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Old 06-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Teflon hitch pin plate or no teflon plate?

I use a teflon plate on my hitch pin. Never tried it w/o the plate since using the plate makes sense to me. It seems to protect the hitch surface. I have been towing a 5er only 1 year.

Are the teflon plates a good idea or not?
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tuffr2,
You have to have some type of lubrication between the pin box and the hitch, semi trucks use grease on their 5th wheel plate. Because it is so messy, someone in the rv ranks came up with the teflon plate to take the place of the grease. I vote for the teflon plate, no mess, but you can't have metal to metal.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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Yep

No muss, no fuss.

Used one for several years. Tried grease when it was new. Too messy.

Be aware that you still need to use grease on the hitch pin, locking mechanism, and all pivot points. And the slider mechanism if you have a slider hitch.
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Been using a Teflon plate for many years. Like noted, you still have to lubricate a few places.

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We had the Teflon plate when we had a 5-r. There's enough grease mess with the other components so one less mess was a good idea for me.

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YUP - been using one for years - no problems or complaints!

You DO need to be aware that use of the Teflon plate reduces pin surface-to-5er gooseneck plate a small bit, so reduced clearance in off-center maneuvers between 5er and tow vehicle...
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I used my scroll saw and cut the bottom our of a 5 gallon bucket and cut the pin hole slightly tight. Stays in place and works sweet!!
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I used my scroll saw and cut the bottom our of a 5 gallon bucket and cut the pin hole slightly tight. Stays in place and works sweet!!
Jack Benny (remember him?) would be very proud. With a nod from Scrooge McDuck.

Seriously, that's a great idea! I wish I had thought of it. The ones you buy tend to eventually get loose and fall off. I've been throwing away Chlorine tablet buckets for years. Too bad I don't have afifth wheel anymore.

Is this forum great or what????
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Jack Benny (remember him?) would be very proud. With a nod from Scrooge McDuck.
So would Red Green!

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Jack Benny (remember him?) would be very proud. With a nod from Scrooge McDuck.

Is this forum great or what????
Now , where in this day and age would you find parts for a 100 year old Maxwell that could be any kind of a $ savings that would please Mr. Benny.
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Years ago....at a state park, newbies, we were greasing when a seasoned camper walked over with an extra Teflon plate! What a mess saver ! Use the plate
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