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Old 08-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #1
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Talking My experience with the Reese Revolution maintenance

Just wanted to say I did the "annual maintenance" (as suggested in the Reese manual) on the revolution hitch today. We've had the 5th wheel trailer for a couple of years so I guess I'm a little late...

First challenge was to find a 2-1/4" socket. Got one at Princess Auto (sort of the Canadian version of Harbour Freight) for about $17.00CDN. Also had to buy a 1" to 3/4" adapter and a 3/4" to 1/2" adapter because my torque wrench is 1/2" drive. Then I needed to find some pipe to extend the leverage of an old pipe wrench I have so I could even move the pin box (hitch), it was very tight. The nut came off with little trouble but I still could not move the pin box. Eventually after swinging it back and forth with the pipe wrench and the pipe for assistance and with a bit of driving a chisel in to persuade it, it finally came off. I used the tailgate of the truck to 'catch' the pin box because it isn't exactly light. I cleaned the big pivot pin and lubed the wear plate and wear disc (but not the pivot pin) and used the trailer jacks and truck tailgate I get the two back together. I tightened the nut to 80 lb/ft and put the cotter pin back in.

Now I can move the pin box by hand, it's still stiff, which is good, but at least it moves and it doesn't squeak which is the main reason I did this job in the first place.

Hopefully this will make hitching up and unhitching easier, I was having quite a bit of trouble at times.

So, one more job done.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:04 PM   #2
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Thanks for reporting this. I don't remember hearing or reading about ant annual maintenance. I'll check it soon.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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Annual maintenance

If you look at the last page of the 'manual' that came with the pin box (hitch), there is a short paragraph that is titled "Maintenance" and it says in point 3:

"Tear down and inspect annually"

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Old 08-06-2014, 12:57 PM   #4
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Thanks. Gonna give it a go when I get home. Used to be able to turn it. After first 1000 miles or so it got too stiff. Maybe maintenance will do it.
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Thanks. Gonna give it a go when I get home. Used to be able to turn it. After first 1000 miles or so it got too stiff. Maybe maintenance will do it.
Our unit is 8 months old, revolution works great. I can move mine as long as the sun has not heated it. I didn't know that they should be taken apart and cleaned yearly, i'll have to go over the documentation. Taking it apart and back together could be interesting because of the weight. Let us know how that works out for you.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:14 AM   #6
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Will do. I'll try to take pics. Gonna be a while. I'm out for two weeks.
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Will do. I'll try to take pics. Gonna be a while. I'm out for two weeks.

Guess I will be watching this threat too......

On a side note, not to hijack the thread, dcheatwood, you ever replace your slider with regular legs? I did and it so much lighter, and less banging. And still plenty of room for turning. I am so glad I did it...
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No I haven't but would love to. Hoping to make a trade one day. I watch for 5.5' beds without sliders. Who knows. Maybe one day. Glad to hear it decreased banging.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:47 AM   #9
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Read on one of the forums about the suggestion of hitching your RV up to the tow vehicle and then begin the dis-assembly of the Revolution pin. The truck hitch would be supporting the pin and holding the weight. Once the large nut on the pivot is off one could use the landing gear to raise the RV to help separate the pivot portion (probably still need a pry bar). Oh yeah, how about the reassembly? Might be a little tough getting things lined up when the front of the pin is still in the hitch.

I personally have not tried this method. Might work though. Think it thru before you try it. My Revolution was groaning like a rusty nail being removed from a board--only could hear it at low speed like when pulling into a campground. How embarrassing is that? Had the dealer (still in warranty) disassemble and lube. No noise now!!
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When I did the dis-assembly I didn't actually hitch up the the hitch in the truck, but I did use the truck and the trailer jacks as you suggest to take the weight of the pin box. I don't think hitching it up would work. I think it would pivot on the hitch. They say it can be done with two people, but I didn't have two strong people handy so I had to use something else!

I put a few blocks of wood on the tailgate (when it was down) and then lowered the landing gear of the trailer until the pin box was almost touching the wood blocks. Then I wrestled with the pin box until I persuaded it to come loose. Then I raised the trailer and pulled the truck ahead a bit to get at the pin box, now in the truck.

Going together wasn't too hard but you need to make sure the pin box is going onto the shaft of the trailer straight. Don't rush, and wiggle it around and it should slip on easily. Just use the trailer landing gear to slid the trailer into in. Then put the big nut on and pull the truck out of the way.

Before I did it I'd read somewhere that I should not lube the shaft the nut attaches to... then, after I was done, I read the instructions a bit closer and see it says:

"use lithium on the wear plate, wear bushing and bearing."

The wear plate is the piece of plastic stuff (not sure what it is) at the top of the assembly. The wear bushing is a piece of the same material on the bottom just above the big nut and washer and, I assume, the bearing is the 'hole' the shaft goes through. So I guess I should have put lube in there as well. Humm, read instructions first!!
I this I got enough lube in there anyway, but I'll be sure to lube it when I do this next year.
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