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Old 10-27-2009, 10:46 AM   #1
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5th Wheel hitch slop

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We have a Reese Pro Series 15K Fifth Wheel Hitch with about 7000 miles of towing on it. The king pin seems to slide forward and aft a ľ inch or so. Iím figuring this is a problem or is it normal? Is there and replacement head kit or parts that are available to repair this? I tried to contact Reese but havenít heard anything back from them.

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The 15 and 20K 5er hitches by Reese use a U shaped cradle on both sides of the hitch base to hold the head and 2 clevis pins are put through the U uprights to keep the head in place. After some towing time the U cradles in the base get distorted and the U uprights get bent away from each other. The 1 inch round bars stock used on the head as the pivet shifts in the cradle. This allows slop in the head front to rear and it clanks when slowing or accelerating. The problem will persist unless the uprights are bent back parallel I called Reese about this and after talking they said to remove the pins and pull the head off. Take a big hammer and smack the u uprights to bring them back parallel with each other. Make sure you do not push them back too far or your head will not go back in. Reinstall the head and clevis pins and Presto, clank problem gone. By the way, these are primary lubrication points, among others, and should always have grease on them.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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In addition, mine wore on the ends, allowing side-to-side slop. I placed an ordinary steel washer on each side to remove nearly all slop. It has worked fine for 2 years so far. I use Dry-Slide dry moly lube after annual cleaning, then a light coat of bearing grease before re-assembly.
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I checked the U cradle, it doesnít seem to be the culprit. Iím at a work camping position now so I wonít get a chance to do much testing. Iím still waiting to hear from Reese.
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Rob,

Don't I know you?

Did you call Jeff, you know he knows everything
(or at least he keeps telling me that!)

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I discovered that my double pivot hitch had some slop between the saddle and the saddle mount. One email to Hyjacker and they are sending me the parts for free. It is a simple teflon pad that takes up the slop.
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I discovered that my double pivot hitch had some slop between the saddle and the saddle mount. One email to Hyjacker and they are sending me the parts for free. It is a simple teflon pad that takes up the slop.
Thanks for the heads up! I too have the 16k double pivot hitch and had some slop as well. Tried adjusting the the hitch to remove the slop to no avail. After reading your post I too emailed Hijacker. My parts are in the mail! And no charge as well!

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