Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-30-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 15
grease of hitch

Do you guys grease the inside of the jaws of the 5th wheel hitch or not? I don't have the instructions for the hitch. I keep the under side of the hitch greased and lubed but not sure if I should grease inside the jaws. I use the nylon beraing plate on the hich pin but do not grease the jaws. Thanks in advance.
__________________

__________________
hamman is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-30-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
IC2
Senior Member
 
IC2's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 1,880
Quote:
Originally Posted by hamman View Post
Do you guys grease the inside of the jaws of the 5th wheel hitch or not? I don't have the instructions for the hitch. I keep the under side of the hitch greased and lubed but not sure if I should grease inside the jaws. I use the nylon beraing plate on the hich pin but do not grease the jaws. Thanks in advance.
Since it's steel on steel and a potential wear surface - think a bearing - those jaws need grease. That top surface bearing plate (polycarbonate, Teflon or whatever the current space age material used these days) only keeps the hitch box and hitch separated and maintains a slick surface - while not needing lube, it does need to be kept clean - and yes, some folks even grease them too, but it's not necessary
__________________

__________________
Dave W along with my DW, Susan and our poodlepups, Callie & Molly,2011 Ford F250 6.7 CCLB, 5er Hitch Option w/B&W Hitch,,Ride Rite air bags, 2014 Montana High Country 343RL (38')
IC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2011, 09:56 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 15
Well I am old enough to of known that but I thought I would ask. I keep the teflon disc clean but do not grease it. Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it.
__________________
hamman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
K-Star's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Mid Atlantic Campers
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Fulltime - Currently somewhere in the lower 48
Posts: 2,215
i've been using spray white lithium grease on the hitch. I spray the jaws and in through the sides to the internal workings of the hitch. Don't know what other opinions you will hear, but it seems to work for me. My hitch is 6 years old and still works.
__________________
John, Joyce & Zoie the Terrier. - Fulltime since `08

2017 Solitude by Grand Design
2012 Ford F-450 Lariat
K-Star is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2011, 10:52 PM   #5
Community Administrator
 
NLOVNIT's Avatar


 
Pond Piggies Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
LA Gulf Coast Campers
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 22,310
Blog Entries: 1
Like John, when we had a 5-r, we used white lithium grease on the hitch.

Lori-
__________________
Lori & Dave - FMA #3415 | FMCA #F419886 | RV/MH Hall of Fame Lifetime Member
2006 Fleetwood Bounder 36Z & 2014 Honda CRV EX-L AWD, My iRV2 Photo Albums
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
NLOVNIT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2011, 06:18 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
RustyJC's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cypress, Texas USA
Posts: 8,854
White lithium grease on the hitch internals and an EP (extreme pressure) paste grease on the jaw bore where the kingpin is clamped.

Rusty
__________________
2016 Ram Longhorn 3500 Dually 4x4 CCLB, 385/900 Cummins, Aisin AS69RC, 4.10
2014.5 DRV Mobile Suites 38RSSA #6972
Come join us on a TEXAS BOOMERS rally!
RustyJC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2011, 11:22 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Ray,IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 13,712
I've never heard of too much grease wearing things out, just keeps it messy. Seriously, every 5er hitch comes with lubrication instructions in the owners manual. Pivot points and pins are lubricated with light oil per my owners manual. The 5er pin is lightly greased with HD chassis grease, which transfers to the hitch jaws when hooked up.
The reason for "lightly greased" is; it should be cleaned and re-greased when it begins to appear dirty and contaminated with dirt and grit, which-when combined- form a crude grinding compound.
The plastic wear plate is actually Nylon, very tough material in this solid form. BTW, when your Nylon plate gets worn and falls off when un-hitching, just lightly ding each finger (while warm) with a ball-peen hammer about 1" from the end. This smashes the material enough to close the hole so it holds onto the pin.
__________________
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member,FMCA."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 01:07 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
justimagination's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Monroe, Ga USA
Posts: 708
...........When in doubt !!! grease or oil it. White Lithium is hard to beat, either spray can or like a butter tub @ your local Parts store. Good luck and travel safe.
David G.
__________________
_____________________________________________
USAF 1959-1963/ JFK Innaguration parade 1961,
1997 Fleetwood Southwind 37Y, 460 ENGINE on FORD chassis, Power Platform with Tag Axle.
justimagination is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2011, 11:10 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Ray,IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 13,712
I once cleaned the 5er pin during my normal maintenance and forgot to re-grease it. It didn't take many miles to realize the harder turning I was experiencing was because the pin was not lubricated. Ever since then I have carried a small container of pin grease in my toolbox.
__________________
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member,FMCA."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2011, 07:45 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 15
Thanks guys I was just thinking of the mess created when I walk under the pin and forget to stay clear of it. Nice shirt, hair, head, mad wife etc.. I will grease mine now and keep it that way. I found a "can cozi" that is tall enough and fits tight. I am going to use it to cover the pin. Thanks again guys. I appreciate it.
__________________
hamman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 10:50 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 7
Grease

OK guys, Lithium is just the carrier (soap) for the lubricant. In an application like a 5th wheel hitch, it really doesn't matter what the soap is. Lithium (including Lithium Complex) is about 60% of the North American market. Calcuim Sulfonate soap is the current hot topic in high performance greases.

EP additives, A tempreature of about 400 degrees C is needed to make the reaction work (the heat triggers a reaction which causes the asperities to become coated with phosphorous), so EP in this application is neither here nor ther. It won't do any damage but won't be an advantage either.

As you may hage gathered, I'm a lubricants guy and use a Lithium Complex grease with Moly Disulphide on the pin and jaw mechanism. The moly provides a solid lubricating film (a boundary layer) at ambient temperatures. I use a plastic disc for the top.

However, as was stated above, nothing ever failed because of too much grease ! (well, that's not true but that's a whole other story)

Sorry to ramble on but I just couldn't resist !
__________________
roadstertr6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 11:59 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 689
I have used both regular "gun" grease/bearing grease in the past but about 15 years ago went to using the white grease with teflon which comes in a small jar and is available just about anyplace that RV supplies are sold. however keep in mind that any grease/oil is better than nothing at all in a pinch
__________________

__________________
RVhauler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Limits on Winnebago Installed Receiver Hitch JD Allen Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 9 05-24-2011 03:38 AM
Using grease in fifth wheel hitch jaws 5ducks Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 8 08-22-2010 02:57 AM
Pullrite hitch plate with regular hitch?? KitKat2 Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 3 11-01-2009 08:33 AM
Lost my hitch and my Jeep jeeprubi Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 26 09-27-2009 02:41 PM
Another WD Hitch question? Cadeuses Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 6 08-07-2009 02:12 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.