Fifth Wheel

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A device that connects a trailer to a truck or tractor.

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What does Fifth Wheel mean?

In the shipping context, a fifth wheel is a device that is mounted on a tractor or other heavy-duty vehicle that allows it to connect to a semi-trailer or other type of trailer. The fifth wheel is a circular plate that is mounted horizontally on the vehicle and has a locking mechanism that engages with a kingpin on the trailer. This connection allows the trailer to pivot on the fifth wheel, making it easier to maneuver and navigate tight turns. 

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