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Old 08-12-2015, 12:54 PM   #1
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Does your 5th wheel hitch make noise?

I have lots of experience with bumper pulls and know about all the creaking and noise you get from the hitches. Even my last bumper pull with a Propride made noises. Since this is my first 5er was just wondering the noise level you are experiencing if any. I have a Reese Revolution pin box with a 16k Reese Pro hitch. Some noise mostly on turns but wondering if it's normal.
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We have a MorRyde pinbox hooked to a B&W companion so ours probably isn't comparable, but I don't notice any noise. Smooooth sailing.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:23 PM   #3
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We have an auto-slider and it does make a bit of noise.. Can't adjust all the play out of it. So you can occasionally hear it shift. Some mind "creaking" when turning as the gears engage.
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #4
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I have lots of experience with bumper pulls and know about all the creaking and noise you get from the hitches. Even my last bumper pull with a Propride made noises. Since this is my first 5er was just wondering the noise level you are experiencing if any. I have a Reese Revolution pin box with a 16k Reese Pro hitch. Some noise mostly on turns but wondering if it's normal.
I have a 5th Airborne extended pin box and the Reese Signature Series Hitch for 6 years. With the correct amount of air in the bladder of the pin box and the hitch lubricated properly you should hear very little. With a "basic" pin box you will hear more loud noises from banging and chucking. Started out with the basic pin box and would never go back.
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ZERO noise ZERO slop. B&W RVK3600 and TrailAire with TriGlide.
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:39 PM   #6
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We have a MorRyde pinbox hooked to a B&W companion so ours probably isn't comparable, but I don't notice any noise. Smooooth sailing.

We have the same setup and zero noise, nothing. We use a teflon plate and I grease the pin where it meets the jaws. There's also a grease zerk at the bottom of the hitch.
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We have the same setup and zero noise, nothing. We use a teflon plate and I grease the pin where it meets the jaws. There's also a grease zerk at the bottom of the hitch.
X2 for the grease on the pin plus the Teflon plate (disk).
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Forgot to mention I'm also using the Teflon plate.

Are you guys running a high-pressure style grease or just a simple automotive lithium grease? This first go around I used lithium grease based on the dealers suggestion, but on the post-trip inspection it appears that the grease was, in my best technical description, "mashed out." Our shop foreman recommended the high-pressure grease that we use on our 22-wheelers. Based on the ride it doesn't seem that any effectiveness was lost, but I'm gonna clean all of it out and try something different (see below) next time.

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It seems that some hitch combos will chuck and clatter no matter what you do to them. Even our B&W hooked on the Ford 5th wheel pucks will on occasion make some noise. Usually that means the attaching cams need a little tightening as they do seem to loosen after some miles. Other then that, it's been a quiet hitch.

If you have creaking and groaning, you might want to look at the rail to bed/truck chassis bolting. And lube - I just use the usual Dexter recommended wheel bearing grease which is the lithium complex high temp Mystick - it sticks to about anything and stays there
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I have lots of experience with bumper pulls and know about all the creaking and noise you get from the hitches. Even my last bumper pull with a Propride made noises. Since this is my first 5er was just wondering the noise level you are experiencing if any. I have a Reese Revolution pin box with a 16k Reese Pro hitch. Some noise mostly on turns but wondering if it's normal.
We have the basic Reese 16k jaws hitch with a Tri-glide. With plate and grease it groans when making turns. With the windows closed, you really don't hear it much. With it open, sure, you can hear it.

I have traveling many years, been around many trailers when they are parking in spots. Not noticed one that didn't make any noise. So you are not alone. I have not found it bad enough to spend 500 to 1500 to replace with another system that "doesn't make any noise".
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We have the basic Reese 16k jaws hitch with a Tri-glide. With plate and grease it groans when making turns. With the windows closed, you really don't hear it much. With it open, sure, you can hear it.

I have traveling many years, been around many trailers when they are parking in spots. Not noticed one that didn't make any noise. So you are not alone. I have not found it bad enough to spend 500 to 1500 to replace with another system that "doesn't make any noise".
That sounds like it describes what I'm getting, I can't hear it with the windows closed either. I use lithium grease because Reese says not to use a teflon pad with the Revolution because it will not hook up properly. I usually add grease everytime I tow especially on both sides of the wedge. I'm also with you on not wanting to buy another hitch since this setup tows great. I also wipe off the old grease on the flat surfaces and reapply every few trips too. I just wanted assurance that I wasn't experiencing noise that no one else had. Chucking has not really been a problem,
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That sounds like it describes what I'm getting, I can't hear it with the windows closed either. I use lithium grease because Reese says not to use a teflon pad with the Revolution because it will not hook up properly. I usually add grease everytime I tow especially on both sides of the wedge. I'm also with you on not wanting to buy another hitch since this setup tows great. I also wipe off the old grease on the flat surfaces and reapply every few trips too. I just wanted assurance that I wasn't experiencing noise that no one else had. Chucking has not really been a problem,
Sounds like you have all the bases covered. I don't grease enough. Your statements got me to go out and do it again.

Glad you are not having problems with chucking. Mine was a bear until I traded out my trailair for the tri glide.
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We have the basic Reese 16k jaws hitch with a Tri-glide. With plate and grease it groans when making turns. With the windows closed, you really don't hear it much. With it open, sure, you can hear it.

I have traveling many years, been around many trailers when they are parking in spots. Not noticed one that didn't make any noise. So you are not alone. I have not found it bad enough to spend 500 to 1500 to replace with another system that "doesn't make any noise".
Personally I have seen too many of these. So I would spend the money and the bonus would be a quiet hitch.

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I run the Companion with the B&W turnover ball. Quiet, not noise at all.
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