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Posted: 04/16/19 01:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My B&W gets a few shots of basic "chassis lube" grease on the large pivot bolt and a few shots on the head of each side piece once or twice a season. Put 3-4 shots on the back side of the king pin and just let it work its way around. Sure wish they'd come up with a "lube tube" for king pins; d@mn grease gets messy. [emoticon]

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My 20000lb Reese is 22 years old and still works fine. I lube the jaw faces and trailer pin 2-3 times a year. I take the head apart every other year and clean and lube all parts. I only use wheel bearing grease. The 2 springs were replaced at 10 years old. I have no plans to replace the hitch anytime soon. We travel from April to November from our home base, usually 5-6000 miles on average per year to many destinations.

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bpounds wrote:

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Actually yes, you are correct. WD40 is fish oil based. Has no real staying ability. My usual goto product is something called Boeshield. Been using it on my boats for years. Developed for Boeing, it becomes a waxy substance after a few hours. Another product, LPS 3 is somewhat similar.


None of those are a good lubricant for your hitch. Good corrosion preventatives, but not much lubricant value.

I always hear people talk about using WD40 and that's followed by those who will bash it. That's because people think of WD40 as the original formula in the blue/yellow can. However, in the last 10-15 years (or so), WD40 has come out with several alternative formulas, some of which are actually true lubricants. So these days, it's necessary for someone to specify which WD40 product they're actually using before the bashing can begin :-)


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This is the WD40 product that I use on my 6 point jack pistons - Silicone WD40

I have had a small leak twice... sprayed this on, ran them up and down a couple of times.. and its all better..

WD-40 is NOT only a water displacer like a lot of people think.... They have evolved along the years with a lot of different products.


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We had an RBW hitch that we bought in 1993 when we bought our first fifth wheel. We used that hitch through 3 fifth wheels (all of comparable weight and within weight ratings) until 2018 when we switched to an Anderson Ultimate.
Like others said, routine inspection and lubrication go a long way to prolonging the life of a good hitch. There was actually nothing wrong with the RBW when we replaced it. It just took two men and a boy (slight exaggeration)whenever we need to remove it so we had full use of the bed. We have been very pleased with the Anderson and have over 10,000 miles on it so far.

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RobWNY wrote:

I don't know if my choices of lubricants are right or wrong but I use Blaster White Lithium Grease on the jaws and pivot points before each use and I have a grease zerk fitting on the underside of my B&W that gets some Red N Tacky grease once a season. On the pin I use a Lube Plate. It keeps things from getting messy because I don't have to grease the plate itself


Overkill on the pivot points and under kill on the supporting shaft with the grease ZERK.


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"Sure wish they'd come up with a "lube tube" for king pins; d@mn grease gets messy."

Not sure what you mean?

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Get in the habit of using grease. You could replace you hitch balls if they have been used a lot without grease. If you are really careful you could weld on a new coupler.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

"Sure wish they'd come up with a "lube tube" for king pins; d@mn grease gets messy."

Not sure what you mean?


OK. You can buy a "lube plate" for the pin box to rest on on top of the hitch head. I'd like to see a teflon tube that would wrap the king pin itself, to "lube" it in he hitch jaws. Impractical, though, as it'd have to be so thin it'd likely wear out after only a couple thousand miles.

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laknox wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

"Sure wish they'd come up with a "lube tube" for king pins; d@mn grease gets messy."

Not sure what you mean?


OK. You can buy a "lube plate" for the pin box to rest on on top of the hitch head. I'd like to see a teflon tube that would wrap the king pin itself, to "lube" it in he hitch jaws. Impractical, though, as it'd have to be so thin it'd likely wear out after only a couple thousand miles.

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Got it!

I have a 1/8" lube plate from Hensley that works well with the B&W. It stays on the bottom of the pin box plate and is snug to the kingpins shoulder so it does not fall off.

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