Tow A Fifth Wheel With Bumper Pull Adapter Hitch

It is possible to move a 5th wheel travel trailer camper with a car or SUV by adding an adapter hitch. This type of setup can be unsafe due to many reasons such as lack of vehicle towing capacity.

You can convert a 5th wheel to a bumper pull with a safety hitch, but not the other way.

You need a heavy duty vehicle rated to handle the towing weight.
The hitch adds 5 feet to length, and will make towing more difficult because load will no longer be centered over the truck.

Driving will be less stable, and more difficult to turn, or even drive.

Warning, this kind of conversion is not done very often. This setup is may not be legal in some states.

If you only have a car or suv, then you can use a bumper hitch.
It is not advisable to do so unless you have a large suv and small trailer.
The GVWR must be considered, as well as tonque weight.

How far you are traveling and speed is also an issue. It is much different to go from RV storage to lake campground 1 mile away at 20 mph, vs 500 mile highway trip at 70 mph.

If you have to stop fast can you do it?

Turn radius is better with fifth wheel, they can be rotated 90 degrees, compared to limited turning with bumper pull.



Bumper Pull Adapter Hitch

  1. Weight capacity: Make sure the hitch’s weight capacity matches or exceeds the weight of the trailer you plan to tow, including the trailer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and tongue weight. Overloading the hitch or tow vehicle can lead to accidents or damage.
  2. Proper hitch selection: Choose the right type of hitch for your specific towing needs, considering factors such as the trailer’s weight, the tow vehicle’s towing capacity, and the type of connection needed between the tow vehicle and the trailer.
  3. Sway control: Bumper pull trailers are more prone to sway compared to fifth-wheel trailers, so it’s essential to use an appropriate sway control system if needed, such as weight distribution hitches or sway control bars.
  4. Brake controllers: If your trailer is equipped with electric brakes, make sure to install and properly set up a brake controller in your tow vehicle. This will ensure that the trailer’s brakes work in conjunction with your vehicle’s brakes for a safer towing experience.
  5. Regular maintenance: Regularly inspect your bumper pull adapter hitch for signs of wear, damage, or rust, and replace or repair any components as needed.


5th wheel stats and specs
They have a special hitch in the bed of truck connected with bolts and brackets directly to the frame, not just the cargo bed. A coupling pin connects to a round horizontal plate.

They are easier to tow because load is placed over the vehicle rather than behind it. The tailgate is lowered or removed for access.

They are 20 – 40 feet long, usually about 35 ft and 8.5 feet wide.

You need a full size 1 ton truck to tow them safely as they weigh more than 7k lbs, some up to 12k lbs. They are described with 3500 or f350 in model, like Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 3500, the Dodge Ram 3500, and Ford F-350.


Fifth wheel towing camper photos:



Q: What type of truck do I need to tow a fifth wheel?

A: In general, you’ll need a heavy-duty pickup truck to tow a fifth wheel. The exact specifications will depend on the weight of the fifth wheel. And remember, just because your truck can technically tow your fifth wheel, doesn’t mean it should. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Q: Can I detach the fifth wheel from the truck easily?

A: Yes, you can detach a fifth wheel from the truck, and it’s designed to stand on its own with built-in support legs. This makes setting up camp a breeze. It’s like having a portable house that you can park in the middle of nature.

Q: Is it difficult to drive with a fifth wheel?

A: Driving with a fifth wheel can be challenging for beginners, particularly when it comes to turning and reversing. However, with practice, it can become quite manageable. Just remember, you’re not in a sports car, so take it slow, especially around corners.

Q: Do I need a special license to drive a fifth wheel?

A: In most places, a standard driver’s license is all you need to drive a fifth wheel. However, some states and provinces require a special license for oversized loads, so it’s best to check local regulations. You’re not exactly driving a compact car, after all.