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Old 09-10-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Hitch Plate Tilts and is difficult to line up

My Reese 16K hitch had some stiffness when I first got it so it would stay level when backing into the rig. Now that it's been used for a bit, it tilts over to a neutral position and is difficult to line up on the pin. Is there something to adjust to keep it level during the hitch up or do I have to jury rig something up?
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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Unless it is way off, usually just backing up to the pin will level the hitch out enough to back under the 5er. The plates around the pin and on the hitch let you accomplish this. If you put the middle of the back window of the TV lined up with the center of the pinbox, you will be close enough to for the two to mate and hitch up.
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Let the head float. It should tilt back toward the trailer and as you back up and contact the hith with the pin box, it will level out and slide under the pin box.

You do want the trailer set a bit low so that it will ride up on the hitch and load the truck. This way there is less chance of "high-hitching" and not the king pin latched into the jaws. You do want the trailer wheels to be well chocked when hitching.

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Not sure from your description what is wrong, but if the head is tilting upward, then you can use a small bungee cord to pull it downward. As mentioned, the trailer pin will slide right up into the slot if anywhere close to being lined up.

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like others said, let it float. when you back up it will level out and latch in . if it helps, after unhitching, measure from the bottom of the king-pin to the ground. Deduct 1/2" and then cut an old broom handle to that length. us it to set the king-pin height when hitching up. it works for me every time regardless of the terrain.
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after unhitching, measure from the bottom of the king-pin to the ground. Deduct 1/2" and then cut an old broom handle to that length. us it to set the king-pin height when hitching up.
Now why didn't I think of that That's a great idea...and I know I have a couple of extra old brooms that should be tossed - after I cut off the handle, though.

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Old 09-10-2013, 03:29 PM   #7
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I put a spring on my Reese 20K hitch to keep it tilted towards the tailgate when unhooked from the 5er. I just drilled a 1/8" hole in the hitch rocker sheet metal and hooked other end to the rail. bought a spring with hooks on both ends of proper length and that problem was solved.
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My older B&W Companion does the same thing, actually tilts forward a lot when the release handle is opened. I drilled a couple of small holes and added a spring like Ray did, works fine now.
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ditto on all said...
you should have an angled 'lip' on your 5er pin plate that should ride-up the hitch as you back under it...

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one thing to help with the hitching height (other than the broom handle idea)
is this - works like a champ !!! I think it cost me $8 ?!?

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Two springs in the back and one forward is the way to stabilize the head for hitching.





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I understand about it tilting back. I read the book. It's the sideways tilting that I had a problem with. I have a crew cab and a long bed so the hitch is pretty far back. When the plate is tilted to the side I seem to always line up to the right of the slot. Anyway, it think I have this figured out. I bought a magnetic 5X7 inch mirror to pu on the king pin box so that I can see where it's headed and I leveled the plate with a foam tube.
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My older B&W Companion does the same thing, actually tilts forward a lot when the release handle is opened. I drilled a couple of small holes and added a spring like Ray did, works fine now.
They have a Fifth Wheel Head Leveling Kit, call them and they will send it out for FREE

http://www.turnoverball.com/sites/de...09_23_2011.pdf
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So the problem is just you not getting used to it tilting yet? I would let it tilt as it wants, and practice till you get it lined up right every time.
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Fully articulated hitches (up and down, forward and back and side to side) are a pain to hitch up. I've been hitching up fifths for over 30 years and it still is a pain. The side to side is what gets you. If you are not lined up you can't force it to line up, it will just flip to one side or the other.
I never had a mirror or hitch up camera, I line it up with the side of the camper then get out and check it (line up of the pin and the head slot), if it's off by even 1/2 inch I re-line it. I don't care how many times I have to get out to check it and who is watching, that's lot less embarrassing then trying to jam it and have the head do strange and convoluted things.

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