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I think way back in the day the trucks that first pulled trailers with a hitch like that only had 4 tires so it was nicknamed the 5th wheel cause it looked like a spare tire maybe?? Im too young to know for sure though
2011 F-350 6.7 CC/SB Lariat loaded....just hope its as good as the dodge
'05 silver 2500 CTD auto, laramie, 4x4, Just a simple farm truck...def gonna miss that truck
IIRC, the TV show "How It's Made" showed the manufacture of an old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon. The steering was from a "wheel" mounted horizontally under the frame, and the whole front axle pivoted on that "wheel". The modern trailers pivot, or steer, from that same point in front. Just like the old-time wagons. My $0.02...
2001 5.9L Quadcab SB, 1999 T-Rex kit Hummer, 2006 Subaru WRX, 2004 Wombat VW kit
Too many toys, not enough time
The term fifth wheel comes from a similar coupling used on four-wheel horse-drawn carriages and wagons. The device allowed the front axle assembly to pivot in the horizontal plane, to improve turning. from Wikipedia
04.5 2500 4wd, 6 speed, 3.73 gears Mods: 4" Superlift, 315/70/17 BFG A/T's, Silencer MIA, Thuren track bar, diPricol boost, egt, and fp gauges, Crazy Larry 330hp/620tq
<----- Getting a 12 valve when I get cash.
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