Hodge RV Co ltd
Manufacturers of Quality Fifth Wheels & Caravans
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The facts about towing
Why do 5th wheels tow so much better than caravans?
The portion of a caravan between the rear bumper and the axles acts as a lever on the front tow coupling.
As the rear lever of a caravan is significantly more than a 5th wheel it creates far more leverage
Caravans are attached to the tow vehicle quite away behind the rear axle. The tow bar acts as a lever on the tow vehicle.
Fifth wheelers are attached above the rear axle, so there the lever is eliminated.
In a nutshell: When wind blows sideways on a caravan the back moves side to side which forces the back of the tow vehicle side to side. this causes the 'fish tale' effect.
When wind blows on a fifth wheel there is no lever for it to act on so there is no 'fish tale' effect.
(Your overall length is also shorter by up to 9ft, as you have no drawbar and the coupling is in the deck)
Why an Auto-Sliding hitch is essential
Japanese utes have short decks. In order to 'jack-knife (turn to 90 degrees) the hitch point in the deck must be atleast half the width of the fifth wheel away from the cab. To achieve this the hitch must be mounted at the rear of the deck. This introduces a lever much the same as a caravan.
To eliminate this problem we utilize the best auto-slinding hitch in the world. It is also the most expensive, but comes standard with all Road Glide fifth wheels.
The Auto sliding hitch has the hitch point above the rear axle while driving straight. Once you turn beyond 13 degrees the hitch point automatically slides down the deck allowing a full 90 degree turn.
Our stock model 5th wheels
and caravans can be viewed by appointment at 26 Hickory Pl,
Hornby. Please view our contacts page for more
info or here to view our current
Welcome To Hodge RV
We are a Christchurch based family business that has had many years of experience travelling and camping in 5th Wheels. Our passion for 5th wheels led us to originally importing, then from there to designing and manufacturing a NZ product that we are very proud of. The journey has been, and still is an exciting process to where we are now building the best quality 5th wheels in NZ.
We are Proud to offer the Best
“Home away from Home”
in a Spacious Luxury RoadGlide
in a Spacious Luxury RoadGlide
Our Road Glide range offers the most Interior Space and Cargo Capacity per Tare of unit, than any other WoF registered 5th Wheel
We Listen to our Clients Needs
At Hodge RV we are not just selling a 5th wheel, we are selling a lifestyle. As each person has different needs and ideas for their perfect lifestyle we don't mass produce our units in a “one suits all fashion”. We like to be able to build a relationship with our buyers so that they can personalise one of our many floorplans, so we often have built in desks, washing machines, bike racks, cat doors etc. Before a 5th wheel is started we have already spent hours working closely with the customer making sure the unit they are ordering is the most suitable for them and is adequately equipped to ensure they are getting exactly what they want. Our style of production allows us to provide for vastly better quality control. We are able to support the local economy by employing staff and also source as much local product as we are able. We believe this is the most desirable way to operate our business, as all the money that is normally spent on importing a unit such as shipping, changing the wiring, changing all the appliances etc is instead spent on building a much stronger, durable, higher featured, better insulated and better suited 5th wheel for the NZ market. We also sell direct to the public so that there is not an extra dealer cost passed on to the buyer.
Designed & Built in NZ for NZ
- New Zealand unique laws and standards. When you buy from us your 5th wheel is designed and built from the ground up to suit these standards. This includes having a manufacturer’s GVM of less than 3500kg to be on a WoF and less than 2.5m wide.
- Throughout NZ's seasons there are huge variations in weather. Our Road Glide and Free Spirit 5th wheels are built with the best quality materials so that whatever the weather you will comfortable in your home away from home.
- Our Road Glide and Free Spirit 5th wheels are built to last. Extensive use of welded aluminium instead of steel and timber dramatically increases the life and reduces the maintenance and weight. With the weight reduction it means we are able to offer the largest 5th Wheel with the most cargo capacity than any other 5th Wheel on a WoF. (see our chart under Rules, Laws WoFs and Cargo Capacity)
- Our Road Glide and Free Spirit 5th Wheels are built to be towed by affordable Japanese & Australian utes that afford easy and fuel efficient towing. The ongoing running costs are also more economical than larger pickups.
- We are NZ's most experienced company in fifth wheel manufacture. Our units are built to a high standard for those that wish to permanently live and travel, or holiday frequently.
- With our unique light weight strong construction there are huge cargo capacities for plenty of water, food, clothes, cooking equipment and TOYS!
So you are ready for a lifestyle change
We are proud of our 5th Wheels and caravans and want you to have many kms and hours of enjoyment. Purchasing a home on wheels is an emotional and major decision, not only because of the cost but for many it is going to be the beginning of a complete lifestyle change. We are often in the privileged position to see many of our buyers packing their new home ready for new horizons with excitement and anticipation. Like any new experience though there is alot to learn and also to put into practice. This is where we step in with our 25 years of 5th Wheel experience, in making sure that you know how everything works, how to hitchup and unhitch, and driving practice. We spend as much time with you as you like without any pressure with no set time limits. From past experience we have found that people have different needs usually based on past experience.
At Hodge RV we want you to be relaxed and confident as you embark on your new lifestyle.
Warranty & Backup
As we are the manufacturer parts and repairs are simple and straight forward. The appliances within the units are from NZ suppliers/distributors so are quickly and easily serviced.
All Road Glide 5th wheels come with a one year warranty bumper to bumper and individual manufacturer’s warranty for appliances. Depending on the circumstances of a problem we can have a repair done at most major centres in NZ or in our factory in Christchurch.
About our webpage
Our webpage is very comprehensive and at first could appear as information overload. We purposely include a lot of information on NZ rules, regulations and laws. Along side these we have calculations, explanations etc. While there is a lot of information to share and at times can seem complicated, we want to be transparent so we have done our best to impart those facts and knowledge in an understandable way. Some items are more difficult to keep simple, such as the NZ legislation as it is complicated document but having the correct interpretation is a must. We always provide links to the relevant government information so that you can work through the maths yourself. We believe it is important that the customer is completely aware of all aspects from tow vehicle limitations to WoF regulations to driver licence rules. One would not buy a house without consulting a lawyer and getting a LIM, so as your 5th wheel is your home on wheels it is also prudent to fully know the rules and regulations and how they directly relate to the unit you are buying. Feel free to use the information available on our pages to make similar calculations on other 5th wheels you are also looking at. We are proud of our product and believe when weights, build quality and value for money are taken into account our NZ made “Road Glides” are the obvious choice.