What Is A Fifth Wheeler?
The Fifth Wheeler is a relatively new invention – beginning in America in the 1960’s and coming across to Australia in the 2000’s. The Fifth Wheeler hitch is closely related to that of a Semi-Trailer hitch with its design.
A Fifth Wheeler is a Caravan/RV that attaches to a vehicle using a hitch or turntable placed over the back of a tow vehicle. The hitch or turntable resemble a wheel – making it the fifth wheel of the Caravan/RV.
Fifth Wheelers are towed predominantly by utes such as: the Ford Ranger, Isuzu dMax, Mazda BT50, Holden Colorado and many more due to the ‘Fifth Wheel’ hitch sitting in the centre of the tray. By placing the hitch in the centre of the tray the Fifth Wheeler gains more stability and places less stress on the rear of the vehicle – handling 25% of the hitch load. This in turn provides: better fuel economy, less chance of a break down, increased stability and safety and finally, a smoother journey when venturing around Australia.
TravelHome Fifth Wheelers are growing Australia wide due to their modern and stylish look, increased safety when compared to a caravan, a leading team of specialists and finally, a product fully manufactured in Australia.
Benefits Of A Fifth Wheeler
Due to a Fifth Wheeler’s design, there is a larger interior layout with the bed being placed over the top of the towing vehicle. This provides increased space and allows you to not feel as cramped when compared to living in a caravan or motorhome.
By placing the goose neck hitch in the centre of the vehicle’s tray, you can enjoy a smoother and safer ride and to top it all off it only takes a matter of minutes to hitch/unhitch a Travelhome due to the remote controlled hitching process. All Travelhomes are compliant with the Australian Design Rules (ADR).
All you need to tow a fifth wheeler caravan is an Australian Standard Drivers License – making it that much easier to start your dream of traveling Australia.