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Old 12-10-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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Reese revolution hitch

We have a 2014 flagstaff 8528ikws with the Reese revolution hitch which takes many attempts to lock in or disconnect. Any suggestions on how to make this easier?
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:18 AM   #2
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Throw the factory wedge in the trash and buy or make one for your specific hitch.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:06 AM   #3
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I had the same problem. I found that once I was hooked on the pin. I would put my truck in neutral. This would let the truck "settle" (best way to describe it) and then I could close the locking lever very easy.

I did the reverse when disconnecting. Once the trailer was leveled, chocks in place and the gear was down. I would put the truck in neutral for a second, (before putting it back in park). Then I found I could unlock the hitch.

Hope this helps...

I am curious what hitch do you have in your truck?
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Throw the factory wedge in the trash and buy or make one for your specific hitch.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:02 AM   #5
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X's 3 you can find the correct wedge # if you look under the hitch e- trailer has them all. Unless you have a metal shop with band saws and grinders, which the average person doesn't have it's easier to buy it around $40.00 bucks.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:08 AM   #6
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Jjsav: we have the Reese 16k (with slider). Thx for the tip about trying neutral---will try next month before our snowbird trip to Florida.
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Good advice. I too have the Reese 16k and just replaced the slider with legs. I find it does best if pin is a 1/4" or so lower than hitches that pin rides up the plate on the hitch. (I have x-chocks to keep the RV from moving) if pin is higher than the hitch it seems harder to mate up.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:48 PM   #8
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I had the same problem. I found that once I was hooked on the pin. I would put my truck in neutral. This would let the truck "settle" (best way to describe it) and then I could close the locking lever very easy.

I did the reverse when disconnecting. Once the trailer was leveled, chocks in place and the gear was down. I would put the truck in neutral for a second, (before putting it back in park). Then I found I could unlock the hitch.

Hope this helps...

I am curious what hitch do you have in your truck?
When I hitch up, my Reese 16K automatically opens and latches and all I do is hook the emergency brake cable, flip the latch lock, insert the padlock, insert the homemade Butch's Bed Saver, plug in the cord, re-install the tonneau cover half and go.
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Good advice. I too have the Reese 16k and just replaced the slider with legs. I find it does best if pin is a 1/4" or so lower than hitches that pin rides up the plate on the hitch. (I have x-chocks to keep the RV from moving) if pin is higher than the hitch it seems harder to mate up.
x's 2 I ride the plate up, If i don't I have a hard time but I might be atleast an 1" lower then the plate. Started doing it that way positive lock everytime for me, you will find your own best way after awhile....What ever works for you everyone is slightly different..... Is the most important part....
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I agree with OldCoot on everything BUT the etrailer replacement wedge---I returned mine after much hassle from them because of the SLOPPY fit...my Revolution felt like it had an extra swivel mount...so I went back to the original "universal" wedge which again gave me a much tighter fit in the neck of my hitch...just saying...
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When I hitch up, my Reese 16K automatically opens and latches and all I do is hook the emergency brake cable, flip the latch lock, insert the padlock, insert the homemade Butch's Bed Saver, plug in the cord, re-install the tonneau cover half and go.

X-2 Works for me, I like it.
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I agree with OldCoot on everything BUT the etrailer replacement wedge---I returned mine after much hassle from them because of the SLOPPY fit...my Revolution felt like it had an extra swivel mount...so I went back to the original "universal" wedge which again gave me a much tighter fit in the neck of my hitch...just saying...
I made my own wedge out of 1" thick steel plate and drilled holes instead of using slots which tend to let the wedge move. The wedge MUST fit tight to the sides of the hitch trough and if it is a wedge with slots, the slots should be filled with a steel slug of some kind so the wedge cannot move. The mere shape of the wedge is conducive to moving and thus loosening.
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I'm looking for any newer situations regarding the "universal" factory wedge and what has been done or tried. Anything new??

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I made my own wedge out of 1" thick steel plate and drilled holes instead of using slots which tend to let the wedge move. The wedge MUST fit tight to the sides of the hitch trough and if it is a wedge with slots, the slots should be filled with a steel slug of some kind so the wedge cannot move. The mere shape of the wedge is conducive to moving and thus loosening.

I agree, the key is getting the custom wedge in tight and really torquing it down. Made a big difference in the "squirrelly" feeling.



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Old 10-04-2015, 05:37 PM   #15
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What kind of hitch do you have?
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:00 PM   #16
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:01 PM   #17
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My Flagstaff has the Reese Revolution pin and they are putting a Reese Pro Series 16K hitch. Wil the universal wedge work or do I need the custom wedge? I want the dealer to get it right so I don't have to go back.
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Universal will work on all, but the contact surfaces to your 5th wheel plate are rounded with it. The custom wedge fits the angle of the plate perfectly giving you about a 2" long flat to flat contact. Much better.


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Notice the difference of the rounded portion of the universal wedge, bs the angled flats of the custom wedge.


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I wonder if the Reese Pro came with the custom wedge or if the dealer had to ask for one. What do you think?
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