Fifth Wheel Street is dedicated to promoting recreational vehicle safety by providing educational materials, simplified weighing worksheets, web-based and mobile device RV safety apps with weight safety reports to assist truck camper owners and all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional towables.
To aid in the reduction of tow vehicles exceeding weight safety ratings to the level of 30% by 2025. (This is half of the 2014 RVSEF records.)
Is that our self-help website information and tools will assist future and current RV owners with a better understanding of several aspects of RV safety so that all will be able to make the safest decisions with their investment.
"As an RV safety educator, I consider my primary responsibility to be to provide enough learning material for individuals to work out safe recreational vehicle use practices—not to provide a drive-up window service."
Fifth Wheel Street is the brainchild of former full-time RVer Dave Gray, who saw a need that was not being satisfactorily met for those towing 5th wheel, gooseneck, and conventional trailers. The website debuted on April 18, 2011. Initially, Fifth Wheel Street was geared to support fifth wheel trailer owners. Today, the website provides safety information for all recreational vehicle classifications.
During Dave's career path in the U.S. Army, his occupational jobs included Metal Worker Specialist (44B), Fire Direction Control Specialist (13E), Chaplain Assistant (56M) and lastly, he retired as a Decentralized Automated Service Support System (DAS3) Repairer (34C), (a mobile mini-mainframe computer system built in a 40 foot trailer).
After Dave’s military retirement, he went on to work for Loral Space and Range Systems, Vandenberg AFB, California as a Field Technician (Satellite Tracking Operations & Maintenance), then onto Delco Electronics, Goleta, California, as a PC Technician for about a year, and lastly, he retired from the US Postal Service (USPS) at Goleta, California, as an Electronics Technician (PS9/P).
Due to Dave's strong analytical research skills, he received numerous monetary awards for equipment and operational improvements. Throughout Dave’s career path, he received hundreds of hours of safety training covering a broad spectrum. One of Dave’s career highlights was when he was recognized and received the US Postal Service Pacific Area Safety Award on the Dodger Stadium infield before the start of the game.
Dave has written and contributed RV safety articles to the Escapees Magazine and Heartland Highlights. He has been a guest speaker at RV rallies. Several times, his press releases were published in the RV Daily Report and the RV Business publications. April 2016, Dave was interviewed for podcast number 98 by Greg Gerber, editor and founder of RV Daily Report, and it is available here.
I love the line in Hidden Figures by Katherine Johnson, played by actress Taraji P. Henson—"Numbers don't lie." In every one of my careers from calculating firing data for artillery to operating and maintaining equipment for tracking satellites and rockets, it became very clear that applied mathematics will always uncover the truth.~Dave
For the safety of all on the road, it is important for all who are towing to know if their vehicle is towing safely. If you do not know your towing weights, then you may be an overloaded traveling hazard. The primary reason for Fifth Wheel Street is to emphasize the importance of towing safety by knowing your vehicles' weight. Fifth Wheel Street makes this task very easy by providing simplified worksheets and online calculators, as well as Android, iOS and Amazon Fire apps, allowing you to print your easy to understand weight safety report.
So what’s different? There are other sites online that have towing calculators. They work, don’t they?
Yes, those other calculators do work. Well, that is if you understand how to work them. What makes Fifth Wheel Street superior over the others is the simplified flow and ease that get results without requiring a digital calculator in the other hand. It made no sense to Dave when he attempted to use the calculators on other sites that math calculations be completed before data was entered into the online calculator. For the novice, other glossary pages had to be read and understood before entering the required data. It was evident to Dave why so many RVers were not weighing their vehicles. The whole process appeared to be quite daunting. One of Dave's goals is to remove any intimidation to weighing your vehicles. Dave, at Fifth Wheel Street, wants the weighing of your vehicles and the printing of your report to be as easy as eating apple pie.
According to RV Safety & Education Foundation statistics, there are too many overloaded fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers on the highways. Please, take 30 minutes and weigh your vehicles at the nearest truck scale. If one or more of your vehicles are overweight, then take the necessary actions to eliminate the excessive weight. After you have weighed your vehicles and corrected any load problems, complete Step 4 which is inflating your tow vehicle tires per the inflation recommendations.
We would love to hear from you. Ask a question or offer a recommendation. We will even listen to your complaint if you have one. More importantly, we hope you will tell us how Fifth Wheel Street services or apps have helped you.
Have a great day, and first and foremost, travel safely!
"My Creed" by Dean Alfange
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon—if I can. I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done. All this is what it means to be an American.
(Our current physical location is in California.)
David W. Gray
Fifth Wheel Street
Founder, RV Educator & Consultant
Dave is the founder of Fifth Wheel Street, the premier self-help RV safety website providing the only 13 Point Weight Safety Report and answers how to weigh your RV and other towable vehicles. Fifth Wheel St. provides tow ratings, web based and mobile app towing weight calculators, printable worksheets and reports for RV and trailer owners.
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