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Old 10-23-2012, 06:12 AM   #1
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5th wheel hitch ?

I've got what may be a 'dumb' question but it's been annoying me for a while.
I've been towing a 5ver for a little over a year. My hitch is a 15K Pullrite circa 1999 hitch. It functions and works fine but it seems that I have to be perfectly level in order for me to pull the pin so I can remove my truck from the hitch. I've been what I consider 'level enough' but the pin wouldn't pull so I've had to take extra time to determine if it's the side to side level or the front to back level that's uneven. It's a bit frustrating at times.
I'm wondering if other fifth wheelers have the same set of circumstances or if it's possibly related to the model/age of my hitch? Or if there's a foolproof method to determine if I'm 'level enough'? I have the bubble level on the front of my trailer and a level on the side and that's what I'm using to determine levelness (if that's a word).

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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Will you hitch pivot side to side if not then your pinching the king pin in the jaws thats why you need to be level or close to level try to put some 2X10 under the trailer wheels it will help you to unhook
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:46 AM   #3
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I have a Pullrite Super glide 18k, and have the same issue. I treat it like on 18 wheeler, drop landing gear, (front only) scotch wheels, and back up truck ( to push against trailer ) ,set E-break then I can release the kingpin with the truck/trailer in a slight bind.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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Thanks GoldenCrow. It's always refreshing to know I'm not the only one. Although I winterized my trailer yesterday I'll print out your recommendation and keep a copy in my procedures for next season.

I'm still curious if other brand fifth wheel hitches exhibit the same issue.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:26 AM   #5
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If your hitch will pivot side to side and front to back then it is easy to hook up
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nightriderrv, the pullrites do pivot side to side and front to back and that's what perplexes me. Tension on the kingpin affects the ability to disengage the kingpin and it can be frustrating at times to me. If you don't experience this issue, I'd be interested in knowing what model of hitch you use.
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We had 4 fifth wheels before we got our MH. We used Reese hitches. Never had that kind of problem. As a matter of fact I can't think of any problems we had with them.

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I find that if there is any forward/aft tension on the hitch it won't open up.
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thanks jdoc, I may look into replacing my pullrite with the newer reese Pro series 16K hitch.
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nightriderrv, the pullrites do pivot side to side and front to back and that's what perplexes me. Tension on the kingpin affects the ability to disengage the kingpin and it can be frustrating at times to me. If you don't experience this issue, I'd be interested in knowing what model of hitch you use.
B&W Companion on their Turn-Over Ball hitch. Never a problem in unhitching. Landing gear down, weight off hitch, pull lever, drive away. Love my B&W
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since the sliders 'slide' (which is a good thing!)
they may be in a bind either too far forward or too far back...
(and also no more than 16 degrees off center or it may slide !)

I too will make sure if I'm backing up 'last' to put it in neutral and let the truck 'settle' to release forward to back pressure, THEN 'weight off hitch' - meaning extend the landing gear enough to get the weight off the hitch... gap between plate and hitch if possible...

I too was not raising it enough to take it out of the bind....

if it still won't release easily, do the backup/pull forward just enough to free it and raise it a bit more... look at the pin to ensure it's not too high or too low and binding on the catch pawl...

if you thought screaming and hollerin' to back into a spot was entertaining -
try not being able to unhook !!!!
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I have a 15K Reese hitch and as long there is no pressure on the pin it will open and it has quite a few years on it never had a problem too I keep it lubed up to help out
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i always use the neutral method. Lift the trailer to the point that weight is off the hitch, put the truck in neutral and remove the brake. Let it center itself and then set the brake and put it in park. Hitch release effortlessly.
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We've had Glide Ride pin box on 5th Wheel and B&W hitch in truck for 7 years. Perfect combo and never a problem as you stated. And best part of B&W hitch is its ease of removability to leave your truck bed flat. Best recommendation our Rv sales folks made to us in 2005.
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