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So I moved from a truck camper to a fiver and while the truck was ready for a hitch I didn't have one and my buddy had an extra that's older but seems to do the job, I noticed some wear on the top of the receiver where the pin rides and it looks like it's taken about a 1/16th ridge off the top.
I mentioned this to said buddy and he said I should have a pin lubricating disc, I asked if it would be a Teflon type of washer and he said yes and sent me a link.

Wondering if I'm the only one who didn't know about this as I like to keep things maintained but relatively new to the 5er game, even though I've read several posts since changing over (4yrs or so) I must have missed any mention of the plastic washer that fits up on the pin.

Do Y'all have this on yours?

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I don't know of anyone that doesn't use it.


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We all had to learn. But most who have owned a 5er any length of time use a Teflon/plastic disc.

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Posted: 07/08/21 08:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use a disc along with white grease on the pin itself.





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I just ordered one, probably be looking for a newer hitch...

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Posted: 07/08/21 09:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been using one since late 1990's first on a small 5th wheel and then in 2006 on our new larger 5vr

Grease the hitch pivots point and smear some grease on/around the king pin

Lube Plate takes care of the Pin box/hitch head contact areas
Clean, no messy grease on head plate etc
Only thing is.......wash/rinse down plate to remove dirt/grit so it doesn't get embedded in plate


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Fisher Bill wrote:

I just ordered one, probably be looking for a newer hitch...


I think getting a new, or newer quality hitch, will benefit your towing experience. There are lots of choices, but my recommendation would be a Patriot from B&W. These are well built, user friendly hitches, that are designed to be safe, quiet, and built to close tolerances.

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Using a lube plate (teflon disc is very common).
I would imagine most 5'er owners are using a plate.


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Before the plastic disc came out we used any type of grease on the top plate. Boy what a mess.
Who ever invented and first marketed the plastic disc was a hero. No more mess.

We have several top brands of rv type 5th wheel hitches and can't go wrong with any of them....
Reese has different price range hitches. Much to choose from.
Curt probably is the top seller especially on haulers websites.
B&W is anther top rated hitch with rv folks.
PullRite has a conventional style and a GN ball type
Andersen ...is another GN ball type 5th wheel hitch.

Check each mfg website especially the Andersen and PullRites GN ball type hitch and see their vids on how they work. Do your homework.


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