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Posted: 09/12/21 04:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This may have been covered before but I can’t find it. I drive a truck for a living and grease my 5th wheel at least once a month. I’ve also have been looking at other folks that have a 5er and haven’t seen anybody that greases their hitch. My question is why not? We have just purchased one and will be picking it up sometime in the next 2 weeks so I really need to know. Thanks.

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I believe it should be greased if it is metal on metal. I use one of those thin plastic or teflon discs that eliminates the need for grease. I guess I should grease the jaws that grip the kingpin though?

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I use one of the plastic lube disc. I do add some grease to the jaws on the 5er hitch.

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I use the lube plate like others have mentioned. However, I also use grease on the jaws, kingpin, and on the bushings the hitch head pivots on.


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I'm with the others, Lube Plate and Grease on the Jaws.


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Ok thanks that makes since I hadn’t thought of that. We tried them on our trucks at work for a while but they didn’t hold up but I can see we’re they might work better for this.

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Diamond c wrote:

Ok thanks that makes since I hadn’t thought of that. We tried them on our trucks at work for a while but they didn’t hold up but I can see we’re they might work better for this.


I get multiple years out of each $12 - $15 lube plate on our 15K fifth wheel. As for the hitch, PullRite specifies what lubricants to use on each part of the mechanism underneath the plate (jaws, pinion, latch, springs, etc.). I just follow the manual on that and put a thin film of all-purpose grease around the pin where it makes contact with the hitch and latch parts.

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I use the white teflon disk and grease the pin and jaws on the hitch

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1) Teflon disk
2) white lithium per manufacturer on uprights
3) spray heavy duty lube
On jaws
4) medium duty grease in the zerk fitting on the pivot bar.


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Posted: 09/13/21 05:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the beginning we used red chassis grease on the hitch top plate. Then the white plastic nylon disc became available so no more grease stained clothes/hands.

Make sure your hitch mfg recommends using one.

You'll see some 5th wheel rv trailer owners use nothing or some type of spray on lube.
My 11400 lb 5er has around 2200-2400 lbs on the plate ...nothing like the load your OTR rigs top plate carries ...or the miles per year of use.


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