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Old 07-14-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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Greasing the 5th

Is it advisable to grease the plate the hitch rides on? I know it's important to do so on a bumper pull. Thanks!

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Old 07-14-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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There is a product called Lube Plate that some of us use instead of greasing the hitch. Less mess and it seems to work well. I have used one for years now without problems.


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Old 07-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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Depends of course on the 5th wheel hitch type.
Follow your manufacturer's instructions for lubrication.

For example, newer Pullrite Superglide units only gets a spritz of WD-40 in on the sliding blocks. Older ones get white lithium on the rails.

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Old 07-14-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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Herk is correct as automatic sliding hitches do not require lubrication on the receiver plate because the kingpin box does not rotate. For a standard 5th wheel hitch you should use grease or a lube plate. Exactly what kind differs by manufacturer. Also notable is that if you use a lube plate that is too thick you may not be able to close the jaw. The king pin may need grease as well.
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