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Old 09-28-2013, 03:30 PM   #11
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Interesting, my 16K pullrite has no bushings to fail.

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Old 09-28-2013, 03:37 PM   #12
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The bushings (actually called "isolaters") are there to smooth the ride. They serve that purpose very well.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:45 PM   #13
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That I knew, I did not know my pull rite did not have then till I looked.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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I had installed the new Reese Isolators but we haven't been traveling during the heat of the Texas summer. I have hooked up to my RV twice and towed about 100 yards total. (Changing the tire position and doing some work.)

Today I see that the side Isolators are again badly deformed in the vertical direction!

I just called Reese again. They tell me that they have now gone back to the drawing board with these and have some early production of the new parts (which are no longer yellow). Since I had a trip planned in two weeks, they are going to try to get me some new parts by then.

Of course it's worrisome to have these problems, but I continue to be very impressed with their customer support and willingness to do what it takes to solve this problem. All-in-all, I'm glad that I have a Reese hitch.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:34 PM   #15
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I would be going to a machine shop and have some made out of bronze and forget the isolation effect.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:37 AM   #16
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Thanks for info Barry. I will be watching mine. Please let me (forum) know how the "new improved" isolators work out. I just may opt for them myself if they work for you! Safe trip...
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:00 AM   #17
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Thanks Barry for a good write up and pics of the isolator issue. I have the R16 and after 5k miles mine also are deformed. I was going to chase this down but you did all the leg work. I called Reese yesterday and they will be shipping the improved (orange?) isolators to me. The tech said the supplier had changed the material after Reese had originally tested it. Nevertheless, they are making it right.

I really like the r16-the design and beefiness of it. I use it with the revolution pin box. However, a disclaimer, my first 5th wheel hitch of any kind. I would buy it again.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #18
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I received my new isolators today. Note that the center metal bushing is a lot thicker than it was before, leaving less rubber around it.

Instead of a welded-on flange on one end of the center bushing, they now supply two washers that go over the end of the bushing where it extends beyond the rubber.
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One warning. While the soft yellow rubber was easy to push into the collar of the yoke, these orange parts are (thankfully!) not so soft. I spent quite a bit of time with a hammer and wood block coercing them to fit.

Tomorrow I'll give them a load test.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #19
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I received my new isolators today. Note that the center metal bushing is a lot thicker than it was before, leaving less rubber around it.

Instead of a welded-on flange on one end of the center bushing, they now supply two washers that go over the end of the bushing where it extends beyond the rubber.
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One warning. While the soft yellow rubber was easy to push into the collar of the yoke, these orange parts are (thankfully!) not so soft. I spent quite a bit of time with a hammer and wood block coercing them to fit.

Tomorrow I'll give them a load test.

Would soapy water in a spray bottle be a good or bad idea?
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Would soapy water in a spray bottle be a good or bad idea?
What, and make it easy?!?!
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