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Old 08-09-2017, 06:40 AM   #1
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Wet Bolt Install

I just completed the install of a morryde wet bolt kit on my fifth wheel.
With 4 trips to AZ, CA, ID and then back to WI, plus numerous short trips in my area things weren't as worn as I would have thought.
The nylon bushings we're paper thin on one side, but did not come out in pieces as some folks have found.
I have a morryde 3000 equalizer on the trailer and that's where I had a few surprises. This unit has factory installed bronze bushings.
The water being thrown up by the tires seems to be a problem. The pivot bolt on both sides was caked with rust from the bolt and had to be driven out of the bushing. One shackle bolt was driven out with the bushing still attached. So much for non lubricated bronze bushings.
This is a project, but I hope the wet bolt will stop future problems.
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What sorts of jacks did you use to jack up your 5er? I've purchased the kit and plan to do the work this fall but I haven't purchased any jacks yet.


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Do you have any pictures of this process?
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What sorts of jacks did you use to jack up your 5er? I've purchased the kit and plan to do the work this fall but I haven't purchased any jacks yet.


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look in the "jayco Mods" section for "BigJohnD's Mods...". He posted a series of helpful pictures and narrative of the process. I studied his posts quite a bit before undertaking the project.

The TT (or 5th) only needs to be lifted a few inches (4-ish).
I cut a BUNCH of 2x4's into 18" sections for cribbing and used a 20T bottle jack to lift each side and then supported it with HD Jack Stands. I put a 2x4 pad between the jack and frame to spread the load out a bit. Since I have a 5th I let the landing gear support the front and the 2x4 towers and jack stands were about 4' behind the rear axle. Note that the tires will still be on the ground.

Then using a floor jack (actually 2 floor jacks) I lifted an axle near the hub to get the tire off the ground and the wheel removed. The axle can then be lowered and will hang free of the ground.

Use the floor jacks (one on each side) to take the weight off the suspension so the shackles and their bolts can be removed. I worked on one end of the spring at a time.

I did one axle at a time but BigJohn did both at the same time and I think that would have been easier.

Having a second pair of hands was a help but I think I could have gotten it done by myself.

My 5th weighs a touch under 13K #'s so the 20T bottle jack was overkill but I selected it because it had a pretty long stroke.

I'd also read the wet bolt should be installed with the grease passage oriented to the side to make it easier to push grease thru.

Work slowly and carefully, these things are heavy.
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Thanks. My first steps will be acquiring the jacks, jack stands and finding some place level where I can do the work. The place where I have the 5er parked is gravel and not 100% level.
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Thanks. My first steps will be acquiring the jacks, jack stands and finding some place level where I can do the work. The place where I have the 5er parked is gravel and not 100% level.
I did my work in the storage lot which is part gravel, part mud (mostly mud).
I worried about the ground shifting under the weight but had no problems.

After that project I opened the drums to check/repack the bearings and used the same technique to lift the 5th and I posted some pics.
This is the link to my post: Up In The Air
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I changed out from factory to wet bolt in an afternoon. Make sure you raise trailer high enough to work on but watch out for wiring, water and propane lines. Being on a level surface definitely make things easier.

Take your time, have a rubber mallet handy for the times you might need to tap a bushing in, and make sure you grease the new wet bolts when you complete one side (makes sure they are greased before you move on to the other side).

It does make the ride easier, smoother and quieter.
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I had a 10 ton bottle jack to raise the trailer. I then used 2 5 ton automotive style jack stands one located on the frame on each side of the tandem spring setup. I had two scissors style jacks to support the axles and help move the axles for removal and install of the wet bolt kit.
I did just one side of the trailer at a time, and it worked just fine. I did have the trailer hooked up to my truck for stability.
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Where did you purchase your wet bolt kit Northern?
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I'll be 70 [hard for me to say] in Sept and feel like I've missed out on something important. I'm a good diy kind of mechanic and can repair or modify a lot of stuff myself with a little online research and a utube video. Have to admit that I have absolutely no idea what a "wet bolt" is and why anyone would install what ever it is.

I will feel enlightened if someone will answer this mystery.
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