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Posted: 03/05/18 02:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TenOC wrote:

I am new to 5th Wheel. How many of you use a Lube Plate on the 5er? I got one and it appears to add too much space (height) for my hitch to lock the kingpin in place without some effort on my part.

Are they necessary?

If not a lube plate what do you do?


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What brand is your hitch.
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Some you will need the 1/8" plate

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have used the same plate for 4 years. never had it to buckle or fold up. we have the b & w hitch.

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Posted: 03/05/18 02:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have used them since the early’90’s!


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We use one as well. Don't really like cleaning grease off my shirt, I do enough of that at work....

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On our second one, killed our first one when it slid down a little and I didn't notice until I nearly bent it in half while hooking uo.


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Some sliders hitches have a catch plate, they are out of luck. Used the same one part timing 10 years

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I just put one on my 5th.
Going to be using a B&W Patriot - compatible??

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wrgrs50s wrote:

The only other option is to gob grease on the 5th wheel which is really messy.

Although I prefer a lube plate as well. I use 1/8" with my Hensley BD3
Slip plate is a very viable option that is not as messy. I keep a can handy.
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Halmfamily wrote:

On our second one, killed our first one when it slid down a little and I didn't notice until I nearly bent it in half while hooking uo.


Easy fix if it does not stay up in place. Lay on hard surface. Hit the edges of the hole with a hammer. This will decrease the diamiter and make the plate stay in place.


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Durb wrote:

Most lube plates are 1/4" thick. They do make 1/8" thick plates if needed. In my mind they are a lot better than dealing with grease, certainly cleaner.


Yep. Mine has been in service since 2010. They last forever.


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