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Old 07-05-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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If I use a lube plate does the king pin need to be greased and if so what should be used ?
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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The lube plate is for the top of the hitch plate and the bottom of the pin box. You still need to lube the pin with lithium grease.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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If I use a lube plate does the king pin need to be greased and if so what should be used ?
just lube the locking mechanism.


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Old 07-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Per Reese's manual, even if using the Revolution, the pin needs lubed also.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:58 PM   #5
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Per Reese's manual, even if using the Revolution, the pin needs lubed also.
Manual is just another man's opinion.
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Manual is just another man's opinion.
Just happens to be the opinion of the one who designed it, probably should carry a little more weight than a "civilian" like us.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:00 PM   #7
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I usually spray some lithium grease on the jaws and or the pin. I use a lube plate for the top. I also use lithium on trailer balls.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:09 PM   #8
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Lubing the pin will just attract grime that will increase the wear.
I haven't lubed the pin on our fifth wheel, ever, and there is zero wear on the pin or the hitch mechanism.
So from my experience, I would leave it dry.
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Lubing the pin will just attract grime that will increase the wear.
I haven't lubed the pin on our fifth wheel, ever, and there is zero wear on the pin or the hitch mechanism.
So from my experience, I would leave it dry.
You should clean the grimy grease out and put in good grease.
Ive had semi trucks that would get dirt on the 5th wheel when barebacking, and it was ALWAYS scraped of and cleaned and new grease installed- they actually make covers for 5th wheels just to prevent this. And even properly greased semi 5th wheels will wear out the pin, pin mount plate and 5th wheels over time .

My current 5th wheel rv hitch with being greased the grease is turning black- so there is friction wear starting already with a little more than a 1000 miles.
- ?no lube is a really bad idea- that doesent even make any kind of sense at all. All moving parts need lubrication or premature wear will occur

Ps. If you mic'd it I bet there is wear.
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You should clean the grimy grease out and put in good grease.
Ive had semi trucks that would get dirt on the 5th wheel when barebacking, and it was ALWAYS scraped of and cleaned and new grease installed- they actually make covers for 5th wheels just to prevent this. And even properly greased semi 5th wheels will wear out the pin, pin mount plate and 5th wheels over time .

My current 5th wheel rv hitch with being greased the grease is turning black- so there is friction wear starting already with a little more than a 1000 miles.
- ?no lube is a really bad idea- that doesent even make any kind of sense at all. All moving parts need lubrication or premature wear will occur

Ps. If you mic'd it I bet there is wear.
I don't know too many campers with a million miles on them, so the comparison to semis is not valid.
As for checking my pin with a micrometer, I don't have to. I have a heck of a time closing the hitch locking slide in behind the pin, so it hasn't worn at all.
I wish it would wear, so I could lock the hitch easier!
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