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Old 07-05-2016, 12:33 PM   #11
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I have a 2014 Flagstaff and had the same problem on the first trip. I took it back to the dealer and they disassembled the pin box and found welding slag was causing the noise and removed it. No noise since that repair.

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Old 07-05-2016, 01:05 PM   #12
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I'm on my second sidewinder. Never lubed the sidewinder 'bearings' themselves. Was told not to. But then I don't have any noises when it turns either. I do check the torque on the bolts on top of the shaft. They need tightening about once a year or so.

Have always been able to move both sidewinders by hand... but not easily.

I'd take it back to installer and have them give it the once over.

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Old 07-05-2016, 01:12 PM   #13
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Have you ever dropped the pin box completely down off the rear pivot and lubed it?

I'll go with the design engineers vs the tech. We know how good techs are.
Yes I did. Pictures were posted to prove it! As far as design engineers a field engineer like myself has always had to fix poorly engineered items made by others..
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:30 PM   #14
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Yes I did. Pictures were posted to prove it! As far as design engineers a field engineer like myself has always had to fix poorly engineered items made by others..
And having been a design engineer all but 10 yrs of my career, I have encountered MANY field techs/engineers that made "their" fixes which ultimately required replacing the unit entirely. Designers make mistakes, but very seldom are the designs corrected by a field tech. Just my own personal 40+ yrs of experience.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:34 PM   #15
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Have dealer drop large nut and lube per install instructions. fixes the problem.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:35 PM   #16
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We also had the very noisy and impossible to turn by hand situation on our Flagstaff. Try as I might, I could never get any lube of any kind sufficiently into the turret to help at all. Finally bought a socket to fit the turret nut and lowered the pin box as far as possible without fully unscrewing the nut. This took two people and a LOT of effort. There was then sufficient clearance to clean the spalling paint/powder coating/whatever with a gasket scraper and thoroughly clean the contacting surfaces. A coat of grease then proper torque and pin the nut stopped all noise. The pin box can now be moved by hand with moderate effort and couples easier as well.
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:05 PM   #17
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I had the same issues as described with a hitch that wouldn't rotate. I disassembled it and found the axle with heavy heat treat scale. I had a lot of trouble disassembling the unit. With a lot of rotary wire brush action with a side grinder and re-assembly with white lube, it's not difficult to move it out of the way. Even so, if the unit sets for a long time, the hitch will screech but it is free to swivel when not loaded. It seemed strange to me that the factory would force this scaled pin down through a nylon bushing.
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:36 PM   #18
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Revolution Pin

I have a new FW with the revolution pin and a Reese Titan hitch - I have a terrible time hooking and unhooking-- Just removed standard lube plate that came with the Titan and ordered the custom wedge- Any comments would be appreciated !
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Old 07-05-2016, 07:07 PM   #19
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Service Notice Reese revolution

First read the service notice from Reese. Also there is a great video from Cequent that shows the complete process of installing the wedge. What I found is that to lessen the problems with hitching or unhitching I had to have the wedge in the correct orientation to hitch and sometime when you can't get it to release the handle, backing into the pin box will solve the problem. Same with unhitching. Back into it to release the hitch handle. Once we mastered that we have no problems.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:03 PM   #20
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I have had two Rockwood fivers with the Sidewinder and both creaked and squeaked like crazy. I finally loosened the pin bolt and lowered the plate. I lubricated it with graphite and re-tightened the bolt. Noise abated for several months. I now lubricate once a year and that seems to reduce the noise.

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