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Old 02-09-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Purchasing new 5th wheel hitch?

My 13 year old Reese 15K 5Th wheel hitch is starting to get sloppy. A little to much chucking for my comfort, and I have a MoRyde Pin Box. Anyway, I'm looking to buy a new Reese because it fits my present cross bars.. The new 30866 hitch Reese came out with not to long ago looks pretty fool and bullet proof? Has anybody experienced one yet? I understand that you can't use a conventional nylon lube plate due to the thickness of them?? I'd really like some input before I purchase one. Thank you.....

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by nitecreate View Post
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:

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.

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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Unless the frame is bad, you can buy replacement parts for your hitch much cheaper that replacing the entire thing. If you want a new hitch, I suggest upgrading to a 20K model; you might want to buy a heavier trailer in the future. Without a nylon disc, you must coat the hitch weight plate with heavy grease, then clean it off when it gets dirty and re-coat. You are not going to like getting greasy every time you bump into the pin box either.
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