Originally Posted by nitecreate
I understand that you can't use a conventional nylon lube plate due to the thickness of them??
You were misinformed. The Owner's Guide for that hitch includes:
"BEFORE EACH TRIP:
1. Lubricate skid plate of the hitch (see figure on cover of Manual) with automotive type chassis grease or use a plastic lube plate to provide a lubricated surface.
2. Plastic lube plates (Reese No. 83002) can be used to avoid messy grease. The plastic lube plate must not exceed 3/16 of an inch in thickness to ensure hitch will operate properly. Lube plates must be 10 inches in diameter or larger to properly distribute king pin weight."
I haven't used that R16 hitch, but I put about 100,000 miles on the 16k 4-way-tilt Reese 5er hitch that was its predecessor. I suspect you'll love that hitch.
Years ago, I threw away a 15k hitch like yours and replaced it with the 4-way-tilt Reese 16k hitch. Much, much better hitch.