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Old 04-11-2012, 07:30 AM   #1
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If you guys read my previous post, you know Kitty and I picked up our new 5er March 30. This is my first experience with a 5th wheel hitch. I'm having trouble getting it to hitch and un-hitch. (only did it twice)

By trouble, I mean, getting the king pin to slide in and the hitch to lock. Then getting the release handle to pull out to release the king pin.

Is there a trick to getting determining the correct height to have the trailer? How much weight can be left on the truck?

Any help is appreciated

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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I had the same problem when I got my 1st 5er. I greased up all of the hitch parts and pin. Been a piece of cake ever since. Grease is messy however so I switched to a Spray on graphite. Doesn't work quite as well but gets the job done. Good Luck.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:51 AM   #3
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Had same issues when I first started unhooking. The dealer made it seem so easy!!

When parking make sure you are as level as possible from left to right. Too much of a slope and it will put some stress on the hitch. I get my unit level and then raise the front landings until you see a quarter inch of light/spacing between the hitch and your king pin. Too much and it will lift the truck, not enough and it will snag your truck. Once you have that gap, I pull my release handle. 9 times out of 10 the truck will just move past the 5th wheel jaws. I move the truck forward and then level unit front to back. In some areas I will also chock the wheels before I release the handle.

Reverse the process going back and ENSURE you do a pull test before raising the front landings all the way. There are trucks all over that have a bent tailgate after the trailer slid off the hitch.

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If you guys read my previous post, you know Kitty and I picked up our new 5er March 30. This is my first experience with a 5th wheel hitch. I'm having trouble getting it to hitch and un-hitch. (only did it twice)

By trouble, I mean, getting the king pin to slide in and the hitch to lock. Then getting the release handle to pull out to release the king pin.

Is there a trick to getting determining the correct height to have the trailer? How much weight can be left on the truck?

Any help is appreciated

Shorty
What brand of hitch do you have? I have a Husky 1600 and almost always have a difficult time unhitching. The dealer checked it out and said the hitch is ok. He hooked it up to a rig he had on the lot and had no problem. He said my difficulties are user error:lizard: I am having some success when I make sure that the truck and rig are level right to left...but I sometimes still have trouble. I lift the rig so that there is about 1/4 inch clearance and take front/back stress off the pin by moving the truck either forward or back. I also have been very generous with the graphite spray. All of the tricks and I still have to fight the hitch to get the handle to unlatch the pin. Is it possible that there is a design issue with the Husky hitch? Or is it probably just user error?
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Sounds like you are doing everything right. Any issues with the pin itself?
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I have the RBW Li'l-Rock'r 15,000lb hitch. When you slide into the pin you release a bar that slides in behind it. The pin is slightly loose so there is some movement and causes biers on the slide bar and this makes it hard to engage and disengage. I have to file the biers off the bar occasionally and I try and keep it greased.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:47 PM   #7
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With me wheels chocked, I will back into the king pin until the jaws close. You don't have to baby it.
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With our old 5er we got better with practice. Don't forget to give it the shake test before driving off.
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I never had any problems unhitching the first three times we used it. It has only been the last few times that I have had the problems. That is why I took it back to the dealer for a check. We are going out tomorrow for a three night trip. Hopefully with all of the tricks I have heard about, it will unhitch easily.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:09 AM   #10
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My in bed hitch is a Reese Pro series 15k. I have the Reese Revolution pin box on the 5er, which means there is a wedge installed at the king pin to prevent it from turning at the hitch. Maybe after a few uses, it will all loosen up and become easer, plus, there is always a learning curve involved.

Thanks to all for your input.

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