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Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 12" Diameter

Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 12" Diameter

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Prevent scratches on your fifth-wheel's skid plate and ease trailer hookup by installing this nylon lube plate. Works with Reese 20,000-lb fifth-wheel trailer hitches and Reese Elite Series (or Signature Series) fifth-wheel trailer hitches. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese accessories and parts part number RP83001 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 12" Diameter. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.


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Reese Accessories and Parts - RP83001

Prevent scratches on your fifth-wheel's skid plate and ease trailer hookup by installing this nylon lube plate. Works with Reese 20,000-lb fifth-wheel trailer hitches and Reese Elite Series (or Signature Series) fifth-wheel trailer hitches.


Features:

  • Prevents scratches on skid plate of your 5th-wheel trailer hitch
  • Lets trailer king pin slide into hitch with ease
    • No need for messy grease
  • Offers extra protection with large surface area
  • Constructed of durable nylon


Specs:

  • Application: Reese 5th-wheel trailer hitches with 20,000-lb capacities and Reese Elite Series and Signature Series 5th-wheel hitches
  • Thickness:.192"
  • Diameter: 12"


83001 Reese Fifth Wheel Lube Plate - Elite Series, Signature Series, 20,000-lb Hitches






Video of Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 12" Diameter


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Video Transcript for Reese Fifth Wheel RP83001 Review

Today we're going to review part number RP83001. This is the Reese lube plate for Elite Series and Reese fifth wheel trailer hitches. It's 12 inches in diameter. Now this lube plate will prevent scratches on your skid plate of your fifth wheel trailer hitch. This will let your trailer kingpin slide into the trailer hitch with ease, and there's no need for any messy grease. This does offer extra protection with the large surface area, and it is constructed of a durable nylon.

Just to give you an idea, here's what the kingpin would be, and it's on your fifth wheel trailer. That's what would connect to your fifth wheel hitch. Before you make your connection, you just slide your lube plate on, and then this would slide . The kingpin would slide into your fifth wheel trailer hitch. This plate will give you the lubrication and the protection, helps as far as turning and prevents your skid plate of your hitch from getting scratches on it. The application for this lube plate is it fits Reese fifth wheel trailer hitch with a 20,000 pound weight capacity.

It also fits the Reese Elite Series and Signature Series fifth wheel hitches. A few dimensions on this, again, the diameter overall is 12 inches. The thickness is right at 3/16 of an inch. That should do it for the review on part number RP83001, the Reese lube plate for Elite Series and Reese fifth wheel trailer hitches. .


Customer Reviews

Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 12" Diameter - RP83001

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (101 Customer Reviews)

Prevent scratches on your fifth-wheel's skid plate and ease trailer hookup by installing this nylon lube plate. Works with Reese 20,000-lb fifth-wheel trailer hitches and Reese Elite Series (or Signature Series) fifth-wheel trailer hitches.

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Works as advertised. Great quality. 617501



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Easy to install and stays in place without worry of it coming off while unhooked. So much cleaner than using grease. Great and inexpensive upgrade to any fifth wheel camper. 368415



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The 12" diameter lube plate is perfect for my 5th wheel setup. The plate was add to the 5th wheel connecting pin on my rig by using the open end of a funnel to hold the plate while striking upward with a rubber mallet to push the plate in place. The center of the plate is tight enough to hold the plate in place. 177626



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The lube plate works as advertised. I have only used it once so I am only giving it a 4 star rating at this time. I'm not sure at this time how long it will wear. Everything is nice and neat with no greasy mess anywhere. Good price. 327535


Comments

Update: I have since bought a new 5th wheel RV and the first thing I did was transfer the lube plate over to the new RV on the dealers lot. Still fit perfectly and looks as good as the day I originally installed it. I will not give it a 5 STAR Rating. *****

RWD - 12/23/2017

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Originally my trailer company sold me the 10" version of this item costing a bit more than this 12" version. I am trying it out due to the fact that I have gone through 3 10" versions and believe the additional diameter will assist in lessening the disc wear. Quick delivery and Item as expected. 109163



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a must have if you don't want grease every were 571157



- RP83001
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Perfect fit exactly what I'm looking for will be ordering more from you guys.THANK YOU 629483



- RP83001
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Awesome customer service and fast delivery. I will use etrailer in the future 617572



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The Reese lube plate is what was listed as suggested for the hitch we bought for our truck. It arrived in great condition...large box was a bit of an overkill but appreciated for protection of the plate itself. Took A LONG TIME to arrive. Not sure if the slow shipping was winter weather related or if that's just SOP for this company. Will order again in the future if needed items are available. 608249



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Works like it should. 603285



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Works grate 595548



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Must have for pulling 5th wheels 591854



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Amazing shipping. ...fast install. Works great and a lot better then a greased mess!! 590036



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Works great. Eliminates need to grease truck to RV hitch interface, and metal on metal noises mostly gone. Instructions for installing not completely clear--needs to be knocked up hard onto RV hitch--but pretty obvious once you start putting it on. 583891



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Very happy with sevice. Great company, no issues at all. 528360



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Great product. Great business.Thank you. 502494



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Perfect fit and works great! 497912


Comments

Lube plate works great. Eliminated the greasy mess that I had before.

Caleb P - 04/18/2019

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Product worked,as advertised. Will buy again. 490679



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Superb 485198



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Works great 481118



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I was amazed at how fast my order was put together and shipped had it in 3 days and every thing I ordered was right.Thanks for being so prompt. 480410



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very fast, and they actually kept me in formed 452293



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does its job 426263



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Got what I ordered very quickly. Could not find the part locally. 425501



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Excellent company !!!!!!! 396552



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they found what I need. great job 386842



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It looked as if pin box too high on hitch plate,when hooked up.Removed plate went with grease instead. 383707



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Exactly what I was looking for! Fast shipping, Thank you! 380891


Comments

Still working after a year, I purchased an extra one as I did not know how long they would last. The extra one is still in its packaging stowed away until needed.

Kenneth C - 05/17/2018

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Awesome service and SPEEDY delivery!! 379490



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Great product 377833



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Product arrived quickly and in perfect shape. 374140



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Installed easily, great name products from etrailer, arrived very quickly! 373501



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Ordered on Monday, showed up on Wednesday. Kudos to your staff and UPS . Can't wait to assemble and hit the road. Ellen gave me much personal attention and followed up twice. Love the way Etrailer tracks the progress of the shipment. One click from the E-mail Ellen sent me and I know exactly where it is. As Arnold used to say.... I'll be back! 373674



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Had a hard time finding the 12" plate. Glad I found your site 365775



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Works great and not expensive. Not to mention there's no mess not having to use grease. 359910



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Howdy Steve, yip it's workin on a year from when I came to your shops and got several products from etrailer. Everything, the Firestone air bags, HD air compressor system, Reese fifth wheel deck and Rock Tamer flaps. Your shop installed all this for me, a very clean good job, thanks. Thanks a lot for being great to work with. Thanks etrailer!! Bean from Alaska. 345760



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Great job lubricating my pin box while connecting and traveling. 338478



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Price was right and shipping was excell ent 325000



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Product works great eliminates friction with out using grease. 310752



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Thank you I got it last night \ You guys are the best 295093



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product just as described and shipped f ast 292343


Comments

still working great!!!!

barry - 09/08/2017

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Great product, fast shipping. 289496



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Great no mess... first time using it but was great. 279040


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Great, works smooth , I wish every fifth wheel had one....

Tim G - 08/03/2017

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Works as stated. Every once in a while the husband breaks it, so I keep back ups. No mess. Clean, no grinding. 269204



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The 2 Lube Plates arrived securely packaged and in a very timely manner. Thanks Trailer! 265320



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Works Good! 250907



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Looks good 247701



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Great customer service was notified when shipped and delivered. 237808



- RP83001
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Brand new have not used alot yet 234096



- RP83001
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Just what I needed 232566


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  • Using Lube Plate with B and W Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The only difference between the two lube plates is the color and their thickness. The # RP83004 is black in color, and is 1/8 of an inch, or .125 thick. The # RP83001 is white in color, and is a bit thicker at .192 of an inch, or just below 1/4 inch thick. I would recommend going with the thinner # RP83004, as using a plate that is too thick might make hitching more difficult. I spoke to my B and W contact who tells me that it is perfectly acceptable to use a lube plate if you wish.
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  • Lube Plate Recommendations for a B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • For a B&W Companion hitch I recommend using a 10 inch diameter lube plate. We have the Reese Lube Plate, # RP83002, which is my top choice, and the Curt 10 inch Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Lube Plate, # 16721, both of which will work nicely with your Companion hitch.
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  • Reese Revolution Pin Box and Wedge has to be Lined Up Perfectly with Reese 16k Slider Hitch
  • Like you said, the wedge on the Revolution/Sidewinder pin boxes can cause hitching issues if not lined up just right. Going with a hitch that has a wider funnel might help but it is possible that you will run into the same issue. If you do not need the Revolution pin box in order to be able to make tight turns then you could replace it with a standard pin box or you could stop using the wedge and instead lock out the turret on the Revolution so that it will instead pivot at the hitch...
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  • What Size Fifth-Wheel Lube Plate is Needed for a B and W Companion Hitch
  • The proper size Lube plate for use with the B and W Companion hitch is a 10 inch diameter lube plate. We carry two lube plates this size. The Reese Lube Plate for Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 10 inch Diameter, item # RP83002, and the Curt 10 inch Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Lube Plate, item # 16721, will both work with your Companion hitch nicely.
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  • Lube Plate Size for 15,000 LB 5th Wheel Hitch
  • For your fifth-wheel hitch you will need the 10 inch Fifth-Wheel Lube Plate, item # 83002. The 12 inch Lube Plate, item # RP83001, is for the larger hitches and the Reese Signature Series hitch.
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  • Should a Lube Plate be Used with a Sidewinder/Reese Revolution Pin Box
  • Actually you aren't supposed to use a lube plate with a Sidewinder/Reese Revolution Pin Box. Reese states that you should just grease the top of the hitch and you would be good to go. The # 83003 is only designed to fit the Titan 16 hitches so it would not fit your Reese Elite 18k hitch.
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  • Lube Plate for a 2018 Keystone Cougar and Demco HiJacker 5th Wheel Hitch
  • Because the head on your Demco HiJacker # DM8550034 rotates with the pin box a lube plate isn't critical like it is on a standard 5th wheel trailer hitch. So if you wanted you could just use a little grease, # L11390. If you would rather use a lube plate then the hitch instructions state a maximum thickness of 3/16 of an inch (but don't specify a diameter). I recommend going with the Husky plate # HT34914 since it is 3/16 inches thick and the 10 inch diameter is more likely to fit without...
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  • Determining Correct Lube Plate to Use with Reese 5th Wheel Hitch
  • A lube plate will be more specific to the fifth-wheel hitch in your truck than to the particular pin box model that is on your new trailer. You will just want to make sure the lube plate you purchase provides enough surface area to cover your Reese model hitch. The king pin that it will actually attach to on the trailer is a standardized size, and shouldn't change between pin box models. If you have a 16,000 pound, 22,000 pound, or 30,000 pound Reese fifth-wheel hitch, the correct lube...
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  • Troubleshooting Hard Connect of Sidewinder on 2013 Keystone Cougar 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are several reasons why the trailer might be hard to connect to the 5th wheel hitch. First, make sure you are hooking up on level ground. This can be a big factor in ease of hook up. Next, if your sidewinder is pivoting at the 5th wheel hitch, you may be having an issue with the wedge. If you have a universal wedge you will need to get a hitch specific wedge. Next, check the lubrication of the 5th-wheel hitch. Make sure all of the recommended locations are lubed correctly and...
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  • Installing and Using a Lube Plate Instead of Grease on a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • Using a lube plate is very simple. Simply slide it over the king pin on the trailer before hitching up. The lube plate prevents metal to metal contact of the king pin on the head unit of the fifth wheel hitch making hitching up easier. No grease is required if you are using a lube plate. The 12 inch diameter plate is intended for use with 20K hitches or Reese Elite or Signature Series Fifth Wheel hitches. If your hitch is not an Elite or Signature Series and has a capacity less than...
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  • Will Curt Lube Plate Fit B&W Companion 5th-Wheel Hitch
  • I spoke with my contact at B & W, and they told me that you should have no problem at all using the Curt 10 inch Fifth Wheel Hitch Lube Plate, part # 16721. This plate does measure 1/4 inches thick, and helps reduce normal wear and tear.
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  • Recommended Lube Plate for a Reese Elite Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The correct lube plate for a Reese Elite Fifth Wheel Hitch part # RP30142 is the 12 inch diameter lube plate part # RP83001.
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  • Recommended Lube Plate for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • For your B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3500 and MOR/ryde Pin Box, you can certainly use the larger diameter Lube Plate # RP83001. This 12 inch diameter plate will work just fine on higher capacity hitches like your B&W and there will not be any issues with edges of the plate extending beyond the skid plate. As you mentioned in your question, the head on the B&W hitch is large enough to accommodate the 12 inch plate. This will indeed allow for more surface area for lubrication...
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  • Which Reese Lube Plate for 16K 5th Wheel Hitch
  • Generally speaking, the higher the hitch capacity, the larger the 5th wheel head would be. The 12 inch diameter lube plate is designed for hitches with the larger head, like 18, 20 and 22K capacity hitches. The only reason the larger lube plate is not recommended for a 16K hitch is that the plate would likely extend beyond the skid plate, which would make it susceptible to breakage. I would recommend using the 10 inch diameter plate, part # RP83002. The 10 inch diameter plate would better...
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  • What Size Lube Plate for B and W Patriot 16K 5th Wheel Hitch
  • We offer both 10-inch and 12-inch fifth wheel lube plates. The 10-inch diameter is part # RP83002 and the 12-inch is part # RP83001. My contact at B and W indicated either size is acceptable. The best way to check for ideal fit is to measure out from the bottom center of the king pin half the plate diameters (5 and 6 inches). These are the points where the edges of the 10-inch and 12-inch plates will reach when fitted to the king pin. If the edges of the 12-inch plate will stick...
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  • How Long do Fifth Wheel Lube Plates Last
  • I talked with my contact at Cequent and he stated that the life of a plastic lube plate can vary depending on several factors. Pin weight, the smoothness of the components touching the plate, and where you are towing (dirt, gravel, highway) are all factors that can affect the life of the plastic lube plate. He stated that some users can go through one a month and others can have their plates last a season. I would say that with average use you can expect a plastic lube plate to last...
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  • What Bed Rails to Install RBW Model X-16 5th Wheel in 1993 Chevrolet C/K Pickup
  • I first contacted RBW concerning compatibility of their X16 hitch with other brands of base rails, but since they exited the hitch business about 5 years ago they were unable to help me. My contact at Reese was unable to verify the RBWs fit to their base rail kit, but advised you can check compatibility by measuring the spacing for the mounting legs on your hitch. If they are 22 or 29 inches center-to-center, they should work with most standard base rails, including the two below. For...
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  • Tips on Lubricating a Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Hitching Up to a Trailer
  • The grease fitting that is on top of the head unit on your Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, # RP30084, is used to lubricate the pivot points of the jaws. Using a lithium grease, # L11350, is acceptable. You will also want to lubricate the jaw itself, and the skid plate. For the skid place, if you want you can use a Lube Plate, # RP83001, or use automotive grade chassis grease like # L11316. The hitch should be lubricated and checked for proper function before each trip. If the jaws are...
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  • Recommended Lubrication Between Head of Reese M5 Fifth Wheel Hitch and Pin Box
  • The Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package # RP30890, you can use a little grease like # L10307 or for less mess I recommend the Lube Plate for Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP83001.
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  • Under-Bed 5th Wheel Kit for a 2013 Ford Super Duty
  • Thank you for sending the pictures. Your truck does not have the under-bed rail kit for the fifth wheel prep package. If you would like to add an under-bed fifth wheel kit to your 2013 Ford Super Duty, you can install the Reese Elite Series Under-Bed Rail Kit, # RP30126. This will provide the 4 pucks in the bed just like the fifth wheel prep package that is offered by Ford. I have attached an installation video for you to check out. For a fifth wheel hitch, you can use the Reese Elite...
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  • Which Lube Plate Works With Reese Elite Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The nylon lube plate for the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # RP30142 you referenced I recommend is part # RP83001. This lube plate measures 12 inches diameter and will work with Reese fifth wheel hitches with 20,000 lb capacities and also Reese Elite and Signature series hitches.
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  • Hitch Plate That Doesn't Need Lubrication So We Don't Have to Grease Hitch Everyday That We Pull RV
  • It sounds like a lube plate may work for you. A lube plate lets the trailer king pin slide into the hitch with ease. There is no need for grease and it also helps prevents scratches on the skid plate of your 5th wheel trailer hitch. Reese offers the 10 inch lube plate, # RP83002, and it works with the Reese 16,000 pound and 22,000 pound fifth wheel hitches. A 12 inch lube plate, # RP83001, is also available and works with Reese 20,000 pound and Elite or Signature Series fifth wheel...
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  • Can Lube Plate for Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch be Moved from Trailer to Trailer
  • The correct lube plate for the Reese Elite Series 26.5K hitch, # RP30871, is lube plate # RP83001. You can move a lube plate from trailer to trailer. However, once a lube plate is in place it can be difficult to remove it. It can become hard and could break when trying to pull it off the trailer king pin.
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  • Troubleshooting Hard Connect and Disconnect of Sidewinder on 2004 Montana 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are several reasons why the trailer might be hard to connect and disconnect from the 5th wheel hitch. First, check the pin weight of your trailer. If the trailer has the truck suspension compressed a great deal then the pressure between the hitch and pin box can cause disconnect to be hard. Hooking up and unhooking on level ground is also a big factor in ease of hook up. Next, check the lubrication of the fifth-wheel hitch. Make sure all of the recommended locations are lubed correctly...
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  • Lube Plate Recommendation for a Pro Series 16k Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • There's no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to fifth wheel towing! It's always better to be safe than sorry when towing such heavy trailers. For a Pro Series 16k fifth wheel hitch you would want the 10 inch diameter lube plate part # RP83002. The one you referenced is 12 inches in diameter and would be too big.
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  • What Type of Grease Is Recommended for Fith Wheel Hitches
  • I recommend the UltraLube Biobased White Lithium Grease, part # L10307. I prefer the Nylon lube plates from Draw-Tite for the head surface, part # RP83001. If you use the lube plate, you can avoid using grease.
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