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Old 10-28-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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Hitch connect ?

I have a huskey 16 k fifth wheel hitch my jaws on the hitch don't close when I back in to the fifth wheel. I have to get out and release the handle to close the jaws. Is this normal?
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:18 PM   #2
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Try to hitch with more force. If you just kiss the hitch, it probably won't cause the jaw to close. When I hitch there is more than a kiss, but slams with enough force that causes the jaw to shut but not with enough force to move the trailer.
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Could be you have the trailer to high when you are backing under it.
I would also give the pivot points a shot of silicone spray, I use the WD-40 version.
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I didn't think about that, Ford Idaho. There are some good videos on line that show how to hitch a 5th wheel. These show the relationship of the king pin to the hitch and how the king pin needs to slide up the hitch. I use white lithium grease to lube my hitch. That's what Reese specifies.
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I forgot to mention I have the reese revolution hitch with the wedge on the fifth wheel.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #6
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I forgot to mention I have the reese revolution hitch with the wedge on the fifth wheel.

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Yes Ford Idaho, It shows him closing the jaws by hand in the video. On the husky hitch.
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The bearded guy is one of the engineers that designed the hitch. He is the one that worked on mine in Goshen along with the narrator who is the other engineer that designed the hitch. Both were super nice and very professional.
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I have a huskey 16 k fifth wheel hitch my jaws on the hitch don't close when I back in to the fifth wheel. I have to get out and release the handle to close the jaws. Is this normal?
I think so. At the same time, you should be visually inspecting that the pin is where it needs to be and that everything is closed, locked, etc. like it needs to be. That visual inspection is very important to ensuring you're properly hitched.

Do you have a trucking background? I think I read on rv.net that someone said their big rig's hitch would close and stay closed just by hitting the pin. They didn't need to do anything else to the hitch. No RV fifth wheel hitch works the same way, as far as I'm aware.
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Yes Ford Idaho, It shows him closing the jaws by hand in the video. On the husky hitch.
I saw that as well, thanks for the confirmation
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