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Old 07-11-2018, 02:21 PM   #15
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Thanks for the update and pictures


Hopefully you will get a reply from Reese explaining WHY locking mechanism failed.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:26 PM   #16
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To be fair

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Hitches don't fail ?? That's funny. Granted 90+% of the time it is the operator but to say they don't fail is to say that perfection has been reached in the manufacture of fifth wheels.

To be fair, he said "usually hitches don't fail"...


But you make a great point regardless.


They have not reached perfection. It failed, 100% certain.
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Hitches don't fail ?? That's funny. Granted 90+% of the time it is the operator but to say they don't fail is to say that perfection has been reached in the manufacture of fifth wheels.
Obviously that not a literal statement, Jeez!
But by your own estimation of 90%+ success rate with millions of hitches on the road its a pretty safe generalization.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:12 AM   #18
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Sometimes you can high hitch where the pin is sitting on top of the locking mechanism but not in the hole.. Did that in a Semi once hooking up at nite. Drove a long ways , when l saw it l liked to have had a Heart attack just thinking about what could have happened. Extremely lucky .

Yeah, I was second guessing myself wondering if that is what I did. I was swearing up and down that it wasn't, because I performed my normal visual inspections and pull tests. But I just kept thinking it was possible. When I took it in, they said they could tell right away it was a failure of the hitch and it was not high hitched. Made me feel a little better, but still gut wrenching to think of what could have happened.
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I dont want to sound like a jerk or anything, but I dont see a drop of grease on that hitch anywhere.
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Whoa... glad you and your family came through ok!

What made you decide on Pullrite? I googled "Pullrite hitch failure" and there were several pages of folks with failure issues!

Like said, glad no one was hurt!
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:40 PM   #21
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As a user of the Pullrite system, I think you'll be happy with it.
Very user friendly and hard to make a bad hitch with it. You'll know when the jaws snap shut and the pull handle is locked in place.
As a security measure, I put the ebrake cable clamp in the handle area to prevent the handle from disengaging.
I also smear some light grease on the jaws and pin.

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I sure hope they buy the new truck bed... I don't have a 5th wheel yet but would a autosliding hitch be able to use the bedsaver device, that seems like a awesome idea to me
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I dont want to sound like a jerk or anything, but I dont see a drop of grease on that hitch anywhere.
It was greased last month and I use 3:1 oil and wd40. That is what the dealer recommended to use on the moving parts not lubed by the zerk fitting. I will say it could probably use more.... I will keep that in mind with my current hitch.
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I sure hope they buy the new truck bed... I don't have a 5th wheel yet but would a autosliding hitch be able to use the bedsaver device, that seems like a awesome idea to me
New truck bed is being put on.
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It was greased last month and I use 3:1 oil and wd40. That is what the dealer recommended to use on the moving parts not lubed by the zerk fitting. I will say it could probably use more.... I will keep that in mind with my current hitch.
I drove a 18 wheeler for 13 years and we would smear an entire tube of grease on our 5th wheel, you dont want it just dripping off everywhere but you want a barrier between the metal, its the life of a 5th wheel plate.
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Were you using a plastic disk on the hitch?
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I use a teflon disk
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I read somewhere that some of the disks were to thick to work properly with a particular hitch but can not remember what hitch it was.
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