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E=mc2

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Posted: 05/01/13 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all,

I am still new to fifth wheel towing and I had a question regarding the use of a lube plate and a Companion. I currently run the Companion with the standard 1/4 inch Lube plate, My question is should I be running the 1/8 inch lube plate instead. The reason I ask is the jaws on the hitch are pretty much the same size as my pin. Sometimes it doesn't want to unhitch real easy and I was wondering if that is the cause. If you have a Companion do you use a lube plate? Standard thickness or the thin one? Ever have trouble unhitching sometimes?

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I use the standard lube plate with no issues. If there is any pressure on the pin it can be touchy to get the hitch to disengage the jaws. I have had to move the truck to release some pressure from the hitch before I could get the hitch to release.

Do you have an aftermarket pin? Like a Mor-Ryde or one of the air pins?


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fj12ryder wrote:

I use the standard lube plate with no issues. If there is any pressure on the pin it can be touchy to get the hitch to disengage the jaws. I have had to move the truck to release some pressure from the hitch before I could get the hitch to release.

Do you have an aftermarket pin? Like a Mor-Ryde or one of the air pins?


No aftermarket pin, just the lippert that came with the hauler. I probably just need to get used to it and find the sweet spot for it to let go.

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Posted: 05/01/13 12:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Same here- standard pin and regular lube plate.


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Make sure that the last motion with the truck is in reverse, if you have pulled forward it will put pressure on the jaws making it hard to unhitch.


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bogart661 wrote:

Make sure that the last motion with the truck is in reverse, if you have pulled forward it will put pressure on the jaws making it hard to unhitch.
Exactly so.

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fj12ryder wrote:

bogart661 wrote:

Make sure that the last motion with the truck is in reverse, if you have pulled forward it will put pressure on the jaws making it hard to unhitch.
Exactly so.


Or neutral, if you're on fairly level ground. I can occasionally have some tightness when unhitching on unlevel ground. On time, when we were at our usual boondock site, I'd run over a partially-buried rock that was causing the FW to pull to one side and I had to back off it to get the jaws to unlatch easily. I probably could have forced the issue, but it was just easier to raise the legs and back up a foot.

FWIW, I use the 1/4" plate with my Companion, with few problems.

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I had a Hensley 1/8 disc on my old trailers Lippert pin box and it worked pretty well but it broke when I took it off. Our new acquisition has a TraiAir pin box and with a 1/4" lube plate you can not see a gap when you use the Companion. Hensley wants $20 and $15 freight for a new one. What a rip off compared to the standard disc. I am about to slather on the grease or see if I can make one out of an old plastic bucket.


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I did buy the Hensley 1/8" plate because it was hard to tell when the pressure was off so I could release the handle. It does work much better.

If you want to save some money cut the bottom out of a 5 gallon bucket and the center ring on the bottom is the correct size to cut out along the circle.

The Hensley did not fit tight and kept slipping down so I laid it on a hard surface and hit the edge of the hole in the middle of the plate with a hammer and now it fits tight and works great.


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Just got done butchering a five gallon bucket. Is even thinner than the Hensley and seems real flexible. Looks like I am good to go.

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