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Old 05-24-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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Nylon lube plate and other towing questions

I am installing a BW Companion hitch in to my 3500HD duramax. I am picking up our 360IBL next week.

First time camper, first time towing anything this big. I am trying to figure out what else I need for the pickup day.

What about a nylon lube plate? Seems like a good idea... do you use one? Also, what type of grease/lubricant (if any) goes in to the jaws on my hitch? Anywhere else I have to lube?

Also I wonder if my mirrors are good enough? Attached are pictures of my truck mirrors.

I was looking at the extendable version, but they are pricey:
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:10 AM   #2
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Yes on the nylon lube plate. I use a dry lube on the jaws and the kingpin (also on the slide rails).
Are you sure those mirrors don't extend manually? i haven't seen any like that on Chevys that do not. Give them a tug.

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Old 05-24-2019, 09:22 AM   #3
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I agree that those Mirrors should extend. Attached are the mirrors I installed on my TV. Both extended and retracted so you can see.

THe pictures on my computer are the correct orientation. However when uploading them they seem to want to tip sideways. Sorry for that, I dont know how to fix this?
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:58 AM   #4
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Those mirrors are definitely good enough, you may just need to play with adjusting them to see what works for you. I use a lube plate also, keeps most of it clean.
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:02 AM   #5
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Also with lubes, it be a personal opinion but take what some people use and try it to see what you like personally. I use Schaeffer Moly 5th Wheel Lube Spray, it works pretty good but can be messy depend how and how much is applied.
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:34 AM   #6
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Nylon lube plate gets put high in king pin. No need to lubricate it. I use just plain old black general purpose grease on the jaws and kingpin. Read the manual for your hitch as the are probably a couple of lube points in the hitch itself. Mine has a couple of zerk fittings. Again plain old general purpose grease.
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:22 PM   #7
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Another yes on the lube plate. I use silicone spray on it, keeps it clean and slippery. For the jaws, rails and king pin I use a thin coat of white lithium grease. Have fun.
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:46 PM   #8
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I use a nylon plate but I still put a thin coat of premium red tacky grease on it. Because I use it for everything else. Tractors, dozer, mowers. anything that has a grease zerk gets the red tacky!

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Old 05-24-2019, 03:06 PM   #9
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I use lube plates with no additional lubes. Be careful when hitching to be sure your kingpin is at a height that clears the 5th wheel when you back up to hitch. It's easy to bend or break the lube plate. Based on experience we carry an extra.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:08 PM   #10
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Parver… you'll like the Companion, I just installed one two weeks ago. First tow with it was bringing the 5er home, about 70 miles. I'm using a nylon lube plate with white lithium on the kingpin and jaws. That's per BW, although you have to read the "Hitch Maintenance" section of the manual to find that.

You'll need some white lithium to grease the polyurethane bushings on the BW, too. That is in the install instructions at least. They actually include a little packet of grease in the manual LOL. IDK if it is enough for the bushings and plate... probably is if you are careful. But, the nylon disk worked fine and is a lot cleaner so I am sold.

BW recommends a 10" disk if you get one; I think mine is bigger than that, it was what was at the dealer that day. If you get one ahead of time it would help!

Oh, and it took me about an hour and a half... not including a Home Depot run... to install and set up the hitch. You should have a torque wrench good to 80lbs to tighten the bolts holding the uprights to the base. Only issue I had was, they supply a drilled and counterbored block for the bolts (instead of nuts) and the cbore on mine wasn't quite deep enough. I just added some washers under the head of the bolt so that the bolt shoulders would not bottom out on the block. BW was pretty nice about it, and has in fact sent me a new set of hardware, but I haven't gotten around to changing everything around yet.

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