The Basics of Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

I’ve been seeing a couple of fifth wheelers coming through the showground and they’ve been feeding my desire for a fifth wheel in our life. They’ve been mostly the Travel Home brand (below), which I love, and it’s made me realise that I didn’t actually know what they’re talking about when it come to fifth wheel trailer hitches. I heard words like gooseneck, hitch and king pin being flung around, so I thought I should figure out what they all mean. Heck, I realised that I don’t even know why these types of trailers are called a fifth wheel?!  Answer:

Do they make small fifth wheel trailers?

Since we’ve been at this show grounds, I’ve seen a lot more both large and small fifth wheel trailers than I ever did in caravan parks as we travelled around Australia. I’m presuming it’s because there is no size limits here at the show grounds, you don’t have to squeeze into an allocated spot, you just find a spare pole with power and water and hook up. So those much larger RVs, like fifth wheels, buses and massive motorhomes, can easily come in and find a spot. Heck, you wouldn’t even have to reverse into a spot here, just drive