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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Reese accessories and parts part number RP83001 or order online at Free expert support on all Reese products. Great prices 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

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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.


  • 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


  • 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

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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

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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. .

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (217 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.


You only need one per fifthwheel


What a sexy ring. etrailer nails it again!!! Your costumer service is 1000% better than the other site named after the South American jungle. Fits my 2021 Jayco North Point perfectly.


We have been pulling a fifth wheel weighing around 12,500 lbs for around 2800 miles and this lube plate is like new. Never having to worry about greasing the plate is great. Can't imagine not using one of these.


Just what I needed to replace my broken disc.


I like the larger 12" disk. As with everything I have ordered from etrailer superb shipping and customer service.


Installed easy, no grease, no mess, no fuss. No binding going down the road and not a mark on the 5th wheel plate after a 200 mile tow.



Works great and no messy grease getting everywhere.


I love this lube plate, bought the 1st one I’m so impressed with it I purchased a 2nd one just to have on hand. Etrailer is always on time shipping my orders,taking care and doing follow up checks to see if everything went well.



My lube plate works great,don’t see myself being without one, so much neater and cleaner without grease being smeared all over and getting all over everything !!


Super fast shipping and exactly what I wanted!


He loves them


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.


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.



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. *****


This fit our 2016 F250 perfectly. One suggestion for those installing it themselves would be to leave the rail bolts a little loose and install the 5th wheel. This will allow you to adjust out some of the fore and aft play out of the 5th wheel before tightening everything down.


Works very well. You put this between your fifth wheel plate, and trailer hitch for lubrication without grease. I have found if you leave your trailer unhitched for any length of time, the grease on your plate, as well as trailer attracts dirt/dust. This is designed to work 'dry', so dust doesn't collect. In sandy soil, the dirt the grease collects acts as sandpaper, wearing things out quickly. This prevents that. Fits snugly on the kingpin of your trailer. You have to kind of tap it up into place, but once there, it seems to stay, at least so far. This one is sized for RV trailers or a gooseneck trailer with a 5th wheel kingpin installed. For a semi, you would need a bigger one.


The lube plate arrived within a couple of days after ordering. It slipped right over the 5th wheel hitch and snapped into place. I'm so happy that there will be no more grease stains applied to my clothing every time I accidentally rub up against the pin or 5th wheel plate. Great product!


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.


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.


It installed in a snap, seriously. Just remove it from the package and snap onto the pin. It's that easy.
As for how it performs, it makes locking the pin into the hitch jaw much smoother and it prevents marring the hitch head and pin box.


Great product to put on the pin of your 5th wheel. No greasy mess on the hitch plate. Very reasonable in price and after 1200 + miles towing shows very little wear. Thanks


Have not had a chance to use this item yet, but have used these in the past and they do all the are advertised to do. Less noise coming from the 5th wheel plate, easier time backing up/hooking up and best of all no more grease on the 5th wheel decking.


This is the second Trailair hitch I have purchased. Fast shipping and easy to install on our new DRV Fullhouse JX390. Much better than the Mor-Ryde hitch DRV uses. Now no bounce in the truck on rough roads.


Was needing larger Lube plate and found it here at etrailer. Perfect product and shipping was extremely fast. Will buy from here again.

Brian W.


Lube plate still functioning well and working good!


Reese 12" lube plate.I have used the Reese lube plate before on previously owned 5th wheels and had great sucess. The lube plate is easy to install and eliminates the mess associated with greasing the top of the wheel wheel hitch.


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.


Has to be removed when using stabilizing tripod.After only a few uses will not stay on king pin. Affects connecting RV to hitch..


Works as it should. No more need to use grease between trailer hitch and trailer. Well satisfied.

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  • 18 Wheeler Compatibility with Lube Plate for 5th Wheel Hitches
    The king pin on a 5th wheel trailer is a standard 2 inch pin. Many semi-trailers will use a 2 inch king pin, but some use a 3-1/2 inch. If you have the 2 inch king pin, the Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 12" Diameter # RP83001 will work very well with your 18 wheeler 5th wheel. The only thing I can't speak to is how it will wear with weight because it hasn't been tested beyond 20,000 lbs towing or roughly 5,000 lbs hitch weight.
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    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 like...
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  • Lube Plate Recommendation for Reese Elite Series 18k Hitch
    The Reese Lube Plate part # RP83001 that you referenced would be the correct lube plate for your Reese Elite 18k hitch as it is confirmed to fit the Elite series Reese hitches.
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  • Which Lube Plate Fits a 20k Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch
    The Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, Item # RP83001, is designed to work with Reese fifth wheel hitches. I have attached a video review of the lube plate for you.
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  • Diameter of the Inner Hole of the Lube Plate part # RP83001
    I went and pulled a Lube Plate part # RP83001 from our warehouse and measured the diameter of the inside hole and found it measured 2-7/8 inches across.
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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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  • What Should be Used to Clean Pin Box before Using Lube Plate
    You'll need a heavy degreaser to clean off the pin box before installing a lube plate like the Reese part # RP83001 that you referenced. Simple Green works really well, and if you had a power washer I would use that too.
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  • Lifespan of 5th Wheel Lube Plate
    I spoke with my contact at Reese regarding the 5th Wheel Lube Plate # RP83001 that you referenced and she said that they don't have a general lifespan of the lube plates because it's really going to depend on how often you are towing, the weight of the trailer, etc. She did say though that even when towing often a lube plate should last a really long time and she has yet to receive any kind of warranty claim on one of them. Making sure to keep the hitch head clear of any debris will help...
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  • Should Lube Plate of Fifth Wheel Hitch be Removed From Trailer When Stored
    There's no reason you HAVE to remove the lube plate like the part # RP83001 when you store the trailer but if you wanted to there would be no reason you couldn't.
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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 about...
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  • Dimensions of the Reese Lube Plate for Elite Series and Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches
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    For their Companion series of 5th wheel hitches, B&W recommends using a 10 inch lube plate. I'd recommend the # 16721 from Curt. The lube plate would protect the skid on your hitch from getting scratched up, and would eliminate the need to use grease on the skid plate so you won't have a huge mess with grease everywhere.
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    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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  • Installing and Using a Lube Plate Instead of Grease on a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
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  • What Lube Plate For B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch
    The lube plate you mentioned is a 12 inch lube plate, and B&W recommends a 10 inch lube plate for the Patriot, so I recommend the following: - Lube Plate for Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 10" Diameter # RP83002 The # RP83002 will indeed stay on the king pin without any other accessories or parts.
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  • Can I Use 12" Lube Plate With B&W Companion
    B&W indicated that you can use either 10" or 12" lube plate with the B&W Companion. The 10" is the most common size like part # RP83002 however the skid plate of the B&W hitch is wide enough to accommodate 12" lube plate part # RP83001 so you won't have an issue.
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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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  • 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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    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 out...
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