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Old 10-02-2019, 08:23 PM   #1
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Rust on 5th Wheel Hitch Head Pan

I have a Reese 5th wheel hitch. The head pan (plate) paint will not stay on. I re-painted it with rustoleum and on the first trip the paint was off again. I am using a lube plate so there is no grease on it. Does everyone else have this problem? Is using a lube plate a mistake? I am pulling an 18,000 Cedar Creek being a Ford F-350 CC Dually.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:33 PM   #2
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I have a 14K 5th wheel TH...with a Reese 20K Elite hitch. I have some wear through the paint...after 5 years of towing...but not a lot. I use a teflon lube plate and I do spray some silicone on the plate. However, with 2500+ weight twisting and rubbing, it should be expected to wear some off over time. I would think the hitch factory paint is a heck of a lot thicker and more durable than spray can Rustoleum...which would not hold up to heavy use. If a lot of your paint has worn off, it could be a defect so you might reach out to Reese directly and ask what is normal. I have contacted them in the past and got follow up answers to my questions. is a good resource for such questions too... Good luck.

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