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Old 11-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #21
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So...by now the guys fully understand I'm a novice with a 5th wheel. No worries, I will learn to manage the rig fine! If I get a lube plate where do I put it? Under the pin? Or is this installed by a tech? How often should I replace it? What's the general consensus on lube plates verses greasing? I'm willing to try anything that makes this process easier for me. Thank you.
My vote is for a Lube Plate. Here is a amazon link for one:
Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 83001 Signature Series Fifth Wheel Lube Plate: Automotive

If you want to continue to use grease, I have a can of ball grease and a can of lithium grease I will be happy to send you

As to frequency of replacement...no Idea (bet OC knows!) Looking at ours though I would guess a annual - maybe semi-annual task. If you want to call it that - the plate just pops on the kingpin and self seats the first time you hitch up! Could'nt be easier and NO greasy mess!
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:19 AM   #22
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...As to frequency of replacement...no Idea (bet OC knows!) Looking at ours though I would guess a annual - maybe semi-annual task. If you want to call it that - the plate just pops on the kingpin and self seats the first time you hitch up! Could'nt be easier and NO greasy mess!
Have no idea, I activated the Reese Revolution hitch and don't need or use one. The pin does not swivel on the hitch, the trailer swivels 22" back on the stationary pin box.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #23
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I have a Hijacker auto slide. I put chocks behind the trailer wheels, backup, put on the emergency brake, shift to park. Now no pressure on the pin, release handle slides and turns easily, put landing legs down, disconnect and pull away. Before this technique I had a heck of a time unhooking the trailer.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:16 PM   #24
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Looking at ours though I would guess a annual - maybe semi-annual task.
Interesting. I've had my original lube plate on since January 2011 (almost 3 years and approximately 17,000 miles). I notice almost no wear. There are probably a lot of variables as to how long it will last.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:15 PM   #25
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Lubing the jaw mechanism is a must to keep smooth operation. I have a pullright and they recommend WD40 for the parts. I used a product called HHS, it sprays on like WD40 and gels up. Creates a nice long lasting barrier.
X2 It's probably best to review the manufacture's recommendation for the hitch you have. For my Reese 18K Elite slider hitch, the recommendation is to use white lithium grease.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:10 PM   #26
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Interesting. I've had my original lube plate on since January 2011 (almost 3 years and approximately 17,000 miles). I notice almost no wear. There are probably a lot of variables as to how long it will last.
as a scientist I LOVE empirical data! Thanks for the observation!

Ours is brand new and I was just making conjecture (read a SWAG
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:31 PM   #27
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5 years wear on my lube plate and no signs of any wear at all. Would not consider any other method period. Sounds like you were lifting trailer too high off the plate. As others mentioned raise front just till you see daylight.

Be sure to get the proper diameter for your hitch as my Reese signature series required a 10" diameter and there are smaller ones available
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #28
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An update: I moved our 5th wheel last Friday to another campground and followed
each step carefully without any problem. All went smooth! My error with unhooking was raising too high. thank you everyone!
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:27 AM   #29
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And now starts to where you can give other people friendly advice that has been "your experience"!! Nice job!
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Still using the used lube plate old coot gave me a couple of years ago....so for me is the only way to go.....but I do keep a thin coat of grease on the pin where it contacts the jaws of the hitch....also a thin coat on the jaws where the pin contacts them when hooking up.....but the hitch is covered by the bed cover so no big amounts of dirt coming in contact with grease.....good luck with your new adventure.
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