used as in this case



The boards are taken off the trailer before it gets too high in the air.


Attach the trailer to the back truck using the 5th wheel.


Set the ramps in place.


Lower the landing legs located at the rear of the trailer tires.



Place the boards on the rear frame rails. The boards will help support the trailer and keep the high 5th wheel from tipping forward.


Back the pickup on thectrailer






Set the wheel chocks then drive up to the chock.



Strap the wheels securely.


Raise the front of the trailer. This is when the boards do their job.



Time to connect the truck Joe will be driving.


The sight out the back window can be a little exciting.



Raise the landing legs and release the rear trucks 5th wheel latch then drive free.



The boards were put back up on the trailer after Joe separated from the back truck.

It is a bit odd seeing Joe traveling this way. Doing a single with my boom stored on the back of the trailer is not an option for us. The center of gravity is off. This unbalanced weight causes the trailer to be driving the truck. That is not so good.

Today we drove through snow flurries nearly all day long.


Hope you all are enjoying your week so far.


About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

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