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Old 03-02-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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HELP: Chucking/Slipping with my 5th Whl?

I'm not sure exactly what everyone means by the term 'chucking,' but most of last season I experienced a small amount of slipping between the fiver king pin and the 5th wheel hitch. When coming to a stop, or starting up from a stop, the hitch and king pin seemed to slip fore and aft a bit and bang into the opposing side of the king pin. We experienced none of this the first season we owned the trailer (new trailer, new hitch). The second season (last year) is when it started. What would cause this? I use the 12" plastic lube plates, no grease. Am I getting wear around the king pin or should I be greasing this? Or do I need to re-adjust my brake controller? Please advise as I fear this situation will get worse this season.

FYI - I have a Reese 15K manual slider hitch, factory kin pin and box on the Ultra Lite Rockwood.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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First thing is first. Don't use till you find out what is happened. It could be your pin is not in the hitch correctly or the latch holding the pin in is not tight enough.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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Was your hitch purchased new by you, and how old of hitch is it?? Sounds like you might be expierencing some wear in the area of the hitch secures around the king pin maybe. I would assume if there is a lot of play in this area the king pin would be moving as such and wear would be indicated on the pin like you said...
I would have the hitch checked out also along with making sure the pin is tight like another poster stated...
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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The hitch was purchased brand new from my RV dealer at the same time we bought the trailer brand new in 2009. So they have been used for only 2 seasons of towing so far. And, over the 2 seasons we used them, they probably have seen no more than 2,000 miles.

If it is wearing of the pin, is this normal?...Does anyone grease their king pin while using a lube plate?

Sounds like I might have to take it back to the dealer for inspection.
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There is no way the pin or hitch would wear that fast. I would check for something loose.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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There is no way the pin or hitch would wear that fast. I would check for something loose.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:12 PM   #7
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Check your adjustment first, its easy to do with a Good wrench, Mine wore down after a Long hall on our first year, New Hitch 07 5th wheel,
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FYI - I have a Reese 15K manual slider hitch, factory kin pin and box on the Ultra Lite Rockwood.
We have a Reese 15K hitch (not a slider) and pushing 6000 miles pulling or 5er with no problem at all. I also use the 12" plate, but I do grease where the pin fits into the hitch.
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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 chucking...fast forward to vacation time and with the 5th loaded, it felt more solid. Hitch a is Reese 16k slider...double jaw / double pivot
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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.
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