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Is a Lube Plate Required for the Reese Titan 20K 5th Wheel Hitch

Question:

Reese 20k titan fifth wheel hitch. I’m having a difficult time getting the hitch to disengage. I have already broke the guide bushing disengaging the hitch jaws. I was told at my RV dealer it was due to my lube plate. They also informed me that this model of hitch does not require a lube plate nor does it need to be greased. Is this true? I’ve never heard of this before. Please advise. Thank you,

Expert Reply:

That is correct, the Reese Titan 20K 5th Wheel Hitch does not require a lube plate so long as you have greased the skid plate properly before each use. However, some people do not like to deal with messy grease every time they couple the trailer therefore they use a lube plate, the Lube Plate for Reese Titan 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # RP83004. I personally prefer the lube plate as the cost of the grease can add up over time and as mentioned above it is messy and can be a hassle.

In regards to why you are having trouble disengaging the kingpin from the locking jaws, this could be attributed to a few different issues. The first of which could be a lack of lubrication within the locking jaw mechanism. I recommend using some automotive chassis grease and placing it down in the locking jaw mechanism and then cycling the jaws open and closed a few times to work all of the grease into place. The other issue you could be running into is that the truck and trailer are not level. The trailer will need to be as level to the vehicle as possible in order for the jaws to release.

Let me know if you still have issues once you have lubed the locking jaw mechanism and can confirm the trailer is level to the vehicle.

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