5th Wheel Pivot Point

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Ralph D.'s Comment
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I have seen multiple times where y'all have recommended getting a toy truck to get the feel of the movement and I've noticed while pulling a pallet jack behind me at work having to turn/back up around aisles and customers that it feels similar. Is that an accurate representation?

If not I'll go back to playing with the toy truck. 😀

Errol V.'s Comment
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With your toy truck, the front end (where you steer) is being pulled around, while the back end simply follows and takes a bit of a short cut, called "off tracking". A fork lift is actually the opposite. The steering happens at the back and simply changes the "aim" of the whole truck.

Here's a good video on how truck turns are made (15 minutes): Turns in a Big Rig

I do recommend "playing with" the toy truck so you get an idea how it all works. Another thing you might try, hold the end of a broom stick next to your waist, drag the "broom end" around behind you. Now walk around the room, and do not hit/ touch any of the furniture or door jambs!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Stick with the toy truck, pallet jacks in my experience turn sharper than a truck can.

Ralph D.'s Comment
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Thanks guys. Toy truck, got it!

Errol, good video and looks like a good channel. I like that the first 2 minutes is "watch your wagon".

Good thing you say to use a broom, I'll probably have a mess to clean up after trying!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Good thing you say to use a broom, I'll probably have a mess to clean up after trying!

Use a mop and practice in the kitchen. Your wife may love it!
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