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Troubleshooting 5th Wheel Hitch Jaws That Will Not Release

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2001 Reese 5th wheel hitch will not un hitch

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When your # RP30921 5th wheel hitch will not easily release its jaws from your king pin there are a few potential causes. One is that you are due for normal periodic lubrication of the jaw and release mechanism. Another possibility is that there is too much tension on the king pin from the truck and trailer not being on the same level surface. There is also the chance that the jaw or handle mechanism is simply worn out or damaged. For a hitch that is 16 years old this last possibility becomes more likely.

You can refer to the linked article for help with the parts of the hitch that will require lubrication. There are different types of lubricants suited to the different parts of the hitch. The last section of the article covers these. If lubricating the hitch does not correct the problem you will want to carefully inspect it for worn or damaged parts.

With your hitch part number we can help you find any available repair parts.

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