How to Adjust a 5th Wheel


Hauling a 5th wheel trailer requires joining it to the tow vehicle. However, if the trailer is not positioned high enough, the tow vehicle will not fit underneath, and you will need to increase the height of the fifth wheel so it will. This is done using a crank handle on the trailer or by adjusting the height of the trailer arm.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Measure the distance from the bottom the trailer to the ground with the tape measure. If this distance is too low for the tow vehicle you will need to raise the height of the trailer.

  • Find the crank for the landing gear on the left side of the trailer.

  • Disengage the crank handle for the landing gear by pulling the release lever, if it has been secured to the crank holder. .

  • Turn the crank handle clockwise to begin extending the landing gear legs that will raise the trailer. Turn the crank handle counterclockwise to retract the landing gear legs that will lower the trailer.

  • Measure the new distance from the bottom of the trailer to the ground. Connect the tow vehicle to the fifth wheel if the trailer is now high enough.

  • Find the taping screws to the left of the attachment hitch, if you are using a gooseneck hitch to connect the fifth wheel trailer.

  • Turn the screws counterclockwise with the adjustable wrench. Raise the trailer arm and then tighten the screws to set that height.

Tips & Warnings

  • Two people may be needed to raise the trailer arm for a fifth wheel trailer.

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