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Old 03-03-2011, 12:16 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by HookMeUp View Post
Is your the sliding bar type? If so these are known for the symtoms you discribe. I don't know if there is an adjustment or not.
"Is this the sliding bar type". HookMeUp are you refering to the hitch slider or something else??


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Old 03-03-2011, 05:59 AM   #12
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As for greasing the king pin!! I have the 5th Airboune king pin with the curt 20k hitch. The curt would really grab the king pin and cause kinda what you are talking about. Both the 5th ab and curt people told me to put a very very small amount of grease on the king pin. This did help, it has since become one of my pre hook up items to cover. I also have the disk but thats for a different movement.

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Old 03-03-2011, 06:05 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by bobsquarepants View Post
I'm by no means an experienced 5ver owner (only had one for a year now) but isn't some of this caused by weight distribution? I know when I first brought my trailer home (550 miles) empty, it felt really jerky and loose with alot of forward to vacation time and with the 5th loaded, it felt more solid. Hitch a is Reese 16k slider...double jaw / double pivot
Bob, I was thinking the very same thing. After the hitch assembly is inspected; my next stop would be the scales.

15-25% of the camper's weight must rest on the hitch. Overly light and overly heavy pin weights will cause all kinds of ride problems.

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Old 03-03-2011, 06:42 AM   #14
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Thanks for the advice folks. I think I'm going to have to get the trailer back out of storage this spring and do a bit more closer inspection on the king pin and hitch, and possibly take it in to the dealer. Hopefully its a minor adjustment as some have mentioned.

My hitch has the manual slider bars. I could see how any loose play might cause this jerking problem if the upper hitch assembly is not held securely when locked in the tow position. This will also be on my list of things to inspect.

As for the weight distribution...what I recall from last year is that I experienced this both loaded and unloaded. That's not to say my loaded weight is all right. I'll have to get to the scales this spring as well.

I did plan to start greasing the king pin a little this year. Each pivot you make with the trailer and TV puts a lot of wear and friction on the circumference of the pin and hitch jaw. Does anyone have any grease recommendations to use?

I will update everyone when I find out more details. Thanks!


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