Troubleshooting Damaged Reese Titan 16K 5th Wheel Hitch

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We have a 2018 Jayco Eagle HT 28.5RSTS fifth wheel that came with a factory installed Reese Revolution King pin box. The dealer installed a Reese 16K fifth wheel hitch product no 30866. We took the Jayco in for minor warranty work at the dealer and they locked out the pin box to allow moving the Jayco in the yard with a fork lift. When we picked up the Jayco, the dealer forgot to release the pin box. We traveled less than 150ft and two turns when we knew something was wrong. The wedge that secures the pin in the receiver was sheared off and broken in half. The dealer admitted that they are at fault and plan to replace the Reese Revolution King pin box. My questions are: 1. The torque on the hitch/pin left a gouge approx 1 in diameter, less than 1/2 deep on the face of the plate of the receiver hitch. Will that be a problem and should I be asking them to replace the Reese 16K hitch also? 2. How can we verify that they checked the frame that the pin box is attached to? I am uneasy taking their word that the frame is okay and capable of safely towing our fifth wheel.

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The Reese 16K 5th wheel hitch most likely will need to be replaced based on the pin box picture. The Titan 5th wheel hitch you mentioned is no longer made, but we do have the replacement parts you need. You will want the following:

Replacement Legs for Reese Titan Fifth Wheel Hitches # RP58449
Replacement Head Support for Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP58445
Replacement Mounting Hardware for Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP58490
Replacement Head Assembly for Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP58446
Replacement Pivot Beam and Isolators for Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP58447
Replacement Handle Bushing with Mounting Hardware - Reese Titan 16K # RP58492

You may want to consider the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs # RP30047 along with the custom wedge # SWW-03 for your Revolution King Pin.

That impact can absolutely twist your trailer frame where the pin box attaches, so you will want to have the frame looked at by another dealer to assess damage or see if the dealer at fault will exchange the trailer for another.

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