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Old 06-09-2015, 09:14 PM   #1
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5th wheel hitch question

I have a 2014 flagstaff 8528bhws with the Reese revolution hitch. This camper tows beautifully and is easy to back up just on some occasions usually when slowing and going into a turn it feels as though there is a some play. It feels like it is sliding forward if that make any sense. I don't know how to check this hitch to see if there are any adjustments I did have the dealer look at it last year prior to our vacation. I'm curious if any one else feels this sensation or am I alone Maybe I'm not explaining it well. But it also doesn't happen all the time.

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Old 06-10-2015, 06:50 PM   #2
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I have the Reese sidewinder(same thing just not OEM).I've never felt what your describing,but do get some slop in the hitch. It's a Reese 16K.Seems the brand does have some movement in the parts that causes noise.Mine does and I've read of others that do to.Guess that doesn't answer your question too well.

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Old 06-10-2015, 06:59 PM   #3
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It could just be the hitch piveting from side to side. With the trailer off your truck move the 5er pen plate side to side and see how it can tilt from side to side and lean forward and back is what I think your feeling.
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I've had fixed, manual sliders and auto sliders and I have always felt a little play in the hitch. Usually only noticeable in very slow stop and go traffic. I switched to a proportional brake controller last year and it helped a lot. Regular controllers use too much trailer brake in slow stop and go traffic and cause it to jerk a little more.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:21 AM   #5
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Thanks for the thoughts....I think I just like my bumper tow better, and probably the only person alive that feels that way

Happy trails everyone!
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Check to see if the wedge has moved, if you have the stock factory furnished wedge, they are notorious for moving and coming loose. Also, with the trailer unhooked, try prying up between the legs and the mounting rails. I had to make 0.075" thick steel shims to fit between each leg and the mounting rails. Have to drive the pins in now, but there is no slop and no movements or noise. I also have the Reese 16K and a custom fit wedge with no slots.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:29 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Aca651 View Post
Thanks for the thoughts....I think I just like my bumper tow better, and probably the only person alive that feels that way

Happy trails everyone!

Maybe not the only person! I have drooled over 5th wheels in RV parks for YEARS (more like decades....) and today a salesman showed us one that might work for our TV and suddenly I'm scared to death! Hubby insists 5th is easier than bumper, but....
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:47 PM   #8
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Do you have a slider hitch? When I had my slider hitch with the Reese Revolution I would feel that. When I went to standard legs it felt much better.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:23 PM   #9
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I've had both, would not go back to a bumper pull unless it was under some very extenuating circumstances.

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