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Old 09-12-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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5th wheel lubrication

For those with the 5's do you lubricate the hitch, if so with what product?

What about for those with the Fifth Wheel Lube Plate- does it need anything more than the disc?
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:13 PM   #2
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I use the lube plate and supposedly that is all that is required but I also spray the surface with Gibbs Lubricant Gibbs Brand Canada Penetrating Displacement Inhibitor Lubricants before each trip. It is a high quality lubricant and protects the metal parts from corrosion as well. It dries so it does not attract dust.
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:33 PM   #3
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I use a plate too, also sprayed the metal plates with a graphite lube just cause I have it. Also greased the receiver per the instructions.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:48 PM   #4
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I don't have a fifth-wheel, but it seems to me that a lube plate takes care of the plate surfaces, but not the pin. I assume grease is needed on the pin, where the hitch jaws touch it.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:55 AM   #5
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Alf and I discussed this earlier in a discussion of squeaky Andersen hitches.

I checked the instructions for the Reese 16K Fifth Wheel, and this is what it says about lubrication each trip:
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1. Lubricate skid plate surface of the hitch (see figure on cover of Manual) with automotive type chassis grease or use a plastic lube plate to provide a lubricated surface. Use engine oil to lubricate pivot points of moving parts within the hitch.
2. Plastic lube plates (Reese No. 74295) can be used to avoid messy grease. The plastic lube plate must not exceed 3/16 of an inch in thickness to ensure hitch will operate properly. Lube plates must be 10 inches in diameter or larger to properly distribute king pin weight.
I didn't find any reference to greasing the pin or jaw surfaces, so I guess it isn't needed.
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Don't have the manual with me for the Patriot, but you lube the moving parts on the underside of the head and jaws with white lithium.
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